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Old May 6th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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I'm interested in a finely crafted, upscale handmade knife with Damascus blade... something like a Purdey. Like most things, options are aplenty so I'm leery of just picking out a Purdey or other blade and clicking the "Check Out" button online.

Any collectors or experts out there who can steer a beginner in the right direction? I've seen the Benchmade folders and they are great. I'm looking for something fixed, with a bone or ivory handle, well-balanced piece. Nothing SOG or tactical here please.

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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:51 AM
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Ron, I'm assuming you know that "Damascus," or pattern-welded blades, are almost purely for show these days. No metallurgical advantage.

If I were looking for a handmade, one-of-a-kind fixed-blade knife made from really superb steel, I'd start here:

http://www.caribooblades.com/newknives.html
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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:42 AM
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Great site, Jonathan - looks like high quality stuff.

The last custom knife I bought was from this guy:

http://eliteknives.com/gallery.htm

Very good service.

have fun,
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Old May 7th, 2009, 09:22 AM
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Thanks guys. I like the look of the Damascus style, but also thought there was an advantage in strength and edge. Learning something new, and I love the search.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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The original intent of pattern-welded steel was to combine soft iron and carbon steel to produce a blade that displayed both toughness and edge-holding. Modern steels can do both with a single alloy.

I'll be doing a pretty thorough tutorial on knife steels in a folding knife review in the summer issue.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 04:43 PM
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I used to be neighbors with Tom McGuane in Bozeman, Montana. He had his workshop out in the garage at the time and would buils beautiful knives. Tom is the son of the author Thomas McGuane and the great, great, great, grandson of Davey Crockett.

A very cool guy that was always willing to let us neighborhood kids into his workshop to see him work.

Here is his website.

If you like artisan knives you will love his work...
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Old May 7th, 2009, 08:54 PM
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Tom McGuane makes some great looking knives. Ron I can see you with the Hamlet dagger at the next SAE event. Ironically my favorite was also one of the less expensive, the Black Forest.
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Old May 8th, 2009, 06:50 AM
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I like the G5...
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Old May 8th, 2009, 01:38 PM
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I like the G5 too. the blade and handle detail is awesome.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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The G5 is beautiful. That's some of the best file work I've ever seen.

I do wonder at what point a knife becomes too dear to use. I would never want a knife I was afraid to employ as a knife.

The Kootenai from Cariboo is just under the limit for me. Beautiful, but clearly designed to cut stuff and not sit on a stand on one's desk. The blade made from old lumber mill circular saw blades is a very cool way to re-use high-quality steel.

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Old May 10th, 2009, 06:35 AM
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You know, I was weighing the G5 and the Kootenai and wondering would either be too "dear" to actually use. The Purdey I am looking at from Kevin's would be a nice combination of utility and craftsmanship.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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That's very clean indeed.

And made in London.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 08:26 AM
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Ron, JL Powell had a great end of the year deal on the Purdey knives last year. Might want to just give the website a look.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 08:30 AM
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never mind on the JL powell. looks like they stopped selling the Purdey knives. They do have some $1400 Chukka boots though!
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Old May 11th, 2009, 12:29 PM
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Friend picked up the last Purdey Tracker on special at JLP last summer. Saw it at Tellico last month. Very nice.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JMH
I'll be doing a pretty thorough tutorial on knife steels in a folding knife review in the summer issue.

Jonathan,

I know that I haven't even received my Spring issue yet, and I'm already looking forward to this article. Would you be able to give us a teaser list of manufacturers or models being considered?

Tony
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 12:19 PM
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I contaced Caribou about the Kootenai...I can get on their list for sometime in 2011.... I waited too long.

Any of you knife experts know of other sources of reclaimed sawmill blade (or other reclaimed steel) knife makers? I like the unpolished blade look of the Kootenai.

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 06:12 AM
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One of my good friends father makes knives. All of them are hand made by him and his brother in statesboro GA. He made me a knife a few years back. The one he made for me is not quite what you are looking for but he can make anything you're interested in and do any type of handle you want, even if you want to provide the material you want to use (deer antler,etc). This is a crappy picture of mine, D2 steel, micarta handle, leather sheeth, its just a standard type hunting knife. I've cleaned a lot of deer and ducks and it still holds a nice edge on it.

www.twinxblades.com
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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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Old November 25th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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Taking style points from the "champagne of beers", are we?
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Old November 26th, 2010, 07:04 AM
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I think that piece in particular is about the message not the messenger. I would think that you of all people could appreciate that.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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LAKE Knife and Barry's engraving

we have an informal group of guys that fly together every week. one out of van nuys, one out of whiteman and me out of carlsbad. the plan is to pick an airport fly out and meet for lunch.

we ended up meeting at L08 - borrego springs this week. we also met up with an old friend barry lee hands, who just moved back to borrego springs from montana. he brought along one of his latest projects.










barry with a ron lake folder. i have been told that ron lake has been called " the father of the modern folding knife ".





apparently the process of engraving and inlaying gold into pearl was something barry perfected. the client that commissioned barry wanted more gold, not my sort of thing, but i appreciate the talent it takes to do such work.

he also engraves guns, but not some of those cartel 1911's we have seen. he says most of that stuff is done in mexico.


















it was interesting talking with him at lunch about his craft. italian knives are super hot right now. the knives are being smuggled in and seized by customs. this is making them appear to be rare or scarce and hard to get.

guys are buying this type of knive just to pull out and clean their finger nails and show off. its a fashion statement and mens accessory. this particular LAKE could get us a new Range Rover.





the line up





BTW- i wasnt sure if i should post this here or in the plumbers snorkel thread.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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The aircraft day trips look fun, Marcus.

I can appreciate the art and craftsmanship of artsy-fartsy custom knives. However, the transformation of a useful tool to a piece of art that becomes a status symbol for those with excess funds isn't my thing.

It has moved into the realm of diamond-encrusted Rolexes, "Customized" Range Rovers/Porsche's/Ferrari's. etc. They have lost their focus on the original intended purpose of the product and whored it out to promote the self-image deficit of the owner.

On a positive note, at least that helps to keep those manufacturers in business. That I can appreciate.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 10:57 AM
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While I was in India I spent time in Udaipur where a lot of damascus steel knives are made locally. I picked up a couple for Tom and I to carry hunting.


These aren't best maker examples, but fit and finish is very good for working knives. It was a nice little score.


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Old February 4th, 2011, 11:03 AM
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Nice Jack. Very similar to the Rob Charlton Ltd damascus 8.5" fixed blade I got last year. Not a $1k piece but a good example and hand built.
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