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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:19 pm 
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There is a lot of talk on the 'net about "custom" knives. By definition, a custom knife is a knife made to your specifications, one at a time.

This is a bit different from a handmade knife.

A maker can make 300 of the same knife by hand (or aided by machine), but that does not make the knife "custom". It is also a bit different than a "customized" knife as well. Custom knives are one of a kind, or are not really "custom".

This is a "custom" knife. I ordered it from a maker who heated the steel (W-2)in a forge, pounded it to shape, heat treated it by hand, tempered it numerous times and made the fittings of his own damascus. After finishing to a 2000 grit finsh, he then sculpted the handle and made the sheath. All "by hand". It is exactly what I specified-not picked from a catalog or off a makers table. The maker is Russ Andrews II. He has been making knives for 30+ years and makes very few knives per year. You will wait 3-5 years for him to make one for you.

This is a custom knife.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:44 pm 
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amazing. :shock:


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Now that's how a knife should look like... Congrats Anthony

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:46 pm 
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Mr. Lombardo,
I completely agree with your definition of "custom".
It is a term that has lost it's meaning and has been used as a substitue for "hand-made", which as you pointed out is not the same.
I have had this polite argument with a few other holster-makers.
If it is not made EXACTLY to the client's specs, then it is not custom.
If a customer wants a certain design of holster with a deviation from standard cant, or with a thumb-break, and is told by the maker it is not available that way, then it is not a custom holster; I don't care how many hand-hours went into it.
Sorry, I'll get off my soap-box now... :!:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:16 am 
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That is one beautiful knife.... :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:23 pm 
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Yep, I'd say so. Beautiful.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:34 am 
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Congratulations! that is a beautiful knife

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I agree to a point , but a maker who does something one off is still making a custom , it may not be what a CUSTOMer ordered but it is still custom none the less.
I see so much debate over what is a custom knife and what isn't , but what I see are items that won't ever be used , therefore are they truely a knife at all ? ;)

Either way that is a great one you have there. Purfect , there are so many fine details on that , even as purfect as Coops picts are , I bet in person it is even more awesome than the picts can show.

His damascus rivals any other I have seen.

And his sheath work is excellent as well. 100% sole authorship...well done !!

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superb! an awesome example of sole-authorship work at the top of its game :)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:47 am 
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Russ does some of the cleanest work out there, bar none. Excellent example.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:08 pm 
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Knifes I would be scared to use are not something that usually interests me (scared to use as they are too beautiful) BUT that is beautiful, that is really something I want! I would just enjoy drewling over that on a regular basis.

I like how if you really had to you could use it and not feel too bad as the blade is not damascus (do people really use damascus knives??)

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Russ' work is AWESOME!!! This is one of his nicer pieces.

If you ever grow tired of this one, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Beautiful knife.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:38 am 
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Anthony, you seem to have mighty fine taste in firearms and knives!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:27 am 
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Very Attractive Knife.

I have seen this "Custom" debate on just about every site (knife, gun, car.. etc). I think it is a matter of context and perspective.

I have messed with "Custom" knives for a few years now. Bought my first Carson in Tulsa at a gun show (a small model 4 with green micarta scales..nothing fancy but very useful...still my EDC), ordered my next 5 directly from him (the wait was worth it). While I did not order the model 4 directly from Kit, someone most likely did, thus it was a true custom (to the original customer and now to me).

Have my first "Custom" 45 on the way (a YoBo 1*). Bought it second hand (again a custom to the original owner and now to me).

Now I have a "custom" holster ordered. I never knew there was so much to consider since I have never "ordered" one before. Thanks to Mark's patience I finally figured out what I wanted (and am anxiously awaiting its arrival). If I ever sell it (not likely) won't it still be a "custom"?

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Excellent! The term 'Gentlemans Bowie' came to while looking at the images. Thank you for sharing.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:57 pm 
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Being second hand does not determine custom. I agree with Mr Garrity. I searched every for every holster maker I could find. I read web sites till my eyes went blurry. I can't tell you how many "custom" holster makers will not do certain things. I think the only limitation should be safety. Putting after market parts on a gun does not truly make it custom. This knife is a perfectly beautiful example of custom. Mr Garrity's approach to custom is why I am waiting on two holsters from him!
Again very beautiful knife!!


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