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
Dan and I chit chat about the new Spyderco catalog. I think you know that I think it is awesome because, well, its awesome.
Spyderco 2017 catalog
Review of the MK-1 Barry Wood knife
Grayson, the Picky Bastard, joins us for a rambling 100% off topic discussion of the Enthusiast Mindset.
Virtual Pocket Dump:
Parker: ZT0900, GEC Beagle, Tactile Turn Shaker, Timex Weekender, Aeon Mk. III
Me: Caly3 ZDP-189, Surefire Titan Plus, Prometheus Alpha Pen, 3D Printed Spinner
Community and the Enthusiast Mindset
Experience Experts in Legal Settings (Kumho Tire v. Carmichael)
Lying About Hitler
Nick Shabazz (YouTube and Instagram) came on and we chatted gear and gear reviews.
Small Sebenza Insingo Micarta
Citizen’s Quartz Watch
Olight S1R Baton
Pilot Vanishing Point