The first Rufus

The newest design, and latest knife. This is the Rufus. The similarities in blade design are obvious, the key difference is in the handle. Folks asked for a tougher version of the Nubilus and here it is.

Black linen micarta, mosaic, stainless tube, CPM154 steel and a fine scotchbrite finish make this a great day to day knife. Pretty enough for the public, tough enough for real use rather than something you have to baby.

This puppy is available for sale on Bladeforums for $145+ shipping. you can also contact me via the Knives by Remy Facebook page if you really don’t want to join Bladeforums (though we might wonder about you in that case). Rufus1-4 Rufus1-3 Rufus1-5 Rufus1-6 Rufus1-2

Second CPM154 Nubilus

A change of pace for the Nubilus. So far all of them have been fairly thin grinds, fancy or otherwise special handles… This one goes for the other end of the spectrum, at least as far as it can without changing the whole design. Medium scotchbrite finish, scotchbrite eased edges along the spine and satin eased edges at the choil. The black linen micarta is a flat finish with some grip to it and uses stainless for the pin and tube. This is the Nubilus refined down to the bare essentials.

The grind is a bit beefier and there’s less of a distal taper, making this more suitable for heavy use than usual for this design. It’s still not a chisel or pry bar, but the tip is tougher and will handle more abuse.

The handle is darker than it appears here, the flat finish catches the direct sun in the linen and lightens up drastically.

First CPM154 Knife as promised

The first knife I’ve done in CPM154, the Nubilus I’ve been talking about for a while. It still needs a finished edge, but is otherwise complete. I just wanted to get the pics done before I lost the sunlight.

ETA: Still no new pics, but I got the edge on and wow does CPM154 take a nice edge. 1500 through 3k grit belts then a ceramic rod to remove the tiny remaining burr then a quick touch to the buffer to really make a slick edge.

My first knife from CPM154, a Nubilus with redwood burl.

My first knife from CPM154, a Nubilus with redwood burl.

First CPM154 knife

The Nubilus is nearly done. I have to make the sheath then put my maker’s mark on it and we’re done. It’s going to be REALLY hard to part with this one. I used thicker redwood burl for the handles, giving a bit more bulk than my usual 1/8″ on the Nubilus. It’s still slim and sleek, with just under 4″ of blade. I went with a bright satin finish for the steel this time as mentioned before.

I will try to get the sheath and maker’s mark done tomorrow in time to snap some pictures but no promises. The wood is from the same block as my summer KITH knife though.

Kershaw/Hinderer Cryo

Obviously the Cryo isn’t something I made, it’s a Rick Hinderer design that Kershaw is mass producing overseas using more economical materials. Folks not familiar with the Hinderer name might be familiar with the Zero Tolerance product line, which is essentially his designs in a factory production format. I’m not sure if he designed ALL of them and whether they’re factory versions of his handmade stuff or designs specifically made for production. Either way, the Cryo continues this curvy, sleek and functional lineage at a much lower price point, bringing this level of design to the masses.–Kershaw-Cryo-Spring-Assisted–11101

The frame and blade are a flat grey finish and very low key. This is a fairly small knife, perfect for not freaking out non knife people, though the very solid CLICK when you open the blade and it locks in place is going to have folks screaming “switchblade” instantly. The spring assist is integrated into the frame and pivot area and is quite strong, but does not activate until you’ve moved the blade well away from the closed position. This is not a knife you have to worry about having open by accident. It is still a flipper, and it’s possible you could bump that tab firmly enough to deploy the blade but that would be very extraordinary. I’d be more worried about having my pants pocket disintegrate from Kershaw’s very strong pocket clip. I’m still working on making mine loose enough to not require a pair of pliers to get over the folded edge on my jeans. I think I’ll just remove the clip, bend it slightly without having to worry about scratching up my new knife, then put it back on.

All in all, I think it’s an excellent EDC knife. No extra bulk, not overly long but not too short for most tasks. It’s not an ideal blade design for slicing hard fruits and veggies but should do as well as most folders like this. A traditional thin bladed folder is about ideal for that job and hard to beat at most other EDC folder tasks, it just doesn’t look as cool. Let’s face it, most of us rate that at least as highly as the pure utility aspect of our EDC knives.

First CPM154 Nubilus

I’ve got the first cpm154 Nubilus at 320/A65 grit finish. Hopefully I can take it to A16 or so tomorrow and decide whether it stays a belt finish, gets scotch’d, sandblasted or buffed up. I’m having a hard time deciding. It goes along with deciding whether this first one should be extra special, with fancy wood, or a more standard micarta/g10 model. It is the first of its kind, so the fancy wood seems like a logical choice but the micarta and G10 knives have sold more quickly every time. There’s just a bigger market for them I think.

Stainless back from HT

Paul Bos Heat Treating got my blades back to me in excellent time. I’ll start grinding bevels and finishing them up tonight or tomorrow but am open to special requests. Otherwise I’ll just be starting with a Nubilus and going through at random for the most part.

The first batch of stainless blades back from Paul Bos Heat Treating. All but the left two on the top are CPM154. Those two are ATS34.