4 1/4 inch blade, 8 5/8 inches
overall, bocote handle, full tang,O-1 tool
4 7/8 inch
blade, 9 1/4 inches overall, O-1
tool steel zebra wood handle, full tang, brass guard $169
4 ¼ inch blade, 8 3/4 overall, ironwood handle, O-1
tool steel, full tang, serrations in front of the guard. Really feels
TOOL STEEL KNIVES
This series of knives is intended to
provide an attractive knife that has a wide range of blade shapes and
desirable features. If a guard is used it is riveted on for a secure
fastening. A spacer between the
handle material and the tang adds bit of beauty to the handle and allows
for differential expansion of the wood and metal tang. The handle is secured with brass pins.
The steel used is very similar to
O-1 tool steel but has a bit more chrome in it.
This steel was purchased from
Western cutlery when they went out of business. It was special made for
them by steel manufacturers.
The knife is cut out of the tool
steel stock and ground to rough shape.
It is then heated and forged along the cutting edge to hammer pack
the steel which results in a superior blade. After finishing the blade at the grinder
the knife is again heated to stamp the makers logo and normalize the steel
prior to hardening. The blade is
then heated and quenched in oil.
After cleaning off the oil residue, the blade is tempered by
applying heat to the back of the blade until the proper oxidizing colors
appear at the cutting edge. This
allows the back to be spring hard while the cutting edge is hard, near a
Rockwell 59. The blade is then
final polished. The blade is a
convex grind design that allows superior cutting, strength and ease of
The sheaths for these knives are
hand made and hand stitched. A
welt is sewn into the edge of the sheath to protect the stitching from
the cutting edge. Top grade 9-10
ounce vegetable tan leather is used in the sheaths.
will rust so keep them dry after cleaning and coat with a light oil. A coat of Johnson’s paste wax is also a good metal
protection. If possible don’t store the knife in the leather
sheath for long periods. The
leather will absorb moisture which will rust
the blade. A coat of Vaseline when
going into the field protects the blade and can be used for chapped skin
and rifle protection if needed and it is edible.