Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
- Mar 6, 2001
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Very astute with you seeing the differences between John's make, and Marbles...Not to put down the Marbles woodcraft because it's great at what it was designed for, but it has a lot of belly and it starts almost immediately so for more general tasks, John's CBK is much nicer. I did a fair bit of testing with an Buck knives copy of the woodcrafter and it was great for hunting and slicing but was otherwise a bad bushcraft/utility knife. It was a killer for the kitchen with the long belly but it just felt limiting with such a short section of flat edge in front of the handle. It's a very subtle difference that makes a big difference in how it performs.
I really like what you came up with, with the straight-backed CBK. It's cleaner looking than the clipped CBK idea I came up with a couple years ago and had John make for me. I still use it for the home and camp kitchen.
I was actually thinking the blade looks a lot like the buck 104 compadre but you've got that canted blade of the CBK that makes it much nicer cutting things below chest-level like cutting boards or game on the ground.
Either way, I bet it performs great and it looks great for sure.
Very astute with you seeing the differences between John's make, and Marbles...
I totally understand what you mean with the edge near your hand. Makes sense.
I've never used a Woodcraft, nor seen them around, maybe they aren't in style now? I Really like this blade as an edc size (for me). I feel safer using a knife I can hold with my whole hand, and in a variety of holds.
THIS is a Real Beauty... Looking at all of John's knives, I'm going to put this in his Top Ten (in My opinion) Haha
I hope some of his Fans try it out.