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Modern Traditionals....;)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by avoidspam, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    I've been thinking about starting a thread like this for a while but appreciate the fact that it's walking a fine line....

    I guess what I'm trying to do is get people's thoughts on makers and patterns that take the best elements of traditional knives and marry those to modern ideas, materials etc. In this 'Tactical' dominated knife period I enjoy finding knives that combine the old and new to great effect.

    I'll kick things off with a couple that I'm taken with at the moment:)


    Shing Knives are essentially traditional, particularly this Puffin and his Raven design. Slipjoints but with subtly modified blade shapes. The spear point on the Puffin is asymetrical, offering more point as a nice compromise. The knife can be completely dismantled to clean, adjust and replace parts. I got the knife second hand and took it apart to smooth the backspring, improving the walk. Scales come in a variety of materials, traditional and modern. Mine came with the G10 you see and some nice stag scales. Could make some more if I felt like it....

    The Enzo came as a really nice kit from Brisa who manufacture Enzo knives. The Elver follows a very traditional Scandinavian knife design only in full tang and with a variety of scale options. I went for FFG, D2 (really like D2!) coupled with linen micarta scales. I've made a few knife kits, this one was nice and easy and it's proving to be a very versatile knife.

    So, please, I'm keen to see some other people's examples with pic's.... (no flippers or we'll be moved for sure!)

  2. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    My favorite type of knives to make are traditional fixed blades, here are a few examples.





    Canadian Belt Knife


    My version of the old Herters Improved Bowie (straightback model)

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  3. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Nice knives guys. Hope we're not going to get more Spyderco pics posted though. We all have our favourite non-traditionals, but everything in its place...:thumbup:
  4. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Exactly what I'm talking about, I've always admired your knives.

    Thanks for posting John

  5. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Fingers crossed Jack....
  6. amflud

    amflud Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I really like that Canadian Belt Knife. That style has to be my favorite traditional fixed blade style.
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  7. Woodrow F Call

    Woodrow F Call

    Jan 3, 2013
    My favorite (that I own) is this one (CRKT M4-02S)


    I'd like to see some others that were a little nicer. One made to the same quality as the couple of GECs would be very sweet.
  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    ;) I've had my eye on the Enzo knives for a while, might have to pick up a Trapper at some point in flat-ground D2. You've done a great job there.

    Lovely knives JK, think the Kephart is my favourite :)
  9. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Thanks Jack,

    Nice blend of old and new Woodrow. I've always thought of M4 as a modern carbon steel, lovely stuff.

  10. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006

    Guidelines for defining the "fine line":
    Modern materials - OK - we do those anyhow.
    Modern shapes - maybe.
    Pocket clips - nope
    thumb studs or other non-traditional opening devices - nope

    You bet your bippy. (and points if you can ID the source of that one.)
  11. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Thanks for clarifying the fine line....

    I had a cunning plan....
  12. Arathol


    Jan 1, 2003
  13. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Ah the peril's of Google, got my Rowan's mixed up! Nil points!
  14. Woodrow F Call

    Woodrow F Call

    Jan 3, 2013
    :eek: Oops.
  15. C Ben Susrool

    C Ben Susrool Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    never mind.
  16. jackknife


    Oct 2, 2004
    Wouldn't the Buck 301 and 303 be perfect examples of a modern traditional?

    They have synthetic scales, stainless steel bolsters and liners, stainless steel blades of good modern Bos heat treat. Yet to look at them, they are without a doubt a traditional stockman pocket knife. The Uncle Henry series of pocket knives by the late Scrade Cutlery company were modern traditionals. Your granddaddy would have recognized them in a instant, yet they were all modern materials, with delrin made to simulate stag to the point it was called staglon.

    I think traditional style can be done in modern materials.

  17. TLARbb

    TLARbb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    My modern traditionals:

    A single blade jack in 154 CM and white micarta (by Keith Johnson)

    A small fixed blade by James Whitten in D2 and green canvas:

    My Huckleberry boy's knife in nifebrite acrylic (a modern material):

    The TLAR sodbuster with clipped 154CM blade and chocolate paper micarta handles:

    While I have some modern modern knives, they don't belong here.

    Ed J
  18. avoidspam


    Jul 2, 2011
    Spot on Ed,

    I particularly like the Sodbuster, it embodies my thoughts behind the thread. Namely a maker who will take a traditional pattern and bring a fresh angle to it, be it with a variation on blade shape, new materials or the ability to take the knife apart. Still the knife will always be a traditional knife.

    I agree with the buck angle too Jackknife, much as I love the GEC knives I do hanker for more of theirs with good quality stainless (being in wales!)...

  19. Gevonovich

    Gevonovich Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    JK, you make some fine knives!! I like everyone of those...wow
  20. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I guess I have a couple that would fall into the Modern Traditional category.

    Ken Coats Sheepsfoot Jack with black linen micarta and ATS-34:



    Mike Alsdorf Equal End with maroon micarta and 440C:



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