First Knives of 2019

Here are the first knives to receive the 2019 mark!


All are carbon steel, 3 are black walnut handles.

dscn2066[1]This knife has a 7-inch, 3/16 thick blade of O-1 Tool Steel. The sheath has a wood liner for safety. It is available for sale. $375.


This knife is also a 7-inch blade, 3/16 thick, cut from a large circle-saw blade, re-heat-treated. Handle, of course, is brown canvas micarta. $SOLD.

The other two are custom orders that are on their way to eager owners. O-1 on the first, and sawblade on the second–a 6-inch Lightweight cut down to 4 1/2 inches. The upper knife is truly a “straight knife.” Straight spine, and straight handle.


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New Handles on BlackFox Kukri and Kabar Parangatang

kabar parangatang blackfox kukri custom handlesHere are a couple more handle upgrades. The factory handles are shown in the photo for comparison. Totally different feel, for sure!

parangatang and kukri in sheaths

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Another Buck 119 “Special” Re-Handled

The original handle was broken off, and the owner had done a nice job of fitting it with wooden panels to replace the phenolic. It was held together with electrical tape.

As with old bandaids, adhesive tape has a propensity for getting nasty.

So, I think green canvas micarta and stainless steel bolts will be an improvement. Also, for light chopping and slashing, the grip will be more secure. The guard is original. The sheath required an extra snap-half, since the handle butt is a bit thicker.

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PTS Bush Knife Review

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7-inch Hidden Tang


This knife began life as a mistake, with a big notch (from a bolt-hole and pan-head countersink) in the cutting edge. So, it was re-ground to become what you see here.

This is the first example you’ve seen here, of knives made from a 4-foot taper-ground circle saw blade that I acquired. Thickness is about 1/4 inch.  The steel has not found its way to the lab yet, but it is possibly L-6. I did re-heat-treat it by the usual normalize-anneal-straighten-harden-temper sequence. Overall length is 12 inches, 7 inch blade. The knife weighs 12 ounces, sheath 6.5 ounces.  SOLD.DSCN0823[1]

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5-Inch Hidden-Tang Scandi-Ground

Here is a somewhat unusual rendition of my 5-inch Hidden Tang model. The steel is 3/32-inch-thick sawblade material, heat-treated.DSCN0813[1]

DSCN0815[1]The observer may notice that each brass bolt has one stainless nut, and one brass nut.

Price: SOLD

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Camp Kitchen Knife

Designed as a multi-purpose outdoor tool with an emphasis on food preparation, this belt knife is ground from 1/8-inch-thick 1084 carbon steel. The blade is about 6.4 inches long, the knife weighs almost 7 ounces, and in the sheath, 12.3 ounces. Overall length of knife: 10 3/4 inches. The weight and length are very similar to the Buck 619 that I started out with, but a very different flavor. This one is a chopper and slicer–suited for building the cook fire (and maybe the cook-shack) as well as reducing food to the proper dimensions.
Price: $325.00

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