Dad’s First Twin Knives

handmade knives mahogany hackberryAfter at least two years of spare moments, I am thrilled to be able to present the first two knives my father has made.

These knives are his projects, intended to give him the experience of the entire process of making a knife from start to finish. The finished product contrasts sharply with my first knife. I guess it shows the benefit of having watched a lot of my knives going together, and getting a bit of advice along the way.

custom knives, J. A. FischerFor purposes of efficiency, let’s refer to the dark-handled knife as “Flint” and the light-handled knife as “Springy.” So, let’s go over the specs.

Overall length: 7 9/16 inches
Blade length: 3 1/2 inches
Weight of knife: 6 ounces
Sheath: 2 1/4 ounces
Handle material: Curl-leaf mahogany
Buttcap: threaded directly onto the brass tang extention, and peened
Blade hardness, as tested: Rc. 60

Overall length: 7 1/4
Blade length: 3 1/4
Weight of knife: 5 1/2 ounces
Sheath: 2 ounces
Handle material: Hackberry wood
Buttcap: secured with a steel nut with blind hole
Blade hardness, as tested: Rc. 56

Now that you’ve seen the specs, you know why I picked the names I did. The curl-leaf mahogany wood is very hard and fine-grained, and the blade turned out about as hard as we would want it. Comparatively, hackberry wood is softer, springy, and resilient; and the accompanying blade is likewise.

Rc 56, Rc 60 knife bladesBoth knives are made from used, 10-inch Simonds files, and retain the original tang stamp. Both are leftovers, after another knife was made out of the other 6 1/2-or-so inches of material. Both utilize the original file tang, to which a short piece of threaded brass rod has been silver-brazed. (Silver brazing is used to attach the Stellite teeth to sawmill blades. It is very strong.) Both guards are soldered on with silver solder. Both handles are local, natural wood that we harvested. Both are hand-filling, and would be comfortable and secure for hours of cutting at a time. Both knives were hand-polished, from one end to the other. Both were made at the same time, step by step.  Both are marked with the hardness, both wear a prick from the Rockwell tester.  And both are marked with Dad’s stylized “J. A. Fischer” mark.

buttcapsAs you can see, my Dad is very caretaking and meticulous. He certainly took the time to do as perfect a job as we could figure out how to do.

Now that these are done, he wants to sell one of them. Which one do you like best? What do you think it is worth?  If you would like to speak to the maker, drop us a comment.  He’d be happy to talk with you.

UPDATE: One sold, and one has been put to work.


About christophersknifeblog

I am a knifemaker and dealer, and live a very diversified life in the mountains of central Idaho. I love nature, agriculture, and homesteading. My knifemaking motto and advertising slogan is, "Knives Built for the Bush." I intend them to be efficient, durable, comfortable, functional, graceful equipment for life's challenges and opportunities. My website is Please visit!
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