Custom: ERH

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This Elk River Hunter looks right at home with wild, high-contrast ironwood handle.

It’s reminiscent of a desert sunset, is it not?

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Guest Post: Leather Waterproofing

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What is the best way to keep leather sheaths waterproof and in good shape?

Let’s look at three ways to waterproof your outdoor “leathers!”

First off, you can choose to paint on (or spray on) an acrylic leather finish, creating a sealant layer. This layer works great, but will eventually break down, as paints do over time.

But an advantage to acrylic is that it does protect without darkening the leather. In some cases maintaining the leather color is a high priority. If this is true for you, go with the acrylic.

A second waterproofing method is a wax finish.

Wax treatment requires some maintenance, but it is a simple and effective method to use. Simply applying beeswax to keep moisture out mostly works best for smooth leather. The rough side of the leather doesn’t like wax so much.

Thirdly, oil finishes not only moisturize, as suggested in an earlier post, but oil-treated leather repels water quite well. Only be careful to just give your sheath a coat of oil and then remove the excess, never soak sheaths in oil. The oil-soaked leather loses any shape it has. Also note…oil-treated leather does darken – but it’s a cool effect.

Of course, many natural materials can be used to “oil” finish leather. Mink oil, lard, tallow and other such substances work well on leather. But so do neetsfoot oil, coconut oil, walnut oil…or bear grease.

Finally, one might use a combination of materials to both moisturize and seal premium leather goods.

Our Windy Ridge product combines hard and soft oils with selected waxes to provide effective sealing and moisturizing of leather. Windy Ridge is formulated here using natural materials. The product is easy to use and cost-effective.

Windy Ridge treatment does more than protect leather too. It protects metals from rust just a well as it works on leather. It works for leather belts, sheaths, wallets and such, and still protects knife blades and guns as well. Try a tin for yourself.

~Guest post by Al

Thank you for reading!

Do you have a favorite product or method when it comes to waterproofing leather? Please feel free to tell about it in a comment!

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Custom: Groomsmen Gifts

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When looking for groomsmen gifts for his upcoming wedding, this groom decided to go with matching knives from Lucas Forge!

Here they are: the completed set of nine knives. There are eight Packers and one September Special – all with classic walnut handles!

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Here you can see the difference between the Packer model (lower) and the September Special design!

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Each knife was stamped with the initials of one of the groomsmen for a personal touch.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

If you are interested in ordering a custom knife (or even nine!) of your own, please write to

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New knives are posted up on the Available Now page!

Here are some detail pictures of some of the ”availables.”

First off, we have a close-up of thumb jimping on the Stubby Kephart and also a picture of it in its sheath below.

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 Here is another view of the amazing koa handle on one of the available Frontier Trappers! Photos can’t do this wood justice.

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Here’s a handle close-up for the Minimalist Micarta knife that’s available. Micarta handle and micarta pins. Cool, huh?

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Another view of the Baby Kephart. What a super osage handle!

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And last, but certainly not least, is a line up of some of the Kephart variations that are going on around here. Here’s how it goes:

Classic Kephart
SlimLine Kephart
Bitteroot Kephart
SlimLine Stubby Kephart
Stubby Kephart
Baby Kephart

Some of these are available. Watch for upcoming releases!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog! Have a terrific day!

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Guest Post: Basic Leather Care

We prefer leather sheaths and holsters. There’s just nothing else like leather…it’s durable, quiet to use, and lasts well with proper care.

So, what does it take to properly care for leather goods used in the great outdoors?

Two main considerations for leather care are as follows…

1. Leather must be moisturized to prevent drying and cracking.
2. The leather goods must be sealed in some way to prevent moisture from soaking the leather.

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Remember, for most of the Lucas Forge outdoor gear, vegetable tanned leather is used.

Vegetable tanned leather is easily molded to fit the accompanying knife or tool. It also takes many different dye styles with class and it’s tough.

But, under certain circumstances, if unprotected, veg-tanned leather dries, becomes brittle and cracks over long periods of time. This type of leather benefits from added moisture.

