I belong in Group One - I love knives, and I have since I was about 5 years old. I know this isn't exactly flyfishing related, but let's call it outdoors-related and make that the excuse for covering this subject on the Sexyloops front page.
I've never really gotten past the fascination of big knives, but I do appreciate more a modarately sized knife that actually sees some use, and makes sense to carry on an outing.
It's not as if I don't have enough knives, but last weekend, my very good friend, Jens Pilgaard, fulfilled a long standing wish of mine as he made me a hand forged damascus steel blade. I had a sketch with me of how I wanted to the knife to look, and Jens was nice enough to comply with my wish for the overall shape of the knife. Jens is retired now, and as he says: "I don't forge it if I don't like it". Jens has many, many years of experience of forging knives, and he quickly spotted a few problems in my sketch. He made the handle a little bigger, and a little longer to better fit my hand, and he also made the blade a little bigger to preserve beautiful proportions between handle/tang and blade.
The blade is done - it's a beautiful full tanged blade with a beautiful grind, and the shape is just as I've dreamt of for many, many years. And the fact that it was forged by a good friend as an extra dimension to it.
As you read this, I'll most likely be working on handle scales. I'll try and make some myself, but if I'm not 100% satisfied with the result, Jens was kind enough to offer his help in making scales as well. But I'll give it a go - I can always stop if I'm not satisfied.
So you'll have to wait until next weekend to see the blade and the finished knife. It's 166 layers of iron and steel twisted into the most beautiful pattern.
For now, I'll show you a picture during the forging process - taken as the billet of pattern welded iron and steel was being forged into the overall, final shape of the knife.
I'm not sure what it is that fascinates me and millions of other people on the planet. But I know when my interest in knives really took of. It was when I first saw the classic Buck Ranger folding knife a friend's dad had. Something just clicked and I've loved that knife ever since. A beautiful knife is just - well, beautiful. Other knives can be cool, awesome, tacticool etc., and they all have their uses.
Have a great weekend!