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Title: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on January 17, 2006, 08:59:49 PM
OK, I'm only going to post the pictures.  John can explain them and give you more info about them.  I've gotten 1 from him as a gift for a friend of mine that collects knives.  Since he collects them, the one I got him went in his safe, so..........  Right now though, I've got John making 2 more for me because of the look, feel, and craftsmanship of the first one.  How well they perform under "field" conditions I can't vouch for just yet (I'll let John tell you what he's seen).  Anyway, here's the pictures.  John can either post his contact info, or you can contact him directly through this site for more info.


 
Edit: 11/2/11 - With GP switching different things between the forum and photo album, the links didn't work any more for the knife pictures.  I've inserted them again down at the end of the topic.  O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Mad River on January 17, 2006, 09:04:04 PM
WOW  :D :roll: :D :roll: ;D :roll:  REALLY NICE BLADES  O0 :)

Mr. Andrews,

Where is the price list?  What are your Payment Terms?  How long does it take?  Seriously.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on January 18, 2006, 11:48:44 AM
Hey John, again, nice blades there. I would be interested in more info on the blades in pictures 1, 5, & 6. I'd be interested in a couple or 3 depending on pricing and such. One of em for my old man, like we discussed before (that would be one from pics 5 or 6), and one or two for me.

Looks like somebody just expanded their business a bit. ^-^
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Morax on January 18, 2006, 11:52:36 AM
told ya he makes some sweet lookin blades!!  still interested but aint got the bucks for one YET  but am gunning for one of the designs like pic #3 i like that style of blade, clean/simple.. useable...
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on January 19, 2006, 03:59:19 AM
WOW  :D :roll: :D :roll: ;D :roll:  REALLY NICE BLADES  O0 :)

Mr. Andrews,

Where is the price list?  What are your Payment Terms?  How long does it take?  Seriously.
Mad river, how's about emailing me, oldhickory45@yahoo.com? Dang, my head is getting too big to fit in our livingroom, now! And yes, that one is a fillet knife, carbon steel.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on January 19, 2006, 04:13:22 AM
Hey John, again, nice blades there. I would be interested in more info on the blades in pictures 1, 5, & 6. I'd be interested in a couple or 3 depending on pricing and such. One of em for my old man, like we discussed before (that would be one from pics 5 or 6), and one or two for me.

Looks like somebody just expanded their business a bit. ^-^
Thanks, Ks_! #1 is L6, a high carbon steel fillet.  Actually, it has a mirror polished blade. What you see on the blade is a reflection of the sky. Sorry to say, I quit making fillet knives. I can't charge what I need to to cover my costs for making them, believe it or not. It would be a really expensive fillet knife. The fillet knives are just as much work as my regular hunting knives, actually. I charge $200 for my hunting knives, like the ones in pictures 5 and 6, and generally that size. A handmade top notch cowhide sheath is included with the knife. There are some other items included, such as engraving on the blade. The blades receive a cryo treatment, and the knives include a lifetime guarantee.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on January 19, 2006, 04:22:42 AM
I don't mean to put you great folks off, but I will have to finish my posts here later in the morning. It's way past this old Indian's bedtime after 10 hours on a cold patrol at work. I will post some information and descriptions of the knife pictures. I want to thank all you folks for all the kind words and for Big58cal's great help in posting the pictures, and BC's kind words, too. My head is still swelling. I may have to sleep on the couch, my big head probablywon't  fit through the bedroom doorway, now. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on January 20, 2006, 04:12:15 PM
I'm ba-a-a-a-aK!  #1 is a carbon steel (L6) blade with manmade carbon fiber and Micarta laminated handle, with the customer's initials on the handle.       #2 are of high carbon stainless steel. Knife on left has stabilized uncolored buckeye burl wood, the right one has undyed stabilized amboynia burl.   #3 picture was a blade still smeared with some buffing compound, L6 carbon steel balde, handle is of deer antler, 99.99 pure silver spacers, inlays, and buttcap. The wood is some Osage orange (hedgeball tree) I cut myself. I cut all my own Osage wood near home.   #4 is a working Ulu I made for a local lady taxidermist. The blade I made out of a chunk of a big sawmill blade, high carbon and chrome content steel. The Ulu blade rings like a bell when you flick your fingernail and strike the blade. It's about a 3/16" thick blade, scalloped and then mirror polished. The Ulu is all one solid piece of steel, with the wood sandwiched onto the steel, so the handle of the Ulu is a full tang handle.  The Ulu was custom fit to her hand, exactly. She uses it in her shop, mostly for scraping hides. The blade has a slight hollow grind to ease sharpening on a diamond hone. It's pretty hard steel.   the next, #5, is like mirror polished stainless high carbon steel, stabilized undyed (I use only the natural wood, don't like dyed wood) buckeye burl, high grade nickle silver bosters. It's posed on my neighbor's rail fence.  The next pic down, pretty much the same.  The next pic down is a pair mirror polished high carbon (L6) blades, white tail deer antler, several ounces of 99.99 silver inlays and 1oz. 99.99 pure silver undated Morgan silver dollars mounted on the antler crowns.  The next one down is a customer designed request, L6 steel, Osage orange wood, deer antler, and some more silver. The knife has a sawtooth spine. My son named the knife "Exibit A" because it looks like a knife that will end up as evidence in a murder trial.   Next are a couple of kitchen knives with stands,  2 of many of which I had a big run on. They are L6, very sharp blades. One has Osage orange wood from a one hundred year old fence post  that was still in the ground, the other has lilac wood handle, from a white lilac bush. The lilac is really hard stuff, purple, white,black, and brown colored wood. The kitchen knives were bought as kitchen conversation pieces, but are good working kives, if used.   Next is a L6 skinner, Osage, antler, , and silver.  On down, another L6 monster, customer design request. It has sawtooth spine, brass and silver guard and finger/thumb hole, and a, L6 steel lockblade built into the handle. The lockblade is about 5 or so inches long, if that gives you some scale as to the size of the knive. It was i nightmare to build, and I was more than glad to receive his $500 payment. The sheath was handmade and hand stitched by my contankerous old hermit sheath maker, a genius with leather. Next, the white handle looking one is high carbon 440C stainless, lilac wood and carved deer antler crown.  Next, a view of the 99.99 pure silver Morgan dollars mounted on the crowns of the pair of knives you saw earlier. Last is an l6 blade, and some of my local wild cherry wood I cut, and engraved 99.99 silver furniture on the handle. These are just a few of what I have made, most of my pictures are lost.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: bare_trax on January 21, 2006, 10:14:02 AM
John's working one of his fine knives for me, and I can hardly wait!!!! Judging by the pics, craftmanship, and the time John puts into his, knives, they are a steal at the price he asks. Where else can you get a handcrafted knife for $ 200? You can bet I'll be ordering a couple more here in the future!!!!!!
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Morax on January 21, 2006, 10:17:59 AM
John's working one of his fine knives for me, and I can hardly wait!!!! Judging by the pics, craftmanship, and the time John puts into his, knives, they are a steal at the price he asks. Where else can you get a handcrafted knife for $ 200? You can bet I'll be ordering a couple more here in the future!!!!!!
you forgot to add not just handcrafted, but from someone you know who will not give second rate material, or anything else to you. someone who is going the extra mile for you BEFORE you even see the thing!! a true craftsman, not in it for the money or the fame but for the love of doing the job right!!
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on October 15, 2006, 03:59:02 PM
Figured that I would go ahead and post the pictures of my knives here with the other ones that John has made.

