Gaucho Knives

A gaucho (Spanish: lˈɡautʃo]) or gaúcho (Portuguese: [ɡaˈuʃo]) is a skilled horseman, reputed to be brave and unruly. The gaucho is a national symbol in both Argentina and Uruguay. Gauchos became greatly admired and renowned in legends, folklore and literature and became an important part of their regional cultural tradition. Beginning late in the 19th century, after the heyday of the gauchos, they were celebrated by South American writers.

An essential attribute of a gaucho was that he was a skilled horseman. Without a horse the gaucho felt himself unmanned. A gaucho could ride as soon as he could walk. The naturalist William Henry Hudson (who was born on the pampas of Buenos Aires province) recorded that the gauchos of his childhood used to say, a man without a horse was a man without legs

Like the North American cowboys, as discussed in Richard W. Slatta, Cowboys of the Americas, gauchos were generally reputed to be strong, honest, silent types, but proud and capable of violence when provoked. The gaucho tendency to violence over petty matters is also recognized as a typical trait. Gauchos’ use of the famous “facón” (large knife generally tucked into the rear of the gaucho sash) is legendary, often associated with considerable bloodletting. Historically, the facón was typically the only eating instrument that a gaucho carried.

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The facón is both a fighting knife and a utility knife, and is widely used in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.  The knife is typically worn at the back and tucked into the gaucho’s belt to allow it to be quickly drawn with the right hand. As a fighting knife, the facón is the main article of combat in an indigenous style of knife fighting known as escrima criolla (“Creole fencing”) When used in this context, one hand holds the knife, and a poncho or coat is wrapped about the opposite arm to absorb cuts and stabs in a manner reminiscent of traditional Andalusian knife fighting styles using the long-bladed Spanish clasp knife or navaja sevillana.

As Charles Darwin said of the distinctive men who wore and used the facón, “Many quarrels arose, which from the general manner of fighting with the knife often proved fatal.

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Source: Wikipedia

 

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Extrema Ratio Dark Talon

The common features of the “Basic Folder” series are lightness, simplicity and ease of carry. While BF1 e BF2 are utility knives, the BF3 is both an utility and a defense knife. The blade is sharp and piercing. Carry is sufficiently comfortable despite overall length; its “bridge shaped” clip helps properly conceal the knife given a deep enough pocket. Lean, slim and essential. 18-4826-Product_Primary_Image

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Spyderco Limited Edition Yojimbo Knife

Now offering Spyderco’s Limited Edition Yojimbo Knife.

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Designed by noted personal-defense trainer Michael Janich, the Yojimbo is a pioneer in the application of the Wharncliffe blades. Refined ergonomics complement the natural contours of the hand, ensuring maximum surface contact and positive control. They also encourage a thumb-forward grip and make the blade a natural extension of the hand. The straight cutting edge offers extreme cutting performance by transferring power all the way to the tip and ensures improved point strength. The handle has nested stainless steel liners and a Compression Lock.

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A&R Knives

A&R Zlatoust is a Russian knife manufacturer. It is based in the city of Zlatoust, an industrial city that specialises in metallurgy. It is one of the centers of artistic engraving on metal and is best known in Russia, especially for its work on knives and swords. Today the tradition lives on in the knives produced by A & R Zlatoust, which has a general rule: the quality of the knives must be beyond reproach. They produce knives for hunting and camping.

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Beautiful Damascus Bowie

Anyone who knows me knows I have this thing for Bowie knives. I feel there is no better all around knife than a Bowie knife.

Adnan Monger sent me this beautiful Damascus Bowie knife.

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14.5″ Long with a 9.5″ blade length. Brass guard and butt cap and a colored giraffe bone handle.

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Knives by Ray Kirk, Master Smith

Ray Kirk has been forging knives since 1989 under the handle of Raker Knives. He was a cast member on Forged in Fire S1 E8. He is also the designer and maker of the famed “Trail of Tears” knife. Ray attends many of the hammer-ins and seminars on knife making around the country throughout the year.

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When I spoke to Ray at the Tucson Knife show earlier this month, he allowed me to list a couple of his knives on the website. Little did I realize how well made the knives he gave me to consign were. After holding, photographing, and measuring them, I now want one for my own. You can bet I’m going to get one too!

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His NDN integral knives are a pleasure to hold and use. Ray designed these knives for what he calls EDU (Every Day Use). Believe me, it is a knife that you would love to carry for everyday use, no mater if you’re out hiking, camping, boating or working.

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Knives from the Copper State Cutlery Knife Show

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Copper State Cutlery Association Knife Show Dec 17-18, 2016

What a great time I had at the CSCA Knife Show last weekend. Here’s a look at some of the knife makers that were there:

Daniel Collett Collett Knives

Daniel Collett
Collett Knives

Robert Pangina Glendale, AZ

Robert Pangina
Glendale, AZ

Coy Knives by Coy Show Low, Az

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Knives by Coy
Show Low, Az

Glen Glen's Custom Knives San Tan Valley, Az

Bob Ham, Payson AZ

 

Lee Beene - Lee's Cutlery Mesa, AZ

Lee Beene – Lee’s Cutlery
Mesa, AZ

Dan Zvonek New River, Az

Dan Zvonek
New River, Az

Charles Turnage Fine Turnage Production San Antonio, Tx

Charles Turnage
Fine Turnage Production
San Antonio, Tx

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Jeff Stover Torrance, Ca

Matt Shindel - representing his brother Mike work - Blade & Hammer California

Matt Shindel – representing his brother Mike work – Blade & Hammer
California

John Brown - Show Organizer

John Brown – Show Organizer

Daniel Stucky Springfield, Or

Daniel Stucky
Springfield, Or

Bob Ham Payson, Az

Tom & Linda Buckner
Olympia, Wa

Rob Saniscalchi RSK Knifeworks Phoenix, Az

Rob Saniscalchi
RSK Knifeworks
Phoenix, Az

K&G Finishing Supplies Lakeside, AZ

K&G Finishing Supplies
Lakeside, AZ

Randy Lee St. Johns, AZ

Randy Lee
St. Johns, AZ

Charles Prokopp Tucson, AZ

Charles Prokopp
Tucson, AZ

Steve Godfrey Godfrey Knife and Forge Phoenix, Az

Steve Godfrey
Godfrey Knife and Forge
Phoenix, Az

Clayton Cowart Sugarloaf Knifeworks Phoenix, AZ Forged in Fire S3 E7

Clayton Cowart
Sugarloaf Knifeworks
Phoenix, AZ
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Ed Turner Low Country Knifeworks Casa Grande, Az

Ed Turner
Low Country Knifeworks
Casa Grande, Az

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Tahlequah, OK Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Tahlequah, OK
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

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Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
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Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Rich Greenwood - Pokabu Forge. Forged in Fire S3 E1

Rich Greenwood – Pokabu Forge.
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Konstantin Vasenko Russian Made Knives Irvine, Ca

Konstantin Vasenko
Russian Made Knives
Irvine, Ca

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http://arizonaknifenews.com

Knife Sharpening

SonoranDesertKnives.com now offers knife sharpening by appointment.

Kitchen Knives

Pocket Knives

Hunting Knives

Serrated Knives

Scissors

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Clark Liner Lock Folder

I don’t know who this Clark is, but this is one beautiful knife. The fit and finish is simply amazing.

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