Here's a series of photographs depicting current work for sale. Ricasso is stamped with my name, "USA", and "OK" stands for Oklahoma. Each character is placed by hand, using a hammer, and other contraption of my own design and fabrication.
Each knife stores in a handcrafted display case, as shown below. Size is about 18" long, 6" wide, and 21/2" height. They are all wood, with polyurethane and enamel finish. These do not involve any type latch mechanism, regarding the lid.
With knife removed, it's possible to note how interchangeable parts are neatly stored beneath the blade, as per image below. The circle around crossguard slot receives handle segment. Modular design allows substituting a traditional crossguard which would perhaps better satisfy individual preference. Optional brass pommel is positioned at top.
Here's a better look at the unit above. When assembled with the full handguard, it measures just more than 15", end -to-end.
The blade measures about 103/4" from base of ricasso to end point, and weight is about 1lb. 10oz. Regarding balance, with full handguard center of gravity is about 1" above base of ricasso.
Each unit involves the patented impact resistant, modular hilt. Modular characteristic allows interchanging parts as illustrated below. (Other interchangeable parts can be substituted at owner's discretion.)
When fitted with brass pommel and straight crossguard, unit measures around 16", end-to-end. Center of gravity shifts to about the top of the crossguard.
Here's view of the knife assembled with full handguard, and interchangeable parts displayed alongside.
Saw teeth form an edge about 7" long.
The saw teeth are formed so that there are two offset which cut, followed by a larger tooth which clears. This pattern is repeated for the entire edge, totaling 26 teeth in all. These are intended to cut wood, green tree limbs in particular. Fuller groove helps prevent binding , and full handguard provides better leverage for sawing.
The feature below presents reliefs as characterize both sides of the ricasso. Each relief involves serrations across the blade thickness; serrations are about 1/16" deep, and 1/4" long---there are 10 below the cutting edge, and 8 below the saw teeth. These reliefs intend to transfer stress from the blade into the tang.
Here's the reverse side, which allows better look at the reliefs and serrations. Full handguard extends about 11/2" past base of ricasso, and stands about 1" above it.
This picture emphasizes the point. From saw teeth to tip is about 23/8", and blade stock is 11/2" wide.
Anterior view presents the terminal fastener. It is stainless steel, 11/2" long, threaded 1/4-28. The stainless steel bolt is common to both types assembly, and requires 7/16" wrench.
The fully assembled knife, as shown below, will disassemble, so that parts may be interchanged. A series of illustrations will explain how such modular characteristic works.
Simple disassembly begins by removal of the terminal fastener, so that the full handguard can pull back from the base of the ricasso, and swing clear of the handle segment. (Disassembly is also featured in "Discussion-Patented Concept")
The handle segment will thus easily slide off of the tang. Segment is formed from steel tube about 1/8" thick , 11/16"OD, 45/16" long---it is plated with nickel satin finish. Design allows user to substitute a wide range of alternative segments, so as to affect color, texture, etc.
With appropriate access, the clevis is removed by simply pushing out the smooth pin, and pulling it clear. Clevis is made from malleable cast iron , so that the end is easily formed for appropriate fit. Clevis fits just tight enough to stay in place and receive terminal fastener, but loose enough to move about when blade is subject to severe impact. Occasional adjustment regarding tightness of fit is quite simple. Some refer to a clevis as being a "yoke end", and no matter the name, this element is easily replaceable, generic hardware.
The full handguard now easily slides from the tang, and the knife is ready to reassemble with interchangeable parts. With a little practice, the process to this point takes about 1 minute. Hole in tang is about 1/4", and is beveled both sides, to help receive pin.
Reassembly begins by sliding the optional crossguard in place, and replacing the clevis. The straight crossguard is made from 1/4" polished brass---about 3" long and 11/8" wide. The circle cut about the center slot recieves the end of the handle segment, and such feature is also present on both ends of the full handguard, as well as the pommel.
The handle segment is easily positioned on the tang.
The pommel and terminal fastener are positioned, so as to complete reassembly. The optional pommel is made of polished brass---it is about 1/2" thick and 11/8" diameter. The bottom side also includes a circular receiver for the handle segment, so as to provide a good tight fit which still moves around when blade is subject to severe impact.
The photo below shows completed reassembly, with parts interchange. With some practice, the whole process requires about two minutes.
Here's a final look at what the modular characteristic allows---parts interchange as transitions from the full handguard to conventional straight guard with pommel. Such alternative allows the owner an experience normally reserved to the craftsman.
Blade patterned after the classic Schmidt-Rubin Model 1906 Pioneer Bayonet---first manufactured by
Waffenfabrik Neuhasen in Switzerland. It is not intended to be an exact reproduction of that blade, but rather done in that particular style.
The blade herein presented is fashioned from AISI 1095 high carbon at 11/2" wide and 1/4" thick. Pommel and straight crossguard are formed from polished brass, whereas the full handguard is made from 1/8" thick, 11/4" wide carbon steel.
Blade and full handguard are chrome plated, whereas the brass pommel and straight crossguard are polished and oiled.
This knife is offered to the public as unique American folk-art---it would be quite ostentatious to take such product for field use, and inappropriate to compare actual operation with knives of other manufacture. It is a rare combination of art, science, and religion in the form of a knife, and is best suited for complimenting a fine collection.
This art is not intended to compete with craftsmanship of other people. Neither is it intended for actual field use, and should not be thought of as indestructible.
All dimensions herein stated are nominal, and no two of these pieces are exactly identical. Each is tediously handcrafted by the inventor, often through use of tools and equipment created by the same inventor.
Handcrafting is of course characterized by minimal "benchmarks"---I'm always trying for the perfect unit, but as yet it escapes my finest effort.
This art occurs in complete recognition of that heritage of my father, and namesake Dwight David Eisenhower, as otherwise herein expressed.
The message you are seeing comes at the end of a long rough road---and to all intents and purposes, it took
about 30 years to get here.
Each knife is individually handcrafted, and may require up to six weeks for delivery.