Thursday, June 28, 2012

Customized Stag Nessmuk Knife

Some recent work from my shop.  This is a customized nessmuk
with a blade that is a bit wider, at about 1 3/4" give or take.
The spine is 3/32" thick and black spacers are behind the
antiqued stag handle.

This custom nessmuk also has steel pins and steel lined rear
lanyard hole.

The sheath as all my sheaths is hand stitched and antiqued
medium brown.

Thank you
ML Knives

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Woods and bush knife custom

Here is some recent custom order work from my shop.  This is
one of my woods and bush knives with an antiqued Hickory
handle.  Steel pins and lanyard.
About sizes on my woods and bush knife are overall
9 1/2" with a blade about 4 9/16" long.
Leather through lanyard hole is hand braided.

Recent pic from a woods journey.

Thank you
ML Knives

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Frontier Carved antler Neck Knife and my traveling hobo stove

This is a knife I made awhile back with an aged crown antler handle.
You can see The backside of the rosette I hand carved a primitive
face.  The sheath was antiqued leather set up to be worn as a neck knife
and the face of the sheath had hand stipple work.

The blade being patina aged and 2 decent sized copper pins in the handle.

On a trip to the woods I made a quick brew for my wife in my
traveling coffee can stove.  I used my leather handled carry
knife to make fire sticks and get things going. 

Thank you
ML Knives

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Large Bladed Butcher/Scalper Knife Custom

It would have been nice to see this on video, but I didn't
have the time before I boxed it up for a custom order.

The sweeping  10 1/4" curve on this blade was excellent,
felt great in hand and would serve not only for a great
butcher knife and more.  You can see from the picture
the blade was patina aged as well.

The handle is tiger maple with a ball end grip 3 brass

Sheath was hand stitched and set up to be worn high
for a left hand cross draw.

I had some time to do a little fishing and thought you would like to see
a couple pictures.  Small mouth bass, at a smaller size but they put
up a decent fight.

Thank you
Happy Fathers Day.
ML Knives

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hunting and skinning knife with vintage Frontier Style

This is a knife from my past work collection of images.

Blade on this was a bit over 4 inches with patina aging
and a file worked spine.  The handle is aged elk stag
with steel pins.  Sheath was hand stitched.

On a recent trip to the woods a beaver was  making his way
away from his home, maybe looking for some food!  I took
a quick picture, the best I could get on the move.
Thank you
ML Knives

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Custom Camp Butcher Knife

This week I am posting one of my custom order Camp Butcher Knives.

These are very nice stout camp and old school style butcher knives
capable of many cutting and camp chores.

Pictures below show this one with a cleaner 8" blade and aged black
Walnut handle, steel pins over brass washers.  The sheath is darker
brown and hand stitched set up to wear left hand carry.
Spine is 3/16" tang.

You can see this knife as well on my
special order page 3 of my website.

Thank you
ML Knives

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Versatility of a Woods Bag...Also known as the Possible Bag

How many things can a good side bag be used for in the woods?

I carry one every time I enter the woods, either my leather bag
or my ditty, and or a haversack.

my personal bags and knives
to and bottom pics.

Traditionally a possible bag was used for
carrying essentials for a long gun, along
with maybe a folding knife, and some
personals, a fire steel a pinch of tobacco

But a bag on your side traditionally made
can also be used to carry many things. 

For example, maybe your survival kit, a
small map, a few of those cereal bars, a
fire kit, some jewt cord, compass, ammo
for your firearm, a small sharpening stone. 
The list goes on and depending on the size
of your bag or bags you would be surprised
the ease of carrying more than one bag.

One of the last hikes  I took I carried 3 bags
 and to me it was easier than carrying a pack.

Don't get me wrong you still can haul allot
more on your back in a canvas pack but if
you can get a good deal into 3 bags.

See the pic below of me with a 3 bag set up and my old walking stick.  My leather
bag is behind me, ditty on the right and haversack on the left.  Bags were packed
pretty even and the weight distributed between the 3 made wearing them criss
cross and one on the back a fairly easy 10 mile hike.

Below is one of my bags from past work.  As all my bags everything is hand worked.
From cutting the leather to stitching them by hand.  This one had a lined linen flap
with some fringing around the edge.  This bag was about 9 1/4" tall
with an inside pocket.

Thank you

ML Knives

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Custom kephart with rawhide close Up pictures

My last trip in the woods did my camera in.  Below
are some pictures from a new camera.  Close ups
of a custom order kephart knife I am working on.

This one has a custom rawhide wrapped forward
haft, with some very nice tiger maple.  The spine
is file worked.

Thank you
Matt ML Knives