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A most unusual knife...

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by SharpByCoop, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    I've seen them all. But I'd NEVER seen this.

    Check this out:



    History: My longtime friend, knife collector, rowing partner, best man at my wedding, and all around great guy Malcolm (Malq) W. brought this to show me a couple of weeks ago.

    He's a collector of traditional knives, and happened upon one of these at a show or viewing an example in Knife World(?), I dunno. He ordered this months and months ago.

    (He tells me the preferred way this maker likes to be contacted is through actual postal letters. No email, doesn't even want phone calls. Man, this is backwoods Kentucky! ;))

    Anyway, I'm told he simply wanted to put to use those stag scales which get left behind and are 'unusable' for a folding knife. :rolleyes: Never say never.... LOL! :eek:

    He likes the unusual, and so do I (We?). It's VERY nicely made and folds precisely. It serves no larger purpose than a curiosity, however we all could use a dash of quality humor in our work.

    Here you go!


    PS: If you know more about this obscure maker, please educate.
  2. Darrin Sanders

    Darrin Sanders Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 6, 2009
    Now that's a mind bender! LOL You're right, its a novelty but a very cool and well executed novelty. Thanks for posting it Coop.
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  3. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    that's pretty damn impressive!
  4. John M Cohea

    John M Cohea

    Oct 24, 2007
    I got to play with a couple of this guy's knives at Blade in 2011.A dealer right behind me had a couple, telling me that this unusual knife is this guy's specialty, and they will blow you away with fit and finish and overall funkiness!!
  5. javand


    Oct 17, 2010
    I doubt many that don't make slipjoints can truly understand the level of skill it would take to make this function (mechanically) properly.

    As an exercise in skill, it's very impressive. Regardless, it's freakin cool.
  6. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    I've seen these and they are very cool!

    Much harder to make than a straight one!

    And a good way to use those stag scales that are too curved for a regular folder. :D
  7. AdamFuzzyballs


    Mar 16, 2015
    Is the blade centered?:p
  8. D lisch

    D lisch

    Aug 27, 2007
    Thanks for showing it Jim its got me thinking about my stag stash in a new light
  9. wazu013

    wazu013 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    There's a nice article by Bob Perdue about Bob Neal in Knife World's July 2015 issue. It covers his life from the beginning to present. He's 80 years old and still working some. As stated he can only be reached by snail mail. You could try to e-mail Bob Perdue for more info.
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    Last edited: Nov 15, 2015
  10. neal70

    neal70 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    does he keep/have a lot of horseshoes laying around? an old farrier perhaps? just joking-those are amazing and are making my eyes swim-in half circles:)
  11. Shaw Blades

    Shaw Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2009
    I've made quite a few chef knives like that. Hah.

    Really cool though.
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  12. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    That's a 'Back Pocket' knife... ;)
  13. robgmn


    Oct 30, 2015
    My immediate thought was "ridiculous", which quickly gave way to "too cool", knowing that it's a great example of something being done because it CAN be done.
    Very cool.
  14. SurpriseGoat


    Apr 28, 2011
    The level of talent to make something like this functional is simply staggering!
  15. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder

    Aug 25, 2009
    well, I could see it being used to carve out a large bowl, or getting the meat out of a coconut...very cool display of skill.
  16. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    There is so much going on there I can't wrap my head around the amount of skill and precision that would take. That is just great.
  17. A.l.e.x.


    Jan 1, 2013

    Now that takes blade centering to an all new level! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Patrice Lemée

    Patrice Lemée

    Aug 13, 2002
    Being much more comfortable outside the box, this is wonderful! :thumbup:
  19. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    This is a solid reminder that as much as we love practical knives, sometimes the impractical can leave you much more impressed. My hat is off to the maker, I can't even imagine the skill required.
  20. Bigjohn


    Sep 30, 2002
    He thought of it, drew it, and made it...I can't guess why but it is absolutely fantastic. I'm with Patrice ...Out of the box to the max!

    Thanks Coop!

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