Website Relaunch

SDK Website

I’ve been working hard and now the updated version is of SonoranDesertKnives.com is live 5 days earlier then expected.

Just like the older version of the website, you can still find the knives listed under each of the makers name, yet a whole lot easier to use. The new site also features knife categories by Knife Types and a search engine.

SonoranDesertKnives.com will now be almost exclusively custom knives. There are some that are factory manufactured, but these are limited editions, rare or hard to find knives and vintage knives. Most of our modern manufactured knives have been moved to our new sister website, RangerSurvival.com

We’re still adding knives to our website almost daily, so please check back often. If you like to new website (or not), please drop me a line and let me know.

Thank You,

Leopold Lacrimosa, Owner

Leopold@SonoranDesertKnives.com

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Newt Livesay

Newt Livesay

Newt Livesay

Who is Newt? He is a self proclaimed Southern born American Author, Politically In-Correct Philosopher & Raconteur, Banged Up Warrior, Hard Living Adventurer, Lover & Knife Maker Extraordinaire.

What do I know about him? I know this man has a love for our military personal and looks to equip them with the absolute best knives he can make for them. This is what “he” says about his knives:

“IF YOU LOOKING FOR A COMMERCIAL OVER HYPED SO CALLED SURVIVAL TOOL YOU NEED TO LOOK SOME WHERE ELSE! WE ARE HARD-CORE PROFESSIONAL GRADE USER KNIVES

Livesay Combat Knives are used by Hard Charging Warriors around the World that can Swim Faster, Scuba Dive to Unbelievable Depths, Shoot Straighter, Sky-drive or HALO from Incredible Heights, Fight Better and Dirtier all the time Wining Wars with Honor, Loving Women, Pushing Deeper and Harder when needed,. They can Empty Bars, Quell Riots, Convert Virgins, End Revolutions, Tame Tigers, Organize Orgies, and Plan Church Socials in their spare time while killing Rats. These People are Hard Core, High Speed, Low Drag Individuals who care enough to Carry and Request the Best

Knives for Professional Military Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, and just damn good people”

If you have ever held a Livesay knife in your hands, you would know that they are built to last through hard ass usage. Maybe that’s why many service men heading over to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other theaters of war elect to carry a Livesay Combat Knife with them.

SERE Combat/Survival Knife

SERE Combat/Survival Knife

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SERE Combat/Survival Knife

SERE Combat/Survival Knife

Custom Air Assault Knife

Custom Air Assault Knife

Woo Combat Neck Knife

Woo Combat Neck Knife

 Newt is now retired from full time knife making though still makes a knife or two now and then. But his knives are quickly selling out fast and there are fewer and fewer to be had.

 

New Desert Damascus Knives

Sonoran Desert Knives has contracted with a major overseas company to have beautiful handcrafted Damascus knives made. These knives are individually unique and of high quality, yet very affordable. The Damascus steel is 1095 & 15n20 steel. Strong and able to hold a very nice edge. Each knife comes with a very nice handcrafted leather sheath.
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Wholesale inquiries welcomed leopold@SonoranDesertKnives.com

Undead Stiletto Personal Protection Knife

Bear & Sons

Undead Stiletto Personal Protection Knife

Undead Stiletto Personal Protection Knife

Blade Material : CPM-S30V Steel

Handle Material : Reaper Z Coating T6 Aluminum

Rockwell : 58-60

Closed Length : 4-3/8″

Edge : 3-1/4″

Weight : 2.5 oz.

Extras : One Hand Opener, Pocket Clip & Tip Down Carry

Retail: $120.00

Click here to get SonoranDesertKnives.com special price

Made in the USA

 

Dash Knives

Meet Greg Dash

Greg Dashevsky

Greg Dashevsky

Hi, I am Greg Dash.  Actually, my name is Gregory Dashevsky,  but everybody calls me Dash.
I can’t remember at what age I’ve contracted a “knife bug”.  Looks like I was born with it.
Born and raised in Soviet Union, where carrying, selling and God forbid making knives was against the law –
I always wanted to make knives.
Finally, my dream came true!

I met Dash at this year’s Atlanta Blade Show where he was show casing his knives. We talked for almost a half an hour. What struck me was not only is he a friendly guy who makes an excellent knife, but his knives were priced so reasonably that the average person can afford one.

Bird & Trout

Bird & Trout

Dash Skinner

Dash Skinner

Drop Point Hunter

Drop Point Hunter

Very Rare Gerber Knife

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Picked up this very sweet knife today. I found very little on it so far other then the following from Cutler’s Cove:

“Gerber S59 fixed blade hunting knife mint with original brown leather sheath stamped 475 on the sheath back.  10-1/8″ overall with a 4-¾” blade, slightly upswept, with finger choil and grooved thumb rest. Exotic hardwood handle with metal guard and butt cap. If I remember correctly they had 440C stainless steel blades. This is a hard knife to find.

