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Archive | February, 2014

Skeleton Key from L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives

L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives is getting set to roll out their latest creation – the Skeleton Key. This compact neck knife features a drop point, hollow ground blade with a thumb ramp. It will come with a Kydex sheath and Tek-Lok.

LT Wright Skeleton Key

  • D2 steel
  • 1/8″ thick
  • 2 3/4″ blade
  • 6 1/2″ overall
  • $92 + shipping

The Skeleton Key will be available from L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives on Monday. They tend to release knives in limited runs so if you want one, act fast.

Check out L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives.

Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool

The new Emerson Knives EDC-2 Multitool is now available. This is a streamlined version of the original Emerson EDC-1. Both versions are made in collaboration with Multitasker Tools.

EDC2

The EDC-2 is slimmer, lighter, and less expensive than the original EDC-1. It accomplishes all three of those with the removal of hte detachable wrench feature found on the EDC-1. The EDC-2 also features an improved Phillips driver and a thinner slotted driver. The Emerson Commander inspired, 440C blade is still present as is the wicked self-defense implement masquerading as an awl.

The Emerson EDC-2 is available with FDE or OD Green G-10 scales. Check it out at Emerson Knives.

Wolf Creek Forge Parang

If you could only choose one knife to walk into the woods with the intent to stay a while, you could do a lot worse than a good parang. The large, traditional design excels at tasks like fire prep and shelter building. One of the nicest examples of parangs that I have seen recently was created by Wolf Creek Forge.

Wolf Creek Parang

Their parang features a massive 3/16″ thick O1 blade with an etched finish. The green canvas micarta handle is complimented with black liners, loveless bolts, and a lanyard tube. This was their first parang and they intend to offer a run of these eventually. That run will likely sell out quickly so get in touch with Wolf Creek Forge via their BushcraftUSA forum or their Facebook Page.

Bushmonkey Knives Ulu

I think the ulu, a traditional Inuit design, is an under appreciated knife. They excel at skinning and fleshing tasks while also making short work of many kitchen chores. In spite of their usefulness, the design remains largely unknown except by those who bring them home as souvenirs from Alaska vacations and very few makers in the Continental United States make them. That is why I was so excited to see the Ulu that Bushmonkey Knives has created.

bushmonkey ulu

The Bushmonkey Knives Ulu is fairly traditional in shape but very modern in execution. It is ground from 3/32″ O1 tool steel (or D2 for an additional fee) with a choice of a saber chisel bevel or a convex chisel bevel. The handle is available in a variety of G-10 and micarta options. It is 4″ tall and 4.5″ wide.

This looks like a great rendition of a classic design. Check out Bushmonkey Knives.

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Southern Grind GranDaddy G2

The new GrandDaddy G2 looks a lot like it’s predecessor in its general shape but this short machete has learned some new tricks.

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Like the original GrandDaddy short machete, the G2 is cut from reclaimed saw blades (.95″-.105″ thick 8670M high carbon steel). Both versions are differentially heat treated. Both versions have the same full-tang construction, 10.875″ long deep bellied clip point blades, and curvy handles.

Unlike the original, the G2 features a black powder coat finish and machined G-10 handle slabs. The handle slabs are fitted to site flush with the tang. Finally, while the clip point blades are extremely similar, the G2 adds a short sharpened swedge that serves to create a stronger tip.

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The GrandDaddy G2 comes with a skeletonized kydex sheath. The sheath is available in OD Green or Flat Dark Earth.

Check out the GrandDaddy G2 at Southern Grind. Read more about the incredible back story of Southern Grind at Jerking the Trigger.

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Obex Design Pikal Knives

Obex Design recently unveiled two new pikal designs that look very, very nice. They are looking for input on what to name them and if your suggestion is chosen, you just might get something nice.

Check out the Obex Design Facebook Page for more details.

Obex Pikals

Lerman Custom Knives – Nessmuk

Knife makers have been emulating George W. Sears’ , AKA Nessmuk, favored knife design ever since he wrote Woodcraft. The design is traditionally characterized by a distinctive overall “S” curve shape with a bull nose blade. However, many makers like to put their own spin on it.

Lerman Nessmuk

One of the most distinctive versions I have seen lately comes from Lerman Custom Knives. It is obvious at a glance that it is a Nessmuk and yet it has been stretched and modernized in a very attractive way. It is both traditional and modern at the same time and the combination is striking.

Check out Lerman Custom Knives.

Resolute – Gough Custom

The Resolute from Gough Custom is a study in clean, minimalist design.

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The Resolute is available in 2 sizes: a 4″ blade and a 5″ blade. Both sizes are ground from 5/32″ thick A2 tool steel and are available with a black Cerakote finish or a satin finish. The handles are available a an extensive array of color combinations and they come with a MOLLE compatible, kydex drop sheath.

Check out Gough Custom.

Gough Resolute Grips Gough Resolute Sheath

 

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Bladetricks, a custom maker out of Madrid, makes some very interesting edged tools that are not limited to just knives. One of their newest items, Trick Bars, are a downright wicked take on the classic pry bar.

Bladetricks Trick Bars

Trick Bars look like a simple hooked shape piece of steel but closer inspection reveals various angles and surfaces that are designed to allow them so serve as a pry bar, hammer, ice pick, and more. They are also very obviously designed to serve as a self-defense tool should the need arise. Something like this would be at home in any BOB or vehicle emergency kit.

They are ground from 5mm thick O1 tool steel and available in two sizes. The EDC size is compact at 25cm in overall length and the large size comes in at 34.5cm in overall length. They have a paracord wrap on the handle and come with a kydex sheath.

Check out the Bladetricks website and Facebook Page.

LeValley Outdoors

The state of hardware store axes is really dreadful. A typical hardware store axe has a poor quality metal head that is sand cast into a single, inefficient shape with a poor heat treat and a handle that promotes blisters rather than preventing them. There really isn’t much that these axes get right which leads many people to look overseas for their axes. Manufacturers like Wetterlings and Gransfors Bruks make wonderful tools but they are often expensive, they may not be well suited to American hard woods, and their available patterns are somewhat limited.

The lack of quality options leaves the savy axe user to seek out and rehabilitate old US made axes. However, not everyone has the time, know-how, desire, or work bench space to rehab their own axes. Thankfully there are people like Jon LeValley of LeValley Outdoors who are doing their best to restore these old, used axes to usefulness.

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LeValley Outdoors offers a staggering variety of axes that have been cleaned, inspected, re-profiled, sharpened, and properly hung on a new handle that is hand finished with linseed oil and beeswax. They have hatchets with several lengths of handles, boy’s axes, full size single bit axes, cruiser size double bits, full size double bits, and other useful patterns like Pulaskis and broad axes. They have axes from many of the great American makers like Collins, Kelly, Plumb, True Temper, Norlund, and more along with some very nice European makers.

The axes range quite a bit in price based on their condition and desirability but all them come ready to work with a fresh edge and handle. The majority of them are priced for those who plan to use them rather than collectors. It is possible to purchase a top quality tool for half of what you might pay for a new European import.

levalley outdoors unmarked boys axes

For instance, if you are looking for a great general purpose camping/hiking axe, LeValley Outdoors sells unmarked boy’s axes for $60. Vintage unmarked axes are often the best deals on the market because they were usually made by a manufacturer that you would recognize but came with a paper label that has worn off or were made without a mark to be sold in a large department store. Much of an axe’s collector’s value is based on the maker’s marks and since these axes lack marks, they can be sold without regard to collector’s value. The prices are even more reasonable when you consider that any over $25 ships free.

If you are in the market for an axe that is actually worth a darn, check out LeValley Outdoors.

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