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Bushcraft Survival Knives

With blades that are differencially hardened, bevels that are forged and full tang handles (with solid rivets that are peined over on both ends), these knives will take an amazing amount of abuse.

Handles

Handles are Jatoba, a very dense wood. The slabs are well glued onto the solid steel shanks, then secured with rivets. The rivets are not just glued in, they are swelled on both ends by the old way of peining. With that, the handles will never come off, even if the glue fails.
I encourage customers to save money by ordering just the blades. They are fully heat treated and sharpened. The shanks are drilled (two 3/16 inch holes) and two brass rivets are included.

Blades

Forged from round bars of O-1 (high carbon steel). Differencial hardened - just the edges are hard, the spines are left "soft" and tough, to withstand a lot of shock. (Please see the results of some destructive testing at the bottom of this page.)

Bevels

After being forged flat from round bars, many heats are taken to carefully forge in the bevels at 10 to 12 degrees. (That's the total angle, from one side of the blade to the other!) The only grinding and removal of metal is along the edge, forming a microbevel about 1/8th inch wide. This also makes future sharpening much easier because sharpening is only done along that small microbevel.
Most bushcrafters are accustomed to the "scandi" grind, with flat bevels ground in at 20 degrees. So I made a few blades that way (forging my normal round bars of high carbon steel flat, then grinding 20 degree bevels). Then I did some destructive testing to compare them. As you can see from the results of the destructive testing (bottom of this page), the forged bevel blades hold up considerable better than the scandi ground blade when being abused.

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Thumb Link for small, medium and large bushcraft knives Small Bushcraft Knife     $175.00     add to cart           blade is 2 3/4" long,  about 5/32" thick       handle is 3 3/4" long
This is the knife I carry daily. Does pretty much everything I normally need. A real sweet little knife that I hardly ever notice on my belt. I highly recommend this knife.

Medium Bushcraft Knife     $200.00     add to cart           blade is 4" long,  about 5/32" thick        handle is 4" long
The favored size for bushcrafters. Very good for baton work. Almost indestructable with differentially hardened blade, full tang and solid rivets that are fully peined over.

Large Bushcraft Knife     $270.00     add to cart           blade is 6" long,  about 1/4" thick         handle is 4 3/4" long
Quite a bit larger and heavier than the medium, and not something most people would want to carry around on their belt (especially in an airport!). Better to strap on the outside of a pack.
The extra weight, larger handle and fine bevel make this a very effective chopping tool, even without being struck on the back with a baton. The extra length makes it good for reaching into the cavities and dressing out larger game (which is what the customers who convinced me to make this said they wanted it for).
Because the bevels are quite fine, this is also a very good all around knife for the camp kitchen.


Sheaths are sold separately


The result of many months and probably over a hundred emails back and forth, working out all the details, with my terrific leather worker in Idaho, Julia McCormack (of McCormack Hill Leather).
Although I was skeptical about it at first, the button for closing the flap is wonderful! Belt loop on the back side is held on with 4 rivets. Leather spacer along edge to give space for the blade without cutting the stitching (which is extra thick). Julia does a different design on the front of each sheath. I am so glad to be able to offer these as homes for my unique knives. Thanks, Julia!
Small Sheath        $50.00         add to cart        8" long
Medium Sheath        $55.00         add to cart        9 1/2" long
Large Sheath        $65.00         add to cart        13" long


Blades are fully heat treated and sharpened. Handle is drilled for two rivets (included).

As with my adzes and scorps, I am very glad to offer this option for you to save some money and enjoy using a tool you helped to make.

Small Blade        $100.00         add to cart
Medium Blade        $125.00         add to cart Large Blade        $175.00         add to cart


Scandis    (soon to be discontinued)

Also forged from round bars of high carbon steel, but the bevels are ground in (20 degree straight grind). They don't hold up as well as my forged bevels and they are considerably harder to resharpen because so much metal has to be removed. So I won't be making any more. These will be available until current batch is sold out.
(click pictures to enlarge)
Small Scandi Ground Knife    $155     add to cart
Scandi ground small bushcraft survival camping knife with full tang and hardwood handle
blade is 2 3/4 inches long
bevels are 20 degree straight ground
Medium Scandi Ground Knife    $175     add to cart
4 inch bushcraft camping hunting knife best for wood gathering and cutting.
blade is 4 inches long
bevels are 20 degree straight ground
 
The blades below have been drilled with two 3/16 inch holes for brass rivets (included)
Small Scandi Ground Blade    $80     add to cart
a small blade for whittling and general camp use.
blade is 2 3/4 inches long
bevels are 20 degree straight ground
Medium Scandi Ground Blade    $100     add to cart
Small picture of adze ilron, hand forged by North Bay Forge for whittling and general wood working.
blade is 4 inches long
bevels are 20 degree straight ground

Below are pictures showing the progression of forging steps for the 4 inch blade with double forged bevels:
(They are all pointing the same way, with the blade to the right.)
Please go here for more information about my double forging process.
(click pictures to enlarge)
Thumb Link Five inches of 5/8 inch diameter O1 high carbon steel
Thumb Link The handle is drawn out and forged flat first. It will be forged a bit more, but the final shaping is done later by grinding.
Thumb Link The blade is started.
Thumb Link The blade is forged with a little lengthwise taper, so that it is a bit thinner at the tip. But it is still quite flat across it's width. That is about where I stop forging for the blades that will get the "scandi grind" (straight 20 degree bevels ground in).
Thumb Link The last few heats are forging in the bevels with my new "double forging" process. The thing is to get the bevels to the right degree, symetrical and even, and down to a wire edge along the whole length. Craziness!
Thumb Link The tip of the blade is left full during all of the forging, so that it does not overheat in the forge. The profile is later ground, only from the back.
Thumb Link Finished (except for the rivits and final sharpening) prototypes of the 4 inch and the 2 1/2 inch double forged knives.


Below are the results of some destructive testing:
double forged with microbevels above
scandi grind below

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We started with a variety of local softer woods, cutting deep notches using hard blows with a dry madrona baton. The easy notching was fun, but... onto dry plum and madrona. The edges of both the scandi ground and double forged with microbevel were equally unchanged after aggressively pounding into those hardwoods - still razor sharp. I was duly impressed and very pleased. One of the other shop guys came out with some mystery wood from South America that would not float. A few very hard wacks into that and the scandi ground blade showed definite damage at the edge. No chips but we could see and feel the damaged edge, which would take considerable sharpening. Next, the double forged bevels with microbevels. It also did not hold up, though showed much less damage. Could not easily see it, but we could feel a burr at the edge. This clearly demonstrates the benefit of fully forged bevels.



My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.

Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.

 
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