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Unread 08-09-2008, 11:09 AM
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Wtb-custom knife

I have a very good friend that I would like to have a custom hunting knife built for. Can someone suggest a knifemaker that would make a good quality knife? I would like to have something made with as good or better quality than a Randall or Ruana. Thanks in advance, cinch
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Unread 08-09-2008, 11:49 AM
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Bill Harsey in Oregon

The William W. Harsey Jr. Custom Knife Shop

He hunts so he knows what a hunting knife needs to do. His website is not so great but he is a moderator on a special forces forum and I have seen quite a few of his hunting knives.

I was going to have him build me a new "Gerber style knife" with modern steel and handles but I have let the project stall out. I might still do it.

He designed the Yarborough knife that is currently issued to Special Forces upon graduation. It is a good all purpose combat knife but for specialty work the Gerber has its advantages.

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Unread 08-09-2008, 12:15 PM
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Charles May

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Unread 08-10-2008, 05:11 AM
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Re: Wtb-custom knife

The Ruana you mentioned makes a good solid knife the equal of about anything out there. I don't like the bone/aluminum handles, but the blades are top notch.

There are many great knife makers these days. It all depends on what you want in a knife and what are you going to use it for.

Myself, I stay away from the big names mostly because there is a point where your paying for the hot knife or trademark name.

A good knife should cost no more than $250. That is excepting bowies and large pieces like swords that take a lot of time and material and are difficult to produce.

Ruanas are in this ballpark and other makers are out there as well.

A fella who makes a good solid knife at an resonaable price is Mike Mann of Idaho Knife Works. Good knives that are well known for under $250. He is one of quite an number of great makers out there.

You don't need to spend an fortune to get a good blade.
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Unread 08-10-2008, 05:18 AM
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Re: Wtb-custom knife

There are several fine customs for sale right now on ACCURATERELOADING.COM in the classifieds.
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Unread 08-10-2008, 07:58 AM
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Re: Wtb-custom knife

I just took delivery on a fine piece of knife work. Mark Roe, who lives about 35 miles from Shawn Carlock, sent me this knife

He makes many other models but the link above is to his re-designed web site. I don't know enough about them to speak "custom knife" but I do know enough to say he does very fine work.

The knife I he gave me is being featured next month in Tactical Knives magazine.

Besides, wouldn't you just have to work with a guy with this kind of BIO?
  • Making knives since 2003 - Mentors: Steve Mullin and Scott Sawby
  • Hoosier by birth, living in the north Idaho woods by choice
  • 1 wife, 2 kids, 2 cats, and 3 rats
  • Passionate about knives, firearms, and hunting
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  • BA Political Science - Indiana University
  • Fell out of several aircraft for Uncle Sam
  • Fled Chicago suburbs for the wilderness in 2001
  • Kilts: yes, Speedos: no
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Unread 08-10-2008, 08:39 AM
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Re: Wtb-custom knife

Wow, all these knives look very nice. I may have to order a few of these for myself. Thanks again for leading me in the right direction. cinch
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