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.

Get yours today here

 

Cody Wescott Knives

I’ve added 3 of Cody Wescott knives to the website.

Cody Wescott of Las Cruces, New Mexico sold his first knife in 1982 and is a full time maker at least he was in 1995 according to the 1995 annual edition of Knives, his knives where priced from $80 to some up to $950. back in 1995, he offered engraving and made his own sheaths.

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More information and to purchase these knives can be found here

Claw Push Dagger

Stan McKiernan – River’s Bend Knives

Available for purchase here

Russell Klingbeil Knife

Russell Klingbeil died in January 2004. He was a member of the USMC. An avid surfer and weight lifter. He was an accomplished designer and engineer of fire-sprinkler systems. He was very much into Harley Davidson motorcycles. Remarkably talented at drafting, he was also very good at drawing, often things that would make me laugh and my aunt smack him on the arm. He was an outdoors-man who camped and was an aficionado of the rugged mountain-man lifestyle of yesteryear. He was a black-powder rifleman as well as an accomplished knife-maker.

Here is a Spear Point Boot Knife he made. there were 67 of these made between November 1998 and January 1999. This one is numbered 001.

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His knives are sought after by collectors and rarely come on the market.

More photos and information here.

Copper State Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Association has set the dates for their knife show.

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Sonoran Desert Knives will be set up at the show

BLACKHAWK! / MOD Knives

MOD (Masters of Defense) was founded in 1998 by Jim Ray. Jim went to real knife defense experts to design his knives. Men such as Michael Janich, Alan Elishewitz, Duane Dieter, Jeff Harkins and Massad Ayoob to name a few. They were innovated with designs that the tactical knife world wanted and this proved to be very successful for MOD.

In 2003 MOD was sold to BLACKHAWK! Products Group which wanted to diversify  its already product line of holsters, packs, slings, lights, apparel and tools. By joining BLACKHAWK!, gave MOD a wider base of armed professionals and not just the elitist military and police units.

Another advantage of BLACKHAWK!’s absorption of MOD was bringing these advanced knife designs to an average person who wanted these proven concepts of expert-inspired tactical designs, but normally couldn’t afford them. This happened in 2005 when BLACKHAWK! / M.O.D. became BLACKHAWK! Blades.

Overall the M.O.D. and the BLACKHAWK! / M.O.D. have become highly desired and collectible.

We have two of these knives available:

A Nightwing fixed blade designed by Alan Elishewitz and a CQD Mark II Automatic Folder  designed by Duane Dieter. Both are rare and extremely hard to find.

For more information on these knives and to purchase, please visit our website

 

Legends of Knife Making: Corbet Sigman

Corbet Sigman was born 8 March 1932, in Putnam, W.V. and lived there all his life until passing 5 Aug 2005.

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Corbet was a master of all aspects of making fixed blade knives. A member of the Knife Makers Guild when it was in it’s infancy. When one of his peers had a technical problem or question, it was Corbet to whom they turned. When the Dutchman,. Frans van den Heuvel wanted to learn American cutlery techniques, it was Corbet Sigman he contacted. When American Blade published the book How to Make Knives, 182 pages – step by step process – photo illustrated. They asked the masters of their time, I.E…Bob Loveless, Bill Moran, and many others each to contribute a chapter of the step by step process. Corbet was responsible for the chapter on blade polishing.

He was authentic, genuine, humble and modest. He gave freely his knowledge of knife making to anyone who asked. Those character traits is what made Corbet a gaint amoung his peers with their deepest respect for him.

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http://www.sonorandesertknives.com/corbet-sigman.html

Cholla Wood & Turquoise Clip Point Hunters

Here’s a matching pair of beautiful clip point hunters made by Massachusettes knife maker Roger Query. Now living in Phoenix, Arizona, he’s using natural Cholla Wood found in the desert for handles. Reconstuted Arizona Turquoise is used to fill in the Cholla Wood holes giving these knives a nice weight and balance between the knife blade and the handles.

You can find out more on these knives by clicking here

Some New Knives Add to the Site

Steve Schwarzer, Robert Cheshareck, Harold Corby, Jim Hammond and Ronald Frazier

You can access them by clicking here and then on their individual names

Jeremy Hewitt Traditional Hunter

Under the tutelage of Tim Hancock, Jeremy has evolved into a fine knife maker. This traditional hunting knife is some of his finest work. Razor sharp, it fits easily into the hand. I’m positive this knife would be able to skin a bull moose with no problem.

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