Saturday, February 28, 2015

Introducing > The Bug-Out Camp Knife

I have been thinking of some ideas for hybrid camp-chef knives lately.

Since I have been playing with some Micarta as of late, I thought I would re-tool this stick tang camper that I made originally about 2-years ago.
I re-worked the blade-style a bit and am happy with the results.
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These knives have a camp-knife geometry, convex and yet quite fine at the edge, perfect for splitting wood for kindling with aid of a baton on the spine, and also weighty enough to do some chopping.
Sharp as a razor and totally capable to prep foods with no problem. Basically looking very much like a chef knife, but with a bit more handle drop, and yet,
still quite capable as that knife that you would want along if you were heading out & needing to have one knife that would take care of business.

These are forged out of 1095, featuring a mild distal taper,
hammer-textured surfaces high on the bevels, and a nice swedge to the tip.
These will all have Micarta Handles on them.

The top knife is more indicative of the size I will be producing these in as time goes on.
With a 6.50" blade that is about 2" wide it's a nice compact camp knife.
....Being a special order,
the request was for African Blackwood and Antique Micarta Inlay and mosaic pin.
THIS ONE > heat treated out with an amazingly sweet clay-less Hamon! Truly beautiful!
I wish I could make that happen more than once in a blue-moon!

The bottom one is sort of an XL-version, one-of-a-kind, that I do not plan on producing more of unless requested.
This one is about 7.50"
and is featuring what will be the norm on these,
straight quench, some nice Canvass Micarta, with a single mosaic pin.

Keep en eye out as I will be spinning a few of these out throughout 2015.
Price-point will be very reasonable for such a knife as well....right around $450
Feel free to Email me is you want more information.
I have two more awaiting handles to be fitted to them and final details to be done on them.

I hope you enjoy seeing these that have been created so far.

-DON




 A Fancy Bug-Out Camp For Tim !
One of his images of the knife too:)

 And One below with a Polished Blade...I like how this looks!
 




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Five For February!

OK...So This post is coming in a little late, but due to the wonderful world of computers I can time-stamp it in last months cue as I type today on March 4th;)

OK I just wanted to share some shots of recent work finished.

Currently Available From California Custom Knives are the bottom two knives and the Middle bug-Put Camp Knife, the top two Small French Knives are headed to Brooklyn's EatingTools.Com

I hope you enjoy seeing some of these images!

Top of the first Image are two sweet Small French Knives. There will be many more of these coming out of the CCK Studio throughout 2015. Simply, a wonderful size knife for every day meal prep, and perfect for those who shy-away from larger chef knives, prefer smaller knives, or have smaller hands...though they fit my hand very well with plenty of knuckle-clearance over the cutting board and I am 6'6"-Tall:)

In the middle is the Bug-Out Camp Knife. Please visit THIS POST to read more about it.

And finally are these two sweet Classic French Utility Models in two amazing handle materials for your consideration. Both are available right now on California Custom Knives. Each are amazingly sweet, light and strong. Perfect for daily meal prep and detail cutting tasks or picnic-outings!

I hope you enjoy the images!

-DON:)









Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Fancy Shallot Knife !!!

Certain knives just take a really long time to finish....this was one of those knives.

Why do some knives take long than others?
...I am not totally sure;
>>>but the ones that do often turn out amazing.

And....while this may not be the finest knife I have ever made, it's right there at the top,
and, it is certainly the Sweetest Shallot Knife I have made to date.

This one being a "Jumbo Shallot" since it was forged out of 3/16" thick 1095lm,
the regular shallot is forged out of 1/8"-thick material.

Plenty of "Firsts" on this on too:

First Shallot with a Hamon
First Shallot with Round Inlay & blind-pin
First Shallot with Mosiac pin
First time Laminating Ironwood to Micarta.
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OAL is 10.75"
Cutting edge is 6"
Handle is laminated Antique Micarta & Desert Ironwood w/ matching inlay & detail carving.
Nice Hamon on this Low Manganese 1095

I hope you enjoy the images of this beauty.

-DON:)