If anyone else has any knives made by John, be sure and snap some pictures of it and post them up in this section.

 
 
Edit:  11/2/11 - Links not working.  Put the pictures at the end of the topic.  ;)
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Rookie in Kansas on October 15, 2006, 04:27:18 PM
John,

     I am interested in a hunting knife with a bone (antler) handle for my father as a Christmas gift.  What are the chances of this and what do I need to do?

Thanks,
Rookie
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 17, 2006, 11:17:34 AM
Rookie, thanks for asking! To be honest, it is going to be a real close call, getting one done for you for Christmas. I am way behind in the shop and getting one finished for a certain GPS gentleman in Canada that is sitting on a cold drill rig right now. I have sent you a PM. My regular hunting knives have gone up to $225 because of my raised costs of materials and shipping, unfortunately.  SRick, that Marbles knife has some real collector value!  :shock: It looks to be in grat shape, too. NIX ON THE 100 BUCK SALE until you find out what it is actually worth! On some other boards they can give you a better idea what your knife is really worth, and there are lots of colectors that would be ready to snap up your knife. I will send you a PM. Your history of the knife will be of interest of the collectors, too.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 17, 2006, 11:57:48 AM
You know John, pretty soon here you might have to open up an assembly line. ;D I'm still wanting one myself, but I won't order one until I know for sure that the money's extra and not needed. Probably some time next year.  O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Juandogg on October 17, 2006, 06:34:59 PM
Hey Ks did you hear that every 100th knife ordered from John is free O0 tobad everyone will be number 99
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 17, 2006, 09:53:50 PM
lol I'm sure that if I give John an offering of $225 then my knife will be free. ;D
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on January 31, 2007, 01:13:20 PM
Forgot to mention about mine:

Blade is 440 stainless
Handles are from a burly piece of California Buckeye
White in the handles is Mastadon Ivory

 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

As far as "field trial", my knife (my son's is in the safe until he's a little older) cleaned a turkey in the spring, about 6-7 squirrels, field dressed, skinned, and deboned 1 deer and then field dressed and skinned another deer before needing sharpening (it wouldn't shave anymore! :roll:).  Other than a few fingerprints on the steel right now, it looks the same as the day I got it. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on February 11, 2007, 11:36:30 AM
They keep an edge really well, but it's some hard steel! :shock:  It will take a while to resharpen.  But like I said, it holds and edge for a long time.  See my previous post on all of the critters the knife went through before needing sharpening. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on February 11, 2007, 07:46:32 PM
If you wanna get ahold of John Andrews, good luck. That old indian is like the jackalope. He's really just a myth the bring on the site now and again. The only reason he's ranked #1 in sheer number of posts is that he's been on the site since before the first world war. He's just been waiting for technology to catch up. ;)

Just send John a PM. But be warned, I think there's a line now. I know I just ordered a couple... O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on July 24, 2007, 10:51:49 AM
So has anyone else gotten their knives from Onestone yet?

