Category Archives: Knife-related Information and Philosophy

Blade Shapes, Application, and Durability

How thick should a blade be, and how wide should it be?  How heavy should it be? Obviously, this question is relative to the intended use. For example, a rapier blade may be as thick as it is wide, for … Continue reading

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Tips on Knife Selection from Leon Pantenburg

Here is an article that you all might find helpful. http://www.survivalcommonsense.com/ten-tips-about-buying-a-high-end-andor-custom-knife-onlinefeed/?utm_source=March+13%2C+2014&utm_campaign=March+13%2C+2014&utm_medium=email

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Mounting A Firesteel on a Bushcraft Knife Sheath

Here are some pictures of my Bushcraft model, and retro-fitting the sheath with a firesteel (aka ferro rod, metal match, etc.)  Feel free to try it on your own sheath, if you feel confident doing so. First, I cut the … Continue reading

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Low-Profile, Non-Flashy Finish for Stainless Steel

I am now equipped to offer a bead-blast finish for stainless steel. It is especially good with micarta handles, as the micarta benefits from the process, too. Here is a sample of what it can look like:

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Saw Steel Analysis

We recently had the saw steel that I am using in the Nessmuk, Bushcraft, and 6-inch Lightweight knives analyzed by a lab. Here are the results: Carbon – 0.77 % Manganese – 0.49 % Phosphorus – 0.011 % Sulfur – … Continue reading

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The Ferric Chloride Etch–An “Instant” Patina?

Often, outdoorsmen prefer the well-worn, unobtrusive look of oxidized steel, rather than a shiny finish. For example, bluing on firearms. Back in the old days, they sometimes called it “browning.” Basically, it is the controlled use of rust for beneficial … Continue reading

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Walnut Hull Dye

In an effort to maintain my health and get a little closer to nature, I have been experimenting with black walnut hulls, and their potential for dyeing both wood and leather. Here is an example of the result: The dye … Continue reading

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