My barber is a retired machinist who loves to talk tools — this is largely why I go to him. A few weeks ago we were chatting about how some of the most breathtaking knives aren’t made by large companies or factories at all but by a skilled craftsman, one at a time.
He then added, “Like Joe Pardue custom knives over in Sanger, Texas.” I was embarrassed my barber knew about this and I didn’t, especially since Joe turns out his knives about 30 minutes north of the Toolmonger shop.
A blade like this Fluted Mammoth Liner Lock is a thing of beauty, and it shows off the artful hand of the craftsman who made it. It features a fileworked backstrap, fluted bolsters, fileworked anodized titanium liners, fileworked screws –- are you getting all the filework here? -– a ladder-pattern Damascus blade and bolsters, fluted mammoth ivory handles, and a thumb stud with mammoth ivory inlay.
Sadly, it’s out of our budget at around $700, but we can appreciate the concept. You’re not buying a knife — you’re buying functional art.
Joe Pardue Knives [Website]