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The Ferrari Knife Project ...La Ferrari

The La Ferrari knife journey…..following is the result of what began as a brainstorming session with a good friend to present his colleague with a unique gift.  The idea was to bring to life the essence of Ferrari’s Supercar, the La Ferrari and Its’ distinct features into a handmade knife design.

It began with initial drawings that included the curves and racing stripes as well as colors, distinct horse and carbon fiber highlights the Ferrari is recognized for.


Next came the design of the handle scales and grinding the profile of the blade....
carbon fiber scales

...embedding tire caps from Ferrari wheels into the handle itself!...
ferrari car knife

Next came the edge grinding and sharpening to make sure the Ferrari Knife not only looked good but was shaving sharp....

This was the result of the final touches of designing a sheath that would match the features and set it off...
La Ferrari knives handmade

Aaron Watson & Country Music Success

In 2015, we were honored to present Aaron Watson a handcrafted knife in recognition and celebration of his release of the award winning album titled "The Underdog" in a show of support for the journey he's undertaken with his family and music career.

Aaron continues to find great success in his music and is a great family man focused on following Christ's call for his life and music.  He'll be opening for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for 2017 and we've been thrilled to get to know him and wish him the best in his music career.  Go check out his newest album, "Vaquero"!

Hand filed designs

Hand filing designs is a craft in itself.  knifemakers over the years have played with various ways to embellish knives to make them unique to the specific design and for the owner.  Files combined with magnifying glasses make for a very detailed image in the knife whereby metal is removed in such a way to leave a pattern such as vines, scrolls, rope designs etc.  Hand filing is a great way to have your knife customized and to ensure it's a "one of a kind".

3.12.16 Newest EDC Design

Check out more details to come about this new design!!  A great EDC - everyday carry blade and tool.  Designed with a forward "swoop" to aid in thumb control for chopping, cutting or slicing, it's a great blade in just 6.25" overall length.

Navy Seal knife - Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor Foundation

Support our Veterans!
We've recently been contacted with a great opportunity to help support our Vets!

The Lone Survivor Foundation was created by retired Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell, to support and assist returning warriors challenged with overcoming PTSD.  Please keep these men and women in your prayers giving thanks for their "good fight" and a continued battle to become restored men and women living lives worthy of honor.

The blade  - Currently in the design phase.  The blade will be a tactical style design with paracord handle.  A swedge will be ground along the top edge with functional curves and will include the foundation's seal on the blade - check back soon!

Check back later for design updates on this unique project

Knife Sharpenning - Creating a Fine Edge

Whether it’s a tool or cutting instrument, the perfect edge seems to remain a mystery to obtain by most outdoorsman and occasional users.  I hear it said, more often than not, grab some oil and a stone and you’ll have a perfect edge….in fact, it really takes a little knowledge about the shape of an edge to even begin sharpening, let alone the “know how” of sharpening. Oh, and don't use oil either!
Much of what I’ve learned has come from personal experience making knives, learning from a well-known knifemaker and crafstman, Mr. Rendon Griffin and reading books from the likes  of John Juranitch on the subject of fine edges. Much of what I’ve learned recently has surprised me and may surprise you.  Once applying what I learned, I found that sharp can usually become sharper if you know what you are doing and I hope the following information will get you started with a few basic approaches.
The first thing to consider is…are you trying to create a “chopping” edge or a fine cutting edge?  The difference will sometimes be a single vs. a double edge face.  While an axe might have a single edge face from its thick backside to its cutting edge, a knife has a double edged face.  The angle sought for most axes is 55 degrees while a knife might range from a 38 to 44degree (total or 19 to 22degrees/side) edge depending on the thickness of the blade itself or just how sharp you want to make your blade.
To get a nice edge, you need a few things.  While there are many approaches that might work or get you close to a fine edge.  I’ve found, the best way is to use a course stone, fine stone, and leather strop if you have one.
First and most important, determine if you can reach your primary edge without bottoming out on your secondary edge when sharpening.  Think of this as two angles on one side of your blade where the grind of your blade moves toward the edge(see picture).  Many times, a blade will be thick and have a low/shallow grind leading to your  edge.  If this is the case, the most important thing to do is grind down your secondary edge on a course stone.  When this is done, you’ve created clearance to sharpen your primary (cutting) edge!
Using the coarse stone, maintain your desired angle of approximately 22 degrees. Pick your angle and stick with it – this is key!!  Use guides if needed but make sure you maintain your angle throughout each stroke. Switching sides every few strokes, feel for a “rolled” over edge or “burr” by moving the blade backward across your finger or fingernail. The burr will be created on the opposite side of the edge you last sharpened.  Once this is achieved, you’re ready to move to the fine stone.  Alternate one stroke per side on your fine stone – again, maintaining your angle!  Feel your edge to see if the “rolled” edge has come back to “true” – If done successfully, you are done.  Many times, this can get you to shaving sharp and you can finish off the process by running your blade backwards on a leather strop to fine true your edge or add a little polish to make your edge shine.
Notice oil was never mentioned!  Studies under high powered microscopes have shown that oil does not help to create an edge and to the contrary, can assist in ruining a good edge by allowing metal shavings to remain in the oil and rub against your edge – sounds counter-productive!  Keep your stones clean and keep that messy oil off your stones and you’re on your way to a sharper edge.
While this is just an introduction to sharpening, I’d be remiss not to mention safety here. Always remember to keep your cutting tools sharp.  A sharp tool is easier to use, cuts cleaner through your intended object avoiding forceful and jerky movements and preventing accidents.  Just like handling a firearm, I try to teach my son not to aim the edge at something he doesn’t plan to cut (like yourself!).  Safe sharpening and enjoy your blades.

