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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.

Spartan Blades Collaborates with Les George

Spartan Blades and Les George, of George Knives, are collaborating on a new dagger design. The design is tentatively being called the V-14 and is reminiscent of a few earlier, military issue dagger designs. Unlike those earlier designs, this one will have full tang construction. Details are still being ironed out but this looks like a thoroughly modern take on a classic design.

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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.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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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