I first got interested in knives after reading an article about law enforcement officers using a knife as a last ditch backup in the event they get rushed and overcome by an attacker. I liked the last ditch concept and purchased the Last Ditch Knife by KaBar. After getting it I decided against carrying it because I didn’t care for the hard Kydex sheath. The idea of the last ditch knife was still appealing so I started looking at various knives and purchased several. That was how I started.

I also had an interest in being self sufficient and getting prepared in case of a natural disaster. I started reading about prepping which is a mindset to be prepared for large scale and long term natural, political, and economic events that might occur. I was watching a YouTube video in which the very basic equipment was spelled out of which a good knife was a major requirement. It was mentioned that good quality knives could be expensive and that it was entirely possible to make your own knife. That peaked my interest and I started researching and learning about how to make a knife.

Drop Point Hunter Bob Loveless Design by Bark River

Drop Point Hunter

During my search for information about knife making I watched a lot of YouTube videos and bought a couple books. The YouTube videos were far superior to the books I purchased. I read about Bob Loveless and his dropped point hunter. I really like that design. I also read about the Scandinavian style knives made in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The Puukko is a utilitarian design for a working knife that has evolved over a thousand years. There just isn’t much to argue with about this simple efficient, and elegant knife. The Puukko, its longer partner the Leuku, and the larger still Sami knife are proved over a millennia and can be made as plain utility knives or as a beautifully finished and elegant collectors prize.

I ordered knife making material, hard carbon steel, some wood to make the handle, and proceeded to make my own dropped point hunter. It quickly became evident that anyone can make a knife but not everyone can make a good looking, quality, beautiful looking knife. Knife making is not so easy. There is a good deal of skill, experience, and craftsmanship required to turn out a quality knife to be proud of. I will have to make several more before I get the hang of it.

In my opinion, part of making the knife is also making a sheath to carry it and protect it. I don’t care for the hard Kydex sheaths. They do the job of carrying and protecting but I prefer the look and feel of a leather sheath. Leather making is another complete skill in and of itself. A few professional knife makers also make their own leather sheaths and that’s what I decided to do too, Learn to make my own leather sheath.

Leather working requires specialized tools and knowledge. I watched several videos and discovered some expert leather working artisans who freely give of their knowledge. I put together a list of basic tools and purchased them online. I also bought a big ten square foot piece of leather. Now my hold up is building a bench dedicated to my leather working projects.

In a nutshell that is how I gained an appreciation for knife and leather sheath making and the reason behind creating this website. It is a way to share in the progress of my own work, encourage others to get started making their own knives, and to highlight some of the superb professional and hobbyist knife makers I discover along the way.


Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife Review

January 1, 2014
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One of my very favorite knives is the Ken Onion designed OSO Sweet. The feature that appeals to me the most is the fast and smooth assisted opening design. That is the reason I carry it as my last ditch knife. The stainless blade is razor sharp right out of the box. Don’t let the […]

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KaBar TDI Last Ditch Knife

December 24, 2013
KaBar TDI Last Ditch Knife

The KaBar TDI knife is a last ditch defensive weapon. It was designed specifically for law enforcement to use in the event that an officer gets rushed, surprised, or over run by an assailant before the officer can draw a gun. The knife is meant for tactical defense in extreme close quarters to thwart off […]

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