Interesting FAQ's on Mammoth Tooth

Visited the dentist today for a little work and it's not usually something I look forward to.  Today was was the most fun crown I've had to date! I took one of our recently completed blades with a fossilized Mammoth tooth handle on it to share with Dr. Nauert and he enlightened me on a few things. The tooth of a Pachyderm grows vertically in multiple layers of enamel and dentin allowing them to grind food and their teeth continue to grow (rather than fall out to later be replaced with a new tooth.)  Having worked with tooth material a bit, I told him the dentin areas seem to sand unevenly and quicker than the enamel which takes great care and precision to end up with an even surface.  Dr. Nauert explained this is because it allows the chewing surface of the tooth to have jagged edges similar to chisels allowing the former beasts to chew up plants, limbs, etc. with ease.  (Note: the human tooth is comprised of dentin encapsulated with enamel and root system)
We later toured his lab and identified some cool tools to consider for stabilizing wood materials for handles and dyeing bone.....more to come on this.

Real Ivory or Not ???

We enjoy using Mammoth ivory and Mammoth tooth for knife handles to give them a very unique look and feel.  Ivory has been a highly desirable material amongst knife collectors for ages.  Folks have asked, how can you tell it's really ivory or mammoth tooth?  Below is some great information I was able to gather from various online resources and summary follows for ways to test ivory you might have to see if it's real.  I don't recommend any of these but have been told they work from those that have tried.  Be careful not to test in areas you don't want visually affected in case that might be the result:
1 -  Examine all sides and the bottom of your piece for a pattern that looks like woodgrain. This pattern is typical of ivory but may or may not be obvious depending on how the piece was cut or carved. Look for color that varies slightly, from creamy white to a yellow-tan or yellow-brown. Bone and plastic reproductions will have no color variation or the variation will be extreme.

2  -  Test for faux ivory. Dip a Q-tip in alcohol and rub it on an inconspicuous area to test for paint or varnish being used to give fake ivory an aged look. If your piece has been painted or varnished, it will come off on the Q-tip.

3  -  Check the authenticity of ivory using a U.V. light source. Ivory will glow bright-white under ultraviolet light whereas resin or plastics will absorb the light and appear dull.

4  -  Determine the type of ivory by examining your piece under a 10x or higher magnifier. Ivory from elephant or mammoth tusks will have fine lines on the surface called "Schreger lines" that form a cross-hatch or diamond pattern. Measure the angles of the Schreger lines with a protractor. Angles less than 90 degrees indicate mammoth ivory; angles above 115 degrees show evidence of elephant ivory. Minuscule circular or oval pits instead of lines indicate your piece is probably bone.

5  -  Conduct a "pin test." Heat the end of a pin over a candle or lighter until it is red-hot. Select an inconspicuous spot and press the pin against the surface of the piece. Ivory will be largely unaffected by the pin test, but the hot pin will damage the surface of resin or plastic, producing a melting-plastic smell.

Breast Cancer Tribute

A group of women from the GreenScreen, recently raced to raise awareness and funds to help fight breast cancer which has impacted most families and friends as we all know.  Below is a pic of a knife we had the joy of making to help support their team at this past Spring's Mudd Run to play a small part in raising money to fight the good fight for women - Thank you ladies for such a wonderful effort!
Black Talon with hot pink paracord camo:
Designed for the Breast Cancer fundraiser walk and run
tactical pinktoptac

Navy Seal Knife

We followed up the Border Patrol knife with a unique opportunity to make one for one of our Nation's Elite U.S. Navy Seals.  This was a similar design using the Armadillo Sheath once again to ensure a solid attachment to a tactical vest.  We look forward to serving our military and law enforcement officers while keeping them covered in prayer for their safety in service.
navy seal
EliteLE tactical new design
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