A thoughtful gift

About forty years ago I had a good friend who I shared quite a few outdoor adventures with. He moved to the opposite side of the country, and sadly, as is too often the case, we lost touch with each other. Recently he got in contact with me and it was a real pleasure to hear from him. We got caught up a little bit on what’s been going on with each other, and in doing so he learned of my interest in custom knives. A couple of days ago a package came from him. It was a beautifully made custom knife from a maker that he likes. It was a thoughtful and very generous gift that reminds me of the fun that he and I had together in the outdoors. 

Maker J.P. Jones, Ripley , MS., 3 ¾ inch blade, just under 8 inches overall.

 

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Damascus steel handmade knife by Bill Wiggins

Damascus steel and fossil mammoth ivory knife made by Bill Wiggins of Haywood County, North Carolina.

A poor rhyme

 

Knife makers struggle and yearn for the P

P as in publicity

There’s a maker that wants to be unknown

Signing his work just makes him groan

A strange duck is he, seeming to want anonymity

 

Advice is futile, especially from you

He has his cake and he eats it too

He makes ‘em big, he makes ‘em little

But ask him to sign, and he’s non-committal

To tell it true…he makes what he wants, that’s all he’ll do

 

It’s odd that he won’t sign his work

I suppose it’s some sort of quirk

So back in the woods, in a shop on a hill

There’s a knife maker that does what he will

I’ll quit now and not be a jerk, just in case he should go berserk

 

 

Below are two unsigned knives by the unknown knife maker. The sheaths are by Bob Wiggins who does sign his work on the back, although in VERY small letters.

 

ABS Mastersmith Dan Warren pocket knives

Two slip joint pocketknives by Dan Warren, American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith. The handle scales are mammoth ivory and the larger knife is just over 7 ¼” overall when open.

Small custom folding knife by Dan Warren ABS Mastersmith

Small custom folding knife by Dan Warren ABS Mastersmith

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