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One Light Chopper, 3V

Discussion in 'For Sale: Fixed Blades' started by Nathan the Machinist, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The light chopper was a collaboration with Lorien Arnold. It has been a long time in the making. It is an exercise in geometry, weight distribution and ergonomics to make a light weight chopper that hits well above its weight. It's a large woods knife, with a 10" blade that weighs 17.1 oz that is somewhere between a machete and a camp knife. It's light enough to be carried on a long hike without weighing you down and it's engineered for performance when you go to use it.

    It's light enough and long enough to develop tip speed to cut thinner vegetation that heavy choppers struggle with. But when you put it to work in the big stuff you'll find that it hits hard and bites deep and it won't wear you out.

    It's made of CPM 3V at HRC 60.5 with a preliminary version of the newest heat treat that I believe is the finest heat treat for this material available anywhere with a combination of toughness and edge retention that will blow your mind. With that in mind I gave it relatively thin cutting geometry designed for cutting performance. We're gonna shoot a durability demo for this knife today, I'll post it here when it's done.

    edit to add:


    The hand grip works great as a camp knife when held towards the front with good balance and dexterity. When held towards the back it fully fills the hand and offers control and reduced hand and forearm fatigue for extended hard chopping.

    It has a forward lanyard hole (as used in competition cuts) and a hidden rear lanyard hole.

    $340 without sheath, $410 with a David Brown custom Kydex sheath

    Shipping is $10.













    Dan doing what Dan does, with an early prototype:


    This is "field grade", milled and tumbled.

    ~16 total length, ~10" blade, 3/16 thick, 17.1 oz, balances at the plunge. Edge is sharpened 20 DPS.

    This is the last of these for a little while, we're starting heat treat on the 1st batch and will get grinding on some kitchen knives while the choppers are processed so it's gonna be a couple weeks.

    Thanks for looking.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
  2. AR-Trvlr

    AR-Trvlr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    I’ll take it.
  3. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'll take the Light Chopper please. Thanks!
  4. Dirtbags00


    Nov 8, 2015
    I'll take it
  5. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I'll Take it.
  6. AR-Trvlr

    AR-Trvlr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    ETA: Just the knife, no sheath.
  7. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Well, I'm too slow - wasn't paying close attention because wasn't expecting to see these for a while - but good to see a finished example with sheath anyway.
  8. Dirtbags00


    Nov 8, 2015
    Do you expect to have any of these ready for sale before Blade, or just at Blade?
  9. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I'll take it worth a shot, ya?
  10. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Subscribing for the demo.
  11. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    We'll have a dozen or so finished and ready in two or three weeks.
  12. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    sheath looks great!
  13. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I think i found the real hog trough
  14. chuxwan


    Aug 26, 2012
    :0 A steal at the price, and four "i'll take it"s in less than two minutes from the posting!
  15. Premium Cut

    Premium Cut Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 15, 2011
    Looks great in the nat. micarta
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
  16. Jester60

    Jester60 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 21, 2011
    I'll take 19ths ... geeze ppl ... give a poor old guy a break here. Lol
  17. Gravelface

    Gravelface Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Man, I really like the stamps on this one. Is this more of the production version?
  18. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    A really great looking piece there.
  19. canineforge

    canineforge Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    You snooze you lose in this crowd.

    Nice looking knife. Great job on the sheath choice.

    - Joe
  20. bladeninja


    Mar 26, 2014
    How do I secure one of your blades Nathan? I've been wanting one for quite some time but sell out very quickly. Do you plan to take individual orders at some point? I don't care the wait or prepayment. I just want one.

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