I have not been posting for the last two weeks because I have been on vacation in California. I took my well-worn Spyderco Delica 4 with me for over 40 miles of day hikes on the beautiful trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore, which is in Marin County.
Last year, I brought my ESEE Izula along in my backpack, but the pack was so overloaded this year that the fixed blade knife did not make the equipment cut. Just the same, I felt fine carrying my partially-serrated, black-bladed Delica.
This is my go-to knife for EDC. The coating has withstood much abuse, evidenced by only a small bit of scratching and wear. For sharpness, this blade has never let me down. I find the Delica 4’s VG-10 gives outstanding edge holding. I have an original Delica with GIN-1 steel that cannot come close to the performance of the latest iteration of the knife.
I was pleased with Spyderco’s decision to give the Delica 4 the added strength of steel liners under the FRN scales. Compared to the 1990’s plastic handles, integrated pocket clip, and riveted pivot, the Delica 4 is much more solidly constructed.
It is comforting to know that you have a cutting implement that can cope with all manner of duties when you are out on the trails. My Delica 4 was the right choice for this year’s vacation. And it did not get stolen out of my suitcase like by brown Delica 4 once did!
Martial Arts trainer and U.S. Army veteran James Williams is at it again! Here is yet another collaboration with Columbia River Knife & Tool. The new Yukanto has a definite target audience that would include soldiers and tactical law enforcement officers.
Yukanto is a fixed blade knife with a no-nonsense 4.56 inch Osaruku-style tanto of AUS 8 stainless steel. The blade and fittings are black powder-coated. Textured G10 slabs are deeply grooved on all surfaces. Williams spec-ed them thick to fill the hand. A cool triangular lanyard hole rides at the back.
The overall length of the knife is 8.69 inches. It tips in at 3.9 ounces. With the glass-reinforced nylon sheath, the whole she-bang weighs just 5.5 ounces. Yukanto was made to be light and compact for easy carry, but was intended to conceal a serious bite. Continue reading
For good or bad, I am sort of known as the knife guy around the office. There was a time when I was retailing (well, wholesaling) blades to my co-workers (cheap bastards). Some of the more brazen still ask me for sharpening and other “warranty work.” Because of my affiliation with things pointy, a colleague of mine gave me a neck knife.
He said the knife was languishing in his desk drawer and he thought I might appreciate having it. Into my custody it went. I pulled the little full-tang out of its sheath. No markings or maker’s stamp. “Who made it?” I asked. My friend said the name escaped him at that moment.
The pattern was a mini-fighter having a drop point profile with an unsharpened swedge. The edged portion of the blade measured about 2 1/2 inches. My eye said the grind was convex. Overall the knife was 6 5/8ths inches. Simple OD green gutted paracord appeared in a single Continue reading
There is an antiques alley a few blocks from my house. Clustered there are small shops and garages that during one Sunday a month become an outdoor plaza for buyers of furniture, paintings, and nicknacks.
One such Sunday, my wife and I were out on an exercise walk, but we slid in for a peek at the wares. I tend to poke through boxes of mechanical items. There were manual typewriters, assorted tools, knives, and watches at many sellers’ locations.
I was rummaging in a shoebox full of watches when I saw an old diver-style watch with which I was unfamiliar. Curses! I had not brought my reading glasses. I hunted around on the folding table and found what was, I thought, a decorative hunk of glass. It had some magnifying qualities, though quite a bit of distortion, as well.
Through the improvised device, I squinted at the worn watch. The first thing that caught my eye was a red star on its face. Next, I spied the Cyrillic lettering on the dial and caseback. Russian? I was not sure what I had in my hand, but I backed out the screwdown crown and wound the watch. It ran! Continue reading
As the Ernest Emerson CQC-7 knife turned 20 years old last year, it is fitting that Emerson is coming out with a book project about his groundbreaking folding knife. And we get to participate! But first, a bit of history.
Much has been written about the evolution of Emerson’s CQC knives, CQC for close quarters combat. In the mid-1980’s, a West Coast U.S. Navy SEAL team requested a special folding knife for its operators. They were referred to Ernest Emerson by knifemaker Phill Hartsfield, who had made fixed blades for the teams. The knife born from this coalition was Emerson’s custom Specwar CQC-6, which would become a must-have among special operations warriors the world over.
In 1994, Emerson was approached by Benchmade Knives’ founder Les de Asis about making a production run of Emerson’s custom knife. Emerson did not want to cede ownership of his original CQC-6 design, so when negotiating with de Asis, Emerson made some changes to the knife and named it the CQC-7. Continue reading
Böker’s Tirpitz folding knife literally contains an interesting bit of naval history. The damascus of its blade has actual WWII German battleship Tirpitz steel folded into its layers. I remember reading about this ship when I was a boy. The official literature below is fascinating. I am not condoning the Deutsche Marine or the Nazi Reich; I am simply drawn to the commemorative knife’s historical value.
Years ago, Bob Terzuola made a commemorative knife from stainless steel used in the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. In 2011, Ernest Emerson built a U.S. Navy SEAL CQC-6 with original World Trade Center steel. I wish I had the discretionary funds to buy one of these knives, but, alas, my priorities are grounded elsewhere.
Here is what Böker has to say about the Tirpitz: Continue reading