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I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby Virginian » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:22 pm

I saw this fellow's work on another forum, so I contacted him to make me a knife to my specs. Here's what he came up with and believe it or not, this was the third knife he had ever made. I almost feelguilty using it in the field but I always wanted a nice knife just once in my life. I'm quite sure it will out live me.

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby K22 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:23 am

WOW!! That is gorgeous. What are the specifics on that. Steel type, wood type, that sort of thing.

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby Clint E » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:15 am

That is a show case peice.
You might as well use it instead of looking at it.

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby larry » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:56 am

That is absolutely beautiful!

Love the file work! That is one to be proud of!

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby Virginian » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:49 am

K22 wrote:WOW!! That is gorgeous. What are the specifics on that. Steel type, wood type, that sort of thing.


The knife is 8 3/4" OAL, O1 tool steel blade, with brass pins and bolster and oak burl. When I ordered it, I asked him to make the blade a thin as possible, think scalpel. I've skinned 27 white tail with it so far and love it. It also came with a hand made sheath that's a basket weave print soaked in wax. I don't wear it much in the field because when I sit down in a deer stand, the sheath is the first thing to dig in. So I leave it at camp till I return, hopefully with some game in tow.
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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby K22 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:19 pm

Virginian wrote:
K22 wrote:WOW!! That is gorgeous. What are the specifics on that. Steel type, wood type, that sort of thing.


The knife is 8 3/4" OAL, O1 tool steel blade, with brass pins and bolster and oak burl. When I ordered it, I asked him to make the blade a thin as possible, think scalpel. I've skinned 27 white tail with it so far and love it. It also came with a hand made sheath that's a basket weave print soaked in wax. I don't wear it much in the field because when I sit down in a deer stand, the sheath is the first thing to dig in. So I leave it at camp till I return, hopefully with some game in tow.


Man, I can't get over how nice that looks and from the sounds of it, performs perfectly. I'm not up that well on tooled steel, but I know that Queen Cutlery and the early Gerber knives were made from tooled steel. My Queen knives say tooled steel, but I know that the steel in them is D2, so I guess that relates.

Do the bolsters really help in the handling of the knife? I'm having one made and can't decide if I should go the extra amount for bolsters or not. My Kelgin and Queens don't have them. Does anyone have any preferences or thoughts about them?

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby Virginian » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:01 pm

Thanks for the kind remarks fellas! :mrgreen:
Here's a pic of the sheath.
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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby RedMist » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:43 pm

That is a work of art! I will have a nice one like that one day. Wow!!
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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby JINGWEED » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:14 am

Virginian, What is the best way to get in touch with this knife maker? I have been wanting to get one made with mammoth tooth and I like his design with the file work. Very nice and classy. Are you satisfied with it and does it hold an edge very well? Just wondering if he has a selection of scales to choose from or if that's someting I would need to track down which is no problem. I'm a little on the picky side anyways.

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Re: I treated myself to a handmade knife

Postby RedMist » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:49 pm

I just can't get over this blade. Dang is that PUUUURTY !!
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