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The Boars, Custom Handmade Survival Knives

Picture and descriptions of different sizes and variations of the Boar survival knife. Hand forged from lumber mill saw blade. Handmade working art from British Columbia, Canada.

Hand forged survival knife with a fixed high carbon steel blade.

Boreal Forest Survival Knives

Forged from high carbon steel we recover from lumber mill head saw blades.

Fixed blade knife, 6 inch forged drop point blade and built for survival in the bush. The blade is hardened with clay protecting the spine and then differentially tempered, blending tempers keeping the knife's spine and tang tough and keeping the edge strong. This custom Boar here has a 5 1/2" handle, 1/4" thick spine with moose antler scales held with threaded and peened brass and stainless steel pins. The tang is hollow ground and tapered keeping the balance at the copper and brass guard.

Hand forged Boar survival knife. 7” blade.

Hand forged Boar survival knife. 7” blade.

Head saw blade is a high carbon steel with alloys designed to create a tough tensile strength in the 5 and 6 foot sawblades. The strength and toughness of these modern steels that allow lumber mills to produce billions of board feet with the least amount of down time, is the best there is . An excellent steel for big woodworking tools and survival knives. For any edge tool. You can get and keep a breath taking edge on our knives.


 

The Boar, Handmade Neck Knife

Custom handmade neck knife. The Boar neck knife.

Custom handmade neck knife. The Boar neck knife.

We have a customer in Belgium. He’s an investment banker and wanted a neck knife with some muscle and jokingly said it was for closing deals. So we originally called the neck knife, “The Deal Maker”.

 
Custom hand forged neck knife.

Custom hand forged neck knife.

The Boar neck knife was hand forged from the rim of a 20” trim saw blade. We left the teeth. It has a 3” full tang blade, 3/16”spine, moose antler scales held with stainless steel threaded pins and a peened brass and copper finger guard. The tang is hollow ground and tapered for balance at the guard. It has muscle.

 

“Absolutely worth the wait. Beautiful knife and sheath”. Thank you! Mike (USA)

Custom made Boar knife. Peened copper and brass. Moose antler scales.

Custom made Boar knife. Peened copper and brass. Moose antler scales.

For the finger guard we melted brass and copper together, forged and peened. Combined with moose antler scales, peened copper and antler inserts, brass and stainless steel threaded pins. Great knife for a great customer.

The Boar knife spine is hollow ground and tapered.

The Boar knife spine is hollow ground and tapered.

 
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The knife fits into the sheath tight. A hand braided lanyard growing from the back of the leather sheath wraps over the finger guard tight and fits onto a brass stud. The leather tie is for extra security but really is not needed.

 
Classic Boar survival knife. 6” hand forged blade. Moose antler scales.

Classic Boar survival knife. 6” hand forged blade. Moose antler scales.

 
Boar knife custom sheath. Raven sheath.

Boar knife custom sheath. Raven sheath.

A story about boars in the BC forest

A few years ago a man squatting in the bush raised pigs. Lots of pigs. He ran out of money and decided to let them out to range in the bush. They ended up invading some folks’ garden. 6 times, each time more came. The folks hiked to the location in the bush where he had his pen. They left a note. No response. The folks hiked in again. The second time a note on a tree beside his road. They spent full days warding off the pigs. Desperate, they visited his 85 year-old mother. Invited her and her son to dine…They ignored the folks’ invitation.

The boar was at least 400 pounds. The pigs were digging up their gardens, they dug up a 5 year-old apple tree, the asparagus garden, carrots, like machines they excavated. The promise of a full root cellar in the fall was evaporating. The folks knew they were in the midst of a big problem. The Forest people got involved. Told the folks they could shoot them on site. They asked if the police could help. The police said if they didn’t deal and work it out between themselves they would come in. If they came in they were going to do something…. nobody needs that, the folks thought.

Word got out that there were boars in the bush. In a couple of weeks the pigs and the squatter were gone.

Hand forged survival knife, 10 inch Boar.

Hand forged survival knife, 10 inch Boar.

Hardened and differentially tempered, blending tempers for strength and toughness. The finger guard is fashioned from copper and brass. Moose antler scales held with 10 pins.

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We forged the knife from head saw steel. The tip, spine, choil and tang are protected with a thicker layer of clay. The rest of the blade, except the edge, is covered with a clay slip. While the clay slip is still wet we cover it with glass. Hardened in oil twice. The spine and tang is tempered to blue. The whole blade is then tempered in an oven 3 times for a strong edge.

Moose antler scales held with 8 threaded and peened pins. A lanyard hole drilled and a braided a short lanyardis provided. The guard is a big piece of brass forged with copper.  The sheath is cut and made from 8 oz. leather, double saddle stitched, tooled and dyed. All by hand. We equipped the scabbard with a leg tie. The boreal forest is the theme.

The Prices:

The Boar Neck Knife  you see in the gallery is $1200.
The Boar knife can have 6 to 12 inches of blade starting at $1100.   Add $200 an inch.