And it's shipping out today!
Evan Nicolaides (Esnyx) Teardrop jack in CPM 154, with hand jigged dyed bone scales.
Very nice teardrop jack! You don't see those everyday, but that looks like a very useful beauty! How does it walk+talk?
I just got my first knife in a couple of years: a ZT0450 which is an amazing knife and my first ZT (mostly Spyderco with some CRK and a few semi-custom knives). When I was deep into the knives a few years ago, this kind of quality + materials for this price was unheard of. Now it seems to be the new expectation. Next to my Investigator pen which has been EDC for a few years now. It started out blasted, but I brushed it.
Nice! The new 450 was ticking quite a few boxes for me, but I'm holding off for now. Spyderco has a few new models I'm interested in as well. Maybe if I land a new client, I'll splash out.
Walk and talk on the teardrop is fantastic. I've had a lot of very good traditionals - both old and new. This is right up there with the best of the old Hammer Brand/Schrade/NYKCo's of the 20s-50s. Evan really knocked it out of the park with this creation. It has quickly become my preferred daily carry.
That's great! I really like the lines, both open and closed, and the combination opener tool. I don't have a really nice traditional just a bucket-load of SAK's, but I'd love to get a nice single blade slip-joint. You've definitely tickled my fancy, my next knife just might be something from Evan.
Yeah, Spyderco has definitely exploded with a bunch of radically new knife styles after playing it safe for a few years. When I got this, it was a toss-up between the Southard and the 0450, but I prefer all Ti handles and this one came up with an unbeatable price.
I was knifemaker a long time ago, now I make costumes and replica props, especially Star Wars and Harry Potter props, I'm buying a home, maybe I will try to make knives again, because it's quite easy to do, compared to replica props, and has high value for collectors.
I like that last Laguile clone - especially the filework and shaping of the handle, and also really like the clean lines on that tortoiseshell and damascus one. Nice work all around. Do/Did you do your own forging or heat-treating? or buy bar stock to shape, and send out?