This project is an attempt to fill the needs of those studying primitive wilderness skills, by supplying a well-designed, durably constructed, light-weight, powerful all-around cutting tool at a minimum of expense.
The blade is cut from used sawmill blade, and the 3/8-inch-thick canvas micarta handle slabs are attached with two steel rivets and a tubular brass rivet, which serves as a lanyard hole. Overall length is about 13 ½ inches, and the blade is about 8 3/4 inches. The 1075 steel is approximately 45 Rc. (nearly identical to what is used in the Tramontina machetes), and is approximately 3/32-inch (2.25 mm) thick. The knife weighs approximately 10 ounces.
The good news is, that this knife is retailing for $50. This is less than half the price of any of my other hand-made knives! However, the low price comes at a cost, which is designed to be an educational benefit to our wilderness skills students. The purchaser will need to (1) refine the handle, (2) make a sheath, and (3) finish sharpening the blade. (Instruction sheet included.)
*UPDATE: sheaths now available.*
If you have further questions, and to order, please call Christopher Fischer at 208-842-2800 or e-mail info [at] ctfischerknives.com, or write to: P.O. Box 267, Elk City, ID 83525.