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J.A.G. Custom – Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion

The ubiquitous Buck 110 is a monument to classic American knife design. It has managed to stay relevant in spite of the advent of more advanced materials, pocket clips, and one hand openers. The Buck 110 still stands well on its own but a little help from J.A.G. Custom can’t hurt.

JAG Custom Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion Back

J.A.G. Custom is known for customizing Buck knives. One of their most recent creations is a 110 that has been converted from the original back lock to a frame lock. The locking scale is cut from 6AL4V Titanium and then bead blasted. The back lock has been replaced by a titanium back spacer and a thumb stud has been added to the blade to aid in opening it with one hand. All of the hardware including the pocket clip is stainless steel and the entire package is topped off with a carbon fiber scale.

The extensive use of Ti and the carbon fiber scale make this knife very light. It should be very easy to carry thanks to its light weight and attention to detail including rounded edges and countersunk screws.

Get in touch with J.A.G. Customs via their forum on BladeForums.com.

JAG Custom Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion CF Scale JAG Custom Buck 110 Frame Lock Conversion Lock Up

Ray Laconico Fossmine

Ray Laconico’s newest creation isn’t all that new. The Fossmine is a mix of elements from two of his most popular models. It features the blade from the Jasmine and the handle from the Fossa – hence the name Fossmine.

Laconico Fossmine

Specs can vary quite a bit on these since they are completely custom knives. Ray has made both liner lock and frame lock versions of this knife. Handle materials can vary from plain, stone-washed titanium to carbon fiber with Timascus bolsters. The Jasmine blade has a drop point profile with a flipper to open it.

Ray does some amazing work. Check out his forum on Blade Forums or his Facebook Page for more details.

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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.

J. Willard Axe 2

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.

J. Willard Axe 1

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

War Chief Tomahawk – Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division

Helm Enterprises is turning out some incredible custom tomahawks at prices that are very competitive. They offer tomahawks in a variety of lengths and configurations but one that caught my eye recently is called the War Chief.

Helm Grind War Chief 2

Helm Enterprises offers two different spiked tomahawk configurations – one with a pry spike and one with a combat spike. The War Chief is the combat spike model.┬áThe War Chief, like all Helm Enterprises tomahawks are ground from 1/4″ thick 4140 steel and has micarta handle slabs. It is available in a variety of lengths but the 12″ version that they recently shared on their site looks extremely practical.

There are two features of Helm Enterprises tomahawks that I really appreciate and both have to the do with the handle slabs. First, they provide very tall slabs which makes it easy to vary the height of your grip. The sweet spot on a tomahawk is often about 2/3rds of the way up the handle and some makers don’t make their slabs tall enough to grip in that location. Second, they fit their handle slabs so they are flush with the tang. Exposed tangs can really beat up your hand over a few hours worth of use.

Check out Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division.

Helm Grind War Chief

KA-BAR Hellfire and Hinderance

Several of you expressed interest in the newly unveiled TDI models that KA-BAR rolled out at SHOT Show. It seems like KA-BAR is all I have talked about on these pages! I was able to get in touch with KA-BAR and gather additional information including the first official pictures that I know of.

The new TDI models, both Rick Hinderer Collaborations will both be made from 1095 Cro-Van right here in the USA. The Hellfire will feature a recurve tanto style blade and the Hinderance will sport a wharnecliffe which should be an excellent blade shape for this style of knife because of how it orients the point. Both knives have the TDI logo on one side and Rick Hinderer’s logo on the other.

Here is the break down…

Hellfire:

  • Blade Length – 3 9/16″
  • Blade – Rick’s Signature Hell Fire Grind
  • Overall Length – 7 1/4″
  • Color – Black
  • Sheath – Locking Hard Plastic / Black Clip

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Hinderance:

  • Blade Length – 3 9/16″
  • Blade – Rick Hinderer’s Signature Wharncliffe Grind
  • Overall Length – 7 1/4″
  • Color – Black
  • Sheath – Locking Hard Plastic / Black Clip

2485_ActualSize2485S_SheathAs you can see, the included sheath features a locking mechanism that appears to lock on the thumb notch/ramp. The retention on the previous TDI sheaths was somewhat lacking so this may be an improvement thought I think there is likely to be a number of kydex benders who can offer an improved sheath.

Previous TDI models were made overseas and their prices reflected that. These will be made here and you can expect their prices to be in line with a US made knife. I have heard that MSRP will be around $110 ($111.56 to be exact).

These knives will be available March 1st. Keep an eye out here and at KA-BAR for details.

These knives are now available at Edge/Equipped.

KA-BAR MSM Knife 001

KA-BAR had several notable releases at SHOT Show this year including collaborations with noted knife makers like Rick Hinderer and Mike Snody. They released a collaboration knife with someone not necessarily known for their work in the knife world – Mil-Spec Monkey (MSM).

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The new KA-BAR MSM Knife 001 is a tactical fixed blade for the budget minded user. It is a healthy, 8.5″ long slab of SK5 steel with a black coating and cord wrapped handle. The 3.5″ blade has an aggressive American tanto shape with an unsharpened false edge. The MSM Knife has plenty of jimping for grip and a massive thumb ramp.

The sheath looks very well sorted out, especially for a budget knife. If you know MSM, you know this sheath is going to be MOLLE compatible. It is designed to mount to PALS webbing via MALICE Clips.

Check out the KA-BAR MSM Knife 001 at Mil-Spec Monkey.

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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.

Combative Edge M1 Auto Backspacer Combative Edge M1 Auto Scales

KA-BAR Beer Tap

Look around you. Take it all in. You are going to want to remember where you were when you first heard about the KA-BAR Beer Tap. That’s right, KA-BAR has turned their iconic, stacked-leather handle into the ultimate beer tap. I’ll give that a minute to sink in and allow you to compose yourself…

KA-BAR Beer Tap

Is it wrong to buy a Kegorator just so I can put a KA-BAR Beer Tap on it?

Check out KA-BAR.

Maleficus from Special Circumstances

Ian Wendt, the man behind Special Circumstances, is doing some very interesting and unique things with knives. His shapes are very organic, his materials are advanced and exotic, and his designs are downright wicked. All of those attributes are on full display in the Maleficus.

Special Circumstances Maleficus

The Maleficus is a compact (5.5″ overall, nearly 3″ blade), self-defense oriented blade designed in the same vein as the venerable Clinch Pick. It is meant to be used in an edge up, forward grip or it can also be used with an edge in, reverse grip. This knife is part push dagger, part pikal knife, part alien offspring, and all nasty.

Ian crafts the Maleficus (and most of his other knives) from some very exotic materials that also happen to be quite functional and very striking to the eye. The blade is ground from 6AL4V titanium that is laminated between layers of carbon fiber. The handles are textured G-10. The use of these materials allows the Maleficus to be extremely corrosion resistant and very discreet since it is non-ferrous, and feather light. It weighs just 52 grams.

Special Circumstances Maleficus Spine

The sheath is molded from kydex and features Special Circumstances’ versatile shock-cord retention system. The stretchy shock-cord (think bungee cords) allows the knife to be carried a number of ways including the most important for a knife like this which is on the wearers belt with the handle in toward the center line.

Training drones are available as they should be with any serious self-defense oriented blade.

Check out Special Circumstances to learn more about all their knives.

Special Circumstances Maleficus with trainer Special Circumstances Maleficus on Belt

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