I’ve been very busy in the shop. Some of the new things going on include the addition of a stock removal line of knives. The first model available is a revise Kephart pattern that is made from 1/8″ 1095. All but one of these knives have sold. In the following picture, the knife with the Buckeye Burl handle is still available (The black and yellow handle)
I am also working on two forged versions of this knife which will be an exclusive available through vintageknives.com
I will keep this page updated with the status of these knives. They will be handled with Oak that was harvested from the waterways of Maine. These trees were felled in 1860 to form a damn, which was to provide hydro power for a paper mill. Some of the logs were submerged and have been there until recent years. When the trees were cut they were roughly 200 years old. This would date the beginnings of their growth to the early days of the colonization of America by Europeans. Bellow is a picture of the knife blanks, ready for handle material.
I am currently working on my rendition of a Scottish Short Blade, which was the transitional blade from the kidney dagger to the Dirk. You will see in the picture bellow that it is not quite a short sword, but not the kidney dagger that preceded this design.
I have also gotten set up to cut my own handle material. Tonight I cut scales out of Purple Heart, the 1860 Oak, and some Walnut Burl.
I have also begun making friction folders. Here is a picture of the first one that is available for sale, it is priced at $175.
I have also been updating the shop, and have been preparing for a move to a new and larger location which is nearly ten times larger than my current shop. The following picture is of my current location.
The following pictures are of knives that I have made for members of Bushcraftusa.com
The handle of a striker Knife
The file work on a matched set; A Bowie and Gentleman’s Knife that will be handled in water buffalo horn with brass hardware.
This is a Tall Woodsman(AKA Medium Bowie) that is handled with stabilized mesquite burl and has a brass pommel plate.
This knife is forged from a twisted and stacked billet of 1080 and 15 N 20 that I hand forged. No power hammers here.
Finally, one of my latest Cleavers. The handle material is locally harvest American Hornbeam, also known as Ironwood.
As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew M Paul