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Green choppa

I made this knife a few years ago right around the time I got my JS stamp and kept it for myself to use as a brush and trail clearing knife around my property. Then I went and moved to a little mountain village in the Bavarian Alps where there is no brush at all, just big mountains with fir and spruce trees and perfectly maintained trails just about everywhere. So it’s probably time for me to part with this choppa and make myself something more suitable for my new environs.

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The blade is forged 1084, fully hardened and drawn back at the tang and spine for added toughness and ductility behind the cutting edge. The blade is 10″ long and the overall length is right about 14 1/2″. The handle is made out of linen micarta with stainless pins and lanyard tube. The leather sheath was custom made for the knife by David Seward of Arkansas.

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For a knife of this size it’s fairly slender and light, which also means its fast and easy to carry. The spine thickness at the ricasso is only about 3/16″ and the blade is distally tapered towards the tip, making it a very efficient cutter. It’s still quite a bit beefier than your typical machete, but doesn’t compromise on cutting efficiency the way a big huge overbuilt chopper might.

The handle is designed to fit a medium sized hand comfortably.

Though it’s technically still unused, the fact that it’s a bit older (note the older maker’s mark) and the sheath has a minor scuff from getting bonked during storage, I will sell this knife for significantly less than what I would charge for a new one today. Please email if interested.

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Damascus and bog oak camp knife

Here’s a knife I just recently finished up. This would probably be considered a camp knife, suitable for everything from preparing food to splitting kindling wood for the fire.

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The blade is a bold, high contrast twist pattern damascus forged from a mix of 1084 and 15n20 steels.

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The handle is made out of a piece of ancient bog oak. I’m not sure of its exact age but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least 2,000 years old. I shaped and polished it to 1500 grit, then finished it with shellac and antique wax to help seal and protect the ancient fibers. The open grain and smooth finish feel very warm and inviting in the hand, while the contours provide a sure and comfortable grip during extended use.

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The guard is stainless steel, with a thin bronze spacer that nicely complements the warm brown tones of the bog oak.

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This knife appears much more dramatic in person, as I seem to have lost some of the resolution in my photos when I scaled them down to a smaller web-friendly size. The damascus pattern is actually much more distinct than appears in these pictures. Such are the limitations of modern electronic media.

This knife is currently available, so if you want to see it in all its glory, hold it, use it, do whatever you want with it, just send me an email and we’ll talk.

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