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Here are some comments about knives I have made for customers.


The handles with ivory were made prior to July 1, 2016 when
California 
made all ivory illegal to buy or sell.

 

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2” blade, 2 ½” handle, jigged bone

Hi Al,
Just received my newest collectible, right on time. The look, feel, weight, walk and talk are perfect.
Thanks for the prompt service. Great little knife, better than expected.  Regards Joe C

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Model P111, 4” blade, mesquite handle


          Dear Al,

 

           I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you I got your knife today and it was really nice, you did a great job and the handles were really a beautiful piece of wood. Thanks again and some day maybe our paths will cross, I always like talking to real people who have a god given talent like you. You and your family have a great Christmas and take care.

 

          Regards

            John


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Model C4 lockback, mammoth ivory

Al,

  I received the lockback folder which you sent.  It is every bit as well executed as I expected.  The scales have excellent, rich color and shape.  They blend well with the bolster.  The filework on the spine is clean.  The blade is well finished, sharp, snaps open and closes with authority and has no wobble.  The knife fits very comfortably in my hand and is well balanced.  The overall impression is of a top notch folder.  It is easy to understand why you have such a good reputation as a knife maker.

 

Thank you,

Ricardo


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Model #2 caper, California buckeye handle, inlayed customers elk tooth

Al-

 

  Closing the loop here. Thanks for inlaying the elk teeth. The knife is everything I had hoped for and more. An absolute heirloom piece that will be in my family for generation. Can't thank you enough. 

 

Best Regards-

     Kevin Eskridge

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Model T4 lockback, damacus blade and bolsters, mammoth ivory

Dear Al,
Thank you so much, for the unique, and artistic folder knife.

Since I was a young boy, I have always dreamed of slipping
into my pocket, a beautiful knife, as this.
The movement is smooth and direct, and the file work, along with
the 'window' damascus blade pattern, makes it all work.
I am so glad, that I happened upon, your imagination.
Thank you for having the fortitude, and ability, to make
such a beautiful piece.  One can feel the passion in your creations!
I will be a good 'keeper' of your work.
Kind regards,
John Sinclair, Jr.

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4” survival knife, desert ironwood handle

Greetings Al – The knife is here. It is a complete masterpiece of form and function.  Boy does it function!  Thanks for the free shipping.  I will be in touch when I get my next brainstorm about my knife needs.

Best to you,  ~ Earl


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Al,
This knife is beautiful. The stag you used is fantastic, and very well fitted. I love the half stops too. I have only one other slip joint with half stops, and that is a 1970s era Case mariner knife. I much prefer the half stop. This knife is almost too pretty to carry, but I am afraid this will have to go in the rotation. The trapper style is really my favorite knife configuration. All I use to field dress my game is a little Case trapper.  

 

Fantastic craftsmanship, Al - very happy I ordered from you.

 

Quick question - is this red stag? Did you source this from New Zealand? Curious as my family hails from NZ (Warkworth). 


4 ½” trapper, New Zealand red stag handle

This is by far the nicest knife I have had the privilege to handle. I've been fiddling with it since I fetched it from the post box. That this is NZ red stag is really neat. One of these days I will get back to New Zealand for a stag hunt, and perhaps tahr (you know, if I win the lotto).  

V/r

Colombo Wilson


 
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3 blade carver, 3 7/8” stockman handle


Al,

I received my wood carving knife last night !

It exceeded my expectations.

 

Thanks also for the description letter. I will be passing the knife on to my son and will be keeping this knife in our family for years to come.

Hope to see you some day,

Gary.

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Model D4 lockback, desert ironwood handle

al,

 I got the knife last Saturday. I love it. the perfect size. I have been working 90hrs a week since I got home and I about forgot to send you a message. Thanks so much for building my dream knife
joseph

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Model BK510X, 4” blade, 5” amber stag handle

Al,
I got the folder! Danggg, all I can say is - super badass. It's beautiful! Honestly, it's a heirloom quality piece. I'm speechless sir. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for putting your heart/soul into making my knife.

Best Regards,
Rolo

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   Model G120 hunter, desert ironwood handle, inlayed deer scrimshaw


I received my ironwood knife. I must compliment you for a job well done.Thank you very much. I want a knife with good red sandal wood handle next. Let me know.

    "shazad alamkhan"


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4 1/8” trapper, interior mammoth ivory handle

Greetings Al,

 

Received the Knife!  It was everything I hoped it would be!  You really build a Superior product!  Thank You Al!  I’m sure I’ll be ordering more in the future.

