My bowie knife was waiting for me when I got home from work today. A strange feeling. It was so different from the damaged old crock that I sent you, and EXACTLY what I had pictured in my head when we discussed restoring it. The micarta is sealed against the salt spray, yet still has the roughness I asked for to improve grip. I ran a magnifying glass over the work, and found the fit and finish to be excellent. The crossguard is precisely as I asked for, and you were quite right about moving the thong hole further up the grip. It will mean that I can cut safely at sea with the lanyard attached. No chance of losing a second knife to the Indian Ocean! As for the sheath, I’m not sure which is better, the design or the execution. I particularly like the little things that didn’t really show up in the sheath pictures on your Web page. The way the blade is protected from the metal press stud by the extra layer of leather, and the little drain hole at the back of the sheath. Did you do that because this is a sea-going knife, or is it part of your regular design? A nice touch, anyway. So, you turned a damaged working knife into “better than new” and it looks pretty stylish, too. That’s the good news. The bad news is that “Number-One Son” says it makes his belt knife look pretty shabby, and wouldn’t an “upgrade” be a great birthday present? I’d hoped to get away with a birthday card, and a warm handshake. Looks like it’ll be costing me money after all…..Talk soon. Best wishes.
Jay, the knife is here, the photos aren’t yet. So you were right. Customs had opened the package, and had a good look-through, but your repair wording on the package and the broken bits of handle helped make it clear that it wasn’t a new knife. Thank you very much. Please feel free to use the above note on your Web page if you think it suitable. My son really is interested in a fancy belt knife. He has been talking about a desert ironwood grip, with brass hardware. I’ll be in touch again very soon. Thanks again. The knife is perfect.