Knife Features: Simply put, this is a great knife for anyone who loves the outdoors. My personal favorite.
Blade: 1095 High-Carbon Steel (Forge and Hammer Finish). Each Stump Nose Camp Knife is handcrafted by me using a 100+ year old Fisher-Norris anvil and decades old hammer. The process leaves a distinct “finger print” on the blade that is a unique feature of each knife’s personality and design.
Handle Construction: All of my handles are full tang in design and handcrafted “from scratch” starting with a single block of wood or beam of timber. Each handle is fastened with pins (both treenail and brass options are available) and, as a final step, secured with a 2,000 lb. epoxy resin.
Wood Selection: Four options are available.
Reclaimed Oak: Each handle is handcrafted from a large support beam salvaged from an Indiana barn built in the mid-to-late 1800s. Also referred to as “wormy oak”, a much valued feature of this reclaimed timber is the occasional small hole and crevice left over the decades by a burrowing beetle or other insect.
Reclaimed American Chestnut: Considered the “King of Hardwoods” during colonial times, the American Chestnut was decimated to extinction by a blight in the early 1900s. My knife handles are made from a single five foot piece of timber reclaimed from a wood-framed structure built over 100 years ago in rural Appalachia.
Reclaimed Walnut: My small supply of reclaimed walnut was salvaged from an old Indiana barn several hours from my shop. Marks from the sawblade used to plane the beams suggest that the barn was constructed in the early 1900s. This beautiful walnut is an unusually dark “burgundy/purplish” color which makes for a unique and interesting handle.
Brazilian Cherry: 30% denser than most species of North American cherry; Brazilian Cherry is found throughout much of South and Central America. There is a wonderful feel and look to this wood. I work from the same 6″ by 6″ inch blocks of wood to craft both these knife handles and the treenails (handcrafted “hardwood pins”) that are a signature feature of the knives available for purchase.
Treenails: I prefer to construct my knife handles using handcrafted hardwood/treenail pegs for two pragmatic reasons. First, as experienced woodworkers will tell you, hardwood joinery results in a stronger and longer-lasting bond than when using metal (such as nails, screws and brass pins). Second, I like the unique look of treenail pins and the fact that they enable me to make a one-of-a-kind knife that can be used daily and also handed down to future generations.
Standard Brass Pins: While the use of treenails in the construction of my knives is a signature feature of my work, I also offer the more traditional option of standard brass pins.
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