I are inclined to pay shut consideration to DiamondBlade Knives as a result of they’re doing one thing distinctive, and since knives have been round for 1.Four million years (a flint specimen, present in Spain) and of their fashionable type, from the time of historical Egypt, so we’ve had a good period of time to work on them, and there’s not a hell of lots that’s radically new. However DiamondBlades are a definite step ahead.
In 2006, Charles Allen, a former Texas recreation biologist, present Alaska information, and founding father of Knives of Alaska, got here up with one thing that the world had not but seen. He tailored a way of welding, which had been developed for becoming a member of submarine-hull sections, to knife forging, and the outcomes are distinctive on the earth of knifery.
DiamondBlade begins with a strip of D2 metal—a software metal that’s broadly used for knife blades—and topics what would be the leading edge to immense strain and warmth in a course of referred to as Friction Forging. In forging, the smaller you get the metal molecules, and the higher aligned, the higher the sting. Typical forging operates on the molecular degree. Friction Forging works its voodoo right down to the atomic degree.
Friction Forging produces an edge with a Rockwell hardness of Rc65-69, which is off the charts, as a result of a traditional fringe of Rc62 is taken into account extraordinarily arduous. There are knives which can be floor as sharp as a DiamondBlade (though not a hell of plenty of them) however the latter will maintain that edge virtually ceaselessly.
I as soon as tried to uninteresting a DiamondBlade edge by reducing a ½-inch-diameter hemp rope into quick sections. As a result of hemp is each extraordinarily robust and extremely abrasive, it should type out an edge in a short time. However my hand gave out lengthy earlier than the knife did. Once I lastly stated the hell with it and went off to discover a bucket of icewater for my hand, the knife was nonetheless hewing hemp to a fare-thee-well.
I met an elk information in Utah who used a DiamondBlade all season lengthy with out sharpening it, and he was gutting rutting bulls who had been rolling in mud wallows. I’ve a few DiamondBlades that I’ve been utilizing casually for 11 years and have by no means even touched up.
Usually, should you harden a knife to Rc65-68, it will likely be so brittle that it’s unusable. Nevertheless, DiamondBlades are in impact differentially heat-treated. The spines are Rc 38-42 (spring metal is Rc31-52), and the blades are so robust that I as soon as watched Charles Allen lock one in a vise, put a pipe over the tang for leverage, and bend it to 90 levels. Then he bent it again once more. There was a slight jog within the blade the place it had bent, however in any other case it was completely usable.
There are 20 DiamondBlade fashions: hunters and skinners, folders and tactical knives, plain and fancy. The most recent one is the Surge, a Four-inch fixed-blade drop-point with a slim, pointy blade, and an exquisite large deal with. You probably have an enormous mitt, right here’s your knife.
There are 5 deal with choices for the Surge, starting from checkered rubber to plain black micarta or plain and just about indestructible G-10 to unique and enticing ram’s horn, which you higher watch out with. If it had been as much as me, I might go along with the presentation-grade desert ironwood, which can stand as much as something, and is fantastic to look upon.
And a phrase about care. D2 is fairly stain and rust resistant as a result of it’s a 12 p.c chrome alloy. The sting, nevertheless, is 16 p.c chrome (which is taken into account stainless) as a result of the forging raises the chrome content material. Because of this the remainder of the blade can nonetheless rust should you abuse it. Retailer the knife out of its sheath and coat the blade with Break-Free CLP, or Renaissance Wax.
And: Charles Allen is operating a contest whose prize is a brown bear or moose hunt within the final week of September. The rationale I point out it’s as a result of I took the moose model in 2006, and of it I can say this: In 50 years of big-game looking, all my hunts run collectively in my reminiscence besides a only a few, and that is one in every of them. I can play it in my thoughts like a film, from the second I received off the aircraft in Cordova to the night after I received again to Anchorage and strolled the sidewalks, which had been concrete, for the sheer pleasure of treading on one thing that was stable.
It was a tough hunt, but it surely was the expertise of a lifetime. I didn’t get a moose till the final day. The one break I caught was with the climate, which was stunning on a regular basis, which is unheard-of for Alaska.
You may get the main points by going to HUNTDBK.COM. The winner shall be introduced on July 15th. When you win, you had finest be in form.