 

Best Regards,

 

Clint Kuhlmann


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Model D4 with mammoth ivory

Al,

 

I received the knife you made for me today and I must say it is stunning!  I really love it.  Thank you very much for this work of art.

 

Mark Blumer


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3 5/8” Even-Ender, Easy Opener, buffalo horn handle

Hello Al -

Received my knife yesterday in the mail. Appreciate all your hard work and effort that went into it.

And I'd have to say it is for sure one of the sharpest knives I've gotten for a long time. Quite an edge you can put on them. Wow.

The horn has some nice color in the sun to it. Kind of translucent.

Appreciate it!

Joe F

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Model T45, 3 3/8” windows damascus blade, mammoth ivory handle

 Hi Al,

I wanted to let you know I received the knife OK.  It is the smoothest operating folder I now own!  Very cool Damascus pattern and filework too.  I've been meaning to ask about the green color.  Is that natural or did you dye it?  It is certainly unique for a Mammoth piece.  This will be my EDC for 2015!  I will keep you in mind for a future custom knife.

 

Thank you, Joe C

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Model D4 lockback, 3” blade, desert ironwood handle

Al,
Got the lockback today as you indicated I would.  It is absolutely stunning and gorgeous!  It is a mechanical work of art. I have owned a lot of knives/folders over the last forty years+ but this is by far the best folder I have ever owned.  Thank you very much for a great and prompt transaction start to finish. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a healthy New Year.
Lloyd Duff

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Model W30 lockback, mother of pearl handle

Hi Al, just received the knife at my office today. It is actually breathtakingly beautiful. I gasped when I took it out of the sheath. Thank you so much for your work. I know my husband is going to love this knife. Thanks again and happy holidays. E. 

Model W3

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Model CP126, 3 ½” blade, yellow G10 handle

Mr. Warren,
My name is Jim M. I just returned home from New Mexico. Mike G had you make a knife for me. It is absolutely perfect. I helped him skin two elk with it. I can still shave the hair on my arm with your knife. The knife is everything I hoped it would be.

Thank you,
Jim


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                                          Model C4, 3” blade, mammoth ivory handle


Hello Al,

I got the knife yesterday and love it!!  The size and weight are perfect as an EDC.  The detail to finish is superb even at 20x, including where it nests in the handle. I used to run the materials lab where I work and have spent many hours polishing casting cut ups down to a mirror finish so I am familiar with what it takes to get scratches out, at least on a flat piece!  The edge was excellent as well with no evidence of carbide pullout.  

 

I am the envy of the plant. 

 

Well done sir!

 

Warmest regards,

 

John T.
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3 1/2” stockman handle, 2 blades on same end, jigged bone handle  


Evening Al,
Just letting you know the 2 blade stockman arrived today. Couldn't be happier mate. I can't believe how perfect it is!

God bless mate,
Matt


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1 ¾” blade carver, ivory handle

Hi Al,

Wish I could attend the Phoenix Knife Show but that’s the same weekend as the Yuma carving show and some carving friends are going with us to it. Many carvers have admired the knives you made for me and I always refer them to your website. I use the fixed blade knives you made and they are my go to knife day in and out. That S30V steel holds an edge better than any I have used and I have a lot of knives . Hope things are going well for you.

Ed
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Model C4 with 3” S90V blade, mammoth ivory handle

Hi Al,  just received the most awesome knife I own. It is AMAZING!!! Australia Customs had a look inside. There are real strict laws in this country now about one handed opening folders eg. Spyderco or some folders with a thumb stud. The finish on this knife is amazing. Love to know how you get that gloss finish on the bark. Unreal thank you so much!!

 

I still can't get over those mammoth bark scales. Just like toasted marshmallows like you said. Seriously it is my favorite knife. And I have a lot of knives. Thank you so much. I'm thinking about buying that other one in that link you sent. 

Ryan Mc Shane


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Model BK460, 3 ¾” blade, 4 5/8” stag handle

"Al,  I shot a South Texas piggy in Zapata, TX on

the Mexican border. I gutted and skinned this hog

with the model 110 you  made  with  S30V  steel.

 

As  I'm  sure  you  know  those  russian  boar  are

armor  plated  and  you  well  know the effect the

hide and hair has on a blade edge. The entire pig

was done without touching up the edge. Even cut-

ting rib meat  and  finer dressing out.  Never seen

edge retention like that before.

 

Those South Texas boys wanted to buy that knife

on the  spot.  Told  them  where  to get one.  Just

thought  you'd  like  to  hear  how  exceptionally

well your knife performed.

 

Thanks again... Patrick."