Knives are presented in reverse chronological order, so you can see how my style and abilities have developed.
An experimental fruit knife I designed. Having used various knives over the years to peel and cut up fruit I found I was always holding the knife backwards to how the handle was designed, so the edge was facing my thumb. So I designed this so the blade is reversed to the handle. Works pretty well.
Full tang with spalted maple handle and brass pins. The blade is ground from 3/32” 15N20 steel.
BL = 4”, TL = 8”.
My take on a bolo; westernized handle shape combined with a blade design from the Philippines.
My current favorite large bush knife. After I heat treated this, I slapped a temporary handle on it and carried it on the job for two years, using it regularly. Extremely functional design combined with lightweight materials made it a dream to use and carry. The thin blade stock makes it a very efficient cutter. I have been calling this the Beaver model.
Full tang with recycled rubber horse-stall-mat handle and brass pins.
The blade is 3/32” thick 15N20.
BL = 12”, TL = 17.5”. The upper photo shows one side before a patina was applied to the blade. The lower photos shows the other side of the blade after the mottled patina was applied.
This is a small full tang wharncliffe style knife.
This one features a visible simple hamon on the blade and a random mottled patina on the integral one piece handle.
The idea here was a very functional profile in a size and shape that makes it almost a “pocket fixed blade”. The handle shape just fits the palm of the hand perfectly. Nothing extra to get in the way.
I carry one of these almost daily. Very handy size, blade shape is very practical for most chores, and the sheath allows for a variety of carry options. I have been referring to this as the Wren model, at this time.
This one is 5/32″ 1095. BL = 3″, TL = 6 7/16″.
It comes with a low profile Kydex sheath and separate clip, allowing adjustment for various wearing configurations (inside or outside the waistband, vertical right rear, upside down, diagonal front left, neck carry, etc.).
A medium sized drop point with a blind tang and mortised Poplar handle and brass pin.
The blade is convex ground from 3/16” stock O-1 and differentially heat-treated.
BL= 7”, TL =11.5”. This knife has a longer ricasso for choking up on the blade. The blade has some patina from testing and use.