Honoring A Hero: John Horrigan created this 6.75-inch CPM 154 stainless combat knife in memory of Special Forces Master Sergeant Jared Van Aalst, killed in action August 4, 2010 in Afghanistan. The handle is linen Micarta with 303 stainless steel bolts. Horrigan can be contacted at 433 C.R. 200D, Dept. TK, Burnet, TX 78611; 512-756-7545; eliteknives.com.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Mike Draper’s “Fighter” features an acid etched camo 4.75-inch blade of CPM 154 on a “cobblestone” finished G-10 handle. The maker can be reached at 10 Creek Dr., Dept. TK, Riverton, WY 82501; 307-851-5933; draperknives.info.
Flash From The Past Part Two: Along with his own custom creations, Vaughn Neeley is also producing this 8-inch ATS-34 double-edged symmetrically hollow-ground dagger is mounted on a black linen Micarta handle with stainless mounts. For more information on this model please call 970-529-3240 or visit jimmylile.com.
Flash From The Past: Vaughn Neeley, a major force in custom knifemaking circles during 1980’s and 90’s, is back! He’s producing the reintroduced “Next Generation First Blood” knife originally made by the late Jimmy Lile for the second movie in the Rambo series. The CPM 154CM blade is 10-inches long with a cord wrapped hollow steel tube handle. The maker can be contacted at 20623 Road W, Dept. TK, Lewis, CO 81327; 970-529-3240; email@example.com.
Rumble in the Jungle: Alex Shunnarah’s “Jungle Recurve” offers a 4.5-inch blade of ultra-strong 3V carbon steel on a handle of tan G-10. The knife can also be had in stainless or 1095 carbon steel on request. He can be contacted at 1600 Green Springs Hwy, Dept. TK, Birmingham, AL 35205; 205-383-6224; arsknives.com.
Coye Doesn’t Play: Upcoming new maker Bill Coye’s Model 105 features a 5.5-inch blade of CPM 154 stainless on an unusual two-toned G-10 handle. He can be contacted at P.O. Box 470684, Dept. TK, Tulsa, OK 74147; 918-232-5721; coyeknives.com.
Avenger of 9-11: French knifemaker Bastien Coves created his 5.5-inch D-2 bladed Raptor GT6 as a tribute to SEAL Team 6. The handle is green G10. Please contact him at bastinelli-creations.com.
Home Defender Perfection: Richard Rogers’ 4-inch CPM 154 “Medium Utility” provides an ideal EDC fixed blade for home defense. The handle is G10 with an orange G-10 spacer. Rogers can be reached at P.O. Box 769, Dept. TK, Magdalena, NM 87825; 575-838-7237; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last issue we featured a cross section of the more interesting custom folders we found at the 2012 Blade Show in Atlanta. This time around we are taking a look at just a few of the spectacular tactical fixed blades this show had to offer. Tactical Knives would especially like to welcome Vaughn Neeley back into the custom cutlery family. Not only were his own customs ahead of their time in design, he is now also producing many of the world famous Jimmy Lile patterns.
Last issue we featured a cross section of the more interesting custom folders we found…
by Leroy Thompson / Nov 1, 2012