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ProTech Rockeye Fixed

Les George of George knives had a very successful SHOT Show 2014. In addition to the introduction of his dagger collaboration with Spartan Blades, a new fixed blade version of the ProTech Rockeye was introduced. ProTech, though mostly known for autos, makes some great fixed blade knives.

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The Rockeye Fixed is one of those designs that looks like it can do everything pretty well. The drop point blade has a fairly tall, flat primary grind with a false edge. The handle has knurled G-10 slabs, a deep first finger groove paired with a guard, and a heavily jimped thumb ramp.

This knife is 8.5″ overall with a 4″ blade. It is ground from .17″ thick 52100 steel. That’s right, I said 52100 steel. 52100 is a great steel that I rarely see makers working with any more. The Rockeye Fixed is available in a number of different Cerakote options that range from pretty mild to pretty wild. It comes with a nylon sheath with hard insert.

Check out the Rockeye Fixed at BladeHQ.

Wilderness Ironworks – Wilderness Axe

Some people are surprised to find that there are still people forging fine axes, one at a time, the old fashioned way, right here in the USA. One such place is Wilderness Ironworks.

Wilderness Ironworks Wilderness Axe

Their new pack axe, the Wilderness Axe, is quite unique in its size and shape. It has a bit shape that is very reminiscent of a carpenters axe with its more straight cutting edge and undercut bit for fine work. It’s size (7″ head, 4.5″ bit, 18″ haft) is similar to one of my favorites, the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe except the Wilderness Axe weighs about 3/4 of a pound less at 2 1/4 pounds. That is quite light for an axe of this size.

Everything about this axe is hand crafted. Wilderness Ironworks forges the heads and hand carves the hafts. The result is a very attractive axe.

Check out the Wilderness Axe at Wilderness Ironworks.

Skallywag Tactical Spin-Drift

The Steve Reichert designed Spin-Drift that is being produced by Skallywag Tactical is now available.

Skallywag Tactical Spin-Drift

The Spin-Drift is CNC machined from a chunk of D2 tools steel and features a distinctive clipped point, tanto design with a false edge. The deep jimping and thumb notch work with the machined black canvas micarta scales to provide grip. The knife is black Ionbond coated for corrosion resistance and durability.

Each Spin-Drift comes with a kydex sheath from Survival Sheath Systems. Check out the Spin-Drift at Skallywag Tactical.

Steve is a U.S. Marine, a trainer, and the founder of Tier 1 Group. See his website for additional information.

Fletcher Knives in CPM154

Fletcher Knives is now working with stainless steel. Several of their models that were previously only available in O1 tool steel (a carbon steel) are now available with CPM154 steel.

Check out FletcherKnives.com. Fletcher Knives does not take orders so check out all the new stainless models in stock at USA Made Blade.

Fletcher Knives Delta-4 MKII

Fletcher Knives Delta-4 MKII

J. Willard Heritage Tools Update

A handful of you contacted me regarding my previous post on J. Willard Heritage Tools. It seems that the “A Good Axe” Perk sold out shortly after the earlier post was published and those I heard from were disappointed to have missed out.

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Well, I have good news. J. Willard Heritage Tools has opened up 6 additional slots for the “A Good Axe” Perk. The perk includes a restored axe, lifetime hanging and grinding/sharpening of any wood handled tools, and free shipping on any axe you purchase from J. Willard Heritage Tools. This perk is a tremendous value for a vintage axe that will be of better quality than anything you can buy at a big box hardware store right now. It costs less than a similar axe from Gransfors Bruks or Wetterlings, comes with the grinding/sharpening/hanging service, and it helps build up a business that is restoring a part of our heritage to usefulness

Don’t miss a chance to fund something very cool and get a nice perk in return. Check out J. Willard Heritage Tools indiegogo campaign.

Ontario Knife Company Chimera

Ontario ChimeraWhat happens when Ontario Knife Company (OKC) combines elements from several of their most iconic, military contract knives? You end up with something like the new OKC Chimera.

The Chimera has the 8.25″ long, 1095 steel blade from the OKC3S bayonet. It’s large flat guard comes from the M11 EOD knife. It borrows the Kraton handle from the M9 bayonet. The Chimera is capped off with the pommel from ASEKS survival knife.

Check out Ontario Knife Company.

Baryonyx Knife Company

I recently came across Baryonyx Knife Company and I am very glad that I did. They are offering a new and extremely useful level of customer service.

baryonyx knife coThey offer two unique services, one free and one premium, that solve a lot of the problems associated with buying knife, machetes, and axes online. The first is the 7 point hand inspection that everything they sell goes through before they put into stock. Items that pass their inspection are sold in the store. Items that do not pass but are still near perfect and functional are sold as “B” grade at a reduced price. It is important to note that these are not seconds. They are perfectly functional just not up to Baryonyx Knife Co.’s high standards. If an item has flaws that could present a functional issue, they are returned and never even make it into stock.

