I’m really starting to like the Scagel style of knife. I think I’m almost comfortable enough with it to make one to sell. Sadly, Michigan made knife number 8 is not for sale.
Michigan Made Knife Number 8
I’ve now made three Scagel style knives. As I’ve said before, the challenge with this kind of knife is making the antler pommel match the knife in a pleasing way.
This particular piece of antler worked well with a downward sweep to it. When I was thinking of how to shape the blade in relation to the handle the image of a 1957 Corvette came to mind. When I was a kid an all-original mint condition red and white ’57 Corvette was put up for sale. A farmer that lived about 5 miles away from my house had one in a barn along with other treasures. The car sold for $25,000 in 1988. That seems like an absolute steal today.
The above image is not the car that sold at auction, but it is an image I found on wikipedia. What I liked about the car is that the hood swept in one curve, meeting another curve at the back of the seats. I’ve always found that double curve attractive so I designed it into Michigan made knife number 8. The spine of the blade is one curve which meets another curve forming the top of the handle.
The overall length of this knife is approximately 10 1/2″, with a 5 1/2″ blade. It was made from 1/4″ thick O1 tool steel hardened to 60 on the RC scale. It features a handmade brass guard secured to the tang by silver solder and a mosaic pin.
The handle features red fiber spacers, ivory paper micarta, stacked leather, blue G-10, a piece of eucalyptus wood, and a piece of Michigan white tailed deer antler. The antler is secured to the tang with a pin and epoxy. The eucalyptus has a very nice feature – as you turn the handle, the wood grain appears to change like a holographic image. It reminds me of an opal.
This knife isn’t for sale but I plan on making one for sale soon. A LOT of work goes into one of these knives so it might be a while.