While the annual Oregon Knife Collector’s spring show may not be known for its investment-grade art knives, it can always be counted on for a great selection of purely functional tactical blades. If you’re looking for a serious working knife as apposed to a “safe queen,” this is the show for you. The following are just a few of the interesting customs I observed at the most recent show.
KINGDOM STAVESACRE: David Rydbom, of Kingdom Armory, was showing his new “Stavesacre” at the OKCA gathering. The knife offers a 5-1/4-inch blade of Paul Bos heat-treated S30V on a sculpted Micarta handle. While this knife may look a little unconventional, I found it very comfortable in my hand. For more information please contact the maker at P.O. Box 3089, Dept. TK, Ashland, OR, 97520; 541-201-0842 www.kingdomarmory.com
CLINCO VIPER: Marcus Clinco tells me he was inspired by Chris Reeve’s all-steel models when he designed his 6-inch bladed, one-piece O-1 steel “Viper” survival knife. Another interesting feature of the knife is that the Kydex sheath is moleskin lined to prevent scratching the knife’s finish. The maker can be reached at 821 Appelby St., Dept. TK, Venice, CA 90291; 818-610-9640 www.clincoknives.com
MASSIVE HARSEY: Like the maker himself, Bill Harsey’s “H-Class D.E.” S30V 7-inch blade combat knife is a massive weapon built for hard use. Along with a hand-honed primary edge, the spine is fully sharpened for the first 5-inches. The handle is green Micarta and the nylon sheath is supplied by Spec Ops. Harsey can be contacted at 82710 N. Howe Ln, Dept. TK, Creswell, OR 97426 email@example.com
RANGER MK-II: There are some knives that just shout “this is what I want to have by my side when I’m up to my knees in empty magazines and grenade pins.” Entrek’s 9-inch 440 stainless bladed “Ranger Mk-II” is certainly one of those weapons. Along with the primary edge, there is a fully sharpened 6-3/8-inch false edge with a devastating back-cut potential. For more information, please contact Entrek USA, 1220 S. 775 E., Dept. TK, Ogden, Utah 84404; 801-399-1535 www.ennis-entrekusa.com
BATTLE READY NYX: Spartan Blades calls their 5-1/8-inch, S30V stainless “Nyx” the perfect companion for the sniper, ranger, scout or solider working in a field environment. Its continuously curved edge would certainly make the knife a highly efficient slicer. For more information please contact Spartan Blades, P.O. Box 620, Dept. TK, Aberdeen, NC 28315; 910-757-0035 www.spartanbladesusa.com
SURVIVAL PATRIOT: If you need a survival knife that is as tough as an Abrams tank, Bill Siegle’s 7-1/2-inch long x 1/4-inch thick 5160 carbon steel “Patriot” may be just the knife for you. The extended length handle is G-10 with stainless screws. All knives come in a custom Kydex sheath handmade by Bill. For more information please contact Siegle Knives at 1019B High St. Dept. TK, Gladstone, OR 97027; 503-723-7218 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL FORCES LTB: Charlie Ochs’ one-piece “LTB” was designed with the help of some Special Forces types that have spent a lot of time working out on the pointy end of the stick. Its 7 ¼-inch clip-point blade is laser blanked out of O1 carbon steel and differentially heat treated for added toughness. The handle is black Micarta. For more information please contact Ochs at 124 Emerald Lane, Dept. TK, Largo, FL, 33771; 727-536-3827 www.oxforge.com
CARTER WHITECANE: Murray Carter’s “Whitecane” was designed to be something of a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing for those traveling where firearms are not an option. While the super strong 5-inch blade of laminated carbon steel might look like a “harmless” kitchen knife, it is both razor sharp and long enough to be serious weapon in a tight spot. Its high ride Kydex scabbard holds it tight to the body even under light clothing. For more information, please contact Carter at P.O. Box 307, Dept. TK, Vernonia, OR 97064; 503-429-0447 www.cartercutlery.com
Editor’s note: The next OKCA spring show will take place April 17, 18, 2010 at the Lane County Convention Center, 796 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97402. Contact: Oregon Knife Collectors; 541- 484-5564 or visit www.oregonknifeclub.org.