Names can be deceiving, and first impressions can be wrong. I learned these life lessons years ago, but every now and then I get a reminder. This was the case recently when asked if I would like to review the Beast, a knife from Three Sisters Forge. With names like the “Beast” and “Three Sisters Forge,” I was expecting a massive hand-forged bowie knife with at least an 8-inch blade. You can imagine my surprise a few days later when I received a medium-sized folder that obviously had never rested on a forger’s anvil.

Part of my misconception was explained during a conversation with Jim Allen of Three Sisters Forge. Jim is located near the Three Sisters Wilderness area in Bend, Oregon. (For you Easterners, all three of the Sisters, Faith, Hope and Charity, are 10,000-foot-plus volcanoes.) Yes, at one time Allen did forge blades. However, over the past 20 years of knifemaking, his business has evolved to the point that he is concentrating on wo popular folder designs. And there is no doubt about their popularity. Jim said he expects to make 800 knives this year. There is also no doubt about Jim’s ability as a businessman. To achieve success and to keep it, you go with what the public wants, and when I asked if he was a full-time knifemaker, he just laughed, explaining that, being the entire staff at Three Sisters Forge, he is more of an overtime knifemaker.

The Beast
The Beast is a framelock folder with a hollow-ground blade that is 3 inches long and 0.157 inches thick. The 4.25-inch-long handle gives the knife an overall length of just 7.25 inches. The M390 blade steel may not be the best-known steel on the market, but those who have used it praise its ability to hold an edge and withstand abuse.

Read more in the November 2013 issue of Tactical Knives

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