My endeavor to make knives started with a search for the perfect camping knife. I was searching for a knife that would last a lifetime, be suitable for skinning game, batoning through a log, or lashing to a staff to make a spear. I found many candidates, Kabar, Camillus BushCrafter, and Esee. All of them are very capable knives, but none of them exactly matched my criteria, whether it be price, handle shape, or finish.
I wanted a knife that was light, with a thick spine suitable for striking a firesteel or batoning through a log and removable handles with lashing holes on the tang, just to name a few of the requirements.
This camping knife wont fit all of those requirements, I am still working out the blade shape and the tang shape. On this particular prototype, I am very happy with the shape of the blade. I think the handle still leaves more to be desired. Once this one is complete I will focus more closely on the handle and the next one will have removable scales. I want to get this guy out and field tested before I proceed.
I am planning to put rosewood handles on this knife with stainless steel hardware. Check out the photos below to see some progress pictures. I will be posting updates as it nears completion so be sure check back in!