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Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    The rules are simple, post a picture of your favorite JK Knife that you own, not someone else’s knife, and tell why it’s your favorite, and what you use it for. I’ll let the contest run for two weeks, then choose a winner. There will be a prize, just not sure yet what it will be.
  2. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2012

    Not really fair to join the contest so I'll bow out since I only own one JK knife, but I still had to post a picture. She's a beauty. It's enough of a beast to handle campfire duties, yet graceful enough to prep food and carve a greenwood spoon. It's my favorite JK because it's my first JK. It's my favorite because John took a design I crudely drew up on cardboard and turned it into a stunning looking and completely functional tool.
  3. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2015

    While I love my JK Pocket Chef, my favorite is still my Bluegill. It just does everything beautifully. I've cut everything from plastic sheet, zip ties, cloth, cardboard, steak, chicken, pork, and it peels my apples everyday. The O1 sharpens easily, holds a great edge, and has developed a fantastic patina. The Osage has gracefully darkened with age, highlighting the incredible chatoyance. The brass and red mosaic pin pops even more today than when new, and even the blue liners have darkened to a wonderful Royal Blue.
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  4. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006

    I like the spear point of this one and you cannot go wrong with desert ironwood. The point is good for fine work and still has a enough belly to slice well in the kitchen. To me it is like a stretched Kephart.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
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  5. Simplejack

    Simplejack Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Oh you know me and kepy are getting in on this
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  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    my (so far as I know) one-off "big" bushcrafter.
    it was my first JK and unless I've misplaced one, currently my only.
    all of the others have been gifted.

    it's a good GP size & shape with a decent balance and a handle that's comfortable in a variety of holds.
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  7. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    It is really difficult to decide which is my absolute favorite, but if I had to choose just one as my fav, the IFSA knife would be it.

    John made me this little jewel when I started my business and sent it to me out of the blue one day.

    I love this little guy, and I use it to cut target cardboard, and pry staples out of snow-fence wood - the kind of thing I do quite a bit of.
    John's 01 steel holds up great to this, being tough and does not chip or roll - of course I can't beat on a knife this small, but I never worry about hurting it (or any of my JK's for that matter).

    Anyway - that's my favorite - for many reasons - but I am rarely far from this knife.



  8. protourist

    protourist Obdurate member Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Rule #9.
    I have a lot of knives and a lot of really tough custom knives. The one I reach for when something needs to be cut is the Rule #9. It just works. Every time.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
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  9. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Not an entry, but just wanted to share my favorite JK and why.

    I have several that were gifts and they are equally my favorites, but I gotta go with the Tool.
    Not because I designed it, but because when I was laid off from work back in '13 or'14, some here including you John, generously chipped in to pay for it so I could keep it when I tried to sell it on the EX.
    I am sorry I don't remember everyone that chipped in since so much has happened to me since then :oops: , but you guys gave me a boost with your kindness when I was down and I want you to know that I am eternally grateful.:)
    The warmth of kindness I feel when I handle it has cemented the Tool as my all time favorite JK.:thumbsup: :cool:
    I don't get to use it as much as I used to, but I have used it extensively while camping and day tripping.
    Thank you so very much guys.

    I'll add a pic when I get back from a hike later today.
    Okay, I managed to get a fairly good pic.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2019
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  10. frontiertom

    frontiertom Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    All of these knives are really nice looking! If I had to make a choice on this contest, I would just have to throw my hands in the air! I don't know where I'd go from there, I think I would have to throw in the towel! Wurrwulf, that is a beautiful handle, and that rivet really stands out with the color of the wood! Nice patina too! mqqn, that is a beautiful and special little knife! Man, what a thing John can really be proud of! Mykel M, that is a real tribute to our little group! I thank you for that! Later guy's!
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  11. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    If I could vote and if it was an entry, I would vote for mykel m just for the story.
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  12. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Thanks Tom - and Mykel - and Mack -

    I have a beautiful Bushcrafter that Mykel customized, which will never leave my collection while I have say. I also have a beautiful RN9 that I had some customizations made - which kinda is a JK thing, and I love the knife - again: Estate sale....
    I also have some of my own designs, and one by Cooper, and JDS1 - and others.
    Like I said - hard to pick just one. XD, Twig Mangler ....

    The piece I use the most in the winter is the JK Kydex window scraper. I'll let John explain why all of you don't have one of those handy little beyotches.


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  13. ty_higg

    ty_higg KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 16, 2011
    Mine would have to be my E01 Hunter. For years I looked for what I considered the perfect EDC fixed blade to handle everything I do day to day. As soon as I saw this knife and the dimensions I had to have it. This knife has traveled hundreds of miles with me during its short life so far and is never to far away. It pulls more than its weight in the kitchen and can butcher a deer like non other! From opening envelopes to batoning nasty knotted mesquite for the grill. It can do finesse/delicate tasks, and Johns treatment to the 01 can do a lot of things I wouldn't put my other knives through and ask for more. The knife is truly an extension of my arm and John has created a true companion knife for me.
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  14. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    I didn't realize John had made that one out of the blue for you Andy.
    Very cool.

    Thanks Tom, it really is a tribute to John and the fine folks that hang here.

    Thanks man.
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  15. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    That is one beautiful knife.Love the red mosaic with the aged Osage.
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  16. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Favorite is tough, but it’s got to be this one. It’s my design so why would it not be? I have three Bluegills, but this one is my favorite and most carried knife.
    Here’s a pic when it was new.
    Here it is today.
    I like the way it’s aged.
  17. RussB

    RussB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2000
    It's hard to pick a favorite so I'll choose
    the one that I have the most fun with,
    The Beast.
    I use it for chopping things...
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2019
  18. Simplejack

    Simplejack Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    that's beautiful
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  19. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Ah, so it's you, I was wondering who had The Beast.:eek::thumbsup::cool:
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  20. greatscoot

    greatscoot Colonel Mustard, Library, Candlestick. Platinum Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    This was a toss up for Rule#9 or RWC. Both get used daily in my house. And the winner is.....
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