Tactical Custom Knives | Handmade Knives

Our latest report for the art and craftsmanship of the handmade knife.

Brent Sandow’s “Cobra” (pictured below, left) was designed by martial artist David Decker. The 4-inch blade is ground from 12c27 Swedish stainless steel and is mounted on a G-10 handle. The sheath is Kydex.
The maker can be contacted at 50d Mellons Bay Rd., Dept. TK, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand; 64-9-537-4166. knifebug@maxnet.co.nz www.brentsandowknives.com Hoffman photo

David Johansen’s “Hunter” (pictured above, right) offers a 5-inch blade of 01 carbon steel on a spalted birch handle. The guard was forged from wrought iron salvaged from an old wagon wheel. The maker can be contacted at 184 Meadow Circle, Dept. TK, Logan, UT 84321; (435) 753-7209. david@dsjblades.com www.dsjblades.com

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Don Hanson’s prize-winning Bowie sports a 12.25-inch blade of 1065 carbon steel on a handle of fossil walrus ivory set with an 18k gold pin. The artist can be contacted at P.O. Box 13, Dept. TK, Success, MO 65570; (573) 674-3045. www.sunfishforge.com

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Brent Sandow’s Viper features a 4-inch blade ground from D-2 tool steel and is mounted on a handle of G-10. Other steels and handle materials are available. The maker can be contacted at 50d Mellons Bay Rd., Dept. TK, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand 64-9-537-4166. knifebug@maxnet.co.nz www.brentsandowknives.com

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Dean Gates’ “Wakizashi” offers a 24-inch blade of 440C stainless on a purple heart and ray skin handle. The maker can be contacted at P.O. Box 268, Dept. TK, Blythe, GA 30805; (706) 592-5902.
dean@gatescustomknives.com www.gatescustomknives.com

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Bill Ruple’s 2-blade “Serpentine Trapper” offers a pair of 3-inch-long 154CM stainless blades on an amber jigged bone handle. The maker can be contacted at P.O. Box 370, Dept. TK, Charlotte, TX 78011; (830) 277-1371. bill@rupleknives.com www.rupleknives.com

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Craig Camerer’s “Hideout Bowie” offers a 5-inch blade of random Damascus on a fossilized walrus ivory handle. The artist can be contacted at 3766 Rockbridge Rd., Dept. TK, Chesterfield, IL 62630; (618) 753-2147. craig@camererknives.com www.camererknives.com

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Now here is a real tactical number from Harvey Dean! The blade is 1084/15n20 ladder pattern Damascus with a Damascus handguard inlayed with 24k gold by Steve Dunn. The handle is amber stag with 18k gold pins. The artist can be contacted at 3266 CR 232, Dept. TK, Rockdale, TX 76567;
(512) 446-3111. dean@tex1.net www.harveydean.com

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Wesley Davis’ “Hunter” offers a 3.75-inch blade of forged 1084 carbon steel on a hand of ironwood. The maker can be reached at P.O. Box 122, Dept. TK, Pattonville, TX 35468 (903) 652-2784. wwdavis@starband.net

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