Nice looking blade you got there!
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!
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Nice looking blade you got there!
A well thought out and executed knife. It has many features I like in a general woods knife. Pretty cool!
Looks like it would work fine for cleaning fish and skinning small game as well...That with a SAK or leatherman would be a perfect hiking combo..CD
Cool knife and pics
Thanks for the pictures Myke, nice design, I'm glad you braved the rain, doesn't look like too bad a day from here
I'm really digging that design! I may have to pull the trigger on one of those!
Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts .....?
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great pics myke. thanks for the review.
Great design buddy, I've never really understood the '4" blade for bushcraft thing', I can get just as much control using a blade around 5" or so and find the extra chopping potential much more useful. That extra inch or so also lets you split larger rounds with a baton !
PS. Love the pics !
I like it!
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Good looking blade. Really like the creek, reminds me of a place I used to visit almost every weekend.
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Great-looking knife, Myke! I, too, like 5" blades...find them very useful out in the bush. An excellent design that I know will give you a lot of years of great service out in the "wilds" of the PNW!
Very nice Mykel! I like the profile and the tang extension. It looks like a great knife, maybe my favorite JK so far. I too like something more in the 5 inch range for woods carry and all around use.
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Nice blade. Looks like a cross between a Condor Bushlore and ESEE-4/5 but with better steel. I like the sheath.
Nice-looking - graceful. Very practical. I really like liners to prevent corrosion under handle slabs.
Thanks for the pics -- I'm really liking the looks of that puppy!
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Great design, Mykel - and I am happy to see the Tool out getting some woods time!
Thanks for the pictures -
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There is a lot to like about that knife. Great design and a cool firesteel as well.
Thanks for sharing. John makes a great knife for those of us that like to get out and use them.
Great design. it's simple, straightforward and handy looking. I like the handle shape and the nice and pointy tip Most of my knives are between 4" - 6" blades and I love them all. Most fall around 4" but there's nothing magical about any length blade. Use what you like, that's all that matters!
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