Michigan Made knife number nineteen by Ver Steeg Blades is done. This one was a custom knife made for a helicopter based wilderness firefighter.
Knife Number Nineteen
The man who commissioned this knife wanted something that could be sharpened in the field without a lot of trouble and so wanted a steel along the lines of O1 tool steel. I made this knife out of 3/16″ thick O1 tool steel hardened to 60 on the RC scale. The blade length is about 4.5″ and the handle is as well.
The blade shape is a modified spear point design. The primary grind is a flat grind. I also included a plungeless swedge on top of the knife. The edge is a very sharp convex edge.
Knife number nineteen features a full tang construction with a nickel silver guard. I secured the guard in place with solder and with two mosaic pins.
One of the complaints I have had about bone handled knives is that often the scales are too thin. On this knife I wanted the handle to fill up the hand. The problem is in finding bone scales thick enough to accomplish that. For this knife I opted for some thicker red linen micarta liners. The scales and liners are epoxied to the tang and then mechanically secured with nickel silver Corby bolts. There is also a nice mosaic pin and lanyard hole to be used if desired.
You might have noticed a trend towards guards angled slightly forward on the last few knives. This is less about function and more about the visual appeal of the knife. To me, a knife looks nice and sleek with a forward slanting guard. When combined with the plungeless swedge and spear point, it gives the knife a look of forward motion to my eyes.
Is This Knife Available?
Well, it was commissioned by someone, so technically no. I never take payment in advance and instead prefer to make the knife and have someone pay after. I suppose there is always a chance that he might not like the knife, in which case it would become available for sale. I’ll keep you updated.