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Two In A Million I am very, very grateful to both of these


individuáis—more than they will prob- Editors note: A story on Schmidt's filework

I
have a farm with my husband in
Hopewell, Oregon. On May 14, 2010, ably ever know. Ihey are one, or should I block is slated for an upcoming issue of
our horse arena hurned to the ground. say two, in a million. BLADE.
The cause was something that can happen
in anyone's home. A healer was on low in Reme E. Zipser-Luckart, Icing On The Cake

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the tack room. 'Ihe plug was pulled away a letter via e-maíl ig thanks for the "Knifemaker
from the wal! outlet a quarter inch and it Showcase" mention on page 75 in
began to are for hours. Picase, everyone Another Jim Schmidt Fan the April 2011 issue. For a spare-

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check your outlets and get rid of those hanks so much for the recent arti- time maker such as myself, it was a big
plug-ins—they are causing many fires. We cle on Jim Schmidt and his knives deal to me and greatly appreciated.
lost 11 horses, many ducks and geese, one (page 46, October BLADE-). So, I was completely surprised when
donkey, and a 41-year-old pony in the fire. I was fortúnale enough to attend a few a friend of mine called and advised me
Our neighbor, Roy, found in the of the Ashokan hladesmithing seminars there was a photograph of one of my
charred ruins of the tack room the pre- back in the Dan Maragni/Tim Zowada knives in the September issue (page 32).
cious knife my 25-year-old son gave me days, and the fondest memory for me was My friend could not remember what the
when he was 12. Needless to say, it had no how all weekend long Jim would tcach article was about, so I had to wait a couple
covering and was charred but the stain- filework to any and all intcrested parties. of days for my issue to arrive. Talk about
less steel was still good. It is a Buck Pro He would sit at a tablc in the lodge cabin suspense!
Rodeo knife that is no longer made. This and, with infinite patience, teach any tile- The article, "What To Look For In a
is the only possession left from the hor- work pattern to anyone, beginner or "ex- Utilily Fixed Blade," quoted such knife-
rific tragedy. pert," for as long as ti look them lo grasp making greals as Murray Cárter, Blade
I contacted knifemaker Alan Warren each technique and until everyone had a Magazine Cutlery Hall-Oí-Fame^ mem-
of Roseville, California, on the Internet turn. ber Blackie Collins, Johnny Perry and
and took the knife to him. He said he did I also remember how ama/.ing his file- Bob Terzuola. To have a photo of my
nol have the tools to repair it bul he knew work sample block was and I look forward knife featured along with these guys was
someone who did—knifemaker Leroy R. to sceing it in a future issue of BLADE. just icing on the cake.
Remer of l.akeside, California. Alan con-
tacted Leroy, who dropped what he was Byron Mellinger, H.L. Holbrook,
doing and repaired the knife so well that Wyomissing, Pennsylvania a letter via e-mail
it made me cry. 1 have nothing but admi-
ration for both of these great men.
Leroy did not clean it up on one side,
as it would have removed the logo. I went
up and retrieved the knife from Alan. I
am so pleased with it. It has such tremen- For The Love of Randall Made
dous sentimental valué, particularly after guess you can cali every Randall Made knife a
all we have been through. Not only was factory custom. As I have noticed several makers' only lorum to use. Knifeshowcase.blademag.com is
it a gift from my son, who was 12 when knives are coming down in price due to the hec- an excellent choice and there are several others
he gave it to me after I had lost mine on tic economy, I do not notice this ¡n Randall Made out there. While on this site, I have read "wartís"
the trail, but it also has been restored and knives. It would be very saíeto say that iiwesting in for certain knives from some not-so-knife-savvy
engravcd, "In Memory of 5-14-10." a Randall that has been marked up on the second- buyers. There are hundreds of reputable knives
I had never known a knifemaker before ary market is a good bet, seeing how most of us available, and I really prefer the custom kmfemak-
I met Alan. He convinced me he would cannot wait the 48-52 months for a new one. Be- ers (Daniel Winkler, S. Powers and Les Voorhies,
restore the knife and that if he could not, sides, if noíhing else, you can pass the knife down to ñame a few). But, in my humble opinión, also
he would pay to have il shipped to some- to your son or daughter. consider a Randall Made for your collection or out-
one who could. And believe me, it took I do not know íf the Randalí model you choose door/tactical use.
some convincing to sway me to first let will go up in valué quickly, but it is not going to
him have my knife, then to have to accept come down— that is, as long as you have done a JefferyE. Wagner
that he would take good care of it when little research and picked one up for a good price.
it had to be shipped to California! Both And, with the widespread knowledge of eBay, every Editor's note: To read Mr. Wagner's post and
of thcse men never charged me for their pawnshop owner knows (he knives' valué as well. others, visit fittp-Mnifeshowcase.blatíemag.com
efforts in getting my knife restored. EBay is a good source to price knives, but not the and click the "Forum" tab.
KNIFE AND GUN ICONS MAKE HISTORYI

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Lets Save The Bables!


T
he recent tragic death of the 11-month-old infant
onlookers were unable to free from a burning car
because no one had a knife to cut the baby free from
a jamnied seat belt is heartbreaking. First and foremost,
a young life was snuffed out in a most painful, terrifying
way. My thoughts and praycrs go out to the child's parenls
and family, as well as those on the scene who were unahlc
to save the infant. The inciden! will continué to haunt all
concerned for many lifetimes.
The lack of a knife carried by any of the bystanders to
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in the infant's death. The fact it happened in Los Ange-
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say directly—kept the child from being rescued, and no
doubt will prevent others i rom being saved in tuture catas-
trophes as well. (For more, see "For the Want of a Knife" in
the "Foruní" at http://knifeshowcase.blademag.com.)
Ordinances barring people from carrying knives and,
henee, from saving the lives of others in cmcrgcncies musí
be repcaled! Of course, organi/ations like the American
Knife & Tool Institutc and Knife Rights and elected officials
such as New Hampshire Rep. Jenn Coffey are Ihe standard
bearers in focusing on the repeal of anti-knife legislation.
By joining and supporting theni and spcaking out on your
own, writing your legislators and local newspapers, voic-
ing your concerns on social media like Facebook, Twitter,
etc., you can do your part, too. And be sure to voice your
concerns in non-knife venues. You are "preaching to the
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that address the slaughter on our nations highways by further cy situation (see picture). Another is Henchmade's 9CB Hook,
enabling citizens to respond to emergencies such as the one in which has a retractable safety blade cover. If nothing else, a folder
L.A.? Why not rcquire the manufacturera of automobile baby with a sheepfoot blade in the glove box would work.
seats to equip each of the seats with a seat-bclt cutter convenient- Even with such a law, the baby in L.A. probably would have
ly placed out of children's rcach for a parent or onlooker to use to perished anyway because the car was engulfed in flames and no
cut the baby's seat belt in an emergency? And while at it, why not onccouldhave reached ihe seat-belt cutter even if it had been in-
rcquire automobilc and truck manufacturéis to stock each and side the car or attached to a baby seat—which is why anti-knife-
every vehicle with such a seat-belt cutter? carry laws nmst be repealed, too. Still, though, a seat-belt cutter
Idcally, said manufacturera would take the lead and includc remains a must-have tool stored in vehicles and with baby seats.
seat-belt cutters with their producís. Not only would it be a pub- Repealing anti-knife legislation and promoting a scat-belt-
lic service, the manufacturen would add valué lo their baby seats cutter law would save lives—ironically, given the proper circum-
and vehicles. However, in today's cost-cutting and suc-happy stances, maybe even those of the politically correct idiots who
atmosphere, mosi manufacturera probably will not act without refuse to carry knives and persecute those who do.
some kind of liability-free Icgislativc push.
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MALAY BLADES 1 By Philip Lirn Chin Guan

THE KNIFEMAKERS OF PASIR

lALÜSIi"! PENAMBANG FORGE UVES


OFQUIETDESPERATION

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vcry morning, Lim Loong Hoi is at his
dirty workshop—it looks more like a
shack from thc front—at about 8 o'clock.
Beyond the upen door in the rear, the passage
leads to a hallway and a few small rooms.
'Ihe honcshaker of a wooden shop has been
home to Lim and his family for decades. He
said he has been making utility tools, includ-
ing parangs, goloks, large fishermarís blades
and sickles, since his school days.
His instructor and mentor was his grand-
father. Back in the day, Lim found lime aftcr
school lo help his grandpa at the workshop.

Lim hammers a blade on his shop anvil. (photo courtesy of the author)
Picture a teenager's delicate hands with a are similar to huge butcher knives, having
heavy hammer and a pair of tongs when, a curvature that helps in slicing a big fish
during morning hours, he was holding a in two with one swift downward stroke.
pen or ruler in school. That was about 50 The Malay farmers usually ask for long
years ago. sickle blades used in dislodging oil palm
Called Sin Sam Hup Lee, Lim's shop still fruits, a.k.a. kdapa sawit nuts. Each sickle
stands firm against fluctuating economic is hollowed out at the handle to accept a
conditions and the ravages of time. His long pole. The pole enables the user to ex-
back is slightly bent frorn the long, dreary tend the blade about 7 to 8 feet to harvest
years of standing before the furnace or the nuts from the palm trees. Each sickle
hydraulic pump, pounding away at pieces costs $2 to $2.60. The price depends on
of elongated steel. the quality of the steel and blade size.
Pasir Penambang is a small village on In Lim's workshop, stacks of Jeep leaf
the outskirts of Kuala Selangor in the
state of Selangor, Malaysia. The locáis, A selection of Pee's parangs and goloks are
especially the Chinese, are mostly fisher- ready for sale. Note the dropped design of
the handles. (photo courtesy of the author)
men, shopkeepers or fish wholesalers.
The Chinese fishermen are Lim's regu- (Below) Cleaver-type tools and utility knives,
lar customers. 'Ihe edged tools he makes sharpened and ready for sale, (photo cour-
for them are larger than usual. 'Ihe blades tesy of the author)

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simply buy.s another one from Lim. After


all, it costs just a few bucks. Compared to
its long-term usefulness and hardiness,
the cost per blade is minuscufe—which
is why the agrarian folk in Pasir Penam-
bang and nearby villages are I.im's loyal
customers.
Lim's assistant is taciturn, works like a
well-oiled machine and knuws ihe blade-
making process intimately. I-ike his boss,
the assistant relishes the feel of steel in his
hands.
Of coursc, the untidy workplace is not
exactly ideal for a prívate conversaron.
Customers determine what they want,
haggle over the price and depart with
the edged tool they bought wrapped in a
newspaper.
Occasionally, some outsider brings a
Sickles are the subject of conversaron in a drawing of the piece he wants made. 'Ihe
Pasir Penambang workshop. (photo courtesy bladesmith examines the drawing and
of the author) Ihen determines whether his outdated
cquipment and other machines are suit-
springs used for blade steel rest in a cór- able for the order.
ner. The four-wheel-drive springs are The volume of edged tools he sells
rusty and grimy. The haggard bladesmith wilf not even make Lim a member of the
03 likely sourced the spring steel pieces by middle class. He obviously is not making
ífí
the ton from an oíd junkyard. He prob- a fortune, as some people no doubt sus-
ably got them cheap, too. Most of the pect.
time they are cut to required lengths. H
is a low-tech, slightly primitive method of Chuan Lee Chan
stock removal. A couple of doors away along the same
Practícallty and function rule the land. row of wooden shops is another knife-
Almost nobody here has heard of CPM- maker, Ah Pee. A sign at the front of his
S30V, VG-10 or ZDP-189. The most con- cstahlishment says "Chuan Lee Chan."
vincing line Lim uses is, "This is Jeep Originally from China, he has aged be-
spring steel." That alone gives his cuslom- ibre his time, though his eyes have a cer-
ers some assurance they are getting qual- tain fire that belics his years.
ity steel. Pee said his children, especially his son,
Kdged tools used by fishermcn or farm- have absolutely no interest in knifemak-
ers in the fields have no time to get rusty ing. "The young men today prefer air-
because they are used regularly and on a conditioned offices and as littlc dirt on
daily basis. After six to eight years, the pa- their hands as possible," he observed.
rang, golok, fisherman's blade or farmer's The long hours and intense heat from
sickle may be dcemcd unusable. The user the furnace are enough to deter most
L. from pursuing such a profession. It is
backbreaking work with the added disad-
A Jesper Voxnaes design vantage of low and slow financial return.
Micarta scales
Full tang construction
440C stainless steel blade
Two tone satín flnish
Includes leather sheath
Limited editíon (999 pieces) According to the author,
Blade length: 6" the knives are functional and for
utility purposes only. (photo courtesy of the
Overall length: 11 Vi" author)
Weight: 13.2 02.
Model No.: 02BO2011
42ÜJ2 stainless interframe with ZyteP scales.
AUS 8 stainless steel spear-point blade with
non-reflective black finish.
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er. The way Pee does it looks easy—until the correct grind, he unclamps it and
SDLINGEN [ÍERMRNY you put the same grinder in your hands.
A ílat grind is apparcntly the way to go.
adds the finishing touches to the edge
with a smnoth stone.
First, he clamps the blade on a table Again, it is all "touch and feel." When
vise, covers his mouth with a piece of a man has spent three-quarters of his life
cloth and dons plástic goggles. He moves sharpening blades, you do not question
the grinder side to side and applies just his judgment. He said, "The blade can
the right amount of pressure. easily shave the hair on the arm." I believe
A shower of bright orange sparks fly him totally.
past his body, but Pee pays them no heed. He then gives me a piece of advice.
When he is fully satisfied the blade has After the blade has been used, wash it in

Drop furged hlciHi- made


from 1.4116 st.iinless steel
Stng scales
10.6 Inch ovoall Icngth
Curved bUk- for cutting,
sticing & skinning
Sln>ng Iwtk pdgc fot h,u k¡ng
Li-íithiT Shhilh
I Inndmjdo l>y skiMed
era Asmen

The ongest bladeis a blank with no handte. The author bought it because the customer who
wanted a custom handforged goloK did not return to pick it up. "I like the weight, the feel of
the steel and the shape, so I bought it," the author stated. "I am sí/// looking for a suitable
tropical wood for the handte and sheath. Malaysia has a wíde variety ofexotic hardwoods that
have lovely grains that are suitabte to be made into handles." (photo courtesy of the author)

