Available: Forge Pattern

Knives are available!

This lineup holds something new, which I am pleased to share detail photos of…

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What you see here is a blade featuring the hammer-forged textured finish, new from Lucas Forge! Two of the knives that are available in this batch have this new finish.

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These two knives are made with 52100 high carbon steel.
This textured finish adds a very traditional touch.

Thank you for visiting the Lucas Forge blog! Hope you have a great day!

P.S. If you would especially like to see detail photos of any other custom features offered on this website, please leave a comment about it…and we’ll see what we can do!

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In Detail: Available

New knives are on the page! Thought I’d post a few detail photos:

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Here’s a shot of the large Jaguar-type knife in the sheath. This is a sweet setup, folks.

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This is the available Powder River’s sheath, which has some cool creases across the width of the sheath, making a rugged look.

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An attempted close-up shot of the walnut-stained curly maple handle on that Frontier Trapper. It’s hard to get a photo that really shows this effect. It’s amazing!

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A blade close-up too, just for fun. That curved blade and sharp tip means detailed cutting work.

Thank you for visiting the blog! Hope you have a great day!

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Available: Elements

There are new knives available on the website! Some of these cutting tools have some pretty amazing details and we’d like to think that these design elements make the tool itself even more enjoyable to use. Check these out!

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First off, is a close-up of the curly maple handle and mosaic pin on a Frontier knife.

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Next, we have a series of detail pictures regarding this cool, very unique Scandinavian style knife.

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The totally jute-wrapped handle can be seen from above here.

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And here’s a side view close-up, too!

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This deluxe handle belongs to a knife that could be termed an Elk River Hunter “Lightweight.” A black micarta handle with a thin ironwood overlay and plenty of pins provide accent.

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You can see a little more about the overlay here…

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This field knife’s handle has an amazing stabilized walnut handle with lots of character!

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Red liners, too!

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This Belt Buddy has laminate oak liners!

That’s all for now!

Thank you for visiting the Lucas Forge blog. We hope you’ll have a wonderful day and check back often!

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Available: Handle Detail

Greetings! It’s exciting to offer such a lineup on the Available Now page!

Included in the available knives is this little Belt Buddy with a cool green micarta handle.

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One unique part of this knife is the laminate walnut liner in the handle. It’s shown below in detail!

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Thank you so much for visiting the Lucas Forge blog! Have a wonderful day!

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Custom: Parade of Packers

The Packer model is full of versatility and just plain practicality. It is of a very useful size…compact enough to carry daily and large enough to do most cutting jobs with ease.

Custom Packers are so varied, and each so unique, that for today’s blog post, we present a series of four, all sporting curly maple handles. Check it out!

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Aged blade and a medium brown stain on that curly maple gives this one a refined look. Plus, those mosaic pins set it off.

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Satin blade finish, small pins and light, bright curly maple. What a match!

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Satin finish blade, large brass pin sets, slanting grain, and a golden-brown stain.

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A satin blade finish, mosaic pins, and a vibrant medium stain. The color is reminiscent of ironwood.

For specific model information, please visit the page!

Thank you for joining us on the blog! Have a great day!

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Custom: Epic Bowie

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The original Bowie knife has been shrouded in historic mystery, but this blade is clearly a classic. All the elements are tasteful and work together to create a stunning piece.

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Custom built, its design is based off of the reproduction “Alamo Bowie” knife seen here.

Measures approximately 12 inches overall, with a 7-inch blade.

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The spine is stamped with a personalized inscription, making this a real live heirloom piece.

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Handle is rich, sculpted walnut.

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The end of the handle is capped by this antiqued brass pommel.

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The blade is O-1 high carbon steel and is antiqued for a rugged patina.

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The accompanying handmade leather snap sheath also melds with the knife.

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A true Lucas Forge take on a piece of the past.

Thank you for visiting the blog! If you have any questions regarding a custom knife of your own, please contact lucas@customhuntingknives.org. Have an amazing day!

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Pocket Pal Revisited

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This nifty little knife is (believe it or not!) one of the Pocket Pal’s from the special in July 2015 with a new snazzy black micarta handle!

The black micarta suites this design remarkably well and the large stainless bolt/pin sets add an extra element that really stands out.

The Pocket Pal is a proven-tough design.

We’d love to know what you’ve done with yours if you’ve outfitted it with a handle, or how it’s performed for you out there! Feel free to leave a comment!

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Material Spotlight: Osage Orange

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Osage orange is a name for a certain tree that produces large, nobby, green, orange-like “fruits” and beautiful tight grained wood. The fruits are not of an edible nature, but the wood is superb.

Osage has a lot of history attached to it. It was highly prized among the first peoples of this land and it is still so among the archers of today. The bows made from osage are often pieces of art, having been worked out of a twisty and knotty portion of the tree. Straightly grained sections of wood are especially sought after. Strength, flexibility and durability are all claimed by this wood that is also known as bodock or hedge apple, to name two.

The freshly polished wood is most often bright yellow and as it is exposed to sunlight will mellow and deepen into a rich orange-brown hue.

The wood in the knife above almost has a three dimensional effect and this handle has been “aged” to achieve that grand appearance. The knife that this particular osage handle calls home is a custom one and is made after the “HU” knife on the Past Work page. It’s a versatile hunting knife design with a lot of power.

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The copper-based mosaic pins really flow into the osage to create a simply deluxe piece.

Thank you for visiting the Lucas Forge blog today!

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Custom: Jack

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September’s in full swing and so are a whole bunch of knives!

This one is a Jack Pine Special with a very heavily-grained handle of aged oak. Though not as popular as walnut or curly maple, the material is a great choice, and, in this case, is quite the character!

This handle’s grain complements Jack’s style to create a great looking, hard working knife.

Thank you for visiting the Lucas Forge blog! For information about ordering your own custom knife, please browse this site, or send your request to lucas@customhuntingknives.org. Have a grand day!

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Guest Post: Salad Greens

Salad greens add fun and variety to your diet. What better way to use homemade salad dressings than piling it on homegrown greens?

Salad greens may not be as essential for survival as potatoes or corn, but they sure add some interest to meals.

With the right set up and the right climate, an enterprising individual can grow salads year-round. But in this part of the world, the heat makes salad growing in the summer quite the challenge. So we mostly take a break from salad growing in the height of summer.

If all the lettuce you’ve had came from the grocery store, you’re missing out. Lettuces grown in the garden tend to have more flavor than what comes from the store. Garden greens taste almost shockingly sweet, with some varieties or weather conditions also providing a nicely balanced bitter character…perfect with a homemade dressing!

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Above: The lettuce plot in May 2015. Vibrant, green, and ready to eat: Romaine, Buttercrunch, Oak Leaf, Red Saladbowl and Ruby Red lettuces, plus a stray beet. Romaine wins overall, but we love a selection.

Earlier this year we ate greens out of a small patch from late March until the middle of June! That meant salads or stir fry once or twice a day, and enough for six people at a time.

A myriad of lettuces aren’t the only greens grown in the garden. We also enjoy pak choy, green onions, kale, colorful swiss chard, carrots, cabbage leaves, spinach and so forth.

We’re salad green fans here and we’re now looking forward to the fall crop that’s coming up.

Bring ’em on!

-Guest post from Al

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Do you have a favorite lettuce or other green?

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