Rybar’s Wolf’s Head Damascus Dagger

I’ve heard other knife makers mention Master Smith, Ray Rybar Jr as a hard core knife maker. That he can go out into the Arizona desert, scoop up dirt and forge it into steel. They maybe exaggerating the latter, but when they do mention his name it is always with respect. Respect for his ability to forge beautiful knives as well as respect for the man himself. Overall he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

Here I present his Wolf’s Head Damascus Dagger

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This knife is available for purchase on the website here

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Two Beautiful Art Knives Added to the Site

I’ve added two beautiful art knives to the website for sale. Both knives were scrimshaw by master artist Rick B Field. An excellent article on Rick was done by the Orlando Post back in 1986. You can read it here. Fields used a magnifying glass when he scrimmed — carved minute lines — and stippled — made tiny, light dots — on his creations in ancient ivory. He was known for much of his scrimshaw work for the Franklin Mint. Unfortunately, Rick was taken from us at the age of 47 by cancer in 2001. But much of his work is still in high demand by collectors.

The first knife is a Presentation grade Dagger by Master Willie Rigney. Knives by Willie Rigney are among the most sought after works in the custom knife world. Add to that the fact that Willie is no longer making knives and you have something truly rare and exceptional. This is one of the nicest Rigney Art Daggers I’ve ever seen, and the scrimshaw by Master Rick Field really adds a special touch. The fossil ivory handle is attractively carved from presentation-grade fossil ivory, and the blade is ground as only a master can.

Dagger by Willie Rigney Scrimshaw by Rick B. Field

Dagger by Willie Rigney
Scrimshaw by Rick B. Field

Most serious collectors will tell you that Willie Rigney may be the only maker you can compare directly to deceased legend Buster Warenski when it comes to fancy art daggers, but Willie made far fewer knives than Buster so they are even more difficult to find.

It is not often that a Willie Rigney knife becomes available for sale, don’t let this one slip bye.

The second knife is a straight back hunter by Mike Zscherny. Mike Zscherny is a full time knifemaker who has been making knives since 1978. For quite some time Mike made art knives, specializing in liner lock folders using Damascus steel and natural handle materials such as pearl and ivory. Some years back Mike switched gears and started making traditional slip joint style knives, in the Bose style.become a “rock-star” with respect to this genre of knives. His fit and finish is top notch, his pieces walk and talk like they should and his waiting list is well over 2 years long.

Straight Back Hunter by Mike Zscherny Scrimshaw by Rick B. Field

Straight Back Hunter by Mike Zscherny
Scrimshaw by Rick B. Field

This piece was made Circa 1990

New Custom Knives

Five Knives by the following Knife Makers:

Larry Brandstetter, Chuck Morey, Jason Oblinski, Greg Sutherland, & Hans Weinmueller

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Click on any of the photos to be taken to the website

Arkansas Toothpicks by Sonoran Desert Knives

I’ve always been a huge fan of Bowie knives. There’s nothing like the feel of a well made Bowie in your hand no mater the task, be it camping, hunting or fighting. Just the intimidation of pulling a Bowie out of its sheath is a factor of 10+. Watching the TV show “Revolution” (S#!& Happens episode)  last night with my wife got my blood flowing when they set the scene of Miles using a sword against one of the Texas Rangers who welded a large Bowie, blade up. Good knife fight.

But I digress. Along with the famed Bowie knife stands the Arkansas Toothpick. A large double edge bladed knife which was kin to the Bowie knife.

The Arkansas toothpick is a heavy dagger with a 12–20-inch (30–51 cm) pointed, straight blade. The knife is balanced and weighted for throwing and can be used for thrusting and slashing. James Black, the inventor of the Bowie knife, is credited with inventing the Arkansas toothpick. (from Wikipedia).

While serving in the Military many of my brothers enjoyed carrying the Gerber Mark 1 knife while I in turn carried a 12″ Arkansas Toothpick. A lot of eyeballs would widen anytime I needed to un-sheath my knife.

When I began knife collecting, Of course I focused on what like, mostly Bowie type knives along with good well-balanced fighters and of course toothpicks. Unfortunately, not many toothpicks were readily available. There where only cheap $20-$30 versions (you get what you pay for) or extremely expensive $600+ customs. When I started Sonoran Desert Knives, I decided to offer a mid range toothpick. Needless to say, they went fast. Selling out in less than six months.

I have decided to release at this time two of the three that I have in my personal collection. This is your chance to get a very well made custom Arkansas Toothpick at a reasonable price. These are 12 3/4″ knives with a beautiful stag handle, full tang, Damascus guard and a high carbon 8 3/4″ Damascus blade.

Clicking on the photos will take you to the website.

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New Knives Added!

Added several new knives to the website tonight:

Barry Dawson Damascus Push Dagger

Dawson Dagger

Ruana Custom Finn


Warner Custom Bowie

Warner Bowie

Muela Alamo Bowie

Muela Alamo Bowie

Rose Dawson Damascus Neck Knives

Dawson Neck Knives

Jim Ort Custom Drop Point Knife

Oz Knives

Arizona Kidd – Bob Hankins


New Knives

Got in 2 beauties today which I’ll be listing on the website in the next couple of days.

Bill Wolf

Bill Wolf

Beautiful Spear Point Knife made 12-15 years ago by Bill Wolf of Scottsdale, AZ

Todd Kopp Dagger

Todd Kopp Dagger

Todd makes one or two knives a year. Part of the reason is because of how much time he spends on creating these beautiful art pieces. This on has Devon Thomas Damascus with blued steel guard and end cap. Carved mammoth tooth ivory inlayed with 22 -24 K gold rope and nuggets from Alaska.


Todd Allan and Ron Oka Knives

Listed for sale are two knives. The first is Todd Allan’s “Thunderbird”



While the second is Ron Oka’s Kaiken Tanto

Ron Oka Kaiken

Ron Oka Kaiken

as usual, just click on the photos to be taken to the website for more information

Mad Bull Knives

I received three new knives from Jake Tuinstra of Mad Bull Knives newly listed on the site:

“Mad Bull Dagger”, “Flex Pike Fish Filet” & Jake’s fighter “The Border Patrol”

(click on any of the photos to take you to the website)

The Border Guard

The Border Guard

Flex Pike Fillet Knife

Flex Pike Fillet Knife

Mad Bull Dagger

Mad Bull Dagger

Gentleman Hunter & Fighter Knife Set w/Pink Ivory Wood Handles

Very rare Pink Ivory Wood handle gentleman’s knife set by Ronald Frazier

Frazier Gentleman Hunter & Fighter Knife Set w/Pink Ivory Handles

Frazier Gentleman Hunter & Fighter Knife Set w/Pink Ivory Handles

Available at SonoranDesertKnives.com

Ronald Frazier Matched Set Fighter Daggers

Added to the web site is a beautiful matched set of Fighting Daggers by the late Ronald Frazier.

Frazier Matched Dagger Set

Frazier Matched Dagger Set