Knife Number 25 Done

I’ve finished another knife.  This knife I made for my friend Brian Griffin.  If you don’t know him, he is a knife designer, writer and photographer.  You’ve probably seen his work in various magazines if you read about knives.

Michigan made knife number 25 from Ver Steeg Blades.
Knife number 25, made as a modification of my personal knife for my friend Brian Griffin.

He asked me to make him one after handling my personal knife, which is shown at top in the photo below.  Brian’s hands are bigger than mine so I lengthened the handle a bit.  I also changed the guard slightly.

Comparison photograph of my personal knife and Brian Griffin's knife.
Top is my personal knife. Bottom is knife number 25 made for Brian Griffin.

I also changed the hardware from brass to nickel silver.  The steel is CPMS 35VN, which I hardened to 60 on the RC scale.  It features a convex edge with a more or less flat grind.  I would call the blade shape a modified spear point.

Knife Number 25 Handle

Top down view of the handle of knife number 25.
Knife number 25 has gentle contouring.

The handle scales are ivory paper micarta.  I hate working with the stuff.  It stains really easily and forms facets.  Because of this, there are very minor imperfections in the handle, which I eventually get too frustrated to chase out.  The ergonomics are meant to be gentle, so as to allow you to choose your own hand position and to allow the knife to be used in numerous different grips.

Left side of knife number 25.
The knife is meant to be a handy knife, useful in hunting and other outdoors activities.

I don’t find myself grabbing a brutish, 1/4 inch thick knife very often.  Instead I prefer something with a little thinner blade.  The steel on this knife is 1/8th inch thick.  For almost everything I do outdoors, that is plenty of knife.  Additionally I do not feel the need to very often carry around a knife with a blade much longer than four inches.  This knife has a 4 inch blade.  When performing slicing tasks, I like to have a swedge or ‘false edge’ at the top of the blade.  This allows for the material being sliced to flow more easily around the knife.  I learned that trick from Jerry Fisk.  If you have never seen his work, you owe it to yourself to check out his page.  He makes some of the most beautiful knives on Earth in my opinion.  I do not currently have the skill to make knives as beautifully detailed as he does.

 

Anyway, I just thought you would enjoy seeing what I’ve been up to.  More to come soon!