19 August 2012

A New Toy

We did a little shopping today at Northern Knives. While my wife was looking at kitchen knives, I hung around a different counter.





This new knife is 10.125" long, 1.5" wide, and weighs in at 7/8 of a pound. The blade is 1/4" wide at the spine. The handle is epoxy-impregnated compressed canvas (Bob points out that it's called micarta, in comments, which I should have known), which should be pretty rugged.

I look forward to using this one.

13 comments:

armedlaughing said...

OOOOO!
Purty!

gfa

Matt said...

Nifty!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, gentlemen. :)

Stephen said...

I like it. Canvas, who'd a thought.

Brigid said...

Very nice!

Off topic but is your new header picture Bettles?

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, my thoughts exactly. You could cut it with a hacksaw, but otherwise it's pretty sturdy. Normal use shouldn't affect it at all.

Brigid, thanks. And yes - I figured you would guess Bettles before anyone else. :)

Bob said...

Resin-impregnated canvas is known by knifemakers as micarta. It also comes in versions with impregnated linen or even paper. It's been around for a very long time now, was originally made as an electrical insulator by Westinghouse. It's a very stable handle material that will last a very long time, probably longer than the steel.

That knife is a good one for the "sharp pry bar" role. My own preference would be for a blade without serrations or epoxied blade coating, but that is a good choice for Alaska, I'd think.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Bob. The word "micarta" had popped into my head, but I didn't take the time to look it up as I should have. In fact, I remember seeing insulators back in the '60s which resemble the handle material, so that answers "why".

I have a couple of long belt-knives without serrations, including my trusty Ka-Bar that I've used for 25 years.

Jenny said...

OOOoooo... nice toy. :)

I wanna hear how it works out for you.

Rev. Paul said...

There will be a follow-up post, after I've used it for a bit. :)

Old NFO said...

Purty is right!!! And I'd put a lanyard on it too!

Brigid said...

I've taken off in a floatplane from that river. The bend in it is a lot tighter than it looks from the air.

It's been a lot of years, but beautiful area, and some really nice people up there.

Rev. Paul said...

Old NFO, I figured on putting a lanyard on, before I get into the woods. Don't want to lose it on the first outing, after all. :)

Brigid, I remembered you'd been there & would recognize it. And yes, good folks there. Most places away from Anchorage still have old-time, salt-of-the-earth Alaskans in 'em.