The official Challenge knife thread!Makers please confirm your entry

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by KFU, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. KFU

    KFU Part Time Knifemaker, Moderator

    Sep 10, 2007
    Its on! Lets make this the official challenge thread now. Ill list all the makers that expressed interest so please confirm that you are still in and I will update it. The testing will take place at the Becker Spring gathering on May 3,4,5
    Here are the makers that said they were in.If I missed someone please let me know.
    KFU confirmed
    James Terrio confirmed
    Big Chris confirmed
    Ozark Matt confirmed
    AA Forge confirmed
    White Feather Blades
    Fall Creek Knives confirmed
    Tackett13 confirmed
    Dave Behrens confirmed
    bacustomknives confirmed
    Bigblue17 confirmed
    Rick Marchand confirmed
    Mudbug007 confirmed
    Daizee alternate
    Bkduckworth confirmed
    Shaw Blades confirmed
    Shane Wink confirmed
    Bruce Culberson confirmed
    TM Hunt confirmed
    Battle Creek Knives confirmed
    Jdm61 confirmed
    Buckmaster96 confirmed
    The knife will need to be a bushcraft/camp knife, 4.5" to 5.5" blade geared towards slicing. It will be used for food prep, bushcraft tasks, etc. everything else is open to the maker.

    Moose compiled this list for judging.
    Each knife will be assigned a number, probably identified with a sticker on the sheath or sleeve, as the case may be. Each user will be provided a "grading slip", basically a printed piece of paper, where they will mark each attribute with a 0-10 scale.

    -Fit and finish
    -Overall Knife "look"

    -Edge Sharpness
    -Edge Retention
    -Ease of Sharpening
    -Comfort on the hand while in use
    -Ease of use

    -Handle Shape
    -Hot Spotting

    Comments from Users

    Comments from Fisk

    That's what I plan to go with, feel free to chime in with anything I need to add, or take away from the testing.

    You can send the knives to me, or whoever, James, Chris, etc. Please include a note with return address, or what you want to happen to the knife after the testing is completed.

    This is gonna rock.

    I also think we should send a little info about the knife, steel, handle material, price, etc. If somebody would like to purchase a knife they like it will be between them and the maker. Sound good?
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  2. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    I am in for sure. Looking forward to this. A little glad we are getting the extra time now as well.
  3. Dave Behrens

    Dave Behrens

    Feb 25, 2011
    I posted that I would not be able to participate in the other thread but with the May-ish due date I think I can make this happen.

    I'm back in.
  4. Mudbug007


    Nov 29, 2010
    Count me in, this looks like too much fun!

    BTW, should we put our makers mark on the knives?
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  5. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    I'm still in!
  6. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    I'm in!

    That's a good question.
  7. Matt Markell

    Matt Markell

    May 12, 2012
    In for the win! :p :D
  8. Shannon Carter

    Shannon Carter

    Mar 26, 2012

    I'm still in! Also, I am listed twice... you can just say Fall Creek Knives and remove my name, if you don't mind. Otherwise, I'll make two knives.

    Thanks for keeping this organized, by the way.

  9. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    I'm in.
  10. KFU

    KFU Part Time Knifemaker, Moderator

    Sep 10, 2007
    Im putting mine on
  11. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Why wouldn't we? Did i miss a post somewhere?
  12. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    If you wish to send your knife to me, please ship to

    219 Songbird Drive
    Maryville TN. 37801

    If you are sending you work to me, please have it here no later than May 2nd.

    Thank you.

  13. Mudbug007


    Nov 29, 2010
    The only reason I asked whether or not we should include our makers mark is to eliminate the possibility of partiality among the testers. I was just curious if this had been done in the past challenges. I'm okay with it either way.
  14. KFU

    KFU Part Time Knifemaker, Moderator

    Sep 10, 2007
    I would hope these guys are impartial. Im sure that wont be a problem
  15. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Guys, I know I said I would help out in any way I could with this challenge. But after thinking it over and discussing it with my Office Manager (wife :D), I feel I must recuse myself from being a shipping-point for makers who aren't able to attend the testing/gathering personally.

    I know this is a friendly and honorable endeavor, but it is a competition after all. If maker XYZ's knife goes through my hands before testing, there could be a suspicion of conflict-of-interest or even tampering. Also, I simply don't want to be responsible for the care, return shipping, and possible sale of other makers' work. That's a can of worms I just don't care to open.

    I humbly suggest that makers should contact the testers re: sending their knives in. I think that's the most fair and transparent way to deal with it.
  16. KFU

    KFU Part Time Knifemaker, Moderator

    Sep 10, 2007
    Probably a good idea, lets send them to Moose!
  17. tackett13


    Jul 27, 2011
    I'm in as well
  18. bkduckworth


    Mar 6, 2008
    I've given this some thought, and while a big part of me says I'm not ready, I think I'll step out of my comfort zone and participate.

    I appreciate the opportunity!

  19. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    You're certainly welcome as far as I know. WV isn't that far from the Gathering, either, you should try to come down. It's always good to meet other makers and steal - I mean share ideas :p

    EDIT: it occurs to me that the testers may not have measuring tools, so I'll be bringing a rule and digital calipers in case they want to compare edge thicknesses and whatnot. Anyone have a reasonably accurate scale that doesn't need to be plugged in?
  20. Shaw Blades

    Shaw Blades

    May 18, 2009
    Cool. I'll give this a try. Count me in as confirmed (Mitchell Shaw)

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