Monday, December 22, 2014

Jody Muller Fire Fight (from the ongoing series)

Here is another masterpiece from the Fire Breathing Dragons "Fire Fight" series that Jody has been creating for me over the past 6 or 7 years, this is the most spectacular creation to date, and the first with Deep Relief carving.  This piece is sole authorship as are all of Jody's knives, he forges his own Damascus for the blade, does all the engraving and builds the knife himself.  This knife features an all stainless handle with full coverage engraving utilizing Gold, Silver and Copper inlays, the Damascus blade is forged from 1095, 15n20 and nickel and has engraving along the base, the engraving circles the back strap so that the Dragons wrap themselves around the knife.  A wonderful and unique work of art.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A very cool old dagger with a Russian flair

A very cool and unusual piece, a one of one by Rob Charlton of Damascus USA fame.  I contacted Rob to inquire about this knife, his reply; "this is a one off I moved at the NYC Show lo' those many years ago.....(I Think) he was a tattooed guy with studs in his face.....don't know what I sold it for (but I wouldn't dupe it for less then 3,500-) I recall it was a real project which I started with a piece of Damascus that some outfit in the land of the (former) Red terror sent me pre-1990's ....... They wanted me to promote their Steel or something. I just don't got the memory anymore. Anyway, it's a hell of an art piece & you have a legit heirloom."  This knife features a Damascus blade which is marked DAMASCUS USA and, below it, in Russian интEPмEт Pоссия which I am told translates into International Metal and below that is "one of one".  The Russian is characteristic of the Soviet era so that dates this knife to pre 1991, confirming what rob remembers about it, the guard and pommel have the look of Mokume but I cannot be certain, the overlays have filigree work and semi precious stones, the handle is most likely ebony with silver wire wrap.  The sheath is wood wrapped with leather, the throat and tip of the sheath seem to be of the same composition as the guard and pommel and also decorated with filigree and semi precious stones..........  The blade is marked DAMASCUS USA and, below it, in Russian интEPмEт Pоссия which I am told translates into International Metal and below that is "one of one".  The Russian is characteristic of the Soviet era so that dates this knife to pre 1991. OAL is 16 3/4'.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GTC (Gus Cecchini) Knives

I have long been a fan of the knives of Gus Cecchini who operates under the nom de plume of GTC Knives.  To me, Gus's knives bring to mind the terms sleek, modern, avant-garde, built for speed.  I suspect there is an exhibit at MOMA that is missing some items because I have them.  Here are some of the latest.


Reduced Plasma


Friday, September 5, 2014

Charles Marlow Squail

Charles Marlow has been one of the stand out knifemakers in the tactical knife world for many years. Charles no longer takes orders so his knives are very difficult to come by.  Fortunately he has agreed to join the TKI (Tactical Knifemakers Invitational) group of makers and offer up his knives for sale via lottery at their January show.  Below are pictures of my Squail obtained after a wait of 3 years or so.  Great knife, love the "twack" when it clicks open.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I have been slacking, time to post something. Bob Loveless..........

Doesn't get much better than a Loveless when it comes to collectible knives.  When it come to Loveless knives many collectors are always on the lookout for a better example of whatever model they already have so they end up with the best example of each model.  I picked up two beauties at the Blade Show that will fit that bill for many or for someone that hasn't either a primo example.  Thought about keeping them both for myself, however, I just can't keep everything.  Who knows, they just may end up back in my collection.  Check em out.

Now the Semi Skinner is admittedly not one of my favorite blade shapes but it is one of Bob Loveless's most classic designs.  This piece has it all in my opinion; Double Nude logo, perfectly matched side to side amber stag and signed sheath.  Some people prefer long bolsters and hidden pins which is great if you plan to engrave the knife but I feel these features are purely esthetic, requested by some collectors, and most all of these examples likely done to a great extent by Merritt.  The traditional bolsters and rivets are to me more in the spirit of Bob Lovelesss and his perspective of a utilitarian knife.

The second beauty I picked up is a dagger.  I have always liked the dagger shape.  I had a couple of exceptional Loveless daggers with engraving by Dan Wilkerson.  Some of those are ones that I wish I had kept.  Anyway, this piece is exceptional and very clean with great natural stag.  Most of the Loveless knives in my person collection are natural stag, something special about it vs. the amber which I do like but again, something about the natural when there is great figuring and color as in this piece.  I expect I will keep this one or at least play with it awhile before I let it go.

Friday, May 9, 2014

a Barry Davis Art Knife

I have known Barry Davis for many years, our paths crossing at various knife shows around the country.  Barry is a quiet, unassuming guy who happens to make some very nice knives.  Barry's mentor was knife making legend Jim Schmidt and his influence shows in Barry's work.  I once again ran into Barry, this time at the recent Solvang knife show.  I was fortunate enough to win the opportunity to purchase one of Barry's knives in the lottery.  Here it is.

 The carving, close up shown below, was done by Daniel Stephan
Hope you enjoy looking