Blade Length 3.75
Overall Length 8.25
Closed Length 4.25
Weight (oz) 5.2
Source Previously owned
Knife Type Full Tang, Has Sheath
Blade Material Damascus
Blade Details Drop Point, Recurve
Handle Material Micarta
Other Details Tactical
About the Maker
Branton (Branton Knifeworks), Bobby
"My name is Bobby Branton, and I'm the owner of Branton Knifeworks, from Awendaw, South Carolina. I've been a custom knife maker for over 40 years and I've studied with some of the masters in the custom knife industry. In addition to my line of throwing knives, I am making quality tactical folders and small to medium sized fixed blades for every day carry. I want to spend more time making slip joint and lock back pocket knives." In 2004, Bobby was inducted into the International Knife Throwers hall of fame as "Knife Thrower of the Year" and in 2005 he was also inducted once again with the "Silver Lifetime Achievement Award". Then in 2014 he once again received another "Lifetime Achievement Award".
Walter Brend is a living legend in the knife industry. He's been grinding knives for over forty years and has gained a reputation for having some of the most intricate and most beautiful custom grind lines around. He specializes in tactical folders and fixed blades that are just the right combination of size, style, and of course functionality. After living in several states, Walter and his wife moved to a rural McMinn County Tennessee home and soon began turning out new styles for collectors in an expanded work shop. The shop is filled with different sized belt grinders and unique equipment needed to cut and finish his one-of-a kind creations. Several machines were designed by him and built by a specialty company. Along with constantly developing new and unique knife design styles, Walter also takes special orders from collectors who have their own ideas. Buyers in other countries often seek special creations, asking for both hunting and collectible knives. Walter said his most expensive weapon created was a sword that sold for $30,000 to a collector in China.
In the mid 1980’s Rick Hinderer began his knife making journey making art knives in a small 14′ x 18′ turkey coop with none of the modern amenities, like heat or running water! Art knives are a far cry from the tactical scene which Rick is so deeply entrenched in now. Over the years his meticulous attention to knife design and knife making, coupled with his real world experience as a Fire Fighter / EMT sets him apart from the rest. Rick’s design philosophy is deeply rooted in his experience with using his knives as part of his first responder tools. That catalyst of change from art knives to hard use tactical was after Rick joined the rescue dive team. He really began to look at knives and designs more as hard use tactical tools than works of art. Rick began changing over from old world knife making techniques to modern CNC precision manufacturing. With the combination of designing art knives, and his real world experience as a first responder, this unusual perspective allows him to design hard use tactical folders that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but extremely comfortable in the hand. All of Rick’s products are engineered to go the distance when it counts the most whether it be when life is on the line, or you just need a good cutting tool.