C. Thomas Knives – User Friendly Art

A knife, be it for hunting or the kitchen, is an item that you are likely to keep for decades, perhaps even a lifetime, and which you may well pass on to one of your children. I still have a Victorinox chef’s knife that was a wedding gift, and my wife and I were married almost thirty eight years ago. So, if you have a penchant for “sharp toys” as my lovely wife describes them, then it is near certain to be worth it to shell out a lot of shekels on a knife that you delight in, rather than on something that looked fabulous in a picture on the Internet, but that proved disappointing when it arrived. I’d much rather own one top quality knife that becomes a much appreciated companion, than have a collection of pretty, but mediocre ones.

The C Thomas Custom Large Hunter in African antelope and elk antler. Just the right size and with the most subtle dropped point so you can extend your forefinger along the top of the blade for fine control. It looks a near perfect design to me.

The C Thomas Custom Large Hunter in African antelope and elk antler. Just the right size and with the most subtle dropped point so you can extend your forefinger along the top of the blade for fine control. A near perfect design.

The Custom Large Hunter in African antelope and elk antler from C Thomas is an example of a knife that would be guaranteed to become a much appreciated companion on hunting trips or on that “once in a lifetime” safari. The blade is made from old 3/16″ thick 8670 lumber mill saw steel re-cycled and re-formed into this beautiful blade with a clay heat treat line or “hamon” as the Japanese would call it. The hilt is made of Idaho Elk tine with African Blesbok horn and copper fittings. It looks worth every cent of its US$750.00 asking price. A knife that you would enjoy for a lifetime, and your children will likely fight over it when you’re dead.

C Thomas Custom drop point hunting knife, ironwood. Restrained elegance.

C Thomas Custom drop point hunting knife, ironwood. Restrained elegance.

Another example of C Thomas’s “user friendly art” is the Custom Drop Point Hunting Knife with ironwood grip. This knife has the characteristic restrained and elegantly functional design that makes it a delight to look at and a delight to use; hence the notion of “user friendly art”. This knife is priced at US$375.00.

The Custom drop point hunting knife with  ironwood grip. Graceful lines in a functional package.

The Custom drop point hunting knife with ironwood grip. Graceful lines in a functional package.

C Thomas Large Game Hunter with figured oak grip is a pretty piece with a novel etch pattern that instantly catches the eye.

The Large Game Hunter with figured oak grip. Note the finger grooves in the blade and handle which will allow a comfortable and safe grip when holding the knife with the forefinger extended along the spine of the blade for fine work.

The Large Game Hunter with figured oak grip. Note the finger grooves in the blade and handle which will allow a comfortable and safe grip when holding the knife with the forefinger extended along the spine of the blade for fine work.

The flawless wood to metal fit apparent in this image gives testimony to the hand crafted quality of these knives.

The flawless wood to metal fit apparent in this image gives testimony to the hand crafted quality of these knives.

On the Large Game Hunter I particularly like the finger grooves in the rear of the blade and front of the grip. When skinning and dressing out game I often like to take a grip where I extend my forefinger along the spine of the blade and having those finger grooves to safely accommodate such a grip is a really nice design feature. One that I would use a lot. This knife is priced at US$395.00 and looks a bargain in its design and quality.

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If you are looking for a knife that will become a companion for life then this could be a good place to start looking.

 

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