Pally's Adventure Knife

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by PASSMORE, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Greetings all :wave

    Everyone knows that a good knife is indispensible not only whilst riding in the wilds, but for general use in everyday life...

    I carry a small folder with a clip everywhere. Unfortunately, I had multiple failure's with my trusty Spyderco :cry I was sad...

    I caught one of Pally's (aka Velocity Jones these days :lol3 ) threads showing some of his handiwork. Looked to be top knotch stuff, but I had never gotten into a "custom" knife. I contacted him to see if he had interest in doing an "adventure" folder to my specs...

    He agreed it was a good idea, so we began...

    Over the course of 57 sent emails from me Pally crafted a folding knife to my specs. The process was remarkably easy. Specs were discussed, prototype photos sent, mods were made, finished knife photos sent, mods made, and whaaa-laaahhhh! The PASSMORE folder #001 was born!

    To give you an idea of what I wanted, here is my spec list:
    *daily carry in a variety of environments (ranch, errands, office, water, riding, church, etc.)
    *clip to enable a very low ride and not to be so obtrusive that it snags on doorways, etc.
    *folder not to exceed 7" unfolded
    *thumbstud for easy manipulation
    *easy draw
    *low maintence
    *no serrations, regular blade

    Seems like simple enough specs, but Pally will probably tell ya'll I was an anal bastard :lol3

    A few weeks later, I received my knife from Jeff. Upon initial inspection, the quality was everything I had expected - reminded me of a well tuned and kitted 1911 .45, it just had a "right" feel and the parts working had a certain precision to them:thumb

    Quality craftsmanship is fine and good, but would it work as I had spec'd it? :dunno

    The knife is "upside" down from what I am used to after carrying a Spyderco for about 15 years, so I was apprehensive about the clip placement. Jeff assured me it would draw nicely. It does. My thumb naturally falls to the stud in the draw and the knife comes out of my pocket easily. That said, I am still adjusting to manipulating the knife - old habits are hard to break. I find that this knife only requires a "pushing" motion to the stud vs. a circular motion applied to the Spyderco. I like it and it is an easy motion since the mechanism is so fine.

    As for the perty wood handle, that is Pally's doing... I spec'd a micarta but he had some beautiful wood that he insited putting on. He sould not stand to do and "ugly" knife he said :lol3 Others have expressed doubt in the durability of the wood however in my years of working with wood I enjoy it for its graceful aging and ability to come back to life. It also seems like it will be a long wearing wood with care.

    I have already had a chance to "abuse" the knife (thank doG Jeff has extended lifetime service to me :lol3 ). The blade held well, did not chip as I was afraid that it was going to.

    With luck Jeff will chime in as to the finer points of the knife, materials, and such. I am not so much into those things as I am just very pleased to have a quality piece of gear that will likely get handed down to the next generation :D

    I will continue to add to this thread as experiences (good, bad, or ugly) accumulate with this knife. So far, so good though...

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  2. Mulekick

    Mulekick 2.7 on Fu Man Chu

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    Sweet!!!I am truly inspired....


    Here is a rough idea of what I am gonna try.....


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  3. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Mellowed with Age

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    Making a knife for someone like Michael is both a joy and a trial at the same time - but well worth the effort. You see there are several types of customers in my business, but rare are the types like Michael who primarily thinks of a knife as a necessary tool, not a toy. He holds no fantasies of knife-fighting with ninjas dressed in black, or piercing a dragon's heart with a crystalline dagger. No, instead Mr. Passmore carries a knife to be used. His honest sensible ways let him choose to carry a knife to use, and as long as function supercedes form, he is happy with whatever gives him good service. Michael also likes the good things in life, and that is what has drawn him to commissioning himself a custom knife from me.

    The Passmore Model is a fine user's knife, but as I hope to show you in the weeks to come, the Passmore will also lend itself to some fine embellishment. On my bench as I write this are four more Passmore models that will be fitted with bolsters and handles of patinated bronze, mother of pearl, mosaic damascus steel, and fossil mammoth ivory.

    The Desert Ironwood on Michael's knife was essentially a gift to him. I was very pleased with the design of his knife and although he wantes plain old black micarta, I urged him to go with the DI. This piece I have is of exceptional beauty. I sliced off a couple pieces and matched them up fairly well as handle scales. I think it was a good decision. Michael, I am certain that DI will mellow and age like a fine wine. Heck, it probably already is over 200 years old!

    I'm happy to see Mr. Passmore enjoying his new friend. Always wear it, and it'll be there when you need it. Oh yah! :thumb
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  4. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    I did "fight" with my tractor yesterday and accidentally droped the knife in a bucket of used oil while "battling" said tractor :lol3

    What was that you said about lubricating the knife Jeff? :lol3
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  5. ndmiller

    ndmiller Been here awhile

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    Where can I get more information on getting one of these fine knives or having one custom made? Didn't see a Website or anything.

    Noah
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  6. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Mellowed with Age

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    I adjusted my sigline to add my website. If anyone needs to contact me, please email. :deal
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  7. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    You make a nice knife, Pally.

