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The Pineapple Chopper

This knife was a bit of an experiment; a creative little departure between orders and a bit of an experiment in several regards. It was the first time I’d forged a blade out of 90MnCrV8, a deep-hardening tool steel similar to O2 but without nickel. It was also the first time I’d used Katalox as a handle material, and the first time I’d done a textured and etched carbon steel plate guard like this. I definitely learned a few things during the process of making this knife, but in the end I also enjoyed the results. It’s a lot of fun to cut with!

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The blade is fairly slim at just under 5mm at the ricasso, which makes it a light, quick, and smooth cutter, but at over 25cm (10 inches) from tip to guard, it also boasts also fairly good reach. It’s great for clearing brush or slashing your way through thick vegetation in your favorite forest.

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As mentioned previously, the guard is textured and etched carbon steel, set off by stainless and carbon steel spacers. The spine and ricasso of the blade also retain a rough as-forged finish, providing a nice contrast against the 600-grit satin finished blade.

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The katalox handle shows rich, dark tones and a lovely, subtle figure in the grain. With a slight drop at the heel it indexes nicely in the hand and offers a sure and comfortable grip while cutting and chopping.

Overall length is just under 40cm, or about 15 1/2 inches. Currently available.

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Full-tang Damascus and Ironwood Hunter

Here’s a full-tang hunter I recently finished. The design is similar to the carbon steel and stag piece I posted earlier, but slightly larger and with entirely different materials. The general concept, however, remains the same, and that is: a solid, durable, and extremely effective cutting instrument in a compact and easy to carry package.

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The blade is 1084 / 15n20 damascus, the handle is Arizona desert ironwood burl, and the pins and lanyard tube are stainless steel. I find that the warm reddish tones of the wood contrast nicely against the silver and grey of the steel, as do the patterns and textures of both. But first and foremost, this is a knife, and it’s made to cut.

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I left the full tapered tang a bit proud of the handle scales to both highlight the damascus pattern and improve tactile response. Though this little detail requires a lot more close finish work to do properly, I feel that it looks terrific and feels good in the hand.

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I made a nice little sheath for it but forgot to take a photo before delivering the knife to its new owner – an old friend and colleague who wanted one of my knives to give to her husband on his birthday next week. She seemed genuinely thrilled with it, and I hope he is too.

 

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