About My Knife Designs
I really don’t consider any of my designs “original.” Over the past few years, I have owned, and ground on literally thousands of knives from other manufactures. I know what I like in a knife, and if there is a particular feature of one that bugs me, it gets set aside. If it sits too long, it gets sold because I know I won’t use it. That being said, I only really own a small handful of knives these days!
Having handled so many knives is how I have come up with my own designs. I will like the blade shape of one knife, the handle shape of another, the butt of another and the grind on yet another one. I tend to combine things that I like to come up with I consider the perfect knife, for its intended usage.
Above all, my knives always have the following 3 features in common:
- Square spine. Whether it is a bushcraft knife, or a hunting knife, I believe the knife should be capable of striking a firesteel in an emergency. Sure there are separate strikers and all that, but in my opinion that is just another bit of gear to have to remember. Most people are very conscious of where their knife is, and are less likely to lose it than a tiny bit of hacksaw blade or other striker. A good knife and a firesteel will go a long way.
- Handle shape. Once you get the hair popping edge out of the way, a comfortable handle is the most important aspect of the knife. During just casual cutting, almost any handle shape will do. Use it for an extended period, and you will become a fan of my handle design.
- Grind. Every knife style has a different intended final use. You will not see me put a scandi grind on everything, or convex everything! I try to match the grind geometry with the intended use of the knife. In some cases, I will do multiple grinds on the same style of knife.
- Hair Poppin Sharp! Toothy edge my ass. When I hear a custom maker say they prefer a toothy edge, it makes me wonder if they should even be making knives in the first place. To me, toothy edge means “too lazy to but a good edge on.” To me, the biggest reason to by a custom knife over a production knife is to have the things done that are not possible with “mass production.” That includes, a highly polished, durable, and screaming sharp edge.