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Triple J Knife works sent eVo one of many of there sickest blades to check out. Opening up the package I was already excited to hold this knife cause the pictures I have seen were just amazing! Boy was pictures nothing to holding the real thing! The workmanship, design and the knife overall was mind blowing to say the least.
First off let's get into the company itself. Joshua Fightmaster himself sent a nice back story that is pretty amazing so I'm gonna share that with you before I give my thoughts on the knife.
So a little history first. I Joshua Fightmaster have been a knife nut ever since I was 10. Thats when I received my first knife. A pen knife from my grandfather. Around age 13 I asked my father to sharpen some of my knives for me. I can remember him handing me an oil stone and honing oil and telling me to do it myself. I spent many hours many days learning to use that stone until I could get it right. I eventually got so good that dad would hand me his knives to sharpen. Fast forward 2009 it had been the roughest year of my life. So when 2010 came around I was determined that it was going to be better. It wasn't I lost my Mom to cancer and my job to depression from her passing. I had to do something to make some money. So I looked into it and no one in Lexington KY was sharpening knives. It was something I was good at and enjoyed. So naturally I started up ScarySharpKnives.com I found a local bussiness (J&H Lanmark Outdoor Store) that would allow my customers to drop off there knives to be sharpend. That eventually grew into sharpening, restoring, and modifying knives. A few years went by and September of 2013 whilst cleaning out a garage for a few bucks for my best friends brother. I made the comment to Jeremy that we should turn the garage into a shop. Jeremy asked me what kind of a shop and I explained how I had always wanted to make my own knives. Jeremy thought that was a great idea and told me to make a list of the equipment that would be needed. I laughed it off thinking there was no way he would buy all that equipment. But my best friend James (Jeremy's brother) suggested I make the list because Jeremy would buy it. So I did just that and Jeremy bought the equipment. Thus Triple J Knife Works was born. Consisting of Me Joshua Fightmaster (Lead Designer / Head Maker), and the brothers Jeremy (Finances and business promotion) and James Reed (Apprentice). Since start up another has joined our ranks a 20yr blacksmith by the name of Jay Kerr. I use stock removal to make my knives but Jay is also teaching us Bladesmithing. As it currently stands we are only making fixed blades. However at the end of August we will be adding 2 Vertical Milling machines that will allow us to make any kind of knife including folders. We will work with any materials you would like. We do everything in house metal comes in and doesn't leave until it's a functioning knife. We have the ability to heat treat any steel. I have been very fortunate to be given this opportunity and enjoy what I do. I see improvement every day.
Both Jay and I have all four signatures on our Knifemakers Guild application. Not just anyone can get in. Four signatures are required by voting members to even be able to get a chance to join. The only way you can get those signatures is to present 4 knives to voting members for inspection at which time they judge whether or not your work is worthy of their signature. I am proud to say that I have knifemaking legend Gil Hiben's signature on my application as well as his close friend and former student Mike Carter, also Cliff Findlay, and Douglas Stice. We hope that next year we will be able to present at the Knifemakers Guild show and become members of the guild.
The knife that was sent to you was our Medium Tactical Blade. It is made of 3/16" thick O1 Tool steel and has a Rockwell hardness of between 61-63. It has G10 handles and a two-tone Dark Acid Stonewash, with blued flats. Being a high carbon steel it does require a little maintenance just make sure to keep a light coat of oil on the entire knife. Other than that it should last a lifetime and then some.
So wow what a story and to have those signatures is pretty axing in my mind! So I've worn this knife for some time now and I have to say it's one of my favorite EDC knifes! It sits nice on your side and I've said before I like to carry a knife upside down if possible for quicker access.
And the kydex sheath makes that possible with a nice tight fit. And the Tech Lock belt clip works beautifully for this. Also it's adjustable for different belt sizes. The shape of the sheath is very compact and with a drain hole so water will not trap. The thumb push off is a real nice touch to get the tool out quick!
Holding the knife in your hand it's balanced perfectly. The G10 scales and length are just right. The addition of a lanyard hole makes it a great option for securing. The design of the handle is very user friendly. The blade design is real nice and unique. The grind work gives it a great sexy appeal. The TJK logo is well stamped and looks really sweet! The edge on this knife is EXTREMELY sharp!! And my god the polished edge looks hot!! The Two time dark acid wash give it a rugged used look, which I'm in love with!
Guys I can go on and on about this knife. Do yourself all a favor and go check out there work at www.triplejknives.com or their Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/TripleJKnifeWorks?_rdr. I'm really happy with what these guys are doing and I see a bright future ahead for these guys. We are doing a YouTube video on this blade real soon so keep a eye out for that on our YouTube channel EOTApodcast. I wanna thank Joshua Fightmaster for sending this blade for us to review. Lots more will becoming of this knife in the future!
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