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weather, coupled with the scorching Ma-
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There are only two bladesmiths along the
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BLADE FINISHES | By Míke Hask^w bíLAUt1 neia eanor

BLADE COATINGS ADD SAFETY, STEALTH, SURVIVAL AND STYLE, AND ARE A GOOD FIELD VALUÉ

A
coated blade offers protection, Buying a coated blade makes a state- parts to be coaled are given a negative
non-glare and striking looks. For ment and serves a practica! purpose. Knife charge and the powder coat is givcn a
those who serve in the military, manufacturers recognize the demand for positive charge and sprayed on. The dry
preserve the peace through law enlotvo such hiades and scc their contributions to coated parts are Lhen baked in an oven
ment or for knife enthusiasts in general, the available selection as filling a neces- or furnace, where the powder nielts and
hiades are coated black, Fíat Dark Earth, sary niche. fuses into a hard, protective finish."
tan or what have you for a variety of rea- According to Paul Tsujimoto, sénior For HSHE Knives, Rowen Mfg. applies
sons, and are permanent fixtures in their engineer at KA-BAR Knives, powder Textured Powder Coat to blades of 1095
complement oí" working gear. The look coating was developcd in the mid-to-Iate carbón steel through an electrostatic
and feel are appealing, and the ease of 1960s. "Powder coating is applied using spray process that causes powder parti-
maintenance is an attractive attribute. the electrostatic principie," he said. "The cles to adhere to the steel. Then the coated
steel goes through four stages to complete
the process: mclt, fiow, gel and cure.
"The powder is applied with an electro-
static spray gun. Before the powder is sent
to the gun, it is fluidized to sepárate the
individual grains of powder and improve
the electrostatic charge that can be applied
10 the powder so Ihat the powder flows

(Left) ESEE knives receive the Textured Pow-


der Coat at Rowen Mfg. (Rowen Mfg. photo)

ESEE employs its Textured Powder Coat for


the finish on the ESEE-5P fixed biade. Blade
steel: 1095 carbón. Blade length: 5.25
inches. Blade grind; Sabré. Handle: Canvas
Micarta®. Features: Glass breaker, bow-dríll
pivot. Weight: 16 ounces. Overa 11 length:
11 inches. Sheath: Kydex® with belt clip.
MSRP-. $262 (includes sheath). (ESEE photo)
Spartan Blades' latest model to sport the
company's SpartaCoat is the Spartan Harsey
Hunter (below), a Bill Harsey design. Blade
coating: PVD in Fiat Dark Earth. Blade steel:
CPM-S35VN. Handle material: 3D con-
toured CE canvas Micarta®. Overall length:
10.5 inches. MSRP: $495. (Spartan Blades
photo)

Spartan Blades' models hang on racks


befare being coated at lonBond. (lonBond
photo)

for about 17 min-


utes, depending on the
thickness of the material. It's
not an ultra-smooth finish like
some coatings have, and it enables
the user to hold the blade for cióse
work il necessary."

Carbón and Stainless


more easily to the gun. Because the pow- plies uniformly While the processes are
der partióles are clectrostatically chargcd, so that you don't get similar from manufac-
the powder wraps around the back of the build-up on corners and edges turar to manufacturer,
part as it passes by tovvard the air off-take like some coatings." lonBond coats Spar- each has its own variation on the coal-
system," ESEE's Jeff Randall explained. Um's blades. ing theme. KA-BAR coats both carbón
"To obtain the final solid, timgh, abra- The cominercial ñame Spartan Blades and stainless steels, while ESEE uses 1095
sión-resistan! coating, the powder-coated has given its PVD coating is SpartaCoat. carbón steel exclusively as a bíade mate-
items are placed in an oven and heated to lovito and business partner Mark Carey rial. Spartan Blades uses CPM-S30V and
U-m per al u res that range from 160 to 210° became familiar with PVD coating while S35VN, and 154CM stainless steels.
Cclsius, depending on the powder—400° working on the development of a new "At our clients' request, we use Black
in our case.'1 rille with Special Forces applications. Traction Coating on ail our producís,
President and co-owner of Spartan "While in the Army, we had been look- 1095, 5160 and all the stainless steels as
Blades, Curtís lovito said his company's ing for a durable coating in [a Fíat Dark well," TOPS' Fuller noted. "One of the rea-
coating of knife blades is called Physical Earth color] for a new weapons system we sons we use it on 440C or 154CM stainless
Vapor Deposition (PVD). "The process is were developing," lovito remarked. "For- is that it preserves the visual integrity of
characterized by the creation of a mate- tunately, we were aware thal the develop- the blade, as well as being easier to clean.
rial vapor that can be reacted with differ- ment of a true Fíat Dark Earth Pantone it doesn't add appreciably to the knife's
ent gases to form a thin film coating," he had been done usiny /irconium carbón cost, but the benefit from our perspective
noted. "We use a method called are de- nitride. We believe that we were the first is that the chance for oxidation is nil where
position. This process is carried out under company lo use a true Fíat Dark Earth the covering takes place. However, in ár-
nigh-vacuum conditions. One of the nice PVD coating on knivcs. This coating is eas like the final edye of the knife whcrc
propcrties ot" CVD coating is that it ap- often referred to as diamond-like coating, there is no covering, the blade still needs
or DLC, in the gun and knife industry be- to be oiled like any other good tool."
cause of its resistance to wear." Spartan ollkials acknowledge that the
Iil<n k Traction Coating is the propri- coating oí their stainless steels tbllows the
etary ñame of the tínish TOPS Knives surface blasting of the blades in order to
uses on its blades through the services of elimínate glare. However, when a knife
James Bowen (see page 22). "We use an blade is blasted, a surface is creaíed thal
epoxy hybríd base with polyester in it," is less corrosión resistan!. Therefore, the
TOPS President Mike Fuller said. "It is PVD/SpartaCoat helps resist corrosión
electrostatically applied in its dry powder and maintain the fíat finish.
form, and it goes on the blade between Tsujimoto identiries four primary rea-
three and five thousandths-inch thick- sons for. coating knife blades: corrosión
ness. The knives are then put into an oven proteclion, anti-reflection, enhancing
and baked at a little over 400° Fahrenheit cutting lubricity, and any combination of

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BLADE FINISHES

1: The blades are sandbfasted to remove oils, dirt, rust, mili scale, etc. 2: The blades hang in the coating booth, ready to be coated. 3: A
slow, even application of Black Traction Coating is applied via an electrostatic spray. 4: Completely sprayed, all of the blades are placed in the
oven to bake on the powder coat. 5: The blades cool down after baking. 6: The blades are removed from the oven. 7: The finished blades
are given a final inspection.
7"OPS í/ses Black Traction Coating for the
finish on its blades, including the onPoint
Táctica! (top). Desígned by Kevin Reeve,
the knife features a 4-inch blade of 1095
V
A collaboration with
carbón steel and a tan canvas Micarta® Jesigners Graní and (7av/n
handle. Weight: 6.3 ounces. Over- Hawk, the Ti-Lock is unusual,
all length: 8 3/8 inches. MSRP. innovativc, and eye-catching. The
$169.95 (includes Kydex® bluc titanium spring and thumblugs
sheath). (TOPS Kníves photo) drop ínto recesses in the handle
Many think only of carbón
"tying'" blade and handle together.
steel when it comes to
blade coating, but many
stainless blades are
coated, too. The Bull so me
Dozier Fixed Blade blades in the
(middle) from KA-BAR in AUS-8A past, primarüy
stainless at a Rockwell hardness of because the owner
57-59 HRC is an example. Blade
requested a change of
length: 6.5 inches. Blade grind:
Hollow. Handle: Zytel®. Overall color or to have some-
Length: 12 1/8 inches. MSRP: thing etched on the blade.
$127.74. (KA-BARphoto) lovito said only a couple
have been recoated for any
Camillus coate its blades with Carbonitrrde
Titanium, reporíedty one of the hardest
other reason through the years.
surface treatments containing titanium.
The Model 18513 (bottom) employs the Snowmobiles & Judian Chiefs
coating on its hollow-ground AUS-8 stain- The coating of blades has a practica!, aes-
less blade. The handle is aluminum. MSRP. thtític and utilitarian appeal. Il adds an
$43.99. (Camillus photo)
element of safety, stealth, survival and
style (o a blade, while demonstrating a
the first three. "KA-BAR is no exception," good valué every day in the field. Two of
he said. "Because wc use a lot oí carbón Fuller's experiences are telling.
stee! that is very pronc to corrosión, we "Some time ago we were working with
utilize blade coatings a greaí deal. Stain- a snowmobile manufacturer," Fuller com-
less is coated for both anti-reflection mented. "The manuhicliiK'r used the
and corrosión. Remember, stainless steel coating material as an undercoating on
means that it wíll slain less than carbón its snowmobiles. That says something
steel. Stainless is not totally stain proof." about the toughness of our Black Trac-
lovito agreed. tion Coating. It's extremely durable with a
"Knives generally are coated to provide bit of flcxibility, and the mixture we make
anti-glare surfaces and provide wear re- has passed military 24-hour saltwater
sistance, as well as to add additional cor- spray tests and chemicai emergent tests
rosión resistance, not to mention that it with flying colors.
makes for a grcat looking finish," lovito "Years ago, a survival expert took one
noted. "This finish should not be con- of our knives to the Peruvian Ama/on
lused with other spray or paint finishes. and left it with a chief down there. These
While these other íinishes are OK, PVD people use their knives every day and
coating cannot chip or rub of I" because its sharpen them on river stones." The sur-
bonded lo the steel at a molecular level." vival expert returned three or four years
Of course, the coating is only as good later, Fuller added, and found the chief,
as its ability to stay on the blade. Durabil- who still had the knife—and the coating
ity may relate to the composition of the on the blade was intact.
coating itself, and to the degree of abuse
for the contact informaron for the knives líhulr lA-ii^tli: .1.75" Tilunimn
and wear a particular knife is expíe ted to
11 mulle: 3»4" Titanium
weather. Recoating of blades is cither rare ¡nctured, see "Where To Get 'Etn" on page
I liiiniMiii's SiliaiiiL- Hron/e
or not offered by many manufacturera, 80. Wt'ifílil: 3 02
and the premise is simple. The coating is
made (o last. To read similar stories and the latest knife crkinfo@chniirKve.coni
news, forums, blogs and much more, see w w' w. e It ri s rw v i-. co 111
SpartaCoat is applied at a thickness of 3-
to-5 microns, and its final hardness regís- http;//knifeshowcase. blademag, com,
ters 70-to-90 HRC on the Rockwell scale. BLADE hiahtt Mude

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ROLLING BALL BEARING AND SLIDING PISTÓN
TO SEGURE TWO PIECES INTO ONE

T
he idea of a ball bearing used as a knife lock may seem
like a contradiction. Ball bearings are designed to kecp
things in motion, not freeze them in place. Howcver, it is
the shape of the ball bearing that gives the Spyderco Ball Bearing
Lock some of its greatest strengths.
Since variatíons on knife shapes and handle materials are
harder to patent, that leaves lock designs. Borrowing such a de-
sign involves paying a royalty. Devising your own lock negales
paying the royalty but involves many hours of research, design
and testing.
The Ball Bearing Lock began on paper, progresscd to plástic
models and then to the metal prototypc stage. Throughout Ihe
process, the locks patcntabiliíy was considered—though hold-
ing a patent does not mean the patent holder is free and clear.
Competitors love to pore over a design to look for loopholes to
exploit. Defcnding a patented design is crucial to its econornic A close-up shows the larger first-generation Ball Bearing Lock. The
success. In the end, Spyderco CEO Sal Glesser, a Blade Maga- hardened ball bearing sudes easily and allows for a smooth opening
zine Cutlery HaH-Of-Pamee member, said he felt his Ball Bearing action. The knife is the Spyderco Polliwog. (David Jung photo)
Lock was dilierent enough to warrant a patenl, and the design
(Right) A Spyderco Manix 2 is surrounded by a selection of Spyderco
would be difficult to copy. models resting on a "láser remnant" cutout sheet, clockwise from
The Ball Bearing Lock and the evolutionary caged Ball Bear- top: Blue Dodo G-10, P'Kal, Phoenix, Polliwog, Polliwog G-10, P'Kal
ing Lock comprise Spyderco's attempt to develop a robusl lock Trainer and Black Dodo G-10. The P'Kals and the Manix 2 have the
that meets martial blade craft (MBC) standards without being smaller caged Ball Bearing Lock. The others have the first-generation
Ball Bearing Lock. (David Jung photo)
too bulky or hard to open or cióse. The hardened ball bearing,
which is the main element, is allowed lo rotate freely Ihroughout
its travel. Because it will always be in a difíerent position, wear
and tear is greatly reduced. Another benefit is the lock continu- How It Works
ally self-adjusts wíth each use. Because of its design, it can be When the knife is closed, the ball bearing sits in a slightly curved
operated on either side of the handle. An additional benefit is the channel. The channel provides the track for the ball bearing,
lock is hard to accidentally disengage, which adds to its safety. which is pushcd toward the blade due to pressure from a small
One look at the Hall Bearing Lock reveáis the creative thouglu shaft surrounded by a coil spring. Opposite the slightly curved
process required in its creation. "The design objective," Glesser ramp is the other side of the channel, which is formed by the
noted, "was to have a fairly simple, very strong, very reliable fold- knife blade.
ing knife lock." As the blade pivots, the ball bearing pushes past the resisíance
When the knife is closed, the newer, smaller "caged" batí bearing
pushes into a cutout on the tang's underside. As the blade pivots
(shown above in a cutaway versión of a Spyderco knife), the ball 4
bearing rolls atong the curved tang. When the knife is fully o**--
the bal! bearing sudes forward into a channel formed by the
handle on top and tang on bottom. Pressure to cióse is res/si
by compression on the ball bearing. Only when the ball bearing is
retracted will the blade cióse. (David Jung photo)

