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Michigan Trail Knife

Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    I`m sure you all remember the contest I had for my Anniversary Knife. Well, jds1 had submitted a design he called the Michigan Trail Knife.

    Here is the original drawing. Its 8" overall, with a 3 3/4" blade.

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    Today was the day that Jeff came down from Michigan to finish the knife with me. He came bearing a gift of Sam Adams dark ale! This is as far as I went before Jeff got here this morning, profiled, heat treated, and ground.

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    While the handles were glueing on we cooked some burgers on the grill (charcoal, of course!)

    Here it is with the handles and white liners before shaping.

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    Here is the completed knife, a classic drop point hunter. I`m adding it to my line.

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    Here is the new owner, and designer, jds1.

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    I had a great day, and look forward to meeting more of you guys!
     
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  2. udtjim

    udtjim

    Sep 4, 2007
    Good looking knife. I love the drop points. What is the thickness of that one? How tall?
     
  3. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    1/8" thick, and 1" tall.
     
  4. protourist

    protourist “It's just the normal noises in here !" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Great looking knife, good people, burgers and good beer. What could be better.
     
  5. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Really nice stuff! :thumbup:
     
  6. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Love it.
     
  7. ms3902

    ms3902

    Jul 8, 2007
    That came out great it has a nice overall shape that looks to be very useful
     
  8. pitdog

    pitdog

    Apr 13, 2007
    Great looking blade, wish I coulda been there for the burgers and beer !!!!
     
  9. mrbear

    mrbear

    Sep 17, 2009
    Thanks guys.
    Now I have to fire up the grill tomorrow after reading this.
    I probably would have anyways, but it helps to blame someone else. ;)
     
  10. 11x11x

    11x11x

    623
    May 21, 2008
    looks like a sweet whittler.
     
  11. cmdionne

    cmdionne

    Oct 27, 2006
    I've been thinking about something about this size with just a cord wrap handle. What would just the blade and sheath run if you're willing to do it? any price difference between 1/8 and 3/32? Unsure which way I want to go in that department.

    We could call it the Detroit Shank variant of the Michigan Trail Knife
     
  12. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    $100 would be about right
     
  13. cmdionne

    cmdionne

    Oct 27, 2006
    what about without sheath?
     
  14. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    About $85. Now don`t even ask about without steel! :D
     
  15. Snow

    Snow

    Jun 3, 2001
    That looks great. Very classic shape.
     
  16. jds1

    jds1

    Jun 9, 2007
    Hi John. I'm checking in from the library. Hopefully I'll be back on-line at home soon. I just wanted to thank you again for your hospitality and generosity. I had a great time and learned a LOT. I couldn't be more pleased with the way my knife turned out. It didn't leave my hand the whole drive home. :D As soon as I've got my computer issues worked out I'll be sure and post some pics. Thanks again!

    Jeff
     
  17. C Bryant

    C Bryant Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    Very cool! Nice looking knife. Wish I lived close enough to come hang out!
     
  18. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Bumping this up because of interest in the Michigan Trail. Thought you guys might like the history behind it.
     
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  19. jds1

    jds1

    Jun 9, 2007
    Very cool!

    Jeff
     
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  20. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    2019 is the 10 year anniversary for this model. Would there be any interest in a limited serial numbered run? I’m thinking making only 10 of them, $173 in any standard handle material, including leather sheath and shipping.
     
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