Knife Number Nineteen

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

Michigan Made Knife Number Nineteen
Knife number nineteen is quite fetching!

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.

Modified spear point design.
Knife number nineteen is a modified spear point design.

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.

Knife number nineteen made in Michigan. Ergonomic handle.
Ergonomic handles require some monkeybusiness when using bone scales.

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.