Knife Handles

Knife handles are over looked a lot of times but are a very important part of the knife. The handle dictates how comfortable and user friendly the knife is. You can think of the handle as the steering wheel or handle bars of a blade. There should be a guard , either built into the design or added to keep the hand from slipping onto the blade. The handle should also be comfortable in the hand. A curved handle fits the hand naturally better than a straight one, but either will work. Sometimes this is simply a user preference thing. I design my handles for comfort and function. Imagine a full tang knife with no scales on it. It has been done but they are usually neck knives that are made for your own paracord wrap or customization. As someone who watches Forged in Fire, I have seen several contestants who lost simply from handle design and construction.  On your next knife purchase consider handle design as well as blade style.

A soft spot for outdoor youth

This post brings back memories.


SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA At a recent gun show I dropped the price on knives for 2 different boys. I had several Mora Companions for sale, which are excellent knives for their price range. I told my son that although I hated losing the money I remember looking at knife displays as a boy and could not afford a lot of the knives that I really wanted. I like to have a line of decent knives that youth can afford especially in todays electronic world. Youth for the most part cannot afford my handmade knives but knives like Mora are great knives for outdoor youth. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the late sixties and early seventies. My first real sheath knife was a Sabre brand Bowie knife that cost $2.50. I could not afford the Bucks, Cases, and Schrades that I kept my eye on. I also…

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What should I carry everyday

There are a lot of opinions out there on the everyday carry topic. My personal favorites are a Victorinox Hiker and an original Leatherman Supertool. Added to this is a bigger knife with a pocket clip. I also carry a lighter and a Zippo striker. I generally if possible to layer in to my clothing have on a lanyard with a whistle and small light. The everyday carry topic is as personal as your survival kit. I like big knives and machetes but do not carry them on me every day. It also depends on where I am going as to which to which bigger pocket knife I carry. I have always lived in the country but would probably change some things if I lived in the city. I believe the Victorinox and Leatherman would stay though. Find a suitable system that fits your needs but having a cutting tool and a way to start a fire is very handy. Also a whistle and small flashlight are great to have.