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Cable Damascus, The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Forging Wire Rope Into A Blade

Many years ago when I first got into knife making one of the first books I got mentioned forging crane cable into a blade.  I found that fascinated and wanted to try it.  At that time there wasn't a lot of information on the subject.  Here are some things I learned.

Steel rope, or as I like to call it "crane cable" can be divided into 2 steel families.  The first is stainless, these cables are either 200 or 300 grade austenitic stainless.  This isn't a grade that is suitable for…


Added by James McClendon on June 29, 2023 at 18:39 — 2 Comments

Still going..... 75yrs less than a month away

  I did not realize how long it had been since I had posted anything here. So its time for a bit of an update. In less than a month I will have a 75th birthday.....  I never thought I'd be here this long, although my Dad made it all the way to 91 yrs and still lived on his own. This man did not have a gray hair on his head..Still black. not quite as thick as it once was but still a full head of hair. Me,totaly grey with a ponytail more than halfway down my back. A bit thinner but not…


Added by Wally Guittard on April 29, 2023 at 14:44 — 2 Comments

Cutlery Hall of Fame

Greetings, Does anyone know how I might nominate George Schrade to the Half Fame? I believe it's long overdue.

I've emailed Blade Magazine but nonresponse.


Added by william schrade on January 9, 2023 at 9:41 — 1 Comment

and I keep on going and going...... lol

 I see its been a while since I posted here. a lot has happened since then. My XWife passed in June of 2020. a Heart attack that was unexpected. We had a lot of good times together and still remained friends after we split. More recent is the passing of my Son this year, 44 yrs in this world, June 1st. A Heart Attack also. He was in really bad health. He nearly lost a leg do to a major infection caused by a Idiot called a Dr. A 6 month Hospital stay for that. The Dr there was very good and…


Added by Wally Guittard on August 26, 2022 at 3:39 — 3 Comments

Fun Summer Project for My Granddaughter

My 10 year old granddaughter has been into photography for several years now, growing her skills with her dad's "hand-me-down" digital cameras. This last Christmas, she got all rigged out with new tripod, new camera bag, memory cards, and a bunch of other great camera gear. Earlier this summer she was showing me some of her photos...lots of them...and I was actually surprised! I mean I have to like them all....she's my granddaughter. But I was impressed with her eye and her skills of working…


Added by Lars Ray on July 24, 2022 at 17:49 — 8 Comments

Tony Bose Case Shot Show Collection

Case Tony Bose Shot Show Collection from 2009 to 2021

2009 Saddlehorn Burnt White Bone, 2010 Swayback Green Bone, 2011 Back Pocket Antique Brown Smooth Bone, 2012 Sowbelly 3 Blade ebony, 2013 Panama Trapper Ebony, 2014 Tear Drop ebony, 2015 Back Pocket ebony, 2016 Sowbelly single blade ebony, 2017 Tribal Lock ebony,…


Added by DONALD CARR on May 18, 2022 at 16:05 — No Comments

Free shipping @ Knife Center this weekend, & the weekend started EARLY!

Well TOP O' THE WEEKEND to ya!  KnifeCenter.com is holding another free shipping weekend, & with a little LUCK O' THE IRISH, apparently the weekend as started early because that coupon code is available NOW!

As usual, the free shipping coupon code is FREESHIP, the website is https://www.knifecenter.com/listing/free-shipping-this-weekend , & oversized items are…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on March 17, 2022 at 21:13 — 1 Comment

Cold Steel SRK-C vs. Mora Garberg

At some point, I answered a question on a Facebook group for Mora users & collectors.  While that answer was a bit of a knife review in brief, I have no idea what happened to that reply I made and it's likely forever lost to the annals of Facebook.

The summary, however, is this:  the Cold Steel SRK-C ("C" standing for "compact") is a very viable alternative to the Mora Garberg.  The SRK-C has a saber grind, similar to the Garberg's, but the grind is higher, giving the SRK-C better…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on March 7, 2022 at 22:18 — 1 Comment

Looked in the mirror and realized I had a face again!!

No more mask mandates, so it's nice to actually see folks faces again isn't it?

However, collecting didn't stop and here are a couple of new ones. A Craftsman 95068 Stockman Buck clone and a Camillus Buck clone. I have been looking for a 300 Series look-alike Camillus for years, and though I had seen photos this is the first I've seen that looked exactly like the Buck 300 Series knives made by Camillus up to 1986. The Craftsman looks more like a Schrade knife to me, mainly from it's…


Added by Syd Carr on March 4, 2022 at 18:58 — No Comments

Blade HQ Has Free Shipping for President's Day Weekend!

