Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Making of a Damascus Trekker Mini Hatchet

Here's how Scott's Damascus Trekker Mini Hatchet was made. 

Every blade starts with an idea turned into a wooden mock-up 
that is used as a guide during the forging process. 

Not all of Scott blades are Damascus, but this one was so first he has to make the steel. 
This one was forged out of 1095 and 15n20 tool steel randomly stacked, welded, forged together, twisted, then formed into a final billet of steel.

Twisted Damascus.

Final billet ready for shaping into a hatchet. 


Final ground - pre-heat treat

Post heat treat

Drift forged from a transfer truck axle.

Block 'o curly maple and drift

Handle cut out

Fitting the head

Roughed in handle

Handle with Aquafortis treatment

Bottom of handle has brown stain added. It added richness and depth to the Aquafortis.

Blade after final etch.


And a belt sheath to complete the package.

Thanks for looking.

Guinea Hog Forge

Trekker Mini Hatchet

Scott just finished his first Trekker Mini Hatchet. We've been hiking and camping quite a bit of late, and this is a hatchet perfectly sized for both activities as well as hunting and backpacking. Scott's been itching to play with Damascus lately too, so this first Trekker Mini is a 1095/15n20 twisted Damascus beauty. It's going to make someone very happy this Christmas. 

Trekker Mini Hatchet
Blade: 1095/15n20
Overall Height: 7 1/2 inches
Blade Length: 4 5/8 inches
Weight: 12.4 ounces
Handle: Stained Curly Maple
Wedge: African Blackwood
Sheath: Leather with belt loop

Hand hold #1 - Choked up 

Hand hold #2 - at the base for more power

Smaller than an SR-71

Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Twisted Damascus Zulu

We sold a Merlin in twisted Damascus at Blade earlier this year and the customer decided he really needed a matching Zulu. Thankfully Scott had just enough steel left from the original billet to make that wish come true. Check it out. This beauty is headed to Germany.

And here's the metamorphosis from rough forged to finished.

Hot off the anvil to hot off the grinder.

Dressed in African Blackwood with stainless guard and a couple of nice spacers. 

The blade is blued for a nice effect, and here's the Blue Merlin that inspired this creation.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Piranha - A Little Blade with a Lot of Bite

Scott made this Piranha for me (his wife), and the knife has been so popular that 
we've decided to waterjet a run before Christmas. It will come with a Kydex sheath.

The prototype is 1084 (a carbon steel that can stain), but the waterjet run will be made from CPM 154, a Crucible stainless that is a nice choice for a skeletonized blade. 

All of Scott's knives are flat ground which produces a superior cutting edge. Here are two videos on the Piranha. These include graphic images of Scott gutting a hog and aren't for the squeamish. Anyone who processes meat, however, will appreciate what this little knife can do. 

The first video is short and to the point (a little over a minute). 

The second video shows the entire gutting of a American Guinea Hog (over 11 minutes). 

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Leather Cargo Pocket Sheath for SR-71

Scott designed a leather cargo pocket sheath for the SR-71 Elite Cargo - 
the wooden handled version of our popular SR-71 Blackbird.

The cargo pocket sheath also comes with a belt loop . . . 

. . . so you can wear it on the hip.

So, while the SR-71 Blackbird has a scalloped Micarta handle and comes dressed in Kydex . . .

. . . the SR-71 Elite Cargo comes with wood handles and your choice of leather cargo pocket sheath or a more traditional leather pouch sheath.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zulu Blackouts for Germany

Scott turned out six Zulu Blackouts for G-Gear in Germany this week, and managed to finish them while battling a nasty cold he picked up at the Southeastern Custom Knife Show

Scott dressed three in African Blackwood and three in Wenge (aka African Rosewood).

African Rosewood with brown leather drop sheath . . . 

versus African Blackwood with black leather drop sheath.

It would be hard to choose as both are beautiful.

Luckily, Scott came home from the Southeastern Custom Knifemakers Show 
with more than just a cold.

The Blackwood Zulu took Best Forged Blade, while the SR-71 Blackbird took Best Tactical.

G-Gear is bringing a few SR-71 Blackbirds into the German market as well. 

These Blackbirds will fly east on Monday morning.

Thanks for looking.