I trust I'm not alone in lamenting the recent passing away of the summer?
Well, it's that time where nights are drawing in, and the log burners are getting lit, and the time to do other stuff of an evening is very quickly approaching. The herald for that time of year has for me always been when the hops are being picked, as is the case right now.
So here i sit, twiddling my thumbs, the mrs is at work on a night shift.... How about i tell you about some knives I've been looking at to while away part of my evening afore bed....
A little while ago Stuart Mitchell sent me down a knife to have a play with. It's made in a type of stainless steel that doesn't get used much nowadays. Some of you may know, but for those that don't, this year marked the 100th anniversary of the time when Harry Brearley invented stainless steel in Sheffield.
So Stuart had an entire bloom of SF100 made, nearly 2 tonnes of steel!
Now with so many modern steels knocking about, how would this old recipe 'cut it' against the likes of RWL 34? That's where i and several other folk step in.
I've been using this:
since the 1st of Fallow season.
Having done a few deer with it now, i can only say how happy i am with it. It's a beautiful little all rounder. Done Fallow, Roe and Muntjac with it and i can't find fault with it. Got these few pics of my mate Phil doing one of his first grallochs with it on a Muntjac:
Used it to split the chest as well:
Being made of stainless and with it's Linen micarta handles, it takes no offence to being wiped over with anti bacterial wipes in the field and a good wash when home. And also, crucially, it takes and holds a good edge.
Now this one is a new model at the moment, but i can forsee it being very good for the likes of us. It's a well made working tool, and I'll miss it when i send it back. One day when he's listened to all the testers reports i expect it'll be available as one of his standard models. When that time comes I'll happily invest in my own one.
I've also just received this little one in the same steel:
Both have nicely tapered tangs:
It's a new knife but it's a model he calls the Muntjac, hence the skulls in the pics!
I'll add more pics of the wee'yin when I've got it bloody.