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KNIFE MECHANISMS

of the closed-position detcnt and ibllows bearing rolls unobstructed, with the out- outward spring pressure by pulling back
a circular path untii the knife approach- ward spring prcssure providíng the resis- on the ball bearing, the blade can be piv-
es the open position. When the knife is tance to allow the blade to swing freely. otcd to the closed position. 'líie hardened
nearly open, the blade channel drops In the open positkm, the pressure to cióse ball bearing is unyielding under normal
away, allowing the hall bearing lo push is SUrmounted by (he hall bearing lock- use. In the case of the newer models, a
out into the channel formed at the top of ing in place, 011 top by the liner and below cage of a durable proprietary polymer
the blade. Throughout ihe travel the hall by the blade. When the user removes the blcnd surrounds and centers a smaller

From left, the four-panel photograph shows how the ball bearing sudes into the channel formed by the blade and the handle as the Polliwog is
closed. The ball bearing self-adjusts when the knife is opened and/or closed. (David Jung photo)

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and a much thinner profilc. Run" versions. The Phoenix, designed by 'Ihe knife that has received the most at-
The original Ball Bearing Lock was knifemakcr Howard Viele, also used the tention of the caged series is the Manix
visihly difieren! than any other lock, and larger Ball Bearing I.ock. 2. The original Manix knives fcatured a
some of thc first models using it did not 'Ihe P'Kal has the cagcd Ball Bearing massive, heavy-duty design. By moving
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carbón fiber and orange G-10 "Sprint needs the MBC-rated lock. used to if you are accustomed to Liner-
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is the same as with othcr Spyderco knives
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Diamond Hone Sharpeners Once the lock disengages, the blade can
be pivoted closed. "People either like ¡t or
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Among thc advantages of having an ex-
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KNIFE TALK By Ed Fowler BLADE® field editor

The Cure for Blade Warp conclusión -i-


TEMPERATURE CONTROL, BLADE GEOMETRY, POST-FORGING QUENCHES AND MORE

I
n my cxpcricnce, blades that were a while to learn how, hut now we can fine desired tcmperature. I allow the Paragon
ovcrheatcd at any time from the first tune the tcmperature in the forge with a to cool naturally to room temperaturc,
heal to the last are most pronc to warp. high degree of precisión. and strongly rccommend against cooling
The more exact your tempcrature control Kailure to evenly heat the stccl also can blades rapidly from tempcring tcmpcra-
ot'ihe stcel whilc forging and through the be a causativo factor in blade warp. Thus, tures.
thermal cycles, the higher the potential wc nced to tend our blades carefully as Anothcr significant event that can
quality of your blades. When hlades are they heat up in the forge or vía a torch cause an inferior blade is thermal shock.
'overheated, many times warp is one of while hardening. Never place a hot blade on an anvil or
the consequcnces. When I program my Paragon hcat- steel table to cool. Instcad, suspend the
We use a propane three-burner Man- trcating oven to tempcr a blade, I set it to blade in the air or in a cooling rack thal
kel Forge at the Willow Bow Ranch. heat to 388°F in onc hour, hold it at that makes mínimum contact with the blade
The propane flows through two mainlinc tcmperature for two hours and then shut it surfacc until you can hold the blade com-
regulators and thcn to the three burners. down. This díctales that the Paragon will fortably in your haré hands withoul burn-
1-ach hurner has ils own regulator. It took slowly and evenly heat the blade to the ing lliem.

Larry Davis, a student at one of the Willow Bow seminars, watches his blade
heat up in the forge, To avoid blade warp, "it is absolutely mandatory to care-
fully tend blades through all thermal cycles," the author observed. (photo
courtesy of Ed Fowler)

To avoid thermal shock, never place a hot blade on an anvil or steel table to
cool. Instead, suspend the blade in the air or in a cooling rack (right) that
makes mínimum contact with the blade suríace. (photo courtesy of Ed Fowler)
Blade Geometry hour, and held at that tempera-
Uniformity in the geometry of ture for two hours. The oven
the blade also can be a signifi- shuts off and naturally cools
can! variable. If one side of the back down to room temperature
blade is flat and the other con- gradúa lly to achieve what we
vex, the potential for blade warp believe is optimum softncss for
during heat treat increases. Ir- grinding and future heat treat-
rcgularities on the surfacc of the ing, while still maintaining the
sides of the blade also increase uniform flow and fine grain we
the probability of warp. When have developed in the blade
you qucnch a blade, the quench- through our methods. 1 strongly
ing fluid must be able to flow advise against cooling blades
evenly over it. I rccommend at from their annealing or tempcr-
least a 220-grit surface or finen ing temperature rapidly.
Rex Walter and I explored ev- The net result was the three
ery variable wc could identify. The author's three-burner Mankel forge has one inline regulator, post-forging quenches provid-
We read the literature available and three sepárate regulators, one for each burner. "While these are ed succcss on the fourth blade
high-ticket regulators, they allow us to very accurately regúlate the
to us and traveled many paths, individual burners and the resultant temperature inside the forge," he that I finished into a completed
some of valué to various de- noted. (photo courtesy of Ed Fowler) knife and sent to Evan. She
grees, others that Icd nowhere. was perfectly straight, the first
Slowly and by increments we were able to temperature Texaco Typc "A" quenching of my commemorative fighter blades.
reduce the influence of internal stress in fluid for 35 seconds. 1 repeatcd this op- Again, I thank Evan for challcnging me
our blades, but they still occasionally ex- cration for a total of thrcc quenches, one in another direction and providing an-
perienced warp to some minor degree. immcdiatcly following the other. other Icarning opporlunity. This solution
From thcrc I suhjected the blade to for the reduction of blade warp was not
Post-Forging Quenches two flash normalizíng heata (thcrmal my solé revelation. Many worked on the
My friend, attorney and defender ofSec- cycles up Ihrough the allotropic phasc devclopment of the methods we now use.
ond Amendment rights, BLADE- con- change, from magnetic to non-magnetic, The importance of tcamwork in any en-
tributor Evan Nappen, ordered a blade then cooling down to magnetic in still deavor cannot be overcmphasizcd.
with hardened, sharpencd edges on top air, then immediately back into the forge These approaches may or may not
and bottom, and with a soft core. In at- for the next cycle). That was followcd work for other knifemakers using other
tempting to provide him with his knife, I by one full normalizing cycle of heating stccls or methods, but I suggest blade
was required to forge, harden and temper the blade until it was non-magnetic, then warp is both our friend and our foe. Blade
three blades, all of which failed. One at a allowing it to cool to room temperature warp is a symptom of stress and can lead
time all three warped. The hard edges on while suspended in still air at 70°F. us to new methods- -providing we pay
both top and bottom of the blade with a All blades of our high-endurancc per- attention—that can aid us in our quest for
soft center were asking too much for my formance knives are then annealed at a bettcr knife.
methods. When I tried to straighten the 988°F three times for two-hour soaks,
warped blades, I had to apply a tremen- heated slowly from room temperature Yours truly,
dous amount of forcé of well over 100 in our Paragon oven up to 988°F in one
foot pounds, requiring a cheater bar on Ed Fowler
the handle of my heavy-duty bench vise. Knifetalkonline
They would barely flex and then broke Edfowlerhighperformanceknives.com
catastrophically into two or more pieces
with a very loud bang!, rendering them
worthless (see page 38, January BLADE). Aurhor's note: A future article will dixcusx
I was not going to allow this challenge grindintz timi huffing mcthods thal can lead
to defeat me. ! tried manipulating many eithcr !<> u belter hlade, or one that is not as
variables and failed while developing the good as U could be.
first three blades. Then and I must ad-
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forging was done, I heated the blade a lit- ball bearing was annealed, welded onto
a bar and heated to forging temperature.
tle above critical tempcrature in my forge It fractured after a couple of hits from a
as determincd by the blade bccoming power hammer, illustrating how well forging
non-magnetic, and quenched it in room- exposes bad steel early in the process. BLADE

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CUESTIÓN & ANSWER | By Joe Szilaski BLADE* field editor

Marked wíth masking tape and held


between the two leather strips in the vise,
the elk antier (ten) is ready for cutting on
the band saw in the author's shop. (photo
courtesy of Joe Szilaski)

Dave Hermán, the author's friend and


ex-partner, made this knife and gave it
to the author as a present in 1989. It
shows how creativa you can be with elk
antier. The handle is pieced together like a
jigsaw puzzle. The top half is hidden-tang
construction and the bottom half is slabs.
(photo courtesy of Joe Szilaski)

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Q tl enjoyed rcadíng and learned a


• lot from your story (pagc 52, July
BLADE-) on using elk antier for hidden-
tang knives. I have some nice elk antlers
and would likc to use them for the han-
dlc on a full-taiig knifc. You mentioned
in your article that elk antier can be
very porous in the center. What is the
best way to go ahout cutting slabs from
elk? (Johnny C., address n/a)

A An elk rack is quite massive. Kach


Xi*time 1 huid one of thcse magnifi-
cent specimens, my mind wandcrs to
great childhood memories, I grew up in
Hungary where elk wcre plcntifut, and
I was lortunate tliat my godlather was a
Photo 1: Seasoned antier (right) is less porous in the center and has a thicker outer wall.
lores! ranger. One ot'his responsibililies Green antier (left) is usually more porous in the center and has a thinner outer wall. (photo
was monitoring the elk herds, and I saw courtesy of Joe Szilaski)
many ni aj eslíe bull elks, especially during
full rut season.
Elk antier can make an excellent han-
dle lor a full-iangknite. Betorc answering
your question, I would likc to tell BLADI:
rcaders what to look for when buying elk
antlers for handles.
Try to buy a "seasoned" rack, otherwise
you will need to store it for a fcw years be-
forc use. You cannot be 100 perccnt surc it
is a seasoned rack unless the seller knows
and is honest about it. 'llie only way to
be sure is to cut into ihe antier and see
if the core is sort of gooey or oily fecling.
If so, this mcans the antier is slill groen
and you should wait at least two to three
\Tars before using it. Using green antier
Inr handles is not a good idea bccause the
shrinkage will be niuch greater. 'Ihis ¡s the
case with most natural materials.
I look for an antier that fccls hcavy for
its size. In other vvords, the heavier the
antier, the more solid it should be. The
heavier weight is a good indication the
antier ís less porous in the center and has
a thickcr ouler wall. A lighter antier is
usually more porous in the center and has
a t h i n n e r outer wall. (See Photo I.)
Of course, the thinner wall does not
mean you cannol use ihe antier tor scales.
You can but it takes a . titile more work. As
Photo 2: After cutting the antier section to síze, cut it in half lengthwise to form slabs. Mark
I mentioned in the July ULA /)/:, you must the centerline using masking tape along the antler's top, bottom and ends. (photo courtesy of
remove the porous section and fill the Joe Szilaski)
QUESTION & ANSWER

void with wood or other solid material.


When working with a more solid ant-
ier, by the time you grind your scales to
the desired thickness and si/e, thcrc will
not be much porous section left to worry
about—and that you can satúrate with ex-
tra-thin Super (¡lúe- in order to make it
solid. Most likcly you will need to repcat
the application of glue a few times. Make
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puzzle. The top half is hiddcn-tang con-


struction and the bottom half is slabs. I
madc a few sub-hilt fighters with similar
"jigsaw handles." It is a lot of fun but also
a lot of fitting. As noted, you are limited
only by your ¡magination—and maybe
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¡anna Casteel; Haley DesRosiers;


Chantal Gilbert; Dee Hedges;
Harumi Hirayama; Grace Horne
(see page 48); Julie Warenski-Erickson—
and those are among the female
knífemakers' knives not pictured on this
and the facing page. Which ones have
we left out? Let us know.

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knives, see "Where To Get 'Em" on page 80.

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\. damascus blade and an 18k-
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^ (Point Seven photo)

"Antier & Turquoise" by Audra


Draper features a 3-inch damascos
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A 2.75-inch wharncliffe blade of
CPM-154 stainless, an ivory handte
with Gary Williams scrimshaw and
a bolster of Mike Sakmar mokume
top off Barbara Baskett's gent's
knife. (Point Seven photo)

Elizabeth Loerchner
delivers catving that
ripples throughout the
knife and handle of
her folding art dagger.
(Point Seven photo)

Kathleen Tomey
equips her fíxed
blade in a 4.5-inch
fíleworked blade of 01
tool steel, a red oak burl
handle, and brass furniture.
Overall length: 8.75 inches.
(Point Seven photo)

Lora Sue Schwarzer offers


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handle with leather and fiber
spacers, silver and brass.
Overatl length: 10.75 inches.
{Point Seven photo)
DEATH IN THE FAMILY | By BLADE® STAFF

Multilock Master
Ray Appleton Passes Away
LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF HIS TIME, THE GIFTED, FUN-LOVING MAKER WAS 87

R
iy Appleton, maker of the "I.Q." opening mechanisms Appleton built with the use of only one good arm, as his
ind other pu/,7,le-type, "mulli- inlo Míe knives that he delighted in hav- right arm was permancntly crippled in a
ock" cuslom knives, passed away ing people try and figure out how to op- ski accident in 1949. Until then, he had
Sept. 24. Hewas87. érate. The knives featured button locks been an Olympic-class downhill skier.
'Ihe tall, lanky, likable Appleton began with the opening and locking mecha- His "Ap" blade mark, when viewed side-
making knives around 1984. He caused nisms self-conlained in Ihe hlade pivot. ways, is a tiny picture of a ski racer.
a sensation with his multilock knives On average, each multilock liad a lotal of His niain business was custom tool and
when he displayed them at the Solvang 10 locking positions. component machining, and prototype
Custom Knifc Show in 1986. Beautifully While soine might be said to be years die and machine work, including some
carved, anodized titanium (blders, they ahead of their time, Appleton was light of [he latter for Martin Marietta. He also
were marvels of hi-tech cutlery work- years ahead of his. "We've lost a master, made hi-tech surgical instruments such
manship and ingenuity. Among their genius and greitl man with the passing of as wire-thin orthoscopic nippers from
endearing features were the "hidden" Ray," said the award-winning knifemak- titanium used hy surgeons to opérate
erknown simplyas Dcllana. inside a human knce joint through an
Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1924, incisión about a quarter oí an indi long.
Appleton enlisted i n t h e Armyat 18 and In his shop he had most every conven-
fought in North África and Italy dur- tional machine tool you can imagine. He
ing World War II. He made his knives excelled at using electrically discharged

