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How Many of you have customknives

I have a Crawford KFF. Yes. it's with me almost daily.

I have a Crawford Carnivour and a Boyer Blade coming. Yes. I plan to use them.

Not really custom but in my my eyes as good, the BF Blue Native. Yes. Plan to use it.

Knives in storage boxes don't do anything for me.


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I use custom knives I made myself, but even then only when I have no other plans for them. For example, I have a prototype sheath knife in my car's trunk for emergencies (outdoor survival, NOT human conflict). I also often carry a heavily modified Benchmade AFCK, but have never even have had a chance to make myself a totally custom folder; anything I put that much time and money into has to be for a customer. I hope some day to have the leisure time and free money to just make what I like with no thought towards sale, but that's a ways off. For now, I can't imagine paying $400-$600 for a custom knife just to beat up on it.

There is one exception, of course. Were I in the service and of such a specialty that I might depend on my knife for my life, I think any price would be reasonable for the most reliable, effective blade possible.

Of course, the opposite question is why have a custom knife and then just keep it locked away in a box?


(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)

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Well, I couldn't find a knife just like this one, so it had to be made as a custom order.
I wanted it because I planned to use it, so of course I do.

<div align=center><A HREF="http://www.canit.se/%7Egriffon/diverse/knives/chk.html">Drawing
of my idea/design and
photos of the finished knife here</A>.</div>

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I have three custom knives from Kevin Wilkins, two neck knives and a hunter, all were purchased to use.

Harvey Wareham

Live Long & Prosper, so you can buy more knives :)

Most of my knives, customs or otherwise, are destined to be used. I do, however, also have some customs that I've "put away."

I recently received, though not a real custom, but as nice, a Spyderco Jess Horn with jigged bone handles. It is a knife that I really liked the looks and feel of, and it is the First one I have ever bought that I probably won't use. And I almost always use every knife I get! It is almost too delicate? to use, though I'm sure it can stand the use, and it came very very sharp!

I've had some Hinderer's damascus blades and used them, a Wood/Irie folder that I carry and use frequently, large and small Sebenza, though some argue the customness of these but I think they are! Knives are meant to be used, some buy and store in a drawer but then you never really know what the maker intended it to be like to use their product.

my .02


When a fellow says, "it ain't the money but the principle of the thing,"
it's the money.
F. McKinney Hubbard


I have a custom 5" Bali-Song made by Benchmade, hand ground D-2 tanto blade by Allen Elishewitz; Rosewood handles by Vance Collver. Gorgeous piece. Do I use it no; it resides in my display case waiting for my first male grandchild who is as yet unborn, un-concieved, and un-thought of to inherit.

"Every Dog Has His Day"

I don't have much "EXTRA" money to spend on knives.
So I make what I carry.
Green River camp blade with golden oak handle & sheath in the saddle bags.
13" bowie with Ironwood handle and Sterling Silver guard and pins. This will be strapped to my saddle. (It's still in the works) I plan on doing some inlay sterling on this blade also.
I have one on order from a gentleman named Jens
... Can't wait to see how it turns out. I also have an A.T. Barr on order, I slipped in under the cutoff date for that one. And one small Knipstien(sp) that was given to me this spring. It is a very nice little pocket knife. I plan on using all the ones on order.
I have no customs, and no plans to get any. As long as I can find adequate production knives to fulfill my purposes, that's good enough for me. The most I've ever paid for a knife is $150.

David Rock
I won't post a list of the custom knives I have. Not bragging just too lazy. I bought my first custom knife at a gun show at the age of 13. It was a six inch Arkansaw Toothpick made of 440C with ivory handle,brasscross guarde and but cap. It cost me $37.85. My dad collected guns. I was to young to get guns but could buy knives. I just did not buy enough of the right ones or I could retire now.

Presently folders I carry alternatly or some times more than one. Kit Carson, John W. Smith, Allen Elishewitz,Arron Frank, Dug Casteel, Bob Brothers, and Pat Crawford.

It is a very serious affliction.

Good Hunting

I just recieved my first real custom today(first recieved, not first ordered). It is a simple blade forged of an old car spring by Peter Burt. I'll post a review soon, but it was designed and bought for use!
ps I'm also awaiting something from some guy named Jens something, I forgot

I like my women like I like my knives: strong, sharp, well-formed and pattern-welded!

Carried every weekend, and often after-hours. Without CCW rights it's a bit much for open-carry at work, although my sheath design allows half the sheath length to be covered while still allowing an unimpeded draw. That helps with "sheeple issues".

The Outsider is without question my favorite knife. In case any newbies don't know about this puppy it's my own design, built by Harald Moeller and sheathed by Scott Evans of Edgeworks with a sheath mostly of my design. Harald added key "heft and balance issues" to the knife, Scott helped finalize the sheath design so it's all "collaborative stuff".

The result is just plain NASTY

Jim March
I own many custom knives and I bought them to use. I would not own a knife that I was afraid to use.
Nice knives, Griffon and Jim! Unusual, to say the least! Very cool...my customs are a little more mundane:

1) Rob Simonich Cetan Tanto kit. I mad e few changes, like removing the angular bevels to make it a little more traditional looking. I also made the sheath, did the handles, etc. Click <a href = "http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lab/1298/knifehome.html"> here</a> if you want to see it... maybe not 100% custom, but is was my first from a custom maker.

2) MadPoet Custom Knives drop point hunter. Again, only semi-custom, I suppose, although Mel grinds all his blades 100% freehand with no use of patterns. This one has granadillo wood scales, brass pins, and is D-2. REALLY nice knife, and I have reviewed it in the Knife Reviews section. Since I didn't collaborate on its design, maybe not a full-bred custom job.

#3 and 4) Two 100% customs also being made by Mel. Both are kits, but the blades are my creations. One is a 6" blade woods knife with a hybrid blade that is the progeny of the "American Tanto" pattern and a drop point. The other is a fixed blade version of Bob Lum's Chinese utility folder with a bit more practical handle. Both will be 5/32" planer stock D-2, and I will do all the finish and handle work. Needless to say pictures will be up when they are ready!

I use the first two mentioned, and my intent is to use the two customs, too, but you never know. Maybe they'll turn out too nice to use! ;-)
I have a couple "working" knives, one is a Dozier K-1 General Utility that I use for some smaller chores. The handle is a bit small for me to put alot of pressure on, but it's a well made utility knife. I love my TKK by Trace Rinaldi. It's an awesome little knife, I use it alot, and it's never too far from reach. I did a review of it at
http://my.voyager.net/dlehue/tkkrev1.html .

While the definition of "custom" gets blurry from time to time, I also have a small Sebenza, an Umfaan, a CRK Mountaineer, and most recently, a Busse Steel Heart in INFI.

Don LeHue

The pen is mightier than the sword...outside of arm's reach. Modify radius accordingly for rifle.

Closest I've come to custom is the Spyde Moran FB1. Like the others posted above, mine are all working knives. The sheath is genuine custom, the EdgeWorks tactical sheath. Combined the pair are starting to give me a taste for custom.

All I have to do now is recover from ordering the BF Native and Sifu

Life is a journey, not a guided tour -- GO ARMED!

Mr. March,

Are you by any chance familiar with the Kora, or "axe-sword" (not the same as Korah, which is another name for a Kukkri)? I believe it's Northern European in origin (Scandinavian?) and it bears a remarkable resemblance to your "Outsider" design. Just wondering if this was a coincidence or if you took your cue from a study of blade history.


(Why else would a bear want a pocket?)