The second service is an optional “Special Grade” service. The service is available on most items that they sell and each Special Grade is unique to the item, designed to improve it in some key area. Most of the Special Grade services seem to range from $2-$8.

So why is all that useful? Good question. Here are a few examples…

Let’s say you want to buy a Condor Knife & Tool axe or hatchet but you know that, as with any axe, it is best to see them in person to check to see it is hung straight and that the grain orientation is right. At Baryonyx Knife Co. all the axes go through the hand inspection. They have already checked that their axes are hung straight, have proper grain alignment, etc.

This Condor Scout Hatchet has a workable edge but it is still a bit thick behind the edge.

This Condor Scout Hatchet has a workable edge but it is still a bit thick behind the edge.

What if you wanted an Estwing Tomahawk but you knew from your research that the bit is sharpened at an angle that is more appropriate for an entry tool than a survival tool meant to work wood. That is no problem. If you select the $6 Special Grade option, Baryonyx Knife Co. will thin and refine the edge for wood working.

Now let’s say you want a Tramontina machete which are known for being a great value as a survival tool but also known for needing a fair amount of work before they are truly ready to use. The $4 Special Grade option will see that the scales are ground flush with the tang, the edge is convexed, the point is ground sharp, and the spine is squared for use as a striker. That $4 corrects every short coming with the Tramontina machetes and adds some additional functionality.

After the Special Grade treatment, it is thinned and refined. Now it will bite into wood more efficiently.

After the Special Grade treatment, it is thinned and refined. Now it will bite into wood more efficiently.

Those are just a few examples of how Baryonyx Knife Co.’s unique services can benefit you. I can’t tell you how glad I am to come across a retailer like this especially for axe buying. Now if I could just convince them to pick up some additional axe lines and start offering a Kydex sheath making service at the point of purchase, I might never shop any where else!

Check out Baryonyx Knife Company. They have more than just axes and machetes. They have a full line of knives, sharpening and maintenance products, the manliest hand made soaps you have ever seen (I’m not kidding), and more.

J. Willard Heritage Tools

Walk into any hardware store and check out their axes. I can tell you exactly what you will find – axes made with poor quality steel that is too soft to hold a proper edge, too thick through the cheeks to ever cut well, lacking a finished edge, on a handle that is either soul-less fiberglass or bottom of the barrel hickory with terrible grain structure. We have all heard the saying, “They don’t make them like they used to.” I suspect that whoever coined that term, was talking about axes.

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Thankfully, there are still plenty of high quality vintage axe heads left from a time when America knew how to make them and there are still people who appreciate them. Most importantly, there are still people who know how to sharpen and hang them (to hang an axe is to fit a new handle), restoring them to usefulness.

One such person is Jeremy Dillon of J. Willard Heritage Tools. He restores vintage axes and resells them on Ebay. His restored axes come ready to work and they often sell at prices similar to what you might pay for a hardware store axe. These axes have already served as tools to a previous generation and with a little care they can serve the next generation.

He would like to expand his operation so he has started a crowd funding campaign with a pretty modest goal of just $1700. There are some VERY nice benefits available to backers including lifetime sharpening and hanging of any wood handled tool (very valuable), a restored axe along with lifetime sharpening and hanging, a day of forestry training from Jeremy, and more.

Check out J. Willard Heritage Tools on Ebay. Consider helping out on their indiegogo crowd funding campaign.

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MT Knives Giveaway

MT Knives is giving away a slick little knife called The General on their website and Facebook Page. The General features an O1 tool steel wharnecliffe blade, a brown camel bone handle with blue vulcanized liners, brass pins and a Sally Martin mosaic pin.

MT Knives The General

Photo credit: Elon Gane Photography

Combative Edge M1 Auto

The M1 was Combative Edge’s very first production knife offering and continues to be a very popular model for them. The original M1 opened with the press of a flipper or with a thumb stud but Combative Edge’s newest M1 will open with the push of a button.

Combative Edge M1 Auto

Combative Edge has announced that a first run of 100 M1 Autos will be produced. The M1 Auto will retain all of the recognizable elements of the original M1 with its long and lean shape, clip point recurve blade, jimping in the same locations, and deep index finger groove. It will feature a push button opener with sliding safety nested into the all titanium scales. The M1 Auto will also have a contrasting, scalloped backspacer that looks very, very nice.

The M1 Auto is not available yet and Combative Edge will not be offering direct sales on them due to the various laws surrounding automatic knives. They will be available through BladeHQ soon.

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