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Two Light Choppers, 3V, micarta

Discussion in 'For Sale: Fixed Blades' started by Nathan the Machinist, Mar 25, 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 well balanced 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 made of CPM 3V at HRC 60.5 with the newest heat treat for 3V that I believe is the finest heat treat for this material available anywhere. The performance is phenomenal with a combination of toughness, edge durability and edge retention that will blow your mind. A lot of R&D went into developing this heat treat, it is truly different and better.

    With that in mind I gave it relatively thin cutting geometry designed for cutting performance. This is not some overbuilt pry bar, it cuts like a demon, but it is very durable, see 2nd video.

    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. The grip and aspects of the cutting geometry were designed in collaboration with Dan Keffeler.

    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 work.

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

    Light Chopper Specs:
    CPM 3V, 60.5 HRC, .188” thick at ricasso
    Total length 15.625”
    Blade length 9.875”
    Edge is sharpened 20 DPS
    Weight 17.1 oz
    Grippy 3D machined scales in micarta
    Black oxide treated 18-8 stainless steel fasteners

    $340 without sheath, $410 with a David Brown custom Kydex sheath. There is only one sheath available at this time.

    Shipping is $10.

    There are two knives available in this sale. One with natural micarta scales, the other in black micarta. First come, first serve, who posts in this thread.

    The knife in the picture is not the knife you will receive.













    Dan doing what Dan does, with an early prototype:


    Durability demo:


    ^ This has an outstanding combination of cutting performance, toughness and edge retention.

    These are "field grade" with tool marks, milled and tumbled. The bevels are lightly hand ground and slightly convexed after being milled.

    Check us out next week, we'll have some more Light Choppers and a Heavy Chopper Prototype.

    Thanks for looking.
  2. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Platinum Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    I'll take it! With sheath.
  3. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'll take a LW chopper please. Thanks!
  4. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    I’ll take one.

  5. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I'll take a light chopper if still available, please.
  6. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I'll take one. Mike
  7. Bigalmalloy


    Apr 10, 2015
    I'll take one
  8. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'll take the sheath too. Thanks!
  9. dogrunner

    dogrunner Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 26, 2003
    I want one, but looks like better luck next week :(
  10. zmbhntr

    zmbhntr ̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•̪●)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿''̿ ̿ Platinum Member

    Jul 28, 2014
    I'd like the black micarta please.
  11. M_Scout


    Mar 29, 2011
    Yeah....I was refreshing like mad and still came too late
  12. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    And I'd like the natural micarta please.
  13. Anttheknee


    Feb 19, 2012
    I'll take one!
  14. Anttheknee


    Feb 19, 2012
    The demand for these is insane. I'm not sure I've ever heard of anything like this before. You have to be breaking records for quickest sale after post. Nathan, I really hope you end up mass producing these somehow so that all of drooling masses can finally get one, myself included. I really must own one of these somehow...
  15. Nathan the Machinist

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

    Feb 13, 2007

    We did a lot of R&D over the winter which put a dent in our output the last few months which has created a supply/demand imbalance. I recognize the issue. We're working on the problem.

    We appreciate your interest in our work, it means a lot to us!

    There are a few more of the Light Choppers from this first batch in process now that will be ready over the next couple weeks and we have broken down a couple sheets of 3V to do a sizable run of them that will be finished this summer. We're also running four sheets of 3V for Field Knives which will yield a lot of those later in the year. I'm working on a tweak to the new HT protocol to squeeze a bit more hardness out of it for the smaller Field Knife blade (more R&D :eek: ). And, Lorien and I are working on another small EDC collaboration. :thumbup:
  16. M_Scout


    Mar 29, 2011
    Wow....extremely busy! Hope to snag one of the summer run. Cheers
  17. stjones

    stjones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Awesome Nathan!! Congrats on another lightning fast sell out!!
    Can't wait to see these larger batches!!!
  18. Anttheknee


    Feb 19, 2012
    our interest IN your work is a direct result of your passion FOR your work. Thank you!
  19. AR-Trvlr

    AR-Trvlr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    My poor piggybank!
  20. larry44


    Mar 5, 2008
    Nathan: Please let me be the first to pre-order (and pay!?) for this new EDC collaboration with Lorien. Black micarta with sheath. Thanks!

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