Dark Gray Pioneer

A new color variation in the popular Swiss Army Pioneer line of knives.
Available at: http://www.dlttrading.com/swiss-army-metal-series


Back To The Future

When I started hunting, which was approximately 40 years ago, it was a rare occurrence to see anyone wearing camo. If you did it was the basic military woodland camo. Trail cameras were not yet on the market, the gun of choice for deer was probably a lever action or a basic bolt action and we didn’t sit in our tree stand checking our email from our phones. As I recall, compound bows had just started to come on the scene and in some areas hunting was still some what  of a necessity for food procurement rather than a sport for tagging a trophy.

Here we are in 2015 and there are more gismos and gadgets, more camo patterns than I can count, rifles that can look like they were designed for a Sci-Fi movie and a hunting industry that has sprung up to provide any flavor or variety of just about anything you could imagine for use in the hunting fields. But I’ve noticed something over the last couple of years. There is a growing number of people who seem to be coming full circle back to how hunting use to be. But more than that, is that it’s also being combined with the activity of bushcraft / woodcraft / primitive camping or classic camping. Whatever you want to call it, more and more people are losing the latest and greatest hunting gear and opting for the more traditional gear of the past. Even though it may be a modern twist on a particular piece of gear, it still has the flavor of days gone by. Myself included. Wilderness survival expert Dave Canterbury call’s it the “21st Century Longhunter”

Many folks are choosing the more traditional flint-lock or cap-lock muzzleloader with a patched round ball as opposed to a modern day in-line “sniper” muzzleloader. Wool plaids rather than the latest synthetic camo material. Longbows rather than compounds or crossbows. Hand forged carbon steel knives over the latest high tech stainless steels. Classic lever guns and wheel guns instead of AR’s and Glocks. And the list goes on but you get the point.

Being the nostalgic guy that I am, who grew up on John Wayne and Jeremiah Johnson, I’m loving every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of all the latest and greatest firearms and other hunting gear. But there’s just something about heading out into the woods dressed in wool and carrying a rifle that was designed 100 or 200 years ago. And to set up a primitive camp rather than staying in a hunting lodge or hotel or even coming from home is becoming the norm with this group and a part of the whole experience. And the taking of game is more about providing meat for camp and home rather than a trophy to hang on your wall.

All that said, do I think this movement back to a more traditional way of doing things will cause the total collapse of today’s modern hunting industry? No, not likely. And that’s okay. But as for me, the older I get, the more I love the simplicity of the things of the past. So, I think I’ll stick with it. What are your thoughts?

Thanks and God Bless

Canal Street D’Holder Prototype

As many of you know I have been battling ALS for many years. I require 24/7 nursing care however in  September of 2009 a bill was changed and the newer one left me uninsured. I had help pouring in from family, loved ones and friends, especially my online knife buddies. Because of that help we were able to keep me at home until a small portion of care was reinstated.

Canal Street president Wally Gardiner donated a fixed blade prototype knife to benefit my care by raffling it off on AAPK

Besides raising all the money that went to my fund, the winner also donated me the knife as well. I was blown away.

Knife specs;
D’Holder Canal Street Cutlery 9 1/4″ Bowie Hunter with Sheath PROTOTYPE.
Integral Blade Construction (one piece of steel), Tapered Tang, 19C27 Sandvik Super Steel, HRC 59-61, Mirror Polished, Engraved PROTOTYPE on spine.
Handle made of Mahogany Striped Buffalo Horn with Red Paper Spacer.

Enzo Trapper



This is an Enzo Trapper in O1 steel my brother (JM Knives) built with Walnut Burl and mosaic pins.

Woodlore Clone

I have always admired Ray Mears’ Woodlore knife but couldn’t justify paying the outrageous amount they ask for it so I ordered a blank from http://berniegarlandknives.com/index.php/knife-bladeblanks and had my brother taper the tang, and handle it with Birch with black liners. I think it turned out spot on. In October I won a custom scout sheath for it you can see here. https://atmknives.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/scout-sheath/

Scout Sheath


Back in October Mike at MRC Leather ran a contest for a free custom leather sheath. I was lucky enough to win it. I looked through his gallery and decided that I would like to have one of his scout style sheaths. Even though the contest was for a simple sheath, Mike was gracious enough to build me the more complicated sheath. He was super easy to work with, both offering suggestions and listening to what I wanted. I sent him my woodlore clone and he went to work right away. His turn around time was very quick despite him doing it for free. He got it back to me around mid December but unfortunately I spent most of December in the hospital with pneumonia. I couldn’t wait to get home and check it out. This is what I found.


I loved how he packaged it, very classy, and yet practical. It will make great char cloth. 😉  After unwrapping it I was taken back by how appealing to the eye it was. The light colored stitching compliments the dark brown leather very well. I slid the knife in and was met with that reassuring pop. Even without the strap the retention is great. There’s no way it’s coming out without a good pull. The craftsmanship of the sheath is simply wonderful. The stitching is nice and tight, the welt lines up smoothly all way around making it look like one solid piece. The firesteel loop was an unexpected welcome surprise and it’s integrated perfectly. I couldn’t have been more satisfied and look forward to doing business with Mike again. He’s a class act that crafts top of the line leather craft. I would put his work up against any out there. Thank you, Mike, for going above and beyond what was necessary.

LCO Toothpick

 This was a very special birthday gift. A custom made small toothpick by Ed Lac Courte Orellies.  He is a Native American knifemaker of the LCO tribe out of Montana, which are a band of the Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwa). He builds his knives from recovered materials. Mine features Elk handles dyed with Prickly Pear Cactus juice and copper liners.