Ryan W. Knives

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Ryan W. Knives makes blades that have both beauty and…

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Ryan W. Knives makes blades that have both beauty and function. The satin finish of the High Uintas and the Hamon line found on the Agro are only two different blade finishes Ryan offers. He also offers knives in San Mai steel like on the Agro II knife. TERRILL HOFFMAN PHOTOS

Upon first seeing Ryan’s knives, and their stellar craftsmanship, I noticed a big “W” etched into all his knives. Custom knifemaker Ryan Weeks said, “Every knife I make is a tribute to my grandfather. The ‘Crossed W’ in my logo is his Livestock Brand. It serves as a reminder to take pride in your work.” Ryan was greatly influenced by Grandpa Willie, not so much in a technical way, but by the way he lived his life. Ryan said his grandfather was a “do-er” and applied his life lessons to his blade work.

Ever since making his first knife in 2009, Ryan W. Knives has been going strong. He currently offers 1080, 1095, 5160, and W2 high-carbon steels. For more corrosion resistant blades, Ryan uses CPM 154, D2 and CPM S-30V stainless and tool steels. Handle materials range from stabilized woods to G10 and Micarta.

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Light chopping was achieved with the Lorien by choking way back on the handle. The thin edge geometry made liming green branches for trap parts effortless.

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The High Uintas knife is named after the High Uintas Wilderness located in northeastern Utah. The Uinta Mountains were named for the Uintaat Indians, early relatives of the modern Ute Tribe. Characterized by the highest peaks in Utah, countless lakes, and a unique alpine ecosystem, it is among the nation’s most outstanding wilderness areas.

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The author made a quick Piute deadfall trap using the Lorien to fashion all the working pieces. Oak and green branches were cut and notched with the Lorien.

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