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Another two gifts

Some weeks ago two surgeon made a life saving operation of the mother of a colleague. So he came to me and asked me to make two knives as gift for these men.

The steel is RWL34, hardened up to 62 HRc, the handles are stabilized alder. 

The blades were thinned to about 0,2mm and than hand sanded to mirror finish. I must say I love this steel - it is really a pleasure to work with it! …


Added by Kiril Mitrashkov on May 8, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

A tiny knife for a big guy

This is the tiniest minion I've ever made. A friend of mine wanted me to make him a knife. One day he came to my workshop to have a cup of coffee. As we were drinking the coffee, he said he wants to see the latest blades. When I showed them, he took the smallest blade and said :"THIS is MY knife!". It was really funny - my friend is 195sm tall and weighs more than 130kg. And this huge man was standing in the middle of the workshop, holding the tiniest knive and was happy as a child at…


Added by Kiril Mitrashkov on May 8, 2016 at 13:28 — No Comments

Another tiny knife

Next one. OAL 175mm, blade - 80х25х3,8mm. The handle is twisted oak, alder and acacia with red fiber spacers.…


Added by Kiril Mitrashkov on May 8, 2016 at 0:16 — 4 Comments

Two more minions

Two proud members of the minion tribe. The first is with acacia and red mahogany handle, and the second is with birch bark and alder. Both the handles are impregnated with linseed oil and polished with carnauba. The dimensions are both blades - 56х20х3,8mm, OAL ~150mm.…


Added by Kiril Mitrashkov on May 7, 2016 at 23:59 — 4 Comments

Camillus CK9: The knife used by Dual Survival's Grady Powell

Recently I had the chance to watch another episode of the current season of Dual Survival, & again got to see Grady Powell using the Camillus CK9.  Somewhere I saw someone online stating that Grady Powell designed the knife, but I have not yet been able to confirm or deny this.  Camillus has very little detail on the CK9 on its website, & of course TOPS doesn't have anything public about this on its website because it's not technically a TOPS knife.

Grady Powell designed…


Added by dead_left_knife_guy on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 — 3 Comments

In Memoriam
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Added by Leopold Lacrimosa on May 2, 2016 at 0:40 — 3 Comments

Quite Unique and very limited

Handle material is quite often unique, beautiful and durable, or all three of these features, but I think the handle on this knife of mine "takes the cake" as far as uniqueness especially. The wood on this handle came from the bottom of one of the first oil wells drilled near my home over 140 years ago. Many of the wells were abandoned after the oil gave out and just recently within the past 5 or 10 years these wooden rods (called sucker rods), were removed from the average depth of 600 feet…


Added by Don Neiman on April 17, 2016 at 8:53 — 5 Comments

Price and Value guides

I've been a collector of American antiques for over 65 years starting at about age 13. My main interests were mechanical items, American glass and stoneware, Indian relics, early timbering tools, pocket and sheath knives including firearms. I've always had a job since that age and would buy what my savings would let me. Along these many years of buying, selling and collecting, the first thing I realized that printed guides are just that, a guide which is better used for identification than…


Added by Don Neiman on April 11, 2016 at 22:53 — 2 Comments

Bayonet returned to family of veteran.

This bayonet is WWII made by American Fork and Hoe (AFH), one of the contractors who made this model of bayonet. It mounts on an M-1 Garand Rifle. It would have been made between 1943 and late 1944.

Jerry Holm, bayonet and knife collector

Added by Jerry Holm on April 3, 2016 at 18:14 — No Comments

California to Atlanta and back again (I hope)

While on my way back east to help my ailing sister I happened upon this place along Interstate 40 in Arizona. I managed to not spend any money, but believe me it was hard. Knowledgeable staff with a wonderful inventory of US-made knives, many hard to find special editions from every US manufacturer, (and more). Unfortunately their prices were a tad high for my budget, but my wish list at least doubled that's for sure. Nothing matches seeing a knife in person, they never look the same online,…


Added by Syd Carr on March 18, 2016 at 23:27 — 36 Comments

starts with the handle

i seen the handle and had to see the rest of the knife,it was ikc,i made a great pick,ive got friends,had dealing and ive found a place like no other.thanks for all the members that have prayed when i needed it most,thanks for your friendship and knowledge.and im not done yet,ive got a little oil on a stone and a blade that seems dull.im a happy man.

