Bub Worrell passed away last year. His knives are presented here for the purpose of interest to knifemakers and to help keep his memory alive.. His high end work has featured some stunning bowies and other large pieces. We will miss his simple caper blades and especially the lovely knife and fork set he used to make and we will miss his cheery voice on the phone, his notes, his good humor and positive outlook on life.
Bub worked in O1, 5160 ATS34 and his own triple composite damascus of 1050, L6 and 5160 and was not afraid to take on customer designs. Toward the end he had installed two new grinders so his output was increasing as a result. In the last three years he went from producing using knives to high end art almost over night. These knives are his legacy. People who own one can count themselves lucky. Bub's knives had "handcrafted work of art" written all over them. This is Bub's page as it was in the last two years. Only the prices have been removed.
Lets face it, if you are a knife lover its hard to leave the house without something on your belt or in your pocket. Kinda like going out with out your pants, but in this day and age with all the media hype many people are wary of the knife carrier. So you end up having to explain to people that your really not a bad guy just because you carry a blade. Here's the answer to your dilemma. Few people will find these little blades intimidating and while a larger blade is more usefull, these little knives will serve well in a pinch. Use it like a steel thumbnail. Good for opening boxes, cutting string and other light cutting chores, you could even do some skinning with them. Very small knife 2.5"---3" overall, in fact designed to fit in the little front right hand pocket of your jeans. Stock is 1/8". Three different styles. Rc57. Also available with filework.
Bub has been making tacticals now for quite a while and in listening to his customers has arrived at two very useable patterns. The top one is obviously the more utilitarian, while the bottom is a more tightly focused field knife. Both feature ATS34 blades heatreated in the 61/62 range so will keep their edge long after other knives have given up. Blades are 3 7/8 inch long, sized for discretion, yet up to the task of survival in difficult situations The black linen micarta grips end in a swedged pommel which offers an extra tough point for punching.
Complete with Kydex sheath ................
Optional Leather sheath extra................
Western Art Bowie
We have been teasing you long enough so here is a classic example of Bub's new work. This lovely bowie is a collaboration between Bub and two other artists, engraver Ron Nott and scrimshaw artist Roni Deitrich. That sumptuous Elephant Ivory handle and 9 inches of Damascus are separated by a Solid Sterling guard. For detail images and information click the thumbnail image above.
It just doesn't get much better than this. Though a beauty to behold this is not a delicate piece as it features a fine sturdy 8 inch blade in 320 layer damascus. The rich fossilised Walrus ivory handle with oval crossection, like a japanese sword handle, is framed in engraved nickle silver fittings. Engravings are by Ron Nott.
Its all yours for.............
Blow your buddies away next hunting season when you pull this out. Made to fit in the hand like nothing you ever handled before. Beautifully balanced for effortless functioning. A great cutter in 896 layer damascus with nickle silver bolster, elephant ivory handle and fossil wallrus ivory grip. The "Running Rope" file work on spine is the ideal embellishment for this style of knife and points to its lineage We have perhaps, seen this pattern before but rarely is it given such fine treatment.
Go hunting for...........
Dog Bone Tanto
America and Asia come together here for a style of tanto that is reminiscent of the great All Mar. Imagine if Mr Mar back in his hayday took one of those nice cutting tantos of his and made it bigger. Imagine he hardened the 9 inch ATS34 blade to 61/62 rockwell. Then imagine he went mad altogether and replaced the rubber handle with engraved nickle silver bolsters and Gaboon Ebony scales with engraved pins. Any knifemaker would probably have been pleased with his efforts. Not enough for Bub, he went to Robert Schrapp for a crossdraw American cowhide sheath overlaid with rayskin, the perfect complement for his Amerasian Style Tanto.
Dog Bone Tanto.........
This is a knife that could end up being a lifetime companion. Going where you go, doing all you ask without complaint. Forged 5 1/2 inch, 5160 blade, textured bolsters and Cocobolo handle are simple yet elegant.
Make a friend...............
Once upon a time it was quite appropo for a gentleman or lady to have their very own personalized eating utensils. Not any more, so much so that most cutlery makers don't offer these sets unless specifically commissioned to do so. Bub does not make this one anymore either but we left it up here just to tease you. These were ground in 1/8" stock. Knife was 9" overall with 2.5"blade. Fork was about an inch shorter.
Blade Rockwelled C 58
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