Ray Appleton made his first


"Super IQ" folders (right) in
1993. (from the collection
of Laurence J. Marión; photo
by Dr. David Darom from his
book, The Great Collec-
tions; photo of Ray Appleton
[above] also by Dr. Darom)
machining (EDM) to make knives,
and, in the late 1960s, bought what COPPER TONE • • •/ i -t
reportedly was the first EDM ma- »V«3r
chine installed between the Appa- HA ND- TE CH-MADE
lachian and Rocky Mountains. The GH3 is HTM modeled from t..
A round 6'6" tall, with long of Darrel Ralph's custom Gun Hammer.
hair, head wrapped in a bandana
Specifications for the HTM GH3
or capped by a cowboy hat, plaid
shirt and blue jeans, Appleton liter- Military "Type III" hard coated aircraf
ally stood above the crowd at knife aluminum frame - COPPER TONE
shows. His echoing laugh was un- * CPM S30V blade steel
mistakable, his íim-loving nature * 3D Machined ergonomic
infectious. According to "Ray Ap~ handle with grip grooves - ETAC gr
pleton Redefines the Folding Knife" : Hardened wear parts
by Bladc Magazine Cutlery Hall- : Assisted opening system
Of-Fameo member Bernard Levine * .09ThickTitanium frame loe
in the January/February 1988
RLADK-, Appleton liked to reserve
his time for "making his knives,
taking high-speed photographs of
hummingbirds, programming his
computer, driving fast cars, or tell-
ing stories to his seven pet horses."
BLADE field editor Ed Fowler, a
long-time acquaintance of Apple-
ton's, had nothing bul good things
to say about his friend. "Ray was
my hero when I was a kid in high
school and remains a hcro to me,"
Fowler observed. Added knifemak-
er Steve Hill, "I'm real sorry to hear
of this fine gent's passing. We used
to have some in-depth spiritual yak
fests back in the day. Vaya con dios,
mi companero!"
According to Appleton's son,
Ron, an accomplished maker who
was preparing for the Art Knife In- NEW
vitatíonal at press time, his father
had not been in a knife shop in at
\S
least seven years and had not made 9.9,* 9 5
a sole-authorship piece in a decade.
Appleton had moved from Colo-
rado to live with his son in Texas
circa 2001 before moving to Mon-
tana three years ago to be with bis
daughter and grandkids, and do one
of ihe things he liked best—play on
the computer.

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Accpr'ding to/Case spokesman Fred Feightner,


thé series ef Case pocketknives celebrating
¿Colt's 175th anniversary marks the first time
in Capé officials' recotlection that a Case
knífé or series of knives has been offered in
wnich afmtíipf company's tang stamp appears
/along witíi'ihe Case stamping. (photos cour-
tesy/of Srnoky tjóuntain Knife Works)
I t was inevitable two great American companies such as Case
and Colt would eventually come togcther to créate a line of
knives that could be made only ¡n the heart and soul of the
USA—and what better year to do it than 2011 to mark Colt's
Three different Case knives
commemorate the lOOth anni-
versary of the Colt Model 1911,
one of which is the Case Bowie.
175th anniversary?
The front tang has the Case
Case, the company who produces sonie of the best and most 2011 stamp. The back side
collected knives in America, has teamed with Smoky Moun- has the same COLT U.S.A.
tain Knife Works, the world's largest knife retailer and the tang stamp as the Case 175th
licensee for Colt, to make a collaboration of knives not Colt anniversary pocketknives.
The blade features special etched
only to mark Colt's 175th anniversary, but also to artwork commemorating the 1911 's
commemorate the lOOth anniversary of the Colt centennial. (photo courtesy of Smoky
Model 1911, the gun that forever changed the Mountain Knife Works)
world of pistols and quite possibly the out-
come of World War I. two very well-known, respectable American companies. Howev-
And in what appears to be a first er, onc niajor difference should makc these knives more collect-
for Case, the knives will include ible than the standard anniversary models. According to Case
tang stamps of both Case and spokesman Fred Fcightner, it is thought to be the first time Case
another company—in this in- has ever offered a knife or series of knives with both the Case tang
stan ce, Colt. stamp and that of another company.
Samuel Colt received a patent "Case has done much co-branding over the years," Feightner
for his design of a revolving pis- noted. "In most cases, these co-branded opportunities consisted
tol in 1836, and, after many triáis of a knife made by Case with a Case tang stamp and a shield, and/
and hardships, began making the or embellishment on the handle, and/or a blade representing the
pistols on a commercial basis for licensee's brand. Examples include the John Deere, John Wayne,
everyone from the Texas Rangers lohnny Cash, Boy Scouts of America or other licensed products
to the US. Army. The accuracy, in our current catalogs.
precisión and quality of Colt fire- "This is the first time in our recollection that a Case knife, or
arms wcre legcndary and inspired series of knives, has been offered in which another company's
the oíd saying, "God created man, lang stamp appears along with the Case stamping"
Sam Colt made them equal." Pete Cohan said all serious All of which, National Knife Museum Curator Pete Cohan
It is hard to find a movie about collectors should take note said, bodes well for Case aficionados and anyone who valúes col-
the Civil War, the Oíd West or even of the co-stamped Case/Colt lectible knives.
World War II in wbich yon do not knives. "This is a really signiricant move on the part of Case because,
see a Colt pistol carried or refer- to my knowledge, in all of their history, they have never done this
enced. The same is said about every great knife collection—that with another company before," Cohan noted, "and most serious
it is not truly complete if it does not include a fcw Case knives. collectors should take note of that."

Behind The Scenes Co-Stamped


About three years ago, Smoky Mountain Knife Works acquired The first series is a set of six pocketknives. On the fronl tang of
the exclusive licensing from The New Colt Hold-
ing Corp, to be the official licensee to design and
produce knives undcr the Coll brand ñame. Since Smoky Mountain Knife Works is one of two exclusive
then, Smoky Mountain Knife Works has not only sources for the Colt/Case knives, the other being retail
grown and improved the Colt line of knives, but stores supplied by Blue Ridge Knives. Inset is Kevin
Pipes, SMKW CEO and president. (photo of Kevin Pipes
also has expanded its licensing of Colt Ítems to courtesy of SMKW)
otfer a wide range of products under the
new Colt Tactical Gear line—everything
from tactical vests and universal pistol hol-
sters to AR-15 rifle cases.
"We are really excited to be able to bring
these two American companies together
and produce a series of products that we
believe every die-hard American cannot
live without in their collection," said Kevin
Pipes, president and CF,O of Smoky Moun-
tain Knife Works.
To many, it may seem like just another
set of anniversary knives made special by
CASE/COLT

the primary blade of each is the Case 2011


stamp. Meanwhile, history is made on the
front tang of the secondary blade, where
each knife is stamped COLT US.A.
Along with the dual tang stamps, the
first series of pocketknives features a
"Rampant Colt," the symbol of Colt qual-
ity, etched on the center bolster. On the
secondary blade is not only an etching of
Sam Colt's signature but W.R. Cases sig-
nature as well. A gold color etch on the
primary blade reads ¡75th Anniversary of
Colt. All the knives have Colt-blue Del-
rin handles and are packed in collectible
I75th annivcrsary tín boxes. Depcnding
LANSKY
ÍSHARPENERS
on the pattern, the knives rangc anywhere
from $59.99 to $72.99 in manufacturéis
idard
irpening System suggested retail prices, and are available
IMI inciudes: Knife handllng clamp, oil, guide rods & sharpen-
exclusively at Smoky Mountain Knife
ing hones, whích all store in the handy carry case. Dozens Works and through Illuc Ridgc Knives.
oí accessories available such as hono for serrated kriives.
• Controlled-Angle Sharpening
1911 Centennial Knives
• Fully Customizable
'Ihreediffcrent Case knives commemorate
• American-made
the lOOth anniversary of the Colt Model
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COLT U.S.A. tang stamp as the pocket-
knives. 'Ihe main blade surface features
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special etched artwork commemorating
the 1911 s centennial.
New Pre-cut inventory Many thanks to our The other two Model 1911 anniversary
Hard to find sizes! loyal customers knives are trappers. One is the standard
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Premium Grade G10* AMERICAN MADE STAINLESS the pistol's centennial.
More than 15 colors available STEEL TORXSCREWS** "After this first series of knives we are
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Contact: All Credit Cards
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cerning the knives, he simply said, "Stay
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KNIFE SHOP & OYSTER BAR | By Chuck Schuette

HOW TO MAKE AND USE THE CHUCK


Spatks fíy as
Chuck grinds
SCHUETTE'"KING'S OYSTER KNIFE"
oñe of his oyster
knives. (photo
courtesy of
Chuck Schuette)

The Chuck ,
Schuette King's
Oyster Knife rests
atop a bed of
Chesapeake Bay
oyster shells. (phot
courtesy of Chuck
Schuette)
A h, the brave man who first ate the guts of a stone.
What a marvelous discovery! The lowly oyster
has been esteemed for thousands of years as a
gourmet food and is dístributed worldwidc in many
variations. In my homo state of Maryland there has al-
ways been a strong oyster culture, and the Chesapeake
Bay oyster is highly prized.
I carne to Maryland from the Midwest as a youth and
soon learned of the wonderfu! oysler and the bluc crab,
for which the Chesapeake Bay is also renowned—but
that is another animal. I am here to tell you how I make
my "King's Oyster Knife."
My wife, Pam, actually deserves the credit for urging
me to make oyster knives. I have forged many hunters,
camp knives, fighters and swords, and enjoyed making
them, but she would always say, "You should be making
uyster knives; they would sell like crazy."
Well, I finally listened and made a few and took them
to a local show, along with my usual fare. Darned if in
15 minutes the oyster knives werc sold and gone. Guys,
listen to your wives!
The first oyster knives 1 made were simple, standard
designs with stabilized wood handles. However, I re-
alized there was a niche for an upgraded model. We
wanted to produce something that would be very func-
tional but also bcautiful and eye catching, something
unlike anythíng else on the market. As the design has With the completad knife at upper right, the various parís appear in assorted
evolved, I think we are on the right path. stages of completion—handles at top, guaros, buttcaps and pin stock in the
middle, and 52100 bar stock and blades (in order of stages of compietion from
left) at bottom. (photo courtesy of Chuck Schuette)
Steel & Startup
When 1 first began the King's Oyster series, I was forg-
ing 1.5-inch round bar 52100E into suitable sizes for tire piece and let dry. I use a torch to heat the blade to the cor-
the smallish knives, but soon concluded forging was not really rect temperature and plunge it into 125°F quenching oil. Do this
improving the end product. My oyster knives are designed pri- three times over a three-day period. Draw the temper down in a
marily for prying and scraping, not cutting. As a result, now I use small oven so the blade has a Rockwell hardncss of 55-57 HRO.
5210QF, round b¿ir just over a half inch indiameter. My shop tests Do it three times for a mínimum of two hours, cooling to room
have shown the smaller bar produces a tool that is just as strong temperature between draws. This method gives me great results.
and allows for fewer steps in the process. 1 test ea_ch blade by trying to break the tips off. I have not bro-
Lel's get started. (Refer to the picture at upper right as a guide ken one yet.
for the following steps and for those under "Guard & Buttcap"
and "The Handle") Cut the bar stock to a predetermined length (¡uard Sí Huttcap
and mark it with a permanent marker to show the cul Unes. Next, Since nickel silver is easy to shape and embellish, 1 use it in sheet
grind a set of parallel flats on the billet to allow for the attach- and rod form for the guard and buttcap. Cut out squares of the
ment of a hardened file guide. Using the grinder, grind the stub material, mark them with the correct shapes and profile them on
tang to near the guide and finisb by hand filing, leaving a slight the grinder. Drill a hoie through the guard and hand-file it to fit
radius to prevent stress risers. the tang. Filework the center section of the guard and texture the
From there, using a small chainsaw file, cut three grooves background.
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and blade. Next, grind ihe barrel-shaped ricasso. U goes quickly it to the cent,er piece, and drill two holes—one on cach side ior
if you do it on the edge of the pialen and with a flexible belt. pinning. Apply a little J-Ii Wcld-and pin the three pieces together.
Shape the point and ground out the top of the bladc for later Precisión holes allow foran invisible fit on the pins when sanding
beveling. Ihen, grind the bottom of the blade in the shape of the and polishing ihe top and bottom of the guard. Grind the guard
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I leal trcatment is pretty standard for 52100. Normalize it three Complete the guard and, using J-R Wckl, install it on the blade.
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"MUCH OF MY
WORK DEVELOPS
LIKE A SERIES OF
LIGHTLYMISHEARD
^WHISPERS."

