The List Begins Here:
1–Busse Battle Mistress: It has a conventionally shaped 10 inch blade, it is nearly 2 pounds and literally sharp as a razor. It is a heavy duty one.
2-Russell Canadian Belt Knife: In 1958 Dean Russell, a Canadian cutlery-store owner, designed a knife, and he chose Grohmann Cutlery in Pictou, Nova Scotia, to make it. His creation had an elliptical blade and a slightly offset, slender rosewood handle. Russell’s knife could gut, skin, or cape. It was comfortable in any hand and could be held in any position, and its pouch-style belt sheath moved with you. There are all sorts of copies of the Russell Canadian Belt Knife, mostly bad. But none of them are better than the original – a true work of edged inspiration.
3-The D.E. Henry Bowie: In the early 1960s, Daniel Edward Henry (like other smiths) began making reproductions of the Bowie knives that were produced during the mid 19th century. He was light-years ahead of everyone else in his grinding and polishing, fit, finish, and grace of line. Today, you and I are still benefiting from his genius.
4-Ka-Bar Marine Corps Fighting Knife: In 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps issued a knife to its fun-loving members. It was made by Camillus Cutlery Co. and stamped with their Ka-Bar trademark. Its equipment number was 1219C2. The knife had a 7-inch Bowie-type blade, a leather-washer handle, and a steel butt cap. It was one of the most successful pieces of military equipment ever.
5-The Leuku: One of the traditional knives of the Saami people who inhabit the northern forests of Europe.
6-Leatherman Wave: The idea of the multitool is an old one, but it always involved attaching gimmicks to a knife. There are all kinds of Leathermans, but my favorite is the Wave. I keep one in my range bag and wear another on my belt. It’s hard to list the jobs it can’t do, and the knife does a dandy job of gutting a deer.
7-Loveless Drop Point: In the late 1960s, R.W. Loveless had the knifery world standing on its ear. Loveless had been making knives for money since the 1950s, and he eventually developed a model called the drop-point hunter. This small knife (the blade was under 4 inches) with a small hilt and subtle lines revolutionized the craft. The point was lowered, or dropped, below the spine, which made it easier to gut an animal without puncturing the innards. Tough and almost rustproof, it took a fearsome edge that held forever.
8-Randall Model 3: Founded in 1937, Randall Made Knives is the largest and most famous custom cutler in the world. More than 20 Randall models exist, but W.D. Randall, who started the enterprise, always considered the Model 3 to be his best all-around design.
9-Ron Lake Folder: Compared to making a folder, building a fixed-blade knife is a walk in the park. Folders are the true test of a smith’s skill as a machinist and designer. For over 30 years, Ron Lake has been one of the premier makers of folders. He developed the Inter-Frame concept: A steel frame surrounds the handle scales, enabling him to use relatively fragile materials like sheep horn without any fear of chipping.
10-Marble’s Ideal: Webster Marble introduced the Ideal Hunting Knife in 1899, and it was arguably the first knife designed for the sport hunter. Marble’s Ideal was, in fact, ideal, and made of excellent steel. Marble utilized a wide fuller, or groove, in the blade to save weight. The Ideal was around for a long time. It was made on and off from 1899 to 1974. Then it went into eclipse until 2007, when it was reintroduced.
11-The Ulu: The ulu is a distinctive knife of the northmost-dwelling Native Americans. It’s a terrific chopper, scraper, and skinner. The crescent-shaped blade is 3 to 4 inches, and the handle rides directly above the cutting edge.
12-Schrade Uncle Henry: The Uncle Henry line – named for Henry Baer, Schrade’s president – appeared in the 1960s. There were all sorts of Uncle Henry knives, but the one that won my heart was a three-blade folder of the type known as a premium stock knife. It had a saber, a sheepsfoot, and a spey blade made of stainless steel. It’s one of those wonderful tools that works all out of proportion to its price and size.
13-Victorinox Swiss Champ
14-George Herron Model 6 Drop Point
15-Schrade Uncle Henry
16-Lone Wolf Knives Harsey T3 Ranger
17-Schrade Uncle Henry
19-Knives of Alaska Brown Bear
20-The Buck Model 110
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