Random thoughts on Oak Level Knives
by Greg Ritchie

What do you like in a knife Greg? Asked James, a new acquaintance of mine. "I don't know, not anything too big, 3 or 4 inch blade, drop point, but just a little, not a big sweep. I like yellow handles."

I didn't think much else about it, it was just a conversation among two people who liked shooting and the outdoors and found out they had a common interest. But I was surprised when a few weeks later when he walked into my office and handed me a knife. What do you think about this, he asked? "Wow, I really like it. It's exactly what we talked about a few weeks ago. Where did you get it"? It's yours, he said. I made it.

I've used that knife for about a year now. Everything from sharpening pencils to dressing a hog. Sharp, holds an edge well, easy to touch up. It's got a nice heft to it and is easy to touch up. It fills my hand well and the 3 1/4 inch blade is easy to control. The handle is 4 1/4 inches long and it has a 1/4 inch bolster, for an overall length of 7 1/4 inches. The blade is 1/8 inch thick and 1 inch wide. The handle is 3/8 of an inch thick and 1 inch wide. This has become my favorite knife and an almost constant companion when I am outdoors.

I decided I wanted another, smaller fixed blade knife. I asked James if he could make me one. This one with a blade no longer than 2 inches, again, I want a slight drop point and the blade not too wide, maybe an inch. Do you want a guard to keep your finger off the blade, James asked? "Can you incorporate one into the bolster? That would be good if you could". Yeah, I can do that.

In about a week the knife was delivered to me. ( I paid for this one, it was not a gift! ) Again, James took what I verbally described and turned it into exactly what I wanted. A 2 inch blade, 1 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick with just a little bit of a drop point. It has a 1 inch bolster contoured to help keep fingers away from the cutting edge. The handle is 5/8 x 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches and provides a surprisingly good purchase. In what I think is a nice touch and greatly adds to the knife is that the bolster is not polished, but left in what I would call "in the rough".

This would make a nice "neck knife" for those who like such things, but I wanted something to carry on my belt. My state does not allow concealed carry of any fixed blade knife of any size, only an "ordinary pocketknife" whose blade is enclosed in the handle can be carried concealed, and I don't want a knife of any size hanging open around my neck! This problem was addressed by a dual carry type sheath. It has a belt slide so I can carry horizontally on my strong side, and a belt clip that allows vertical carry on my weak side. An arrangement I am very happy with.

I am very happy with my knives and think that anyone looking for a knife should maybe take a look.


Note: I have no affiliation with Oak Level Knives or James other than a casual friendship and will receive no compensation for any purchases made from him.

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