v
A handle <jf shakudo with
gold, silver and copper inlays
highlights Grace Horne's piece
in RWL-34 stainless. Blade
length: 2.25 inches. Overall
length: 5.5 inches. (Point
Seven photo)
G
race Horne is an artist, embrac-
ing the basic elements of her sub- Felt, wool, silk and
ject and then allowing them to aluminum combine
on the handle Home
take flight in her imagination.
customized for her
For two decades she has plied her craft "woolly" Spyderco
in the eradle of modern knifemaking, Urban folder. (Point
Sheffield, England. Before that, comple- Seven photo)
tion of her collcgc degree in design, craft
and technology required a project. For it
she ambitiously chose a set of three slip
joínts with damascus blades, making the
steel with artist and blacksmith Richard
Quinnell at his forge in the Fire and Iron
Gallery in Surrey. By 1994, Horne had
relocated to Shcfficld to seek an appren-
ticeship in knifemaking wilh Stan Shaw,
perhaps the last of the legendary "LiUle
Mesters," the independent Sheffield
knifemakers who helped sustain the citys
storied reputation for quality cutlery. (See
"Stan Shaw: Little Mester of Shefficld,"
March \994BLADE-.)
Though Shaw was unable to ñire an
apprentice, he gave Horne a box of oíd
blades to work with, some having been
forged a century before. "I decided to lake
a more academic approach," she recalled,
"completing both a knife-related masters
degree and Ph.D. at Sheffield Hallam Uni-
versity. My work was workshop based,
and the material I ended up working with
was layers of carbón steel separated by
99.99 percent puré silver foil. Visually, I
like steel and silver together. It is a combi-
nation I have often come back to over the
years. But if the two main rcsearch ques-
tions were 'Can it be done?' and 'Was it Based on a silver-bladed
worth the etfort?' then the answer would fruit knife made by William
Needham in 1918, "Shadow
have to be 'Yes.'" of Opportunity" put Horne's
Horne produces only about lü to 12 work before BLADE- readers
knives each year and does not accept on page 98 of the January
custom orders. She does not sell through 2010 issue. The handle is
kitn-fired giass enamel with
purveyors but maintains a lisl of people
sterling silver flecks. The
to notify when a knife is available or 2.95-inch blade is RWL-34
whcn her online portfolio is updated. She stainless. (Point Seven photo)
describes her work as m ate r i al-and-con -
cept driven yet deeply embeddcd with the
historical Sherfield knifemaking tradition. While knives are and at the end of each week I made all the bits ínto
one of her loves, another is textiles, and a recent foray new scales for that knife and then went on to the next
combined the two. one."
"A couple of years ago," she recalled, "while my new The modified knives actually incorpórate pieces of Ítems
workshop was being converted Irom an oíd Victorian such as corrugated board, duct tape, envclopes, and packag-
public toilet, I didn't have knifemaking space but my tex- ing mesh into the handles, and the effort has been followed by a
tile studio was still accessible. '[his Icd to my first pieces series of "fluffy" knives. Since knife laws are oppressive in Britain
that cross the boundaries belween knives and textiles. and the sight oí a pocketknife can elicit comments, Horne cov-
These modified Spyderco knives were thc result of a project to ered the Spyderco UKPK she often carries with woolen felt.
visnally represcnl ihe valué of knives as everyday tools. During a "I love felt making," she said. "II is versatile and the final prod-
three-week period I collected everything that I cut with the knife, uct can be very hard wearing. My complete knife just gets washetl

FEBRUARY 2012 blademag.com 49


P R O F I L E IN STEEL

when it's dirty, and how can anyone be scared of a woolly knife?"
From a woolly knife, the innovative artist progressed to "cocoon
knives" that she characterized as soft, warm and visually non-threat-
ening. "Mosl of the fouiidation work is a woolen felt," she comment-
ed. "I use a combination of wet, necdlc and ñuño fclting to créate the
desired effect, incorporating silk, cotton and other meshes intu the
structure of the felt. The surfaces are then stitched, reworked, embroi-
dered and embellished.
"l-'olding knives fascínate me bccause they are all about change—
open and closed, dangerous and safe, big and small. A cocoon holds
a similar fascination; it is full of potential to be somethíng completely
difieren!."
When she finished her academic studies, Horne said she recog-
nized her education had bccn not only about the production of metal,
but also about the creative process. This led to the keeping of exten-
sive noles and sketches.
"I rarely take on commissions but, if I do, then part of the cre-
ative dialogue is often conducted through photos of drawings from
my sketchbook, and then photographs as the work progresses," she
Horne's "Cocoon
#2" incorporales
related. "Ihe story of each knife is importan!—why 1 made it, the
felt, wool, silk and inspiration behind it, what makes it difterent from Ihc other knives I
aluminum for the have madc. liecauseof this, cach knife has its own littlebookcontain-
cocoon handle. The ing vital statistics, life story, background information and pictures."
2.9-inch blade is
RWL-34 stainless.
Every knife Horne makes is one of a kind, likc the creative energy
(Point Seven photo) she channels into her work. "Much oí my work develops like a se-
ries of slightly misheard whispers," she smiled. '"Ihc title ofa picture
or a writtcn description of an event will
créate an image in my hcad that often is
very difierent from the one that would
have developed from a visual input. A
physical event becomcs a wrirren or
spoken distillation and is then reinvent-
ed as a new object. Very often, when I
track back, I am surprised at how far my
creativo process has lakcn me from the
original sourcc."
Tbough she never makes the same
knife twice, Horne does see recurring
themes in her work, and she revisits ba-
3 1/2" blade and 6 1/2" sic forms from time to time. She does
total length. (Sizesare not opérate a forge in her shop but does
enjoy making her own pattern-wcldcd
approximate.)
steel. Award-winning damascus niakers
$95.00 andf 6.00 shippfng Daryl Meier, Hank Knickmeyer and F.d
1095 high Carbón Steel, Elk handles, Schempp work with her in steel mak-
handmade custom leather sheath ing after some "gentle coaxing and tu-
ition" on Horne's part. She also likes to
To choosi; from available models, use RWL-34 and other Swedish stainless
go lo www.wildboarblades.com steels for knife blades.
Most of the work she does is by hand
or with a small surface grinder, and she
has plans to have a belt grinder up and
running soon. A visit to her shop reveáis
P.O. Box 328, Toutle, WA 98649 a number of hand tools used by jewelers,
360-601-1927 cutlers and watchmakers through the
generations. An oíd Shcffield knifemaker
'ww.wildboarblades.com ray@wildboarblades.com would probably feel right at home there.
Annual trips to the BLADE Show are

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vital in maintaining contad with other
knifemakers and supplement her use of
social media such as Facebook. When
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she comes to the USA, she has knives
photographed by Point Seven and catches
up with others in the global knifemak-
ing community. She also attends the
KnivesUK show and the SICAC show in
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"I'm not entirely sure what my knives
will look like next year," Horne laughed.
'Tve started playing with glove leathers,
and 1 fancy incorporating some visual el-
ements from the corsets that I make. One
thing 1 am certain about ís that, yet again,
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Grace Horne
Depí. BL2, 182 Crimicar Ln
Sheffield, Britain
United Kingdom
S104EJ
07812672 788
gracehorne@hotmail.co.uk
Active on Facebook

Specialties: One-of-a-kind knives, fold-


ers and fixed blades
Blade Steels: Damascus of her own
making and also that of Daryl Meier,
Hank Knickmeyer and Ed Schernpp;
RWL-34 and other Swedish stainless
steels
Handle Materials: Any number of
different ones, from the traditional to
common, including everyday materi-
als not normally seen on knives; also,
shakudo (with a dark blue-purple
patina, ¡t is 4 percent gold, 96 percent
copper) and shibuichi (with muted
shades of blue or green, often one part
MadeilT
silver to three parts copper); also blue the US A
coral, mother-of-pearl, abáleme and
other natural substances
Your Grace: Makes 10 to 12 knives per
year; does not normally accept custom
orders
rice Ranges: $450-$900

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HERO KNIVES By Gene Englehart BLADE® reader

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THE AUTHOR TOOK HIS DAD'S WARTHER COMMANDO KNIFE BACK TO ITS ROOTS

The author's dad kept the


Warther Commando Knife
in the original box and, as
far as the author knows,
nevar used it. The 7-inch
blade has the author's
father's ñame and serial
number engraved on it. The
sheath is original, (photo
courtesy of Gene Englehart)

The author (left) holds his dad's World War U Warther Commando Knife in the Warther knife shop
in Dover, Ohio. At right is knifemaker Dale Warther, grandson of Ernest Warther, Dale passed away
in 2010. (photo courtesy of Gene Englehart)

Editor's note: On page 114 of the Decem- mechanics in Michigan, Florida and good fortune to meet Ernests grandson,
ber BLADE; we ran the story "Ed's Dad's Oklahoma. Dale, and to show him the knife. He told
WWII Ek" about the knife BLADE field I believe it was when he was stationed me the copper in the sheath came from a
editor Ed Fowler's dad carried during the in Michigan thal he ordered a Comman- local sheriffwho had confiscated it from a
Second World War. Along with the story do Knife from Krnest Warther in Dover, moonshíne still. 'Ihe brass came from the
we asked readers to sena us pictures and Ohio. After Dad got thc knife, he kept it kick plates on the men's room door at the
information about their dads' military in the original box and, as far as I know, local bigh school. Ernests son Dave took
knives. It didnt take longfor reader Gene never used it. It has a 7-inch blade with it all home for the war effort. Ernest made
Englehart to suppiy the following. his ñame and serial number engraved on only about 1100 of these knives and sold
it. them for about $15 apiece, which is prob-

M
y father, Orville Englehart of Ever since I was a little kid the knife fas- ably less than they cosí him to make.
Paw Paw, Illinois, spent four cínated me, and I was forbidden to touch Ernest was a genius and an incrcdibly
years in the Navy as a chief it. In 2009,1 took it with me on a trip Fast skilled carver and craftsman. Dale was
petty officer during World War II. He that included a visit to the Warther Mu- very gracious to me the day I vísited his
was stationed stateside, Iraíning aircraft scum and workshop in Dover. I liad the shop, and I was very sad to hear of his

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FACTORY FOCUS | By Dave Rhea BLADE® field editor

PUMA USA

An example of Puma USA's


new SGB tactical knives is
the Springbok Black assisted-
opening fíipper folder with a
3.3-inch blade of German-made
440A stainless steel. It is 4.2
inches closed and sports a lock-
ing liner in a black aluminum
handle. (Puma USA photo)
F
or Puma Knife Co., there ¡s a
con uncir uní. On the one hand, Characterized by Puma USA's Chris Lalik as probably one
Puma is among the world's most of the most famous knives of all time, the Puma White
famous and longest-lived cutlery brands, Hunter features a 5.9-inch blade of 440A staintess
recognizable because of a rich pedigree with a big skinning belly, a false edge on top
and back story. It was the eighth regis- for hacking, and old-style serrations for
three years
cutting through joints and gristle of wild
tered trademark in Germany, founded by planning and game. The stag handle is rounded
Johann Wilhelm Lauterjung in 1769. That executing a strategy for comfort. Made in Germany,
alone is pretty darn impressive. to return the Puma brand it has a manufacturéis
About halfway through the 20th centu- to tbe forefront. suggested retail pnce
of $409.95. (Puma
ry, particularly after World War II, Puma '1 here was a time when no such USA photo)
turned its focus to the outdoors by ramp- strategy was needed, Lalik noted.
ing up productton of huntíng, fishing and "[Puma] was actually the No. 3
pocketknives. "There were a lot of really [knife] brand in the early '70s," he
cool things done in the '50s, some of the explained. "The people who dis-
classics like the Waidbcsteck, Waidmess- tributed it before changed the focus of
er and the (agdnicker," Vice Presiden! of" their business. Ihey focused a lot of their
Marketing and Operations Chris Lalik eftbrts on ílashlights," though he said not just the tradi-
said of Pumas models with the distinctive his predecessors' approach made sense tional hunters but some
Germán ñames. in the context of the company business of the other parts of the knife
However, while Kershaw, Columbia model as it was structured at the time. market for the younger consum-
River Knife & Tool and others have taken Now, though, the emphasis has changed. ers who are looking for spríng-as-
leaps and bounds in recent years to make "[Knives are our solé business and weare sist and ílip knives. We are trying
their lines known, Puma has done little in tbcusing 100 percent of our effort on the to realign the product line with what the
terms of keeping up in North America, Puma knife brand," he continued. "This is consumers are looking for today."
the world's largest knife market. all we do. We are in the knife business." Bringing to market what consumers
'Ihat is where Lalik enters the picture. Carpenter and Lalik took over Puma want now breaks down to two major com-
As a 16-year veteran specializing in bin- USA in lanuary 2009. Since then they ponents: the aforementioned updating of
ocular;;, scopes, optics and other Ítems have been adding ncw knives, Lalik said, the line with more modern ofierings, and
for Bushnell and Meade, he knows the and picking up new distribution fairly lowering the price point to something
American sporting merchandise market. regular I y, more affordable for working-class Joes.
The team of Lalik and Bob Carpenter, the "We are getting a significan! portion of These days, that means outsourcing part
latter presiden! of Puma USA who adds our sales from the ncw knives that we've of the production to ("hiña. Puma USA
19 years of outdoor/sporting industry introduced," he said. "We're updating the recently entered the offshore production
expericnce to the equation, have spent product linc to make it more current— market in order to be successful at the

Clip and saw


blades of 440A stainless
•* steel and a handle of Jacaranda
wood complete the Warden lockback.
MSRP: $79.95. (Puma USA photo)

A 4.2-inch blade of 440A stainless, a stag handle


and brass single guard highiight the Elk Hunter
SGB. MSRP: $95.95. (Puma USA photo)

SGB'M Elk Hunter 6816050


Germán Blade
FACTORY FOCUS

Thanks to such pocketknives as the Stock-


man SGB, Puma shows it has not forgotten
its roots. Blade steel: 440A stainless. Puma Knife Co. USA
Handle material: brown jigged attn: Chris Lalik, Dept. BL2
bone. Approximate closed 13934 W. lOSth St.
length: 3 inches. MSRP: Lenexa, KS 66215
$37.95. (Puma USA
913-888-5524
photo)
www.pumaknifecompanyusa.com

