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

This is one bad ass pocket knife

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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.

Get yours today here

 

Knives from the Copper State Cutlery Knife Show

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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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For more info and to purchase

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Look Who’s Coming to the Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Knife Show 

Dec 17 & 18

Tucson Expo Center

List of Knife vendors

BOB HAM

BRAD EDGINGTON (K & G)

CHARLES TURNAGE

CLAYTON COWART

DANIEL STUCKY

JARED WATTS

JEFF STOVER

JOE ALI

DOUG LONEY

KEN MCFALL

LEE BEENE

LEOPOLD LACRIMOSA

MATVEY SHINDEL

RANDY LEE

RAY KIRK

STEVE GODFREY

JOHN HILL

JOHN BROWN

DAN ZVONEK

TODD KOPP

CHARLES PROKOPP

DAN STUCKY

To reserve your table, call John at 602-520-6002

Bushcraft Nemesis, homestead knife

Colonial has teamed up with custom knife maker and outdoor author Abe Elias to deliver a line of four ETAG Bushcraft knives–tactical utility knives that are solid work horses to meet the needs of service people and bushcrafters alike.  To get a tactical appeal doesn’t mean you have to give up the slightest piece of working advantage! These first offerings fit right in place for any user–Military or civilian–because both want knives that work hard but aren’t hard on the user.

Slim and sleek it is a narrow blade that stows easily among the loads of gear service people have to carry. It Sports a sharp edge and a aggressive point. Great for odds jobs quick cuts The Nemesis is the foe of any thing that stands in your way. A lively utility blade with a tactical profile that makes it almost disappear from others site on your kit but stays handy for when you need it. Trim handle design makes the blade nimble to control yet there are plenty of open contours that make it easy to use with gloves on.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Overall length: 8 1/2”
  • Blade Rockwell: 59 C
  • Thickness of Blade: 3/16-inch
  • Blade material: 154 CM
  • Weight: 2 0z.

1 of 600 individually engraved

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Bowie Knife Blog

Came across a very nice informative blog on Bowie knives by Paul Kirchner. 

Check it out here: http://bowieknifefightsfighters.blogspot.com/

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Roger Hatt Custom Folder

Canadian Roger Hatt has been making knives since 1994. When you get a Hatt knife, you get a beautiful bang for your buck.

Beautiful Damascus drop point folder with walrus ivory scales.

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First Production Run Knife

I have picked up a beautiful NiB  Bear Ops Rancor Tactical Folder with Black Zytel Handle and Black Finished Blade.

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  • Blade Type: Modified Clip
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V
  • Rockwell: 58-60
  • Length Closed: 4 3/8″
  • Edge Length: 2 7/8″
  • Overall Length: 7 ½”

Marked on the blade is “First Production Run” making this knife a great addition to a collection.

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