Hey all!  This time it's Blade HQ that's offering the free shipping -- and from what I can tell, there's no size limit!  (I often pick up a machete during the Blade HQ free shipping sales; I placed a machete in my cart again this time, & again, the shipping was listed as "FREE"!)  And as far as I can see, there's no minimum (I had a $12 item in my cart, & the shipping was also listed as "FREE").

The sale starts today, Friday, 2/18/22, & goes through President's Day,…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on February 18, 2022 at 17:26 — 6 Comments

It's another FREE SHIPPING weekend @ Knifecenter.com!

Well well well, here we are yet again with a FREE SHIPPING weekend at Knifecenter.com!  Just use the code FREESHIP at checkout, & remember that certain exceptions apply (mostly the large stuff like machetes & heavy stuff like axes).

And while Atlantic Knife & White Mountain Knives have free shipping all the time, Knife Center has a larger inventory, so I think it's still worthwhile. 

While I'm not affiliated with Knifecenter.com in any way, I will disclose the fact…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on February 4, 2022 at 20:32 — 2 Comments

Foo OK this cracked me up more than it should 


OK this cracked me up more than it should 


Added by Andy King on December 31, 2021 at 11:10 — 2 Comments

FREE SHIPPING @ Knife Center this weekend, SMKW 12 Days of Christmas, & More!

Here it is again, everybody!  Free shipping this weekend at Knifecenter.com using promo code SANTA at checkout (excludes big stuff) -- sale goes through 12/12/21.  https://www.knifecenter.com/listing/free-shipping-this-weekend 

SMKW is still doing their 12 Days of Christmas -- I believe they're going into Day 11 as I write this on December 11.  That means daily specials,…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on December 11, 2021 at 0:55 — 3 Comments

SMKW's 12 Days of Christmas Sale is ON!

For those who may be interested (& I'm guessing that may be quite a lot of us), Smoky Mountain Knife Works is doing their annual 12 Days of Christmas sale -- & if you're reading this on Saturday, December 4, it's Day 4 of the sale.

They have some knives & other items on decent sale, along with a daily, advent-calendar-style special.  But for me, the really big thing is the free Fed Ex shipping with $39 purchase.  I'd be happier with no-minimum shipping, but let's face it,…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on December 4, 2021 at 11:18 — No Comments

Another FREE SHIPPING weekend @ Knifecenter.com

Hello again, y'all!  Just making a quick post here to let everyone know there's FREE SHIPPING over at Knifecenter.com this weekend!  I'm in no way affiliated with Knife Center, I just really prefer to save the almost $10 shipping charge whenever possible -- & I figure y'all would appreciate that as well.

Here's the link:  …


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on November 6, 2021 at 0:12 — No Comments

Happy Halloween to All!

Just posting a quick blog to say Happy Halloween, everybody! 

Wishing you more treats than tricks this year,



Added by dead_left_knife_guy on October 31, 2021 at 16:00 — No Comments

Sheaths, Scabbards, Frogs, and Throgs

I was wandering around some of the older discussions recently and I came across one that grabbed my interest. Eight years ago, iKC member Robert Burris started a discussion called “Knife Carry?” and asked the question “What is the difference between a "Sheath"...." Scabbard"... or "Frog?"…


Added by Lars Ray on October 24, 2021 at 11:47 — 1 Comment

Gone But Back With Bucks Of Course!

Been away for awhile, just got busy musically lately so have been a bit distracted with that after a 10 year absence, but of course collecting knives is still a passion, nothing has changed there. I have even lost track of all the knives I have gotten since my last post, but here are the knives I most recently got, there were a few others but I will post them when I get the chance. I have had a "thing" lately with Buck 310 Whittlers, (love 'em because they are rare and cool), and though they…


Added by Syd Carr on October 13, 2021 at 15:44 — 1 Comment

FREE SHIPPING @ Knife Center this weekend!

Hello again there everybody!  (For some reason these words are going through my head in the voice of Nick Shabazz -- for those of you who don't know him, type his name into YouTube for incredibly informative knife reviews -- with a lot of dry but often intelligent humor.  But I digress.)

What I am really posting about today is YET ANOTHER WEEKEND OF FREE SHIPPING, this time from Knifecenter.com. …


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on September 10, 2021 at 23:48 — No Comments

FREE SHIPPING @ BladeHQ for Labor Day has begun!

And here's another BladeHQ sale -- more importantly with FREE SHIPPING (no minimum -- oversized items probably excluded)!  

Here's the link:  https://www.bladehq.com/cat--Labor-Day-Sale-2021--3648

Oh, & the sale states that it runs through Monday.  Oddly, there's a clock they gratuitously posted for the sale -- fine enough, but it runs down through midnight Sunday (&not Labor Day Monday, which was…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on September 3, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

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