Specialties: Outdoor and utility fixed


blades, folders and pocketknives
Blade Steel: German-made 440A
stainless with a Rockwell hardness of
55-57 HRC
Handle Materials: Stag, brown jigged
( bone, Jacaranda wood, stainless steel,
ABS plástic and plexiglás
Furniture: Brass rivets, nickel or brass
bolsters
Puma Proofed: Each Puma blade made
in Germany is indented with a Rock-
latter component. The new line is called it into a folder, and it will come with a well diamond hardness tester—look
SGB (Solingen, Germany Blade) and spring assist," he said. "It will combine an for the small indented "proof" mark on
Lalik said it is different than the standard older design with some of the things that the nght-hand side just forward of the
Asian-production offering. the modern consumers are looking for." ricasso
The vast majority of tactory knives are Meanwhile, the Puma line remains rich Accessories: 0¡l and water sharpening
niade in Asía, he noted, so he of course with dassics, Including one in produc- stones, a pocket sharpener and metal
maintains no aversión to China-pro- tion that premiered in 1956: the White polisn, all under the Puma brand ñame
duced knives. However, he stressed that Hunter. It is an archetypal multi-purpose MSRP Range: $15.95-$409.95
German-made blade steel is the must- hunting knifc that features a big skinning
have ingredient to a great Puma knifc. belly, a false edge on top for hacking, and
With that in mind, he set out to lower the old-style serrations for cutting the joints
cost of the company's otherwise some- and gristlc of wild game. With a 5.9-inch ful their efforts can bring the richness
what-priccy knives by shipping pre-made blade, the White Hunter is all about vari- and quality of the brand to bear in North
Puma models to China for assembly. able tasks. "Il has a lot of really cool fea- America.
"What Punía is trying to do is bridge tures," Lalik grinncd. "It's probably one of "We have focused on being easy to do
the gap some between a pure-Asian prod- the most famous knives of all time." business with. Wc want people to like to
uct and a pure-German product," Lalik Otherclassicsremaining in the lineare do business with us, both on a consumer
noted. "It's really more of a hybrid, and it's the 1964-era mililary offerings, the Cor- and retailer level," Lalik explained. "We're
really been selling very, very wcll." poral, Lieutenant and Sergeanl. "Many of advertising really for the first time in
A great example of a new SGB tactical these knives went over to Vietnam," he probably 15 years. We're trying to get the
is the Springbok Black assisted-opening explained. "People who were deployed brand back out in front of people. We're
ílipper folder with a 3.3-inch blade of typically flew through (¡ermany, and they trying to let people know we're slill play-
German-made 440A stainless steel. It is would pick up a bowie or a skinner or a ing the game and we're paying attention."
4.2 inches closed and sports a locking lin- White Hunter, and they would take them
er in a black aluminum handle. It is a far to war. So, in that sense, [such Puma To read similar stories and the latest knife
cry from the traditional Puma slip joint. models] were sort of the forerunners to news, forums, blogs and much more, see
Lalik said Puma also is devcloping a tactical knives." http://knifeslwwcase. blademag. com.
folder based on the vintage Puma Tac Now that the Puma brand is making a
2. "We're updatíng the design, niaking comeback, Lalik and Carpentcr are hope- BLADE

The Cougar exhibits the look and feel of an out-


standing using fixed blade—classic German-made
Puma in evety résped. (Puma USA photo)
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TEXAS KNIFEMAKER'S SUPPLY

T he Boone & Crockett Kit offers ev-


erything yon need to assemble a
quality, finished knifc, says Andrew
Robinson of Texas Knifemaker's Supply.
The kit includes an AUS-6A stainless Steel
first-time knifemakers who are un-
familiar with the building process,"
Robinson states.
"For handle materials, customers
can choose from over 30 colors of
blade heat treated to 58-59 HRC on the Dymondwood scales, and the only
Rockwell Hardness scale, epoxy, 3/16-inch finishing required is shaping, sand-
The Texas Knifemaker's Supply Boone & Crockett
brass rod, Dymondwood™ handle scales ing and buffing with non-coloring
Kit includes an AUS-6A stainless steel blade, ep-
and thong hole tubing. Available for $29, rouge," he notes. "The typical cus- oxy, 3/16-inch brass rod, Dymondwood'" handle
íf the kit's parts were sold separately, they tomer is either a first-tíme builder, scales. and thong hole tubing.
wouíd add up to $35. or a returning customer who has
"Whlle the Boone & Crockett Kit itself assemblcd a kit and has been re- gifts, and for Scout troops.
is not necessarily unique to other knife quested by a friend or family member to "We feel our kits are best utilized by
kits on the market, we offer our experience assemble one for them, as well. Customers putting them together and thcn using the
and cxpertise, either by phone or c-mail, to purchase kits for birthday and Christmas kníves in the field," Robinson adds.

MASECRAFT SUPPLY

T;
* - ^his is without a doubt the high-
est-quality man-made material
that we ofFer," says Chris Hart-
man of Masecraft Supply. "It is manufac-
turcd to cxacting standards in the USA and
patterns and metal combinations
never before possible." Knife scale
sets range from $30-$90, depending
on size and thickness.
"They are engineered to be dense
is true heirloom quality." and stablc with a high strength-to-
Hartman refers to M3 Metal Composite weight ratio," Hartman claims. "The
knife scalc and bolster material, available colors and patterns run completely
in blanks and billets. Macro-Molccular through the material. It can only be
Metals (M3) are part of a new breed of described as a modern-day versión
composite materials used, according to of mokumé gane, which literally transíales Described as a modern-day, affordable
alternative to mokumé gane, M3 Metal
Hartman, for everything from the Stealth to Svood-grained metal.' Real mokumé Composite is offered by Masecraft Sup-
Bomber to the International Space Station. gane ¡s more expensivc than M3, with M3 ply—in blanks and billets—for knife handle
He says they are recognized for astounding being about the same price as our high-cnd scales and bolsters.
aesthctic properties, and for taking a high- natural handle materials, and worth every
mirror fmish. penny." the price a maker initially paíd us— for a
"They are made with puré metáis and So confident are Masecraft officials of scale that breaks hy mistake while working
exotic elemenís," he notes. "Tht; engineers the strength and quality of M3, Hartman his or her first few pieces.
at M3 Cornposite Industries produce them says the company offers a full replacement "It is unbelievably easy to turn, cut,
in a variety of shapes and sizes, including warranty against defects and "unsightly shapc and polish with standard wood-
matched sets for knife scales. They créate patterns." "We even offer an 'oops insur- working tools, wood and metal iathes, or
exotic metal colors, beautiful wood-grain ance'—replacing a part for 50 percent of CNC equipment," Hartman concludes.
FINE TURNAGE PRODUCTIONS

Mi
"" ~" ulti-colored fossil brain coral and scales are availablc as large as 2-by-7
is a hot new ítem we sell by inches each.
, . _•
.the square inch," says Charles "We were getting ready for the 2011 "*li .
•*• ? J^H •
Turnage of Fine Turnage Productions. BI.ADE Show, and what we had done is l ?"¿ fc >-
"Our coral is easier to work than mam- dye the coral for one day, take it out, dry
moth tooth, and harder than bone. We of- it, and then pul it in resin for another day
fer a video on working it on our Website." to stabilize it," Turnage explains. "My son
Because of the variety of patterns, colors mistakenly pul it in resin that had hlack
and the company's large quantity of stock, dye in it, and it carne out black and red, Fine Turnage Produc-
Turnage says fossil brain coral is becoming basically a douhle dye of rich colors. When tions offers fossil
brain coral in a variety
many makers' handle material of choice, Goldie Russell saw it, she thought it was
of colors and patterns
and is colored and stabilized in house to unbelievable, so now we offer it in differ- for knife handles.
control quaüty. A set of two l-by-3-inch ent color combinations as a result of the
scales is $20, or about $3.50 a square inch, mistake."

GIRAFFE BONE KNIFE SUPPLY

S
andy McClure of Giraffe Bone Knife can now get
Supply reasons that, as long as the 10 percent
company is offering new steel pat- orf by men-
An example of "Big Rose" pattern Dam-
terns, knifemakers should be able to try tioning they
asteel damascus, available from Giraffe
them at a discount. read about the new pallfrn-- in lii.ADE . Bone Knife Supply, comprises the blade
The company debuts "Mumin" and "Big "This is a great deal because it saves ofJerry McCIure's "Beaver Cleaver"
Rose" Damasteel damascus patterns in 1 /8- money on a high-quality product," Mc- model in a rounded tip, mosaic-damascus
inch and 5/32-inch thicknesses. Each da- Clure reasons. "It is different from other bolsters, a mammoth-ivory handle and
gold pins.
mascus billet is comprised of UWI.-34 and producís because it is stainless, and bolh
PMC-27 powder steels. Normally $16 per steels harden. The steel is the same every
inch in 1/8-inch thicknesses, and $18 per time, and easy to grind, heat treat, sharpen patterns fit nicely into our overall product
inch for 5/32-inch-thick hars, customers and take to a high rinish. The two newest offe rings."

HALPERN TITANIUM

A
source of knifemaking supplies Upon Spyderco president
since 1997, Halpern Titanium, in Sal Glesser's suggestion One of several G-l O scale
addition to ofFering American- two ycars ago, Halpern styles Halpern Titanium offers
for the Spyderco Mulé Team Project is
made knifemaking supplies, continúes its Titanium bogan machining
an orange diamond-textured pattern.
partnership with Spyderco and its "Mulé a limiled run of precisión G-10 handle
Team Project," according to Halpern's Mel- scales for the Mulé Team blades. "What
anie Sartori. started out as a tríal run has turned into hard-to-find píate si/es, including a pre-
Spyderco describes the Mulé Team Proj- a Mulé Team frenzy," Sartori quips. "To cut inventory of,180-to-.210-¡nch6AL-4V
ect as a "simple, inexpensive venue for keep things interesling, Halpern Titanium titanium available in 1/2-square-foot-by-
'steel junkies' to have an opportunity to has developed different styles of grips and 1-square-foot sheets. Additionally, a .050-
test different blade steels themselves. Each now offers fivc handle options in varying inch-thíck, 10.5-¡nch-by-ll-inch titanium
run [of knives] is madc with a diíferent, in- textures and colors." sheet is available for $32, while supplies
teresting steel. They all have the same pat- Complete with hardware, handle scales last. Finally, in celebration of its upcoming
tern, a full-tang fixcd blade. They all have range in list prices from $20-to-$40 per sel I5th anniversary, Halpern Titanium offers
the same thickness, grind and edge, and of two, depending on style. Torx" screws at the reported 1997 price of
are hcat treated to the optimal hardness for Halpern Titanium also has expanded $12 per pack of 100. Socket-head screws
ihat steel." its inventory of titanium stock to indudc are$20-to-S25 for a pack of 100.

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STOCK SPECIALS

CENTER CROSS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS The Hollow Ground


Hunter

G
ene Osborn has been making hollow-ground hunting knives using the
knives for 30 years, offering hand- stock-removal method, simple jigs and ba-
•i
wiin Gene Osborn
forged damascus to other knife- sic edge geometry. 'Ihc "bcginner" DVD,
makers and accumulating a video library as Osborn describes it, carríes a lisl price
of instructional knifemaking DVDs that he of $40, and includes instruclion on hollow
oífers on his company's Website. 'Ihe vid- grinding, fileworking, and tasks like setting
eos are available on any number of knile- screw depths and making sheaths. "Center
making how-to's featuring such maker/in- Cross Instructional Videos have set the
structors as Ed Cafí'rey, David Broadwell, standards in knifcmaking videos since
Duane Dushane, Harvey Dean, Steve John- 2004," Osborn states.
son, Don Polzten, Raymond Rybar, Johnny
Stout and Chuck Burrows, to ñame a few.
Done by Gene himself, oneof Osborn's In The Hollow Ground Hunter DVD, Gene
videos—The Hollow Ground Hunter—lakes Osborn takes viewers through the process of
viewers through the process of fashioning fashioning hollow-ground hunting knives.

T he maniifacturing división
Jantz Supply has created an ex-
clusive line of Crucible Steel full-
tang knife blades. Steels available are D2,
440C, 154CM, CPM-S30V and US.-made
damascus, all of which [antz reports are
Two full-tang knife blades offered for sale by Jantz Supply are shown as they come from
priced "to compete with imported prod- the supplier, as well as after the handle materials have been added.
ucts, which are often of lesser, unknown
materials and qualíty."
"It's a line of blades utilizing only USA Venice Jantz said Jantz Supply is the ex-
clusive U.S. distributor of GTC 440C thrust
materials, supplies and labor," claims Ven-
bearings designed by Brazílian knifemaker
ice (antz. "Qualily control inspections are Gustavo Cecchini for his handmade folders.
performed throughout the manufacturing
process to assurc the highest-quality blade.
Each Jantz full-tang blade pattern is preci-
sión ground before and after bevel grind-
ing, then cryogenically heat treated to en-
sure wear resistance, toughness and correct
Rockwell hardness for each type of steel.
"They are hard enough to retain a ra-
zor-sharp edge and flexible enough for a
perfectly crafted blade," Jantz adds. "Each
is finished with a choice of satin or 'ceramic and stcels for knifemaking," she claims. working with individual bearings that are
peen,' and each blade is hand sharpened to "Kach blade is etched with the type of difficult to take apart and reassemble," she
a ra?,or-sharp edge by a skilled craftsman." steel and 'Made in the U.S.A.' on the tang," notes. "Simply mili pockets in the blade
fantz says the company introduced the she adds, "allowing the knifemaker to etch and frame, place one bearing in the blade
blades lo promote knifemaking as a hob- his logo on the blade if desired." pocket, another in the framc, and yon have
by, as well as to offcr a quality product to [antz supply is also the exclusive U.S. an awesome, smooth, fast-opening sys-
novice and cxperienced knífemakers. Jantz distributor for GTC 440C thrusl bearings tem."
also offcrs Icather and Kydex* sheaths, bol- developed by Gustavo Cecchini for his fantz oflers the GTC thrust bearings
sters, guarda and handle material. "We are custom Iblding knives, according to Ven- for $2.95 each. List pnces for the full-tang
the only knifemaking supplier producing ice. "The GTC thrust bearing system is one knife blades vary from $17.95 to $39.95
and sclling its own line of custom blades piece, thus eliminating the frustration of apiece, depending on steel and frnish.
CULPEPPER & CO.

