View Full Version : The LAST Ninja

Neil Blackwood
09-30-2001, 04:40 PM

At one point I heat treated 24 of these blanks in one run!! This is the LAST one so I decided to make it a little fancier than usuall. This one is 3/16" A2, with a drilled and tapred tang and features Californina buckeye burl from Wood Stabilizing Specialists Intl. It leaves tomorrow for Taiwan!!

I might make a few of these next year but right now I'm kind of burned out on this model <img src= ALT=":\">


09-30-2001, 06:24 PM
Cool knife Neil. Pure Blackwood. Really nice shot of the knife too.

Don Cowles
09-30-2001, 06:31 PM
Amen! Great job, Neil!

09-30-2001, 07:15 PM
Nice. Now start making some folders.

Barry Jones
09-30-2001, 07:55 PM
Very nice, Neil.

I am going to have to agree with dogman's reply. Get to making some folders.

09-30-2001, 11:13 PM
What Bob said. :D


10-01-2001, 01:28 AM
I concur! Go for the folders Neil! BTW love dat Ninja!

cajun bones
10-01-2001, 05:35 PM
As Terry said, classic Blackwood. Great grind lines as usual.

Missed you at the Spirit of the Steel show! Picked up some more of that great wood from Mike (WSSI).

So, what do you have in store for the folders??? Ninja liner lock? Hayabusa tacticals? Oyabun autos? :)


Neil Blackwood
10-01-2001, 10:50 PM

You all have heard of the little "eyes" in the burl wood??? This wood actually has REAL eyes in it!! See that little sucker looking out in front of the cord wrap????? :)

Folders........ SOON, I PROMISE!! My backlog is now down to where I can get back to spending some time with them and not recieve any angry Emails!!!

Thanks for the compliments on the Ninja, I appreciate it!


10-02-2001, 09:55 PM
really nice, Neil. The eye is a little eerie...

Neil Blackwood
10-04-2001, 11:08 PM
Thanks Pat!!

10-05-2001, 02:09 PM
Geese ... that's cool!

Hey Neil ... do you have some kind of perpetually "green" leave growing at your house. Those things are great! Nice closeup shot too ...


Raymond Richard
10-06-2001, 06:50 PM
Another really good looking blade, Neil. How did you finish the blade, like the looks of it but can't come up with the process you used. Ray

Neil Blackwood
10-06-2001, 06:53 PM

They are elephant ear plants, the leaves are HUGE!! They also make great scanner backgrounds :) .......compared to a towel or something. As soon as I get my digital camera, I PROMISE to be more creative with my backgrounds!!


10-06-2001, 09:38 PM
Don't do it Neil ... those plants are becoming your trademark. :)


Neil Blackwood
10-08-2001, 10:56 PM

Sorry, forgot to answer your question regarding the blade finish!! This knife looks much brighter in person. The finish is hand rubbed, finishing with 400 3M wet or dry using Cool Tool II cutting fluid. I HATE the Norton paper :( !!!!! The hollow grind and top bevel are finished, following their own curves and lines, the flats are finished straight inline with the handle. This gives the blade 3 distinct "areas" I find that the 400 finish stands up best to Kydex and use it on all my knives supplied with Kydex sheaths.
I'm looking forward to some higher finishes and combination finishes on my folders!!!


My wife is getting tired of finding dried up elephant ear leaves on our scanner ;)