There are several commercial leather treatments, such as “Fiebing’s All Purpose Cleaner & Conditioner” or “Lexol Conditioner,” that will do just that.

Or, you can also use a basic oil product to add moisture.

We mostly choose the oil treatment. Neetsfoot oil or a plant oil, like walnut oil, usually gets the nod. Only use plant or animal derived oils for best results, not petroleum based oils.

For moisturizing leather, just rub on a light coat of oil. Allow it to set for a few seconds, then wipe away the excess. Proper treatment is as simple as that. Repeat the process occasionally and your leather remains in top shape. Oiling leather darkens it though, so remember about the color change.

Keeping leather moisturized and conditioned is the first step to success in maintaining leather goods.

We’ll look at the waterproofing in a post to follow.

~Guest post by Al

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Custom: One Cool Kephart

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Simply stunning. This bold knife is a customized Kephart with an African blackwood handle, aged blade finish, and is also a little special without lanyard hole. Whoa!

   The Kephart style really goes with this handle matching…don’t you think?

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It seems that the “dog days” of summer are really here in earnest now. Maybe Belle’s trying to tell us something…

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

If you have any questions about ordering a custom knife of your own, please shoot an email off to Thank you so much for looking!

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Custom: The Bear

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 This knife’s 4 1/2-inch blade is hammer forged out of 52100 high carbon steel.

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The handle is a piece of art, handcrafted by a Canadian artist, that features a bear carved out of the antler and given highlights of brown.

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A brass guard and pin pair excellently with this handle style.

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The end is polished off with a hardwood pommel.

A stunning custom order!

Thank you for looking!

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Custom: Set Spotlight

Hello there!

Up for today are pictures of a custom knife set that was recently completed.

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In common:

O-1 high carbon steel with aged blade finishes,
Exotic bacote handles,
Mosaic pins,
Handcrafted vertical carry belt sheaths.

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Where they differ:

Big Boy is a Powder River with a customized skinner style blade
Little Feller is a Small Frontier.

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They get along just fine.

Personalized Knives, Custom Knives, Lucas Forge KnivesThanks for visiting the blog! If you would like to order a customized set of your own, just send your dream idea to

Have an amazing day!

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Guest Post: Five Keys to Knife Sharpening

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Here are five keys to taking the mystery out of easy knife sharpening!

1) Don’t Wait Too Long
This is one of the most important things to keep in mind. Very dull tools are too hard to sharpen and you end up having to remove more metal, wearing down your blade. Whatever method you use to sharpen, use it early and often to maintain that razor-sharp edge!

2) Beware Of Coarse Abrasives
Very rarely should a coarse stone or belt be required for knife sharpening, especially if you work on the blade early and often. With many inexpensive sharpening systems, all your options are quite coarse but choose fine abrasives for the best results. A great rule of thumb is a grit of 600 or finer.

3) Use A Strop
Yes, you can sharpen your knife with a piece of leather! Get yourself some scrap leather pieces, add a small amount of abrasive paste (something like jeweler’s rouge) and you’re set up to do amazing edge work. The polishing of the just blade’s edge produces a knife that cuts very well. This is something that can be done quickly and often during heavy use.

4) Use a Butcher Steel
One former professional butcher used a Lucas Forge knife to dress 10 hogs and 5 deer over a two year period and never touched blade to stone. The secret? He used his butcher steel to keep the blade true. The steel slightly reshapes the steel of the blade, as opposed to grinding the metal away with a stone, to keep it in top condition.

5) Use Ceramic
An inexpensive ceramic stick used properly can produce a very effective edge. They tend to remove a little metal, but are not aggressive cutters. The edge produced by a ceramic rod contains small serrations, working well for meat cutting. Use of a ceramic rod, followed by polishing with leather and abrasive pastes, makes an effective sharpening system.

~Guest post by Al

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Knives Are Available!

That’s right! New knives have been added to the Available Now page!

Here are some additional pictures of one named “WK1″ to get you started. This is a great batch of knives.

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We’re also pleased to announce a new special for June 2015!

Hope you’re having a grand summer! Thanks for visiting the Lucas Forge blog!

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