I know they are on the high end of what a person would pay for a knife, but I thought I would share a story and a photo of a custom knife I asked Owen Baker of BAKR-BILT knives to build.
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What I like about going to a custom knife marker, like Owen Baker, is that you can help influence the design of a knife from the ground up. Its truly built to YOUR preference; hence the term “custom made”. Although the blade is similar to many other bushcraft styled knives, it’s the way this knife works with the custom sheath that makes it unique (Owen probably puts as much effort into the sheath as he does the knife.)
Anyway … I had the opportunity to write an article in Sporting Classics Daily about this knife and it was published in their online magazine today (I hope I did the bushcraft community justice when I wrote the article). If you’re interested, you can read the article here: http://sportingclassicsdaily.com/iss...ping-bushcraft
As a backstory to the knife, I wanted to pay tribute to a man who mentored me in the outdoors as a young man. It was my Uncle Bill. He was the man who taught me the old ways of camping, canoeing and cooking over fire. In camp, beside a good campfire, he was the person who gifted me with my fist custom knife. After his passing I found myself with no one to share classical camping and bushcraft with, but it was forums like this that eventually got me out with folks with similar interest and people have become life long friends.
When the knife was completed and I pulled it out of the sheath I was stunned and speechless. It wasn’t just the beauty of a custom made knife that grabbed my attention. It was the serial number 1139. It was the year my uncle was born and the month of his passing. It was also the combination to the family 1200-acre hunt/camp property we shared for 30 years. Owen’s serial numbers are sequential. So let me ask, is it mere chance this was the one thousandth, one hundredth and thirty ninth knife that Owen just happened to build for me? Well… I don’t know if I can answer that question myself, but I can tell you this is a knife I will always have significance when I wander the woods.
As a word of advice, if you have ever had that person who patiently took time and interest in developing your skill and character as a man, make sure you take a moment to honor him, and then… pass it on.