I selected two knives to work with. I have an orange and black handled Mickey Yurco in D2 steel. One of the cool things Mickey does is he gives all his knives a unique number. I have the 3407th knife he has made. I bought it because of the blade and the handle. It always reminds me of Halloween. If a movie monster jumps me Halloween night, it is in for a bit of a surprise. This knife cuts.
The second selection was a Russian fisherman knife with a stacked wafer birch bark handle. The blade is made from one of the Russian knife steels. The Russians are doing some amazing metallography and developing interesting steels. It is very much in the puukko style which has been interesting me more and more. The long, simple lines of the blade are elegant. But it is birch bark handle that attracts me.
Frank Karl is a Knife Magazine Staff Correspondent. The Knife Edge is his personal blog.
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