Manzanita Skinner Knife


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Custom, hand made knives for hunters and collectors   

Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs

Michael H Mara  

(708) 969-2424


Here are the knives. Some are sold, and some are currently available, as described in the captions. I can duplicate a sold knife, or work with you to create a custom piece. Lead time for custom orders is currently 6 to 8 weeks.

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Manzanita Skinner Knife                        

Differentially hardened Hunting Utility Knife

Manzanita Skinner Knife @2009 Michael H. Mara

 This hunting / utility knife features a 5 upswept point convex ground 1095 blade, with hand rubbed finish. The spine was coated with refractory clay prior to heat treating, so the blade is differentially hardened to HRC 62 at the edge, while the spine is dead soft. This creates a superb blade that will take and hold an incredible edge, while still being flexible and tough. This differential hardening is an ancient technique and creates a visible temper line, known as a hamon. The knife is 9 1/4 overall. The hunter is full tang construction, with Manzanita Burl scales with a 1/2" finger groove and nickel silver pins. It has a finger hole at the end to enable you to drop it out of the way while working, and with a flip of the wrist, have it right back in your hand. A durable, tough,  high performance knife. Includes a custom, handmade leather sheath with green Turquoise bead edging. $502. SOLD

The blade clayed, fresh out of the hardening step:

Working on a visible hamon

After getting the oil and clay off, the surface decarburization is visible:

High performance hunting knife

After sanding the decarb off, the hamon becomes visible:

 Differentially hardened hunting knife

A closer pic of the differential tempering line (the hamon):

Differentially tempered utility knife


Michael H Mara    (708) 969-2424

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