The first Isle Royale

The first of my new Isle Royale pattern is now for sale. Featuring a bright but not full mirror finish, Oregon Maple Burl wood handles stabilized by K&G, 1/8″ 1084 from Aldo Bruno and my own heat treating. This is about 7.5″ long overall with just under 3.5″ of blade. The scales are about 1/8″ thick for a slim and light knife. The mark is just etched into the steel but not darkened for a subtle but clear look that’s easier to see in person than on camera.

The blade profile is a modified Wharncliffe. I’ve incorporated a small but distinct curve in the last portion of the edge. While a thin blade and ground to a fairly thin edge, the slight upward curve helps retain sufficient steel at the tip for strength. This minimizes one of the few weaknesses of the Wharncliffe design.

Price is $150 with the small tek-lok as shown. Click here for the Bladeforum’s sale thread.

The first Isle Royale, with Oregon Maple Burl handles.

The first Isle Royale, with Oregon Maple Burl handles.

The first Isle Royale, with Oregon Maple Burl handles.