It’s National Knife Day, and while I’m not a collector, it’s worth pointing out that nothing, but nothing, beats having a quality blade when you’re in the field. And since at last count, I’m in the field roughly 60 days a year, I’ve become a believer in having man’s oldest tool close to hand. Whether you’re fishing, hunting, or going for a stroll in your neighborhood park, you never know when you’ll need a quality knife. Better still if it was forged right here in the US… As you’ll see, I’m not into all that tactical stuff, I love the quality and craftsmenship.
Ahem, a few things.
- I’d like a Thomas McGuane IV (son of the wildlife writer) blade for Christmas, in case anyone who loves me is listening.
- I plan on picking up a “Sam McGee” Hudson Bay felling axe for myself for my birthday. And no, I don’t homestead living in urban DC, I just love the blade. Its handmade in North Carolina by Council Tool. Council Tool has been around since the late 1800s and their newest version of the Velvicut Hudson Bay axe gets a “touch-up” by BMA (new sheath, longer handle and paint job). While the original Velvicut Hudson Bay axes can be found at a better price point than the BMA axe, I’ll leave it up to you to decide. Here’s a good review of the original axe (starts around 17 min. in).
- I’d love to rummage through the William Brown Project’s collection if I ever get the chance.
- And Joel Bukiewicz’s fine work makes me want to quit my job and apprentice to a blacksmith.