Our Editors Choice Knife comes from Lon Humphrey. Like last month's choice its a large practical well built knife with a traditional feel to it. Its monochrome color gives it a business like air.
The blade is just a little over 12 inches long and the handle is a standard 5 inches giving an overall length of 17 inches, thereabouts. The point is primarily a sticker with a long straight clip. The blade itself sports a very fine and broad zone temper. Beautiful ! Balance is biased towards the blade but this is not a heavy knife. As Lon says "It is not as blade heavy as you would think, it has a distal taper in the blade so it is actually very fast and light."
The flare towards the pommel does not start until well back on the handle
which is an interesting design choice, making it well suited to small
hands. The Pommel and fittings, even the terminal ring, is Damascus made by Lon.
That large hand guard is hard to ignore, yet size wise it is not over done.
"I forged this from W2 steel and clay coated the blade to give it a very nice hammon hand finished to almost a mirror polish with a Damascus guard and butt cap with a Damascus hog ring in the butt The handle is ebony with a hand carved Fleur De Lis, and is not round, more of a oval so it didn't want to roll around in your hand. I guess the inspiration for this knife was some of the old traditional pre civil war bowies long and straight , without a big swooping clip." says Lon
Lon does all his own heat treating and makes all his own Damascus. Contact information for Lon Humphrey can be found in our Directory Listings