My new one is going to be the same design as the first, but smaller and with Osage Orange for the handle. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on December 11, 2007, 11:48:42 PM
I got to digging around through some of my old pictures and finally found the ones I took of the first knife that John made for me.  This one was for my Step-Dad who collected knives.  He really liked it, and thought the wood was really cool. O0


If anyone has any questions about any of the knives, send John a PM.  Also, if you've been lucky enough to get John to make a knife for you, snap some pictures of it and post them on here. O0
 
 
 
Edit:  11/2/11 - Picture links not working.  Updated links at end of topic.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: bare_trax on March 03, 2008, 08:33:50 PM
man BC................thats one fine looking knife......................I'm still waiting to get mine, but I know it'll be worth the wait
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on March 04, 2008, 08:22:50 AM
man BC................thats one fine looking knife......................I'm still waiting to get mine, but I know it'll be worth the wait

That one is my favorite of the 3 I've gotten from him.  Haven't seen the 4th one yet that he's still working on. O0  It's supposed to be something along the same lines as the ones I've already got, but smaller.  The one I use is a good blade, but just a tad big for squirrels and such. ;D
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on March 07, 2008, 12:39:03 PM
Dang, now my head is so swelled I can't get my hat on!  :roll: Thanks for posting the pictures and the kind words, BC! And thank you all for the kind words, too!  :)
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 20, 2008, 09:49:26 AM
Bare_trax should receive his knife this week, was mailed out last week.  :) Canadian Customs likes to slow the delivery process, I hear. I filed the proper paperwork and mailed the knife so as to speed things along.  :)
I hope you like the knife, trax!
And, thanks all for the kind words. I'm headed out to the shop right after I finish my morning java fix.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 22, 2008, 09:35:15 PM
I gots 2 on order, but when it comes to John's kind of craftmanship, I'm willing to wait. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on October 23, 2009, 04:10:20 PM
Got the knife this morning!

I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see it.  ::) ;D ;D ;D  It looks better than I was expecting (as usual). O0  I was wanting one a little smaller than my other ones to use on squirrels, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc.  This one should pretty well fit the bill for all of that and more! O0  Blade is 440 Stainless Steel that has been heat treated and cryo-quenched.  The wood in the handle is a burly piece of Osage Orange (hedge apple).  Apparently, the Osage burl is rarer than hen's teeth. :o  It's got some really cool grain and patterns to it.  The pictures don't do it justice.  :|  The sheath I asked to have dyed brown, and Abe did it (John's sheath maker).  The leather though really soaked up the stain and turned a dark brown.  It's all good though. O0  It looks pretty good with the lighter brown of the handle.


Thanks again John! O0 O0 O0  This one is down, only 1 other left to go. O0


 
Edit:  11/2/11 - Updated links at end of topic.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 23, 2009, 05:25:56 PM
  :) Hey, you are most welcome, BC! O0 :)  Actually, it is I that should thank you and thank you again for posting about your latest arrival.  :)

Yep, that wood in the burl is dang hard to find. And then the delay waiting for the wood to be stabilized. With the chemical stabilitation, the wood and finish will never rot, etc. It will stay the way it is, forever.

I think your knife will be make cleaning squirrels a little easier than using your larger knives.

Abe was surprised the way your sheath dyed, too. Every piece of leather is different. He's going to dilute the dye on your next sheath, the one for your to be finished guthook.

Hey, maybe You or someone can suggest a model name for your knife, in case I have the opportunity to make some more like yours. Something like, "Lil Critter", "BC Squacker", or something, since it's a small game knife.

P.S., I'm also working on Techno's knife as well as your guthook. Techno's  knife is of the same steel as yours, except your to-be-finished guthook knife steel is CPM420V.  :)



Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on October 23, 2009, 09:42:25 PM
Hey, maybe You or someone can suggest a model name for your knife, in case I have the opportunity to make some more like yours.

How about "The Little Injun"  ;D O0  Sounds good to me! :wink:
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 24, 2009, 08:32:34 AM
How about "The Little Injun"  ;D O0  Sounds good to me! :wink:
Sounds pretty good!
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 25, 2009, 10:07:14 AM
The Little Injun tops any of my ideas.  How much does one like that run?
They run $225-250, depending on what materials are chosen. That also includes sheath, shipping, optional shipping insurance.
the forth one down looks like the best brass nuckles I ever seen. :twisted:
Yep, some of them have a lot more metