View Full Version : What is the Holy Grail of your knife collection?

Dennis Bible
08-26-2001, 09:27 AM
What is the one knife that you would love above all others to add to your collection?

08-26-2001, 11:04 AM
I would say either a Tim Herman Sliver or anything by John Lewis Jensen.

I do have a huge list of Grailish knives, but I believe I answered your main inquiry ;-)

Herman Sliver:

Herman Knives (

John Lewis Jensen

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08-26-2001, 11:02 PM
Right now, that would be a Shane Taylor Dragonwing folder. Even though I have switched almost exclusively over to fixed blades I still covet this knife.

08-27-2001, 12:37 AM
I guess this changes over time, but my current wants are:

Walter Brend Model 3
Walter Brend Rouge Bowie
Emerson Rhino

I guess I just like tactical knives rather than the fancy stuff, but I do have a fixed blade Silver comming in the next couple of weeks......



08-27-2001, 05:27 AM
I actually found this one surprisingly easy to answer. While there are several knives I would like to eventually acquire, none call to me like a true custom David Broadwell sub-hilt. Nothing fancy mind you, 10" of recurved, double edged ladder Damascus blade, blued fittings and mortised mammoth ivory handle. Heaven!

Les Robertson
08-27-2001, 06:25 AM

George Herron, in over 40 yers of knife making has made less than 50 Bowies.

I have the first one he ever made.

The knife I have lusted after for years is the Hunting Leopard Bowie by Rod Chappel.

I saw one in Ivory in a Airline magazine when I was coming back from my honeymoon. It was an article on Jim Weyer.

I did manage to get a HLB a few years back, it has a wood handle. So I guess I am still looking.


08-27-2001, 10:29 AM
My holy grail knife isn't a knife it's a sword and I have it on order. Quite possibley I may get it at the NY show this November. It's a full blown damascus Katana made to my spec's by Wally Hayes.

Mike Snody
08-27-2001, 10:46 AM
Tough Question.
It would probably have to be this one. Edmund Davidson, 10" blade, integral construction, sharp all the way around.
Mike Snody

08-27-2001, 02:43 PM
Yeah man ... that "Davidson" there is a baaaaddd mammy-jammy!


08-27-2001, 07:03 PM
When I think of my 'ultimate' Grail Maker I picture Wolfgang Loerchner's works. Here's just a couple off his website to remind me:

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WOW do I love Art Knives!

Tom Militano
08-31-2001, 05:36 PM
I guess, no change that to I know, mine would be one of my friend Durvyn Howards folders. His work is some of the most flawless I've ever seen.

09-01-2001, 06:59 PM
How about a full-blown Charles Ox Scagel replica bowie? I know that would look mighty nice in my collection!

Not as expensive as some of the other suggestions, but the quality of Ox's work speaks volumes.

09-01-2001, 11:40 PM
OK, I've got several. The first one is this (or similar) Don Fogg Bowie:

The 2nd choice would be a Jim Kelso-mounted Japanese style tanto.

3rd choice would be Rob Hudson's Bowie in p. 134 of Ed Fowler's "Knife Talk".

4th choice would have to be + or - any Kemal blade.

And I've got quite a few others fighting for the top spots...


09-02-2001, 12:26 AM
Good choice on the Fogg Bowie, Joss. That particular Bowie knocks my socks off. Close inspection shows Don's meticulous attention to detail. Look at the thin spacers between the guard and stag, and the between the stag and the butt cap. They are carefully shaped and fitted to follow the contours of the stag. The stag remains completely intact in its natural form.

Beautiful piece of work, right down to Don's trademark 24k gold cherry blossum on the ricasso.

09-03-2001, 08:35 PM
An Al Pendray wootz blade.

A Steven Rapp bowie would also be "nice"

09-06-2001, 12:06 AM
Moran ST-24

I know, I know.....Dream on.


09-06-2001, 03:54 PM
A Barry Davis damascus folder.3.5" blade,gold pins & toothpick,gold thumb stud with diamond inlay.Beautiful file work inside and out.The best MOP handle I've ever seen.

Charles Gallo
11-02-2001, 05:05 PM
Lindsay engraved Lake folder

11-12-2001, 06:41 AM
I'd love to be able to get this Brodziak Persian. (

robert hyatt
11-23-2001, 02:39 AM
probably a fancy auto dagger...
im thinking ladder pattern damascus, woolly mammoth ivory scales, gold bolster/guard....not sure what for the release.

now,the two that i can actually afford,and will have withing the nexy few months....
a sweet little art washburn liner lock. damascus blade and scales....a jewel.
and a dagger made by my good friend and blacksmith max burnett (ogg knives)... black handle,hidden tang,of course,white spacer,nickel silver pommel and guard,with 4 inches of cold steel....gonna be sweet. :D

12-31-2001, 11:00 AM
The Holy Grail in my collection is a close tie between my Ernest Emerson predate CQC6 and my predate partially serrated CQC8 "Banana".

UW Mitch
01-06-2002, 01:06 PM
The problem with a Holy Grail Knife, is presumably once we found it, our quest would be done and our hobby would fade. The nice thing, IMHO, is that there is no such thing as a Holy Grail Knife - we will forever be seeking the next, newest, greatest knife.


Oh, I guess I should give a better answer - I think John Lewis Jensen is a pretty cool guy who makes some unreal knives; if I had the money I would definitely try to get something from him!

Dennis Bible
01-06-2002, 01:17 PM
Excellent point. If I ever get my holy grail knife I will be looking for another one.

01-10-2002, 09:43 AM
I like this one from Achim Wirtz..."The blade is wootz out of my own production (sorry, not visible in the pic, but believe me, it's there!) with a really good hamon. The handle slabs are blue mammoth ivory crust. The rayskin under the knife will be used as outer shell of the sheath for this knife." (

'nuff said.

Tom Mayo
01-10-2002, 01:13 PM
The knife my grandfather gave me when I was 8

Roger Gregory
01-10-2002, 06:19 PM
And there was me thinking Tom Mayo was going to say a TNT :)

For me, right now it would have to be a Howard Hitchmough sub-hilt. I don't know if he even makes them now....


01-10-2002, 08:51 PM
Wouldn't it be sad if we ever found it?

01-21-2002, 10:19 AM

I cant' see the picture but if it's the knife I think about I have seen it and Achim have even let me play with it, it's an awsome big wootz blade. Congratulations!
I know for sure that one of the present folks here is on the list for a wootz knife from Achim . ;)

01-26-2002, 08:49 AM
Bob Ogg 6" "Airman" fighter, his version of the Randall #15. I got it in pretty bad condition, but Max Burnett, Bob's son, refinished it and put it in a strong working sheath for me. Pics on my 'station' at (
My next"HG" knife will be another Ogg fixed blade.