So after 81 days of dry weather,we finally get some rain the day after I received my new Tool in the mail from JK Knives.
Rain be damned,I had to get out & give it a test run,so I headed up to Cabin Creek yesterday.
It's only my 2nd custom designed by myself & I borrowed aspects of many different knives in the design.
It was also my submission for the JK Anniversary Knife contest.
It didn't win,but I had to have one made.Hats off to tlovesknives for winning with the Stubs.
I wanted a do all type knife with the blade length for light battoning,food prep/camp chores & defense if ever needed and the Tool is what I came up with.
It's made of 1/8" 01 Tool steel,just shy of 9 1/2" OAL,with a 5" blade.
Heat treat finish with a satin saber grind half way up on the 1 1/8" high blade with a rounded spine up to the jimping which is left squared.
I wanted an exposed tang & had John put a radiused notch in the tang for striking a firesteel,but I found it to be pretty awkward holding the knife in such a way to strike the steel.(not to mention keeping the lanyard out of the way)
Not to worry,the jimping does the job just fine & it's much more comfortable using the spine anyhoo,so I ground the notch out for a nice flat end on the tang which is better suited for hitting on if the need arrises.(then blued it & the top & bottom of the spine)
John also sent along some scrap mic. & G10 so I could make the matching handle for the fire steel.
I know some say a 4" blade is optimal for a bushcrafting knife,or the handle & blade need to be the same length,but I wanted a bit more length for battoning,defense & food prep purposes.
I also know the chances are slim to none that I'll ever need a knife for defense against a bear or cat while out woods wandering,but like they say..it's better to have it than not & I don't always carry my 6" GP100 because of the weight.
The sheath by John,with my fire steel.
And a couple pics of the creek
Here's John's pic of the handle,the spine is now blued as mentioned.
There you have it..the newest in John's lineup.The Tool.
I love this knife!