I freely admit that I am prejudiced in favor of any company that has “machine” in their title. Oswego County Machine and Knife (OCMK) is no exception. A machine company brings to mind a small, very dedicated shop that excels at precision and quality. OCMK is that kind of shop. OCMK started as a producer of small quantities of extremely precise machine fittings for industry. Knife making became part of their line when OCMK owner Mark Palencar, having been an engineer and machinist for over 20 years, began making knives five years ago. Palencar uses CAD software to both design and manufacture all OCMK knives and his beginning with precision design and tools heightens the overall quality of finished knives and ensures an ability to replicate with little variation.

ocmk1A Look At The Wolf
I subscribe to the notion that something that looks good is very likely to be good. The swallow-like Supermarine Spitfire comes to mind. Therefore, I first picked up the Wolf when the two knives were laid before me. The Wolf is the fixed-blade knife. However, at first glance it appears to be a folder with the blade open. The handle is black anodized aluminum with several grooves machined along its length. The uniquely styled metal work is very attractive.

CNC machining is used solely in the construction of the Wolf. There are no stamped or molded synthetic parts. The Wolf has a full tang blade made from S30V steel with a tanto point. OCMK sends the blade out to a firm that specializes in heat and cryogenic treating of aircraft components. With a slightly oversized tang, notches are machined in the spine and belly of the knife near the hilt and butt so as to help aid in maintaining a sure grip and controlling the knife while cutting. There are also three holes in the blade near the hilt that are principally aesthetic but do reduce the weight a little.

The Wolf is described as a prototype and will be limited to 25 pieces. Why it’s a prototype is unclear, as it is clearly a knife that will be popular in the marketplace. The knives are individually serialized with “Proto 1/25” on the back of the blade.

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