Small custom folding knife by Dan Warren ABS Mastersmith

Small custom folding knife by Dan Warren ABS Mastersmith


Dan Warren ABS Mastersmith damascus pocket knife

Here is a folder made by American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith Dan Warren. Dan is from Haywood County in Western North Carolina.


And here is the man himself.


James Batson Scagel folder recreation

James Batson Scagel folder recreation

One of the things that I enjoy about custom / handmade knives is the people that I meet because of my interest in the knives. Actually for me personally, it’s probably the thing that I enjoy the most.


I was not able to attend the Blade Show in Atlanta this year but when Bill Wiggins got home he had a knife to deliver to me. It is a recreation of a Scagel 3 7/8” single bladed trapper that Jim Batson made for me. One side of the tang is marked with a Scagel type kris and the opposite side of the blade is marked “James Batson / Bladesmith”. The blade is just under .080” at the thickest point of the spine and is thin behind the edge. I touched the edge up on a Spyderco stone and it is now really, really sharp. Its traditional look appeals to me and I am proud to own it. Thank you Jim Batson.

Bill North



Gerber E.A.B LITE folding utility knife

DSC_8703 copyGerber E.A.B LITE folding utility knife

I think the Gerber E.A.B. LITE is one handy little liner lock knife! This well-made tool uses replaceable utility knife blades and has a pocket/money clip. The manufactures specs from the package are:

Closed length: 2.85”

Overall length: 5.10”

Weight: 2.4 oz.

Stainless steel handle

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On my example the liner lock works well and there is no play at what I will call the blade holder and handle juncture when open. In fact the blade holder to handle fit when open is better by far than the blade to handle fit of many much more expensive knives that I have owned. This knife is currently available for as low as $12.99 if you shop around and that seems like a bargain to me.

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I get mine at

Kershaw Leek updated

On August 8, 2013 I posted about a Kershaw Leek that I had just received. Link to the original post: Since that time I have carried it almost daily and have formed some opinions as to its usefulness and overall desirability to me.

At the time that I first posted about the knife I noted that it was possible for a coin to get wedged between the blade and the handle making the knife difficult to open. Now I have revised that opinion. If I carry the knife in the same pocket as my change, it is not only possible that a coin will work its way between the blade and the handle, it is likely. Dimes are the worst offenders because of their thinness and relatively small diameter. It seems to happen frequently enough that it discourages me from carrying the knife.

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One other thing that I don’t like is the very slick or slippery feel the knife has. I would prefer the handle scales to have some texture.

Other than the fore mentioned issues I like the knife; its keen point is great for digging out splinters and it is of a useful size for opening envelopes or packages, cutting twine or tape, and the other daily tasks that my small folders get used for. Its small size makes it a pleasant knife to carry.

Despite its good points I stopped carrying the Kershaw Leek after less than 5 months because of the coin jamming the blade issue. The annoyance factor is just too much for me to put up with since I own plenty of knives that don’t have this problem.

A little Wade Coulter friction folder knife

DSC_6223-2 copyWade Coulter friction folder

This melding of knifemaking skills and folk art by Wade Coulter is only 5 ¾” overall when open. The antler handle is slotted for the blade which opens and closes smoothly. The pretty little Damascus blade is file worked on the spine and the spine is stamped “W C “.

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I’m not sure that this knife would be classified as a “goblin” folder but the butt of the handle is carved with a grotesque face.

DSC_6233 copyCarving on the butt of the Wade Coulter knife

Victorinox One Hand Trekker

DSC_5946Victorinox One Hand Trekker

I am a big fan of Victorinox made pocket knives and multi-tools. I own several and have finally found one that I really don’t like all that much. It is the One Hand Trekker model multi-bladed knife.

My knife weighs 4.6 oz., and the main blade is 3 3/8” long and .096 thick at the ricasso, the knife is 4 3/8” long closed and .715 thick.

This knife has a Spyderco type hole in a hump in the blade to allow one hand opening. When it comes to opening, the hole in the blade is where the similarity to Spyderco ends. The blade does lock in the open position but it is not easy for me to open with either hand although it can be done. It lacks the smoothness and ease of operation of the Spydercos that I have owned. In addition the blade opens and closes with a draggy, mushy feel and does not have much of a positive, snapping into place sound at either end of travel.

The handle feels slick and is not what I would want to use with wet hands or hands made slippery from dressing fish, game, or handling food. I think that overall the knife would be made much better and safer feeling in use if the handle slabs had some sort of texture.

I do like the size, the included tools, the tweezers, and the toothpick, but overall the knife does not leave me with an impression of solid durability. The tip of the blade is not pointy or sharp at all and so would be useless at tasks requiring a keen point.

And now a comical note: At the time I ordered the knife I also ordered the Victorinox brand belt case that the dealer recommended for it. When I received the knife and case I noticed that the case was waaaaaaaay too large. I knew and I am sure the dealer knew that it was unlikely that I would invest either the time or money to return the case. Also I kept it because the idea that it was supposed to fit the knife was entertaining to me. That someone would ship something that fit that badly was just a joke and told me something about the shipper that had said that this case fit this knife.

I have included a picture of the case with the Trekker in it as well as a Victorinox Farmer (which is a knife I really like). I have taken the photograph with the knives partially withdrawn so that the viewer can see them both. This gives the viewer some idea of the size of the case. Both knives fit in it nicely.


So I guess that what this all adds up to is that I have a knife that I don’t like and a case that doesn’t fit the knife I don’t like. But, I can get two multi-blade knives into the case should the need for that remote possibility arise.

copyright Bill North 2013