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 had cheap Barlow knives that the handles came off of in no time. I don’t remember the brand but they were very cheap. I believe in leaving a good example for our young people in word and in deed. (Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.) Our youth need a direction so we need to do our part to give them a direction. As I see the youth looking at our displays of knives and survival products I do have a soft spot, and want to make a small difference.
The Denney’s Mountain Hunter is made of 1095 carbon steel that has been edge quenched and triple tempered. The handles are black canvas micarta for an excellent grip. The paracord lanyard is woven with the approximate length to hook on your thumb for safety. The leather sheath is custom formed to the knife. One of my favorite designs. Look up Denney’s Custom Hunter on 7.62precision on wordpress for Dylan Saunder’s review of the hunter I made for him. This knife is available on etsy.com as well.
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I usually put my own take on the knives I make, but have always wanted a Tom Brown Tracker. I also am a fan of TOPS Knives, as well as Tom Brown. They are an inspiration for a lot of different styles. Since I do not have a lot of extra money I decided to make my own version. Mine is not an exact copy but the style is close. I chose a single finger choil instead of 2. I also used 3/16″ 1095 carbon steel instead of 1/4″ for a slightly lighter blade. I also wanted to try the 2 blade grinds on one knife. The main end belly of the blade has an outward curve while the blade closest to the handle has a slightly recurved grind. The knife was fun to make and I am looking forward to using it in the field. So although I modified mine slightly I stayed close to the original design. I edge quenched and triple tempered the blade and instead of a kydex sheath I made a leather one. Maybe some day I will make a kydex sheath as well. The saw was one of the hardest parts for me and I still have some filing to do on it. I you want something you can’t afford maybe you can make it. I know a lot of knife makers started because they could not afford the expensive knives.