Super Slicer Utility 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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Super Slicer Utility Knife                        

Differentially hardened Hunting Utility Knife

Super Slicer Utility Knife @2009 Michael H. Mara

 This hunting / utility knife features a 7 upswept point flat ground W2 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 11 3/8 overall. The hunter is full tang construction, with Kingwood scales and a 1/4" choil, brass bolsters and pins. Durable, tough, and a high performance knife. $426. SOLD

A close up pic of the beautiful Kingwood handle:

A close up pic of the ricasso, choil, and blade to handle transition:

Some process pics. This knife started it's life as an old file. Bottom is what I started with, top is knife finish ground:

 Differentially hardened hunting knife

A closer pic of the flat grind:

Flat ground utility knife

Fully clayed. I marked the lines in pen, to measure out where I want to remove the clay:

Blade with clay applied in preparation for hardening

Clay removed from the edge, left on the spine, ready for heat treating:

Working on achieving a hamon

Another view of the clay:

Hardened, with the clay removed, showing the surface decarburization:

Decarb removed, blade etched, showing the hamon:


Michael H Mara   (708) 969-2424

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