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Archive | August, 2014

Even Ray Laconico’s Scraps Look Good

Ray Laconico is obviously physically incapable of making something ugly. Even his scraps look good!

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This little pry bar/bottle opener widget was created by Ray from some scrap Damascus steel. Even though this was just a scrap project, Ray put in his typical attention to detail and aesthetics which can be seen in the flowing form, clean grind on the pry tip, and chamfered lanyard hole.

Check out Ray’s forum on Blade Forums or his Facebook Page

Vehement Knives Chute Knife

The chute knife is one the most recognizable designs in the world of custom cutlery. It seems that every knife maker tries their hand at the iconic pattern at least once in their career. Most of the time, their attempts don’t look at that different from the original Bob Loveless version but sometimes a maker uses the design as a jumping off point to really make it their own.

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That is the case with this chute knife inspired piece from Vehement Knives. It may not look like a chute knife at first glance but careful inspection reveals the influence. The proportions are spot on. The false edge is there though with a different profile than the typical chute knife. The drop point blade shape and double guard are on full display. The handle shares the contoured front strap shape and turned down butt of a chute knife.

Vehement Knives’ version also has some large departures from the original chute knife pattern. It has a large finger choil for choking up above the guard. The spine of the knife as a half circle blade catch. It also lacks the bolsters that you would typically see on a chute knife.

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The chute knife pattern design is both very graceful and very aggressive in appearance. It melds clean lines with bold aggression and, while this Vehement Knives Chute Knife is not a 1 to 1 copy, it certainly shares the same sentiments as the original.

This knife is a not part of Vehement Knives’ regular line up but they are considering adding it. Check out Vehement Knives.

TOPS Knives Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto

The newest addition to the TOPS Knives Mil-SPIE folder series is now available. The Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto sports, you guessed it, a 3.5″ long tanto blade. The blade is saber ground from 1/8″ thick N690Co steel.

Like the other Mil-SPIE knives, this one boasts a tool steel liner locking mechanism and a machined 6061 T-6 aluminum handle. The liner lock is nested in the handle and the entire package is designed to be thin, light, and strong.

Check out the new Mil-SPIE 3.5 Tanto at TOPS Knives.

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McDaniel Knives Push Daggers

Push Daggers are intuitive to use, easy to retain, and relatively compact. In spite of that, they rarely get their due. That is why it is so nice to see McDaniel Knives offering one that is nicer than average.

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McDaniel Knives’ Push Dagger is ground from 5160 steel and sports a 3″ long double edged blade. The blade has a unique fuller that sets it apart visually. The handles are quite hand filling at 3,5″ across and they feature hand textured scales in various materials. Even the handle tang has been file worked for additional grip.

Check out McDaniel Knives.

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Build Your Own Bad Monkey from Southern Grind

Southern Grind recently introduced several new handle color options for their excellent Bad Monkey series of folders. Now that they have so many available options, they are offering you the chance to customize your own knife. You can choose the blade shape, the blade finish, the handle material and right or left hand carry. Then the website gives you a preview of what the knife will look like and a link to an order form that you can use to make the custom Bad Monkey your own.

Check out the Build Your Own Bad Monkey page at Southern Grind.

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Leethal Cutlery – Laminate Steel Wizards

Take a look at the images below and I bet the first thing that comes to your mind is, “Wow! What a beautiful hamon!” Well, at least that is what first came to my mind. The only problem is that isn’t a hamon. That is actually an artifact of the laminate steel that Leethal Cutlery uses in many of their creations.

Check out Leethal Cutlery at their website (which was down at the time of this writing) and Facebook page.

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