A. G. Russell Boot Style Knives
In the middle of 2012, Goldie asked me to design an inexpensive Boot Knife. It had to be slim and lightweight, with high quality workmanship, and it had to be a great value for our customers. Sometimes Goldie is tough to work for. I like to design a knife, pick someone to produce it and use whatever materials I want.
We sent drawings out for quotes and had to choose a maker who was 25% above the low bid because his work was 100% better. He only needed to be a little better than his samples to produce the quality I have required since I began making knives in China.
Before we got to that point though, I had to decide what blade shape we would use in the knife. We ended up with three: (1) a saber-ground drop-point, (2) an English Bowie style clip-point and (3) the classic double-edged boot knife blade. Goldie hated the double-edge blade and liked the clip-point. I preferred the drop-point and also liked the double-edge. Because we couldn't agree, I decided to survey my friends on Blade Forums and on Facebook.
The folks on Facebook preferred # 1, then #2, and least of all the double-edge. My friends on Blade Forums preferred #2, then #1, and least of all the double-edge. With great reluctance Goldie agreed to make all three. The maker agreed to a short run of the double-edge if we would increase the order for the other two. The result is remarkable - I am really happy with the knives. They should be selling for $75-$85. I believe that when you handle one you will agree, but, having ordered so many, we have priced them to move out the door in a hurry.
The 3-3/4" blades are 8Cr13MoV at 57-59 Rc. This steel, when heat-treated as I require, is widely praised in all of the knife forums. The handles are black G-10. The guard and front and rear bolsters are 410 stainless steel. Each measures 7-3/8" overall and weighs from 4.1 to 4.3 oz. Inlcudes a black leather belt sheath with a snap to retain the knife. Made in China.
A. G. Russell Boot Style Knife drop point
A. G. Russell Boot Style Knife clip point