I believe this could be an Al Mar design and from the beginning of the Presentation Grade hunting knife series. If you hold it in your hand it looks and feels like a hand made custom knife.

The Presentation Grade hunting knife series was Gerber’s top of the line hunting knives until a few years ago. This is maybe the early 475 model. There were six models starting with the smallest model 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 and going up to the largest 525.”

The knife looks to be factory sharp and seems to have been well cared for.

 

UPDATE 06/21/2013: When in doubt, go to the source;

I wrote to Gerber about the knife and received the following reply…

Hey Leopold,

 Beautiful knife you have there. I’ve scanned and attached a page from our 1973 catalogue that you may find informative. I have also attached some information on this series of knives on the below the catalogue image.

Gerber 475s knife

Gerber Presentation Series (1971 – 1985)

The 425S is one of several from the Gerber Presentation Series.  The Gerber Presentation Series consisted of two distinct lines of knives-one with a high speed tool steel blade and Sambar Stag handle, and the other with a 440-C stainless steel blade and Macassar ebony handle (Blades and handles were not interchangeable.)

The knives using Gerber high speed tool steel in the blade feature handles of Sambar Stag, a durable, solid-core antler naturally shed by the rugged Sambar deer of India and Ceylon.

The knives with 440-C stainless blades include handles of Macaasar ebony, an extremely dense, tough hardwood with a rich, dark grain, found in the jungles of southeast Asia.  The shape of these handles is a triumph of research and art-a powergrip handle as comfortable as it is handsome, affording great control.

In all these blades and handles a special notch in the blade offers the user greater control with safety and comfort.  The guard and butt cap are investment cast stainless steel.

The series included:

Model 400S Macassar Ebony and Model 400 Stag Handle

4” Skinning Blade:  Blade thickness .156”, overall length 9”

Model 425S (Macassar Ebony and Model 425 Stag Handle

4 ¼” Hunting and Camping Blade: Blade thickness .156”, overall length 9 ¼”

Model 450S (Macassar Ebony and Model 450 Stag Handle

4 ½” Fish and Game Blade: Blade thickness .156”, overall length 9 ½”

Model 475S (Macassar Ebony and Model 475 Stag Handle

4 ¾” Big Game Blade: Blade thickness .187”, overall length 9 ¾”

Model 525S (Macassar Ebony and Model 525 Stag Handle

5 ¼” Heavy Duty Hunting Blade: Blade thickness .187”, overall length 10 ¼”

Best regards,

Matthew Price

Consumer Services Representative | Gerber

Phone: (503) 403-1219 | Fax: (503) 403-1103

matthew.price@gerbergear.com

Howard Viele Knives

I’ve added two beautiful Howard Viele Knives to the website.

Howard Viele is at the pinnacle of the list of knifemakers hand making high-tech modern liner-locks from his Westwood, New Jersey Shop. He became a knifemaker through an unusual quest. After attaining the rank of “Sandan” (3rd degree black belt) in Karate in 1973, he became interested in the weaponry associated with the martial arts. When Howard began making knives, there was no one in the area to teach him any secrets and shortcuts, so he learned to make knives through trial and error, thus no particular knifemaker’s designs have influenced his work. He has been a member of the Knifemakers’ Guild since 1976 and is also a member of the German Knifemakers’ Guild. In giving Howard the Wooden Sword Award, Ken Warner, editor of Knives ’85 said, “The man cuts a clean line, often a new line, every time he goes for it. Viele knives are handsome knives that look so good, and so often different as well, you can’t help noticing. That’s practically a definition of style.”

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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

Ruana

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

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.

 

Steve Hoel Knives

Born in Arizona in 1940, Steve made his first hunting knife in 1952 selling his first one ten years later. Exposed to high quality knives very early by spending time with Bob Loveless and Steve Johnson when they were partners. Known by many as perhaps the father of the interframe, he started making single and multiblade folders in the mid seventies. Steve has made Bowies, boot knives, and daggers, but his investor class folding knives in lockback and slipjoint design are collector favorites. His steels of choice are 154CM, ATS-34, 416, and commercial damascus. He favors natural materials for scales and inlays such as various woods, mother of pearl, fossil ivories, sheep horn, abalone, jade, and many others. His knives are favored for engraving by many of the top artists in the field. Steve has been a Knifemakers Guild member since 1978 and he is one of the featured artists in David Darom’s first class book, “Art and Design in Modern Custom Folding Knives”.

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife

Engraved Mother of Pearl Boot Knife