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Don Hanson’s new SlipTac. A modern Take on a Slippy.

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Megalobyte, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Megalobyte

    Megalobyte Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2002
    660D851B-62DB-43E2-A1AF-25F7E910F926.jpeg A (not so) little backstory here.

    Don Hanson is one of the finest, true bladesmiths alive in my opinion. He and I became friends almost 20 years ago. I once had a very nice collection of his work but sadly at one point had to sell all my knives when money became tight, and I got out of the hobby for many years while we struggled with money.

    When I jumped back in a few years ago, I was only interested in modern folders, nothing forged or traditional, blasphemy I know , whereas in the past, I was mostly into high end forged Bowies, the old timers may remember. So I wasn’t really looking for knives from Don as he tends to make a more traditional knife.

    But, one thing he does make that’s sort of a traditional, forged take on a modern folder is his beautiful “Scary-Tac” folder. Old school, forged Damascus and Hamon blades, made with top mastersmith craftsmanship. They did intrigue me.

    However, I have also become interested in this fairly new niche that I believe Jim Burke started with his Rebel, ie. modern versions of traditional slip joints. Now, you have Burke, Stout, Blount, McGinnis, Rogers etc all making these and they can’t sell them fast enough, and I like them.

    So, I wondered if Don might consider making his own version of a modern slippy. I found a version of his Scary Tac I liked a lot, and asked if he could make it to my design/specs, but, as a slippy. He said he’d have to put some thought into it as the overall design was meant for a liner lock. And, he had never really considered making such a knife. But the idea appealed to him.

    Well after some testing, prototyping and modifications, he said it could work.

    And, the rest is history, Hanstory.

    The Hanson SlipTac, 3.35” forged W2 blade with an incredible Hamon and visible wootz-like grain structure. Thhe nicest (old ass™️) vintage westy micarta, Don’s own forged W pattern Damascus bolsters and backbar. Bronzed hardware and the coolest heat coloring of the titanium liners with symmetrical patterns.

    I honestly couldn’t be happier and I’m so happy to have hooked up with Don again after all these years. A great maker, person and old friend.

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  2. braillediver

    braillediver Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Wish that was my hand holding it.
  3. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    That’s a great pattern—congrats! Love the vintage Westy and that “bookmarked” heat coloring is smokin’!:thumbsup:

    Very evocative photography Megalobyte—good to see you here.:thumbsup:
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  4. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I’m gonna drink a beer just to the sight of that one. Top notch!
  5. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    What a treasure!!!!!!!!!!!
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  6. SV-97


    Aug 18, 2016
    Beautiful piece :D
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  7. Durban Devil

    Durban Devil Hunter Handmade Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 13, 2012
    That is a really beautiful take on a slipjoint! Don Hanson is an unbelievable talent and I enjoy looking at his work.
    Don Hanson III likes this.
  8. Camber

    Camber Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Very cool result.
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  9. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    awesome ! love the handle shape.
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  10. Shing


    Feb 2, 2003
    Theres a lot to like
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  11. Don Hanson III

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

    Oct 3, 2002
    Ari, Great to see you back & it was a pleasure working with you on this! Your photography is better than ever bud & it was very good way back then. Thank you for the write up, much appreciated!
  12. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    That's one of the more beautiful pieces I've seen on the site. Highly decorated, but still classy, with just a touch of the sinister to go with it. My hat's off to both OP and to Mr. Hanson.
    Jsega51, FOG2 and Don Hanson III like this.
  13. FOG2

    FOG2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    Insipid,s post say it all. I totally agree!
  14. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    So cool :thumbsup:
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  15. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
  16. Don Hanson III

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

    Oct 3, 2002
    I thought about your knife while making this one. They're only two with oldass westy. :D
  17. Megalobyte

    Megalobyte Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 5, 2002
    Thanks everybody. This project was a huge amount of fun. And the fruits of it as you can see are very sweet. :).

    I love how if you look closely at the steel, you can see the grain structure. Almost like Wootz/dendritic steel.

  18. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Dang. :thumbsup:
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  19. watermule


    Nov 26, 2015
    What a beautiful piece, one of my top 10 favorites now for sure!
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  20. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Ari!!!!!!! :D

    Man, quite the score but you do have a knack for that.... ;)

    That IS one of the finer slip-joints I've seen, the style is unmistakable DHIII, the materials are fantastic, and the build is off the charts!!!!!!!!!! :)

    I'm fortunate to have a Scary-Tac and a Pirate....I can envision something similar to this in my future. :D
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