I finally broke down and made a Michigan knife for myself. Knives that I make for myself, as prototypes or for close friends have 00 marked on the blade instead of a usual series number. I made this knife with a stabilized camel bone handle.
This knife was made with 1/8″ thick CPMS 35VN hardened to an RC hardness of 60.
The knife features a brass guard with full tang handle. The guard is secured to the tang with 2 mosaic pins and silver solder.
The blade is a modified spear point. I used a flat grind for the primary bevel. The edge is convex. I also included a plungeless swedge on top. The blade is relatively thin and slices very well. I suspect it will make an excellent hunting knife for me, able to clean game and fish fairly handily.
The handle is very ergonomic. I used stabilized camel bone and red G10 liners. The handle is secured to the tang using epoxy and brass Corby bolts.
Camel Bone Handle
As it turns out, stabilized camel bone was fairly expensive relative to other handle materials. I bought 2 sets of scales made from this material. One set went on a Bowie knife made for James Nowka. I like working with this material. It polishes up nicely and adds a touch of class to the project.
I’ve now made a few knives experimenting on this overall design theme. In the last few knives I’ve started angling the guard forward 15 degrees. I’ve also gotten pretty fond of the spear point with the plungeless swedge. I’ve currently got 2 other projects nearing completion in the shop. It won’t be long before Michigan made knife number 18 is done.