    :thumb
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  8. fahrtleiter

    fahrtleiter Volunteer Staph

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    Did you make this from steel cable?

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    I have a friend in Santa Fe that makes "cable" knives, and didn't know it was a common technique.
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  9. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    No scale to weigh it accurately, but I will tell you that it is no lightweight. Not too hefty IMO. Difference for me is that my Spyderco was a flyweight, this one is NOT. While clipped in my jeans, it is fine. However in shorts I had on today one could consider it a tad heavy.

    Take this with a grain of salt as I am still getting used to it :nod
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  10. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Mellowed with Age

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    The blade on this knife, dubbed "Big Brutha" was made of 1084 powdered steel and a motorcycle chain from an old (I think 1947?) Indian. The chain is cleaned and set into a canister. The podwered steel is then poured into the canister and the whole thing it welded up. Then the canister and the contents are heated to welding temp and the whole thing squished in a hydraulic press. I don't like cable damascus, so I don't use it. :nod
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  11. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Mellowed with Age

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    A solid user's knife will always have some heft to it. Even with the titanium liners, the stainless bolsters will weight it down a little. The bonus here being that you can use The Passmore to scalp a grizzly if you wanted to! :lol3
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  12. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Cool knives. Very nice worksmanship on these. I love the fact that someone needs a "church knife." :lol3
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  13. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    Beautifull workmanship :thumb Can you make me a Boejangles special?
    I'll PM ya..
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  14. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    Beautiful work Pally, how much time do you have to invest in something like that?
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  15. supercreep

    supercreep _______________

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    very nice, pally.
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  16. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Congrats Michael, and great work, Pally. I have always loved knives, and I have been known to acquire a few every now and again.

    Most of my knives are still in a box in my garage along with a ton of other stuff I haven't gotten around to unpacking since moving to L.A.

    While I don't have any fantasies of battling Ninja, I do train in a Filipino martial art that is an edged weapons art. It's a form of Arnis/Escrima called Bahala Na, and the primary weapon is a Filipino style sword, although we commonly use rattan sticks (a formidable weapon in it's own right) in training as a substitute for edged swords. In addition to sword and stick work, knife fighting is a key element too.

    I generally always carry a blade of some sort, although I change it up for variety regularly.

    Here are some crappy shots of a few I have on hand at the moment (sorry, I'm in a hurry to get out the door, and these were the best I could snap off for now)...

    Here's one of the first "tactical folders" I ever bought, a Chris Reeves model. I believe he first designed this knife for a South African Paramilitary Police force. The handle is made of Titanium, and it has a unique locking mechanism that is elegant:

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    This is a traditional Italian shepherd's knife that I bought in Milan years ago, and the handle is made from Olive tree wood. The blade extends a tiny bit from the handle when folded, so that a shepherd can open it one handed while riding a horse by catching the blade on his heavy wool pants as he opens the blade. Did you know that lock blades are illegal in Italy! Isn't that crazy?

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    Here's an unusual Spyderco folding model of a traditional Indonesian style blade called a Kerambit. Traditionally they were not made as folders. It is a pretty brutal design meant to be held in a reverse grip most of the time with your index finger through the hole in the handle.

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    This is a less common Spyderco modle called a "Chinook," designed by James A. Keating. It has a G10 handle. This is more often than not the knife I carry with me daily, and has been for the last year or so.

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    This knife (and sheath) was made for me by one of the senior instructors, or Guros, in Bahala Na:

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    I bought this knife made by Terzoula at a NYC custom knife show last week:

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  17. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Thanks Anthony! I'm sitting here cleaning it and some other stuff right right now - tis a nice piece...

    I really like the first tac folder you have there:thumb I think a fellow operator had one of the same (or darn close) back some time ago - nice piece :nod

    See ya in April (hopefully!)...


    BTW, Mulekick, you would be happy to know that I am cleaning the toys with an official "Mulekick's Monterrey Adv" shirt! :lol3
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  18. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    damn you guys... you're making me drool.
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  19. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    When you say "Operator," I'm thinking special forces types. Which reminds me... I know a couple of SEALS, and one of them once said to me in response to my showing him a nice custom knife, "yeah, that's a beauty, and very well made, but why spend that much money on a knife when you're just going to leave it in somebody some day?" :huh

    A different perspective. :lol3
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  20. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Back in the day I was a tad "higher speed" than I am now... These days I am just trying to "get up to speed"! :lol3

    I was just recalling that the guy I am thinking of was with the team that did some training for the S. Africans... Might have been the knife's origin (love to swap!).

    Taken back to that day and time, I would have agreed for the most part with your friend as to really nice custom knives, although SOG was turning out knives for us that were pretty sweet then (I suspect this was prior to their more mass market appeal these days). Also of note is that most of our budgets were limited (given DOD payscale :lol3 ), so much of the higher zoot stuff only came if could get our CO to sign off onthe purchase or convince the vendor to allow us to "test" it.
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