This knife I just finished today and is a gift for my Dad. Hopefully he doesn't see this post before Christmas. It is a small and simple, but rugged design. The blade is 1/16 inch thick D2 with a full tang Canvas Micarta handle. The rivets are all stainless steel Loveless style. This is about the most practical style of construction that I can think of. It really doesn't even need epoxy, but I used it anyways. He said that he was tired of having to sharpen the pairing knives at home all the time and wanted one that would hold a better edge. D2 should fit the bill. I have been very impressed with it's ability to hold an edge. Even though it technically isn't "stainless steel" (Most people consider steel to have at least 13% Chrome in order to be called stainless and D2 has 12%), I have never had issues with it rusting or corroding.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This is the second knife that I have made in this style. I was lucky enough to try out the first one on a deer this year. It worked very well and is the best "overall" hunting knife shape and size that I have yet to come across. The D2 blade is 1/8 inch thick and about 4 inches long to the bottom of the finger guard. The overall length is 7.75 inches. Black paper based Micarta has a nice shine to it and set a striking backdrop for the stainless and brass Loveless style fasteners.
Here is another "kit" fillet knife that I made recently. A friend of mine bought it as a Christmas gift to himself. The blade is 1/16 inch thick by 5.5 inches long. The overall length is 10.25 inches. It is made from AUS 8A Stainless Steel. This is a Japanese steel with vanadium and chromium. This makes for a flexible blade that is easy to sharpen while still offering good edge holding capabilities. Many of my friends use this blade for more than fish. It has seen service with rabbits, ducks, deer and even elk. One of them has a home in my kitchen as well. The handle is Diamond wood which is a brand of plastic impregnated and laminated wood. It polishes to a nice shine and is waterproof. The fasteners are brass and stainless steel.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This little skinning knife is made from 1/8 inch thick D2 and Padauk wood. The fasteners are Loveless style. Even though the handle is "youth size", it is still quite comfortable to my hands. I just finished it today.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This was designed for a friend to give to his daughter on her birthday. I really like the way it turned out. In my opinion it is better than the "Old Timer Sharp Finger" knives that have been so popular for me. This style is definitely going into my favorites list. The wood was donated by a mutual friend who is a cabinet and musical instrument maker. It is a type of Rosewood that is commonly used in custom guitars. I wish I could remember what it was called. It works and finishes well. The blade is 1/8 inch D2 with Loveless style fasteners.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
This knife was originally for myself, designed to be a shorter version of this hunting knife. After trying the design, I decided that it was too wide for me and a tad too short. It is 3.25 inches long by 1 inch wide. Although it did work well for skinning. After using this style I came up with the design listed below. The handle is Whitetail Deer Antler with brass bolt style fasteners. The blade is 1/8 in thick D2.
I am really excited to try this knife. After experimenting with many different styles, shapes and sizes I think that this may be my be my favorite. I designed it to be good for field dressing and skinning alike. The blade is 1/8 inch thick D2 that is 3.5 to 4 inches long (depending on where you measure it from). Overall length is 7.75 inches long. The handle is green canvas Micarta with Loveless style fasteners. There are red liners between the tang and Micarta as well.