Added by John McDowell on March 3, 2016 at 11:43 — 2 Comments

Еxtreme makeover

Some (A long) time ago a friend brought me a knife and asked me to replace the handle and to make a sheath for it.
It was not so many work to do, but it took me four months and two days. Four months to overcome my lazyness (I'm not lazy, I'm on energy saving mode) and two days to get the job done. As I say - I am the little god of the big delay.
I forgot to take some pics "before", so there is only "after" pics.…

Added by Kiril Mitrashkov on February 20, 2016 at 7:00 — 3 Comments

My knife just bit me!

It's true, my Buck 120 just bit me and I bled all over.  Of course, I was using it as a pry bar.  A few years ago a Kershaw Leek stabbed me in my left hand and I met a very nice hand surgeon.   I feel betrayed somehow when something I have an emotional bond with bites me.  Am I crazy or do you other knife people ever feel the same way?

Added by Ms Data on February 17, 2016 at 21:56 — 34 Comments

That Knife.

One day little eyes will look over my knife collection with awe and wonder, kinda like I did with my Grandfather's collection when I was little. A tiny finger will point to a knife and a small voice will ask, "tell me about that knife"? My eyes will probably strain to see exactly which knife has drawn the curiosity. "That knife"? I'll start with a grin on my face, a story will follow. At times those stories will be boring and at times there will be more behind it and by "more", I mean a…


Added by johnny twoshoes on February 11, 2016 at 16:32 — 8 Comments

Going back in time .

Well I am starting this blog to record my return to an older type of shaving . Like most of us I at present use the ubiquitous supermarket disposable razors , and have done so for , well I don't really know how long . When did these disposable and cartridge type of razors come about ? I guess I have been shaving regularly since I was around 16 which ,as I was born in 1953 , make it around 1969 when I started . I have a memory a very faint one I admit , to having a razor that twisted to open…


Added by John Bamford on February 3, 2016 at 13:52 — 161 Comments

On the radio again

Today will be the first time I will be in-studio live on the Dave Congalton Show, a local radio talk show on KVEC 920 AM, since my "Hunters Beware" thread was posted. Here is an online link if you want to listen in: http://920kvec.com/listen-live/.

I'll be on from 3 pm-4 pm PST today, (1-12-2016). We have no specific topic today, not even sure if we will be taking calls from listeners or not, but I am sure knife collecting…


Added by Syd Carr on January 12, 2016 at 12:50 — 2 Comments

The Modern Bait Knife, Continued, a look at the South Bend Bait Knife

As you probably already know, South Bend is not a knife company but a tackle company.  The knife they offer is out-sourced and made in China.

For those who are unfamiliar, South Bend is a Tackle Company known for offering affordable tackle.  Among some of the brands they offer are Ready2Fish, Blaze Lures, Microlite, Black Beauty, Cahill, ZooKids. The company is known for its efforts to encourage youth fishing.

This American  company can be traced back to 1896…


Added by Tobias Gibson on January 5, 2016 at 11:49 — No Comments

In Memoriam

On the forum link under General Knife Discussions I started a thread called BEST KNIVES ACQUIRED IN 2015..POST PICTURES of the knives you added to your collection in 2015.

Added by Doug Webber on January 3, 2016 at 17:46 — No Comments

Trestle Pines Contest! I won!!

I can't seem to find the contest thread, so I'll post this here.

  I was just informed by Greg of Trestle Pine Knives that I have won their latest contest, and will be receiving one of their awesome hand-made knives sometime in January or Feb. I got excited and posted a response in the wrong thread, so hopefully Jan can remove that post and place it in the appropriate thread, (I can't seem to find the original contest thread). Needless to say I am…


Added by Syd Carr on December 28, 2015 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

Ed fowler knife for sale.

First I would like to say thank you for the add. I've been a long time spectator. I have many knives in my collection and enjoy collecting. I have fallen on some hard times lately and as much as I hate to do it I am thining my collection out. I'm not even sure if this is the correct place to post something like this so I apologize ahead of time. The first knife I'm thinking about letting go of is an ED Fowler pronghorn. (No, it is not the one that was stolen off his table. Lol that was a much… Continue

Added by shawn on December 23, 2015 at 18:57 — 3 Comments

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