Some more excellent bladware from So-Cal! Angler Knives.

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  1. JollyRoger3

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    I said in an earlier First People’s Tools thread that some of the finest blades going these days are coming right out of Souther California. Well it’s true! Yet another protege of the master Brian @Sargent, Caleb Havens aka @rainforest has also been building some of the most fantastic little neck knives out there.

    He specializes in medium to very small fixed blades, easily and descreatly carried and built to to be used hard as daily tools.

    My particular model is what Caleb refers to as a Swimmer. It’s a little monster that packs a large bite. Very capable and can easily act in place of a larger knife (see video below).

    Crafted from 3/32 CPM 154 and handled in carbon fiber and stainless hollow pins. Blade length is approx 1.5 inches and handle length is 3 inches and is scandi ground.

    Here it is having had just made a nice pile of curls. Attached to the sheath is a mini ferro rod I put together for it.
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    Here it had assisted me in making some ghost chili pepper sauce.
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    Here is the little Angler assisting with a wood working project in the home.
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    Finished!
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    After having prepped wood for a fire!
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    Last but not least, a small video of this little monster doing big knife tasks. What Caleb does with these is pure Voodoo.



    If you happen to see one of these fine blades kicking around, snag it up. You will be happy you did.

    Thanks for looking
     
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  2. Mtnfolk Mike

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    Awesome.. I agree, those little Angler knives are bad a$$..
     
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    I haven't played with one of those yet but they look pretty handy.
     
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    Did you use the ghost pepper sauce to start the fire?

    Thanks for showing that neat little blade.
     
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    Very nice! What’s the price point on a little blade like that?
     
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    But can you baton through a 6" sweetgum log with a full sized knot in the middle?
     
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    Love my Anglers! I have a Gen 1 dorado that I used all last year surf fishing in the northeast, and brought it to the woods any time I happened to get out. I also just got my hands on a swimmer model as well which is around my neck every day. These knives punch WAY out of their weight class for sure. Im about to get a second gen Dorado from him and I cant wait to add it to the lineup.
    Aside from my gasconade which is sentimental, I cant bring myself to keep any knife aside from these. Theyre that good. My angler and my SFA and im good!
     
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    That is one good looking lil knife! I'd like to try that on a few feral hogs!
     
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    Just seeing this for the first time, can't thank you enough my friend!!!!
     
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    Wow honored to say the least!!!
     
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    Hrm, Cali? Good knives? Hrm where else have I heard of good knives coming out of Cali???... Maybe @rwfred can jog my memory...

    Oh well anyways... I'll have to check out his models... everyone knows I love me some small knives!
     
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    @rwfred makes awesome blades, long time fan!
     
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    That makes 2 of us! A ton of talent on this forum. Nice website btw.
     
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    Nice blood shark too.

    Both of them are on my want list towards the top
     
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    Couple poser shots of some Anglerknives and Tracker Dan blades. Fantastic, all of them. My favorite carry tools. Combat Dorado Prototype with carbon fiber and Karashark with epoxy jute wrap.

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    That Combat Dorado is the heat. Great looking design!
     
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    How would one go about getting a tracker dan knife? I don’t use ig anymore and on Arizona knives, they seem ridiculously priced
     
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    Yes it is. Very much.

    I really don’t know how to answer your question. I’ve been communicating with and using his stuff for years but even so, I had to be very patient to get my Karashark. For instance- He makes up a small batch, then a group of deploying Mil could wipe out the inventory (they get priority). He is a very busy guy but sometimes there are small drops of a knife/hawk/bolo or two. He is still involved with the Navy (NSW) among other things and only makes a few blades a year- selling to LE and Mil. There is evidently a Facebook page called Tracker Dan Knives Users and Collectors and I’ve heard he does drops on there of a knife or two...I’m not on Facebook so I have never seen it. Yes secondary prices are crazy. Back when I bought that Black flat cord wrap in the pic, years ago I paid 300.00, same knife today on secondary is $1200-$1600 depending. AZ cutlery prices have taken it all to another level at $2400.00. One way is also by lottery. Dan and Kelly periodically do lotteries. Your name gets picked you get to purchase the blade.
     
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    I thought the prices were a joke for some reason! Maybe they will just sit on my list of grail knives one day I can afford...maybe.

    I followed him on social media and love his work and the application of his blades. Especially with ed’s manifesto.

    The anglers and td knives have grown to become some of my favorite blades I don’t own yet! And now that combat dorado.....


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    I see both Anglerknives and TD blades being closely related in scope of use. TD blades have been heavily tested in many different environments as has Caleb’s blades. I have used both types for practicing bushcraft/survival, in the kitchen as utility tools, game cleaning, medical management, EDC/self defense/security tools, eating utensils etc etc etc. I have found none better in regards to size, performance and just plain cool factor.

    I have some stellar blades in the 7.5-8 inch overal lengths, but for everyday, every use on the person/deep carry I prefer 5-7 inch overall.

    Get an Angler while the ability is there to get. I see them some day being in the same boat as the TD stuff. Impossible to acquire. They are that good.
     
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    I love my Swimmer.
     
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