Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hudson Bay Camp Knife with Patina

This is a recent custom order Hudson bay Camp knife.
The H2 option on my order page.
This one was ordered with pattern and patina aged blade
and some very nice black walnut.  Brass pins over
brass washers. The sheath was set up to wear high
and cross draw the knife.

I was on my way out from the shop and heard this cardinal
singing a song, so I took a decent picture to share.

Thank you

ML Knives

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A set of Vintage Style knives

This is a custom set of knives for a custom order.

These knives were made with aged black walnut handles and
both have large brass pins.  The smaller of the two knives
has a 5 inch blade and the larger almost bowie shaped
knife has a blade about 9 1/2" long.

Both handles also have a beautiful ball end grip.

All my sheaths are hand stitched but are not in the photo

I did upload a video of the smaller knife that I will post
below the photo.  Time was a factor in not having both
on this video.

thank you
ML Knives

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Vintage Bowie Knife and some Leather Work

The Bowie knife posted below was a recent custom order that left my
shop, and the blade measured out at about 8 inches long with a slow
tapered forward swedge/clip.

The tang was hidden and runs through the entire length of the
aged black walnut handle and was preened over a solid steel
but cap.  The hatching on the handle was done by hand as well.

The guard is of steel as well and was forged and hand fitted.

The sheath was hand stitched and antiqued.

New Leather work was added to the "Available Leather Pieces Page"
All of my leather tooling and hand carved line work is done
one at a time and by hand.
Here is a close up of the current available piece.

Thank you

ML Knives

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Large Knife and Some thoughts On Carry

For some A large knife is something you wouldn't carry in
the woods, only something you would use maybe in your kitchen.

Well...I am going to give some of my thoughts and opinions
on larger knives.

Large knives have been carried for many years, and once you
get used to carrying one or become proficient with one you
may want to consider having, packing or carrying at least
one larger knife that has a bit of heft to it.

If your worried about carrying a large knife because of weight
or just don't want something with say an 8 inch blade or
so weighing you down, there is more than one way to carry
a big blade with almost any kind of sheath.

A simple way is to tuck the knife in its sheath at a semi cant
in the back or front of your belt.  Better yet if you have a high
ride sheath you can angle the knife and cross draw it as well.

Another simple way is to carry a large knife in your pack,
or attached to your pack if you carry one.
For years I have lashed my larger Hudson bay camp knife
to one of my side bags and carried it without an issue.
Still do carry it this way at times.

Camp tools such as a large knife can be handy as well for
helping with making kindling, making stakes for a shelter,
de-limbing larger branches with ease, you can also thump
the blade of you large knife in a stump and use it to debark
a branch or larger sized branches or to make some smaller
sized tinder for fire.

Batoning can be easier with a big knife, if needed and yes
a big knife is great in the kitchen, no doubt about that.

One other thought, a large blade can also be your
best friend when you might come across a last resort
situation.  It will never run out of ammo and if your
large knife has some heft to it can be used more than
one way than blade end.

The Knife below was a recent custom with an antiqued
elk stag handle, 9 inch pattern and patina aged blade.
Pins are brass over brass washers and this has been
set up with an aged hand stitched high ride sheath.

Thank you
ML Knives