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.
Mother of pearl handled Daddy Barlow by American Bladesmith Society Journeyman Smith Mike Christenson. This is a big folder, 8 ¾ inches open and 5 inches closed. The flat ground blade is made from 154 CM and is .091 thick at the ricasso. Workmanship is excellent; the blade has a half stop, and is perfectly centered when closed. The bolsters are cut at a 45 degree angle for a matching bevel on the handle scales to fit under. The knife weighs 5.4 ounces. Mike is a friend of mine and lives in the same mountainous area of North Carolina that I do.