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12-17-2005, 01:51 AM
Knowing there are a number of Reenactors and SCA members amoung our ranks, others besides myself must have some nice cutlery. I'd like to see your favorite knife/knives and here a bit about them.

My favorites;

The Mail-Piercing (chainmail) dagger has a 12" blade and ballach style handle overall it's 17 5/8" long. The Fan is 9" long (including catch) & 14" wide, the dagger is 12 1/4" long with a 6 1/8" blade. Overall length with the blade concealed in the fan is 14 1/2" Both of these pieces are handmade reproductions, with blades forged of high carbon steel by Master Bladesmith Peter Farquhar of Authentic Forgeries.

The third knife dates to the mid 1860's made by E. S. Hulbert & Co. The tang goes half way through the handle, is set with four pins and has a leaded pewter bolster.

The curved dagger is hand forged from Indonesia.









12-17-2005, 10:16 AM
No pictures here, but my favorite knives have alway been made by Case. I prefer a high carbon steel blade instead of stainless. A good Gerber is my second choice. I did take a old file and hammered it into a blade, very crude look to it but would pass for a period piece.

12-17-2005, 12:47 PM
Hi Dmntd- Nice looking knives! I too collect knives though most fall outside the scope of this post. Here's a link to a few that have relevence though (since I can't figure out how to post photos!).


12-17-2005, 01:19 PM
Hey Summersolstice,

Very nice.

Every time I see a knife made of pattern welded steel I want to buy it. As of yet I haven't though.

If you want to add a picture to your post, above the smilies and below the I button is a button with a picture in a framed, click that button and type or paste the link to the image location [ img]HERE[/img ]. Or type [img ]link.address[ /img] without the space between the brackets.

Happy mazing,


12-19-2005, 12:24 AM
There are tons of great knives made by smiths on blacksmithforum.com (http://blacksmithforum.com)

12-30-2005, 04:49 AM
The curved dagger is hand forged from Indonesia.

I'm not in any guilds or clubs or anything but I do collect knives. Real knives, not that home shopping club crap. That curved knife is called a Kerambit / Kerembit. They have been making a resurgence in the past few years in the defensive knife circles.

I like the mail piercer.

12-30-2005, 07:19 AM
I only have one knife really, if you would call it such. A World War Two Japanese Bayonet that my grandfather brought back from the pacific.


12-30-2005, 10:45 AM
In the SCA, I throw knives, axes, and spears. I don't really have any favorites, but I prefer a knife that throws well. I have three 12-inch hand-made knives that I love to throw. They are big, heavy knives (Bowie blade size), but they stick with a very satisfying meaty thunk. I also have five throwing axes that are Gil Hibben knock-offs that throw "like butter"! They whistle through the air when I throw them, which makes them all the more fun.

12-30-2005, 12:08 PM
That curved knife is called a Kerambit / Kerembit. They have been making a resurgence in the past few years in the defensive knife circles.

Hey The4th,

Karambit, thats it. Thank's I couldn't remember name.

I've seen quite a few western interpretation's of this style. With the exception of Cold Steels nonmetallic FGX Karambit, I prefer the traditional incarnation of these knives.


02-14-2006, 06:16 PM
I like M.O.D. :)

02-14-2006, 06:33 PM
I love my survival dagger, but have recently become very attached to my butterfly knife. Even though it's illegal, I carry almost everywhere (outside of school).

02-15-2006, 06:51 PM
I love my survival dagger, but have recently become very attached to my butterfly knife. Even though it's illegal, I carry almost everywhere (outside of school).

I used to carry a butterfly. I got pretty fast with it too. I even got so I could open it by throwing it into the air, where it would unfold on its own, and then catch it again without cutting off my fingers.

One night while I was walking to work, a junky tried to mug me. I head-butted him in the face a couple of times, and dumped my 32 oz. fountain soda on him for good measure, and he took off without the $200 in cash I had in my pocket at the time (I was buying a plane ticket in the morning). I didn't even think to pull the knife. I stopped carrying it after that: I figured that if I carried around a weapon I never used, someone might take it away from me someday and use it on me.


02-15-2006, 07:42 PM
Im curretnly carrying The CQD Mark I :)

02-15-2006, 10:28 PM
I've actually had my butterfly knife come in handy. I was overseas, walking through the market place, and I noticed this guy that kept following me. I figured he just wanted a look at the white devil, so whatever. But I noticed he kept getting closer and closer to me as I progressed through the market. Finally he bumped into me... and again a couple seconds later. (He didn't realize that I was carrying my money in my shoe.) After the second time, I turned and took out my knife (but didn't draw the blade); he saw it and walked away. Probably not the best thing to do in a crowded bazaar, but it worked nonetheless.

David Baldwin
02-16-2006, 01:12 PM
My favorite knife is a Ghurka Khukri knife that my dad bought in India during WWII. It is FAR more graceful and elegant than the $20 Kukris knives you can get mail order.

It's not exactly convenient to carry, but absolutely the only knife I'd ever want in a knife fight.


02-16-2006, 09:00 PM
I love knives. In fact I make knives (stock removal method, no forging yet) and have made about 200 including 2 full tang hand axes and an always attention getting morning star(I know that's not really a knife, but it was still fun to make). As far as being in a knife fight, my choice is my S&W model 60 .357. Concealed carry with a permit is okay in my state.

02-16-2006, 10:30 PM
My favorite is the K-BAR my brother gave me from when he was in the Marines. I usually carry my boxcutter with me because I use it so much at work. Although it's not really a knife, I've become pretty quick with it nevertheless.

02-18-2006, 10:43 AM

It took me a while to get around to picking out blades that I use. I decided to narrow it down to my top three of short and long blades.

Here are the short blades that are my "working" blades.

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Bottom is the Cold Steel Outdoorsman with a centered back blade on the top for chopping, hacking, etc. It is unmodified.

Center is a Western Bowie that I modified myself. I cut off and ground down the top brass blade catcher because it gets in the way when I hold it reversed. I also brought the curved top of the blade from the point to the hump up to a nice working edge. I cut off the nub on the back of the handle as it gets in the way when holding it reversed as well. I modified the sheath by cutting off the belt loop on the metal ring that comes with it, and by cutting off the snap (makes noise) to secure the blade in the sheath. I put a leather thong in place of the snap, and then put a nice tough piece of silk mixture obi sash through the sheath so I can wear it diagonally across the small of my back, rather than hanging from my belt. It is my favorite short blade. It's seen plenty of action.

The top is my Al-mar Pathmaster with a full backblade. It is unmodified. It is a great all around blade for in the great outdoors. It's sharp sharp sharp and is a very hungry blade.



08-23-2006, 03:01 PM
I am bumping this one back up to ask a related question.

What is the best knife sharpening system that people use?

I just bought a Lansky rod and clamp system, and it sharpens very well, but is a little cumbersome to use. I was more interested in the Spyderco Sharpmaker 204, but this was not available in the stores near me. Out of the question, but very tempting, was the Edgepro Apex ($$). Then there are of course the wetstones, Arkansas stones and diamond stones.


P.S. A good instructional site for knife sharpening is Chad Ward's found here (ftp://http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=26036).

08-23-2006, 05:19 PM
Angus, there seems to be something wrong with your link, maybe this (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=26036) one will work better.