W
hen knifemakers purchase percent discount on carved stag bone slabs
amber-dycd stag from Culpep- in specific si/es, like 3 3/4-by-l 1/8 inches,
per & Co., it is the same price until the end of 2011. Natural and dyed
as natural stag with no additional cost for carved stag bone handle scales are $8 and
thc dye, according to Kristi Culpepper. As $10 a pair, respectively, and availablc in
she notes, "Probably thc greatest deal is the eight colors—"natural," amber, "fire oak"
stag or bone dying service because it allows (red), "mossy oak" (green), "lapis bine,"
the maker or manufacturer to use those dark brown, "sunset" (orange-brown) and
pieces of stag or bone that are ugly or non- "moss green."
matching in their natural statc, and trans- "The dye process penetrales the piece,
forní them into a beautiful, salable pair cif and in a way, stabilizes the voids witliin
handle scales. thcm by filling ihem with substance," Cul-
"We also offer a bone-jigging service, pepper remarks. "The process can be used Culpepper & Co. offers carved "stag bone"
on all types of antier, including sambar, (bone carved to resemble stag) in eight
which is particularly helpful in this econ-
distinct colors.
omy, gíving makers and manufacturers elk, whitetail and axis, as well as bone, like
the ability to créate new product from oíd camel and cattle. We have even dyed ex- jigging services," Culpepper insists. "We of-
stock. Though not necessarily new to the otic bone for a customer, and ¡I turned out fer around 40 dye colors, and 15 or so reg-
market, carved 'stag hone [bone carved to well. The supply of stag has not improved ular-stock jig patterns, and thus limilless
resemble stag| has become an economical the last few years, and is becoming increas- combinations. We also offer a 100 percent
and accepted subsütute for stag in custom ingly difficult to obtain. return policy on these and other Ítems."
and tactory knives." "We are thc only company in the world,
Culpepper & Co. currently olfers a 25 not only in the U.S., ottcring the dying and BLADE

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Weslev Davis
A Texas ranchcr and part-time knifemaker, Wcslcy Davis was
intcrested in making knives long before he practiced the craft.
In the 1980s, he contacted now-deceased k n i f e m a k e r í í l e n n
Marshall. "He told me what I needed to get startcd and how
much it would cost," Davis relates. "1 hung up the phone and
looked in the l i v i n g room wherc my three kids were playing.
and I knew ¡t would be <t while heforc I could pursue ¡t." Once
Davis' kids werc grown, he became a membcr of the "Kour States
Iron Munchers," and a few uf the other nicmbcrs made knives. "The spark was back on,"
he says. "This was in 2004, and I had the money and lime to go to the Bill Moran Sehool
of Bladesmithing." Davis, who makes (blders and fixed blades. ñames liill Ruple and
Harvey Dean as inspirational and influcnrial knifemakers. "Making something with your
own hands and doing it well is satisfying," Davis remarks. "Most of the world relies on
someone clse to make things." The slccveboard whittler ( r i g h t ) sports ladder-pattern-
damascus blades, stainless steel bolsters, liners and sliield, and stag handle slabs. Davis'
list pnce: $ 1,000. Contaet Wesley Davis, Dept. BL2, POB 33, Cunningham, TX 75434 903-
652-2784 wwdavis(oístarband.net. www.wesdavisknivcs.com. (Point Seven photo)

Shawn Shrooshire
"The outdoors is where I gct recharged," says Shawn
Shropshire, who ñames hunting, fishing, hiking. camp-
ing and canocing as favorite pursuits. "I love to be able to
take one of my knives into the field and use it on game
or in bushcraft activities. I test designs and malcriáis on
game that I harvest, and am more comfortable walking
on grass and din than on concrete and asphalt." A full-
time pólice officer, Shropshire plans lo spend inore time
b u i l d i n g military, tactical, h u n t i n g and frontier-style
knives when he retires. An Eagle Scout and assistant Cub Scout pack leader.
Shropshire says, 'Tin passing on my passion for knives to the Scouts in my pack.
I gct to take them out and teach ihem the things I learned." The bowie/fighter
(lel't) dons a D2 bladc, stag handle, Alabama Damascus guard and pommel,
and a frontier-style rawhide sliealh with beaver-tail wrap. Shropshire's list price:
$400. Contad Shawn Shropshire, Dept. BL2, POB 453, Picdmont, OK 73078 405-
833-5239 shawn@sdsknifcworks.com, www.sdsknileworks.com. (Ward photo)

Paul Jarvis
"I have been gifted with a good imagination. and I
wish to use it to its fullest," says Paul Jarvis, adding
that a machine shop teacher encouraged him to gct
into knifemaking. "lúich knifc 1 made was getling
better, and he told me so, which led me to make
more knives," he recalls. "I have always liked knives.
and I also collcet Europcan automatics and aunque
Japanese swords. The thing 1 likc about knifcmaking
is that it s only limited by your imagination." A part-time maker and full-time
machinist, Jarvis says he ollen spends six months on a knife, and enjoys work-
ing with silver, bronze and gold. His "Fixed Fighter" (right) paradcs a 12-inch
Dcvin Thomas damascus blade, a tcxturcd and blackened nickel silver guard
blade collar and butt. a mammoth-tooth handle, bronzc fittings and spacers,
and a Chris Kravitt leather sheath. Jarvis' list price: $7,500. Contaet: Paul
Jarvis, Dept. BL2, 30 Chalk Si., Cambridge, MA 02139 617-913-2008 or
617-661-301? pauljarvisknives(í/'gmail.com. (SharpByCoop.com photo)
Jim Dunla
"It's not about making a dollar, it's about making
Btnnething someone is proud lo own," surmiscs
knifeinakcr Jim Dunlap. "It's the pride and
craftsmanship thal goes inlo making the knives.
I have always liad a knifc in my pocket, and I
don't know how anyone coukl makc it wilhoul
one" Dunlap builds slip-joint and locking-lincr
folders, and says he cnjoys being around othcr
knifemakcrs to sce what thcy make and to learn from them. A part-time
maker. he builds approximately 40 knives a year and prefcrs ATS-34
blade stecl. "I like sccing the km te dcvclop through the whole process,
from what it was to what it turns out to be," he says. "1 am a hunter and
fisherman. I don't know who gave me my first knifc. Tve liad one as
longas I can rcmcmber."The slipjoint (right) is 3 5/8 inehes closed with
a clip-point ATS-34 blade, 410 stainless stecl bolstcrs, lincrs and springs,
and stag handlc slabs. Dunlap's list price: S300. Contad: Jim Dunlap,
Dept. BL2, 800 E. Badger Lee Rd., Sallisaw, OK. 74955 918-774-2700
dunlapknive8@gmail.com, (Kayla Minchew photo)

Ernie Swanson
A tull-iimc truck driver, Ernie Swanson uses his time
wisely on vvcekends, fashioning fixed-blade hunters
from high-carbon and stainless steels. stabili/.ed wood,
M ¡carta", nickel silver and brass. "I got into knifemaking
bccausc 1 always wanted a well-built knife bul could not
a fiord one. A member on BladeForums offcrcd to scnd
me somc supplies," Swanson relates. "The craftsmanship
is what it's all about for me, not so mueh the arl, but good. "
flowing lines. The strength and overall fccl of a good knife is hard to beat." An
avid hunter and fisherman, Swanson reasons that nol only is a knífe somcthing he
cannot live without. it has more uses than any othcr tool. Me ñames Bruce Bump,
EdCaffrey, Liob Loveless, Bill Moran, Ken Erickson andTodd Davidson as influ-
enees. "These are makers who, without ever talking to thcm, blew me away with
their work," he says. The drop-point hunter ( l e l t ) fcatures a 4.25-inch 1084 blade.
a spaltcd-birch handle and nickel-silver pins. Swanson's list price: $ 125. Contad:
Ernie Swanson, Dept. BL2, 23642 State Rd. 35, Lot 42, Siren, WI 54872 715-
349-5766 bigcrn26@gmail.com. (Kayla Minchew photo)

Chad Nell
Growing up in Manti. Utah, gave Chad Nell the opportunity
to spend valuablc time with knifcmakers Steve Johnson and
John Young. "They have been willing to sharc their tcchniqucs
and seercts about making a high-quality, precisión knife," Nell
cxplains. "Everything I have Icarned about knifemaking has becn
from those two talentcd artists." Having becn in the business
only since June 2010, Nell says knifemaking has becoine one
of the passions and great joys in his life. "My dad was a mastcr
meehanic who enjoyed making beautifully craftcd arrowhcads from tlint gathcred in the
hills surrounding Manti. He gave me my first Schrade Oíd Timer pocketknife when I was
6 ycars oíd, and 1 have been hookcd on knives ever since," Nell relates. He employs CPM-
154 and ATS-34 blade steels, 416 stainless for guards and fittings, and stag, sheep horn,
ivory, giraffe bone, exotic woods and synthctic handlc malcriáis. Every knife he builds,
from small hunters to sub-hilt fighters, has a tapered tang. and his list prices range from
$350-51,200. Hís versión of a Bob Loveless-stylc chute knifc (right) showcases a 4.5-inch
CPM-154 blade. a 416 stainless steel guard and fittings, a desert-ironwood liandle and a
brick-rcd spacer. The basket-weave-style lealher belt sheath is by Coot Pollock. Ncll's list
price: $625. Contact: Chad Nell, Dept. BL2, 75-6201 Hookuku Moho Pl.. Kailua Kona, HI
96740 435-229-6442 ncllknivcs(<í gmail.com. www.nellknives.com.

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NOVEMBER determined. Contact lid Wormscr 847-757- POB 511, Dept. BL2, Elm Grove, WI 53122
9926 e-mail edwll@aol.com, http://Tacti- 414-479-9765 badgcrknifeclub@aol.com.*
NOV. 5-6 MT. VERNON, IL Mt. Vernon callnvitational.com.*
Knifc Show, Jeffcrson County Custom Knife MARCH 23-25 PASADENA, CA Knife Expo
Club, Roland I.ewis Community H u i l d i n g JAN. 27-29 SAN ANTONIO, TX The Amer- 2012, Pasadena Convention Center. Contact
in the Mt. Vernon Veterans Park. Contad ican Bladesmith Society's 9th All-Forged the Southern California Blades, c/o Show
Nancy or Larry Hancock, 12193 E. Turner Blade Expo, Sheraton Gunter. Cali Harvey Chairperson Helen Nauert KnifeExpo2()12@
Dr, Deptw. BL2, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 618- Dean 512-446-3111 or Steve Dunn 270-563- att.net.*
242-4514jcckcl982@yahoo.com.* 9830 www.absknifeexpo.com.*
MARCH 23-25 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Salt
NOV. 11-12 CHATTANOOGA, TN Soddy- JAN. 28-29 ST. LOU1S, MO Gateway Área Lake City Knife Show, South Towne Expo-
Daisy Knife Collectors 1 two-day show, Knife Club Cutlery Fair 2012, Carpenters sition Center. Contact Rocky Mountain
Alhaiiibra S h r i n e Temple. Contact Ron Hall. Cali Mike 636-566-6632 or e-mail gate- Productions LLC www.rockymountain-
Franklin 423-400-4812 or Dewayne Huckner wayareaknifeclub@gmail.com.* knifeshow.com. or cali David Jacobson 208-
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NOV. 12-13 TULSA, OK Wanenmacher's FEB. 3-5 I.AKELAND, FL The 34th Annual MARCH 30-APRII. 1 HARRISONBURG,
Tulsa Arms Show, Expo Square (Tuisa fair- Gator Cutlery Club Custom, Modern & VA The 21st Annual Shenandoah Valley
grounds}. Contad Tuina Gun Show, Inc., A n l i q u e Knife Show, Lakeland Center. Knife Collectors Show, Rockingham County
Dept. BL2, POB 33201, Tulsa, OK 74153 918- Contact Dan Piergallini 813-754-3908 or Fairgrounds. Contact Ralph Eagle 540-828-
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svkc.org.*
NOV. 18-20 JERSEY CITY, NJ The 34th FEB. 18-19 LITTLE ROCK, AR The 2012 A P RI L
Animal New York City Custom Knife Show, Arkansas Custom Knife Show, Robinson
The Westin-Jersey City Newport. Visit www. Center Rxhihit Hall. Contact David Etchie- AFRIL 14-15 EUGENE, OR The 37th
nyckshow.com tor more Information." son, Dept. BL2, 60 Wendy Cove, Conway, AR Annual Oregon Knife Show, Lañe Events
DECEMBER 72032 501-554-2582 aka@alliancecable.nct, Center. Contact Oregon Knife Collectors,
www.arkansasknifcmakers.com.* POB 2091, Dept. BL2, Eugene, OR 97402
DEC. 8-10 S E V I E R V I L L E , TN Park M A RCH 541-484-5564 www.oregonknifeclub.org.*
ers' Greatest Knife Show on Earth, Sevier-
ville Events Center. C a l i F.d I le u l e y MARCH 2-4 JERSEY CITY, NJ The 2012 APRIL 19-21 FT. MITCHELL, KY The
423-892-0448." East Coasl Custom K n i l e Show, The Weslin- (ircater Cincinnati Knife Show, Drawbridge
Jersey City Newport. Visit www.nyckshow. Hotel and Convention Center. NKCA-sanc-
DEC. 10 EUGENE, OR Oregon Winter com for more Information.* tioned. Cali 423-238-6753 spiritofsteel@
Knife Show, Lañe County Convenlion Center. yniail.com, www.spirilofsteel.com.*
Contact POB 2091, Dept. BL2, Eugene, OR MARCH 3 NORMAN, OK Oklahoma KGA
97402 www.oregonknifeclub.org.* Knife Show, Cleveland County h'airgrounds. A P R I L 28 SOLVANG, CA The Solvang
Contact Sandy McClure 405-321-3614 Custom Knife Show. Cali Nordic Knives 805-
DEC. 11 TIMONIUM, MD Chesapeake sandymc@hughes.net.* 688-3612.*
Knife Show, Crowne Plaza. Cali 410-343-
0380 http://knifiMh0WB.com,* MARCH 9-11 DALTON, GA The Dalton APRIL 28-29 NOVI, MI Wolverine Knife
JANUARY 2012 Knite Road Show, Northwest Georgia Trade Collectors Show, Suburban Collection Show-
and Convention Center. NKCA-sanctioned. case. Cali Pat Donovan 586-786-5549 or
JAN. 6-7 HELSINKI, FINLANI) Helsinki Cali 423-238-6753 spiritofsteel@ymail.com, FrankMeek 586-264 2031.*
Knife Show, Hotel Marski. Contad info(¿¡> www.spiritolsteel.com.* JUNE
helsinkiknifeshow.com (c/o Pekka Tuom-
inen), www.helsinkiknifeshow.com." MARCH 10-11 FORT WORTH, TX Lone JUNE 8-10 ATLANTA, GA The 31st Annual
Star Knife Expo, Stampede Rooni, Stockyards BLADE Show & International Cutlery Fair
JAN. 20-22 LAS VEGAS, NV Trie 50th Station. Contact Loyd McConnell 830-798- & Tactical Gear Expo, Cobb Gallería Centre,
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Sporting Arms Show and Invitational Knife- lonestarknifeexpo.com.* the Cumberland Malí, adjacent to the Renais-
makers Show, Riviera Hotel £ Casino. sance Waverly Hotel. The world's largest
Contact Beinfeld Productions, attn: W. Bein- MARCH 17 WINDGAP, PA Eastern Penn- combined show of handmade, factory and
feld, Dept. BL2, POB 2197, Cathedral City, sylvania Knife Collectors Show, Plainfield antique knives. Over 700 tables and almost
CA 92235 fax 760-202-4793 e-mail gunshow- Fire Co. Contact Bill Odor 610-982-5773 or 175 factory booths. )oin the world's great-
pro@aol.com, www.AntiqueArmsShow. Tomlobst 610-965-8074.* est national and international knifemakers,
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or hatchet. The knife handled all cutting
blunt bevel, the Camp Hatchet did poorly
peeling the pineapple and slicing toma-
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anything that required chopping. is probably the hatchet Nessmuk would less tough, the Fast Hawk is a formida-
'I hese days, folks do not usually chop choose today. The Cóndor is lightweight ble, modern take on the tomahawk. The
down a half-dozen trees to make camp. and a good choice for the woodsman haft is comfortable in hard use and the
Nonetheless, the one-hand hawk or traveling afoot. grooves prevent even a sweaty hand from
hatchet still has a place in the modern slipping. The edge design is outstand-
woodsman's outfit. No knife will chop as Lively Little Bro' ing—ground fine and sharp, it cuts deep
well as a hawk or hatchet. Modd: Fast Hawk. Company: SOG Spe- with little drag and served as an excellent
My son, Justin, and I reviewed four cialty Knives & Tools. Specifications: 420 all-around chopper and cutter. The fine
models—two hawks and two hatchets.
Each was designed to different speci-
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Many hawks are designed to be thrown,
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where no other cutting tool is available
and whcre you might need to forage for
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cut rope, vínes and cativas, and for food
preparation. We foraged in the neighbor-
hood supermarket rather than our local The test pieces, from left: Cóndor Tool & Knife Scout Hatchet, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools
mountains for chow, and peeled a pineap- Fast Hawk, Ontario/Ranger RD Hawk Pick and Timberline Alaskan Canoe Hatchet. (Justin
Ayres photo)
ple, sliced tomatoes and a beef roast. All
four models were used for all Jobs during
a three-day campout.

Nessmuk's Choice?
Modei. Scout Hatchet. Company: Cóndor
Tool & Knife. Specifications: Forged 1045
carbón steel head, American hickory han-
dle, 1 poumi, 10.25 inches ovcrall, Icather
cover. MSRP: $49.98.
New this year, Condors Scout Hatchet
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as it always has.
We used the Scout Hatchet for such
basic tasks as pounding tent stakes and
getting up some firewood. The fíat back
works well as a hammer. We did not
throw this one for fear of damaging the
nice wooden haft. The sniooth grip was
comfortable even after considerable
chopping—which was a good thing since
the bevel was too blunt for easy cutting,
and considerable chopping was required The author stated that the Fast Hawk is well balanceó and with its sharp pick was the best
to get through a 5-inch log. Due to the thrower of the bunch. (Justin Ayres photo)

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In the past we used the Tactical Hawk
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bodies, and I am confident the Fast Hawk
toes and the roast. would serve as an entry tool. The Fast
Hawk is well balanced, and with its sharp
pick/spike was the best thrower of the
bunch. The pick also was useful for dig-
ging and prying. The side was used for
pounding, which worked OK, but not as
well as the Cóndor. The Fast Hawk is light
enough for a backpack and a good choice
for the backpacker who prefers niodern
design—or anyone who needs a toma-
hawk.

Fireman's Hawk?
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This issue's cover piece, the Rl) Hawk
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The fíat back of Condor's Scout Hatchet per- agreed that if you need to chop through
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and serve as an excellent entry tool. Ayres photo)
The edge design and pick/spike make
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While the hawk served well as a camp haft, leather sheath, 2.14 pounds, ¡3.25
hatchet and general chopper, it appears inches overall MSRP: $69.
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On the way to the woodpile I found
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thin blade gives the knife a neutral bal-
ance, which made cutting the rope with
the blade belly awkward. When I moved
the cutting surface closer to the handle,
the knife gave me nice crunching noises
for 40 cuts. I also laid the rope out and
chopped it every half inch. The belly
worked fine.
Next up: chopping into the end of a irind, polish, buff with
seasoncd oak log 4 inches in diameter. I _>ne machine!
averaged 1-inch penetration with each Hollow grind, fíat grind,
chop. I needed some kindling, so I used contour, slack belt, vertí
the knife as a splitting wedge. Employing or horizontal platens
a smaller log as a balón, I beat the blade • Fixed & variable speeds,
through the oak. It did not phase the knife smooth running
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Since the hand-sanded bladc had big pecíally whik' choldng up.
wood smears all over it, I decided to takc
¡t one step further. I hroke out my handy- Bottom I un-
dandy firc door for some more difficult Tlie Big Chopper performed very well, but
penetration exercises. I used the ice-pick be sure to use the lanyard for safety reasons.
grip again, as well as the lanyard and a 'Ihe handle was very confortable through-
glove. I drove the hlade into the steel door out testing.
five times with no damage to the tip or
cutting edge. For more injbrmatíon contad Tim Scholl
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VINTAGE EASY-OPEN JACKKNIVES ARE USEFUL, HISTORICAL AND COLLECTIBLE

D
ifficultics in opening pocket- open an almosl guaranteed nail breaker. user had leverage to open the blade with
knives cxistcd not only for people The cutlery industry understood the two fingers instead of a single thumbnail.
with broken, weak or brittle fin- problem and dcveloped an "easy" solu- The knife was commonly known as an
gernails, but also those whose hands and tion. A pocketknife with a half-round easy-open jackknife. Some collectors refer
fingers were dirty, slick and greasy from notch cut into both sides of the handle al- to it as an EZ-open knife. Since a notch
assortcd occupations and/or endeavors. lowed the user to grasp the master blade had to be manufactured into the side of
With a lack of lubrication on knivcs that bctween thumb and índex fingcr and pulí the knife, thus cutting away much of a
sat around for some time, even folks with ¡t open. Because the notch was ncar the far portion of the side, most appeared on
strong thumbnails tbund wrestling a blade end of the knife, away from the pivot, the "swell-end" jackknives where the notched

r r n n i i Anv
end is larger than thc pivot end.
The difficulty of opening a traditional
pocketknife with a thumbnail apparently
was a common problem, as most major
pocketknife companies produced a vari-
ety of easy-openers ¡n different sizes and
handle materials. For example, Schrade
Cutlery Co. made not only a bonc-stag
series of easy-openers, but also several
Boy Scout jackknives with stag or ebony
handles. The Boy Scout models had a bail
for attachment to a chain or belt. Some
carne with a chain that attached to a shirt
button. Schrade and J. Russell & Co. also
made a larger "daddy barlow"-style fish-
ing knife with an easy-open notch.
Another company that produced an as-
sortment of easy-open jackknives was the
original Remington. It made hundreds of
various patterns, including easy-openers.
Remington manufactured at least a dozen
distinctive patterns featuring an easy-open
notch, each available in a wide choice of
handle malcriáis, including Pyremite The U.S. military used bone-handle easy-open knives with two blades during World War II.
(celluloid), redwood, bone stag, encobólo Clockwise from left are knives by Pal, Imperial (two), Pal and Camillus. The chain on the Ca-
millus model is indicative of a Boy Scout easy opener, though military service personnel used
and slick black. Remington also produced such knives, too. (Richard D. White photo)
a Boy Scout-style knife with a chain and
an interesting large sheepfoot blade in-
stead of the traditional spear blade found
Easy Opener Valué Guide
on most easy-openers. The company also
DESCRIPTION VALUÉ*
made a notable all-metal easy-open knife
in brass, a very heavy, unusual model with Miniature EZ-open, two-blade jackknife with various colored $15-$20
brass rivets, liners and sides. solid celluloid handles, made by Colonial and Imperial
Cattaraugus followed suit by producing
several different easy-openers, including World War II, bone-handle EZ-open, two-blade jack $75485
one with an ebony handle, and a number by Pal, Imperial and Camiltus, 3.75" closed, spear
of "balloon-end" jacks with jigged-bone master blade •
handles. The knives were extremely well
made and are very collectible. Brantford Cutlery, jigged-bone EZ-open, two-blade jack, $904110
3.75" closed, rare brand, spear master blade
Robeson manufactured several di-
verse models of large, bone-handle easy Cattaraugus model 24409, jigged bone, EZ-open, two-blade $125-$135
openers, generally in the gorgeous red jack, spear master blade
bone Robeson made famous. One of the
company s easy-open patterns had "Easy- Remington model R24, jigged bone, EZ-open, $165-$185
Open" etched into the master blade—a two-blade jack, 3 5/8" closed, long-pull spear master blade
rare embellishment indicative of an out-
standing cutlery manufacturen Robeson model 622027 {straight line stamp), jigged red bone, $1354150
One of the thrills of collecting easy EZ-open, two-blade jack, 3.75"closed, long-pull spear master blade
openers is to find rare brands. One is a
Robeson Shuredge model 62227, jigged bone, EZ-open, two-blade $1604175
light-colored jigged-bone knife stamped
jack, "Easy Opener" etch on master blade, 3 5/8"closed
"Brantford Cutlery Company," an early
imported brand. Another is a large swell- Commander brand, colored celluloid, two-blade, EZ-open, $85495
end jackknife with a celluloid handle two-blade jack, 3.5" closed, rare brand, spear master blade
stamped "Commander," a brand made by
the obscure Metropolitan Cutlery Co. "Author's valúes for knives in excellent-to-near-mint condition, with no broken bone or
cracked celluloid handles. Blades must be ful! length, with good snap in both the open
Military EZs and closed positions, and no other defects in bolsters or backsphngs.
Probably the most important use for the

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easy-opener was by the US. military. The


Navy had a tradition nf not supplying sail-
ors with pointed-blade knives, and those
iised in World War I were no exception.
However, sailors needed knives for cut-
ling rope, sail material, the ends from
powder cartridges, etc. In Pocket Knives of
the United States Military, Michael Silvey
indicates that easy-openers by Camillus,
Schatt & Morgan, Case, Robeson, New
York Knife, Valley Forge, Empire Knife,
Challenge and others had a sheepfoot
blade instead of a poinled spear master
blade. For collectors interested in mili-
tary pocketknives, Silvey's book is a must
have.
The closed lengths of the easy-openers
produced for the military during World
War II were generally 3.5-IO-3.75 inches.
'I he knives also inckided a second shorter
pen blade, which was opened in the tradi-
tional manner. Such pieces are fairlycom-
mon. Conversely, those from World War I
Robeson made several easy-open jackknives. While the manufacturar was famous for its
jigged-red-bone handles (bottom), it also handied knives with outstanding brown jigged bone are very rare.
(top). (Richard D. White photo) Imperial, Camillus, Utica and Pal made
thousands of bone-handle easy-openers
for the Navy during World War II. Unlike
World War 1, the master blade was a spear
pattern, not a sheepfoot. Ihey did have
525,600 MINUTES IN AYEAR, a smaller pen blade like many of their
World War I counterparts.
ITONLYTAKES1 Most Navy easy-openers had jigged-
FOR DISASTER TO STRIKE. bone handles. Most, if not all, had a bail.
Some had sleel bolsters and liners, mainly
due to the shortage of brass during World

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War II. Many had nickel-silver bolsters
and brass liners.

Miniature Models
'Hiere is yet anothcr completely difler-
ent type of easy-open knife that might be
good for young or novice collectors: the
miniatures from Kent (made by Camil-
lus), Colonial and Imperial during the
1930s. The knives have celluloid handles
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easy-open cutouts in the sides. They were
made with cutlery steel and were cutting
tools. They measure 2 inches closed, and
the better ones have excellent snap wlien
the blade is opened and closed. Like the
lull-size versions, the miniatures almost
always have a bail. In mint condition,
manygo for less than $15 each.
Whether your tastes incline toward
colorful miniatures, celluloid handles or
bone-handle military models, there are
easy-open jackkníves to fit any interest
and budget. Excellent examples are still
available, and this specialized piece might
just be the "easy" answer to collectors who
have dírtículty opening a standard pock-
etknife blade.

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Tbe
Buffalo
by tbe
Horns
ZAC BUCHANAN FOLLOWS
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS

Z
ac Buchanan fashions knives Ihat
KNIFEMAKING DAD are obviously a chip off the oíd
block of his father's, award-win-
ning maker Thad Buchanan. Much like
the "oí' man" Zac also likes challenges—
and the handle of his repro of a Loveless-
style boot knife illustrates the point.
Zac opted for the bumpy, rough exte-
rior of cape buftalo horn instead of the
smoother interior of the material for
which most makers opt. "[Knifemaker]
Mitch Jenkins used the [exterior] material
and that inspired me to do the same," the
27-year-old Buchanan said. He added that
Zac Buchanan said he the outer surface oí the horn is hard to
has made knives since
2008~he figures he
finish—so much so the handle bolt on the
has made about 50 so right handle slab is partially raised. "Most
far—and is futí time. don't seem to mind the raised bolt, though
He also does his one or two who saw it at the BLADH Show
own leatherwork.
weren't too crazy about it," he noted.
(Point Seven
photo) In addition to sporting the unusual
handle material, it is also the first dou-
ble-ground knife Zac made, and also the
initial knife he had professionally pho-
tographed. In our humble opinión, such
"Zac firsts" overshadow any raised-bolt
issues.

For more information contad Zac Bu-


chanan at 541-815-6706 zacbuchanan-
knives@gmail.com. At press time, Zac said
his new Website—zacbuchananknives.
com—should be up and running by early
November.

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