The great Nick Shabazz joins me for an all out recommendationathon.
Me: SAK Rambler Custom, 40DD, MaxMadCo Bolt
Nick: Slysz Bowie
Nick: Kershaw Dividend and cellphone’s flash
Me: Skeletool KB and Eagletac D25AAA
Nick: PM2/Delica/Sage 5 and Eagletac D25A or oLight S2R
Me: Dragonfly II in ZDP-189 and Surefire Titan Plus with Prometheus Clip
$600 (“The Sebenza Barrier”)
Nick: Slysz Bowie, D25A, and Leatherman Wave
Me: Dauntless Mk. 4 and HDS Rotary with clip
Nick: Shirogov Neon/Olamic Swish/Grimsmo Rask and HDS Rotary
Me: Steelcraft Mini Bodega and Torch Lab BOSS 35
Nick: Grimsmo Rask, HDS Rotary, Leatherman Charge TTi, and Citizen Perpetual Diver
Me: Rockstead Hizen and BOSS 35
Nick: Stan Wilson Flipperless Flipper and McGizmo Haiku
Me: Michael Walker Zipper Blade and Photon Fanatic Indian Princess
We’d both get a Roger W Smith watch and a Roland Iten belt buckle and mechanical shoe string tips.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Grayson, Ben, and Mike all have helped out the site and podcast in one way or another for years. They also have a burning interest in chatting about gear and have done so for years. Now, they are running their own podcast, GGL After Hours. It will air regularly or as regularly as they can make it and I can edit it. Think of it as Skinemax of Gear. Actually, don’t. There is no Shannon Tweed content. Clancy Brown content, but no Shannon Tweed. Also, these opinions are theirs not mine. Email them with comments, questions, and complaints.
Here are the excellent show notes from the AH crew:
Grayson Parker – @g.r.parker (Instagram), @g_r_parker (Twitter), http://bladereviews.com/author/gparker/
Mike Rixman – @mrixman (Instagram), @MikeRixman (Twitter)
Benjamin Schwartz – @ben_L_schwartz (Instagram), @schwartz_ben (Twitter), http://bladereviews.com/author/benjaminschwartz/, knifenews.com
Mailbag questions: email@example.com to win a future giveaway
Virtual Pocket Dump:
Dragonfly II in ZDP-189, Surefire Titan Plus, and MaxMadco Bolt Action Pen
Case Mini Trapper, Leatherman PS4 Squirt, Fenix E05
Robot v. Samurai
I have wanted to have TM Hunt on the podcast for a long time. Not only is he a nice guy and a hell of a knife maker, but his M18 is probably one of the most intriguing knives I have ever laid eyes on. The massive blade, unusual shape, and classic handle have piqued my fancy for many years. But this is a fixed blade for woodsman masters and so, before I venture into the world of the M18, I thought I’d have the man himself on to breakdown the blade in almost microscopic detail. If you ever wanted a piece by piece tour of a knife and the chance to hear its designer tell you why everything is the way it is, this is a podcast for you.
You can find TM Hunt at the following places:
His Facebook page
USA Made Blades
Smokey Mountain Knife Works
Todd: Wedding Ring, Hubertus Auto, ZT 630, and a Leatherman Skeletool
TM Hunt Brassback
01 Tool Steel
Ver Steeg Imp
Jon Stokes came back and while we pretended to talk gear for a while, things quickly got off track when Jon discussed his recent bare-handed boar hunt. Suffice to say: listener discretion advised and trigger warnings…blah, blah, blah…
Jon’s Carry: Bond Deringer .410, Leatherman Skeletool CX, Filson Field Boots
Tony’s Carry: Vanishing Point, Mnandi, Aeon Mk. III
Our first real knives: Victorinox Super Tinker (me) and Victorinox Huntsman (Jon)
Jon Post Boar Hunt:
It was a grab bag of topics here with lots of different things that came up in a fascinating conversation with custom tactical collector and raconteur Justin Laffer.
Justin: Scott Cook Lochsa
Me: Mnandi and Aeon Mk. III
Robert Hayes Flipper in a Blade Forum post (we referenced the USN post, but it is behind a pay wall)
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Philosophy Bites podcast on Art and Evolution
Billy Cho Knives
Scott Hanson (not Stan Hansen)
Sam Johnson (couldn’t find a link for this one, Justin is so ahead of the curve)
This is probably one of the episodes I feel best summarizes the podcast. Michael Walker was one heck of a get. Not only is probably the most famous knifemaker alive, he is also one of the coolest people. He is basically a monk–working one 3-4 knives a year and riding his mountain bike and that’s it. What a cool episode, if I do say so myself.
Michael: Klotzli Sailor Walker
Me: really? Do you care what I carried?
Walker Liner Lock
Jim Cooper, also known as Sharp by Coop, the most famous and prolific cutlery photographer in the world, joins us for a great discussion about blades, the uber high end, how to take great pictures, and where the market is heading (and it ain’t custom tacticals folks…).
Coop: GEC Congress and a Tim Wright custom
Me: AG Russell Lightnin’ Bug and the MBI HF-R
The King Tut Dagger by Buster Warenski
Coop’s Top Five Living Custom Makers:
The guy (Lloyd Hale) that was an in-house maker for a single collector.
Coop’s set up:
Canon DSLR, Mono Strobes, NO FUCKING TRIPODS
Van Barnett’s 2013 AKI knives
Barry Lee Hands
Sharp by Coop on Blade Forums
Sharp by Coop on IG
Super Insane Loveless Subhilt
Derrick Bohn from Knives Ship Free joined the podcast for an overview of 2016 and a preview of 2017. It was an excellent conversation with a great explanation as to why Amazon is bad for the gear world. Oh and he announced a new Indian River Jack, possibly with M4. Yes, please.
Derrick: GEC 61, Benchmade 943, Prometheus Beta QR, Fisher Space Pen
Tony: Small Shamwari and Muyshondt Aeon Mk. III
Todd Begg Knives
Zoe Crist Knives
Jesse Hemphill Knives
Spyderco problem on Amazon (and why I hate Amazon)
Nikki Reese aka Yeti Rage on Instagram comes by to talk to us about fixed blades, teaching young girls how to be self-sufficient, and a bunch of random topics.
VPD: Small Shamwari, Mk. III Muyshondt Aeon
Nikki: Delica 4 in ZDP-189, KaBar Becker 24 with TKC scales
Stuff we have been looking at:
Enzo Necker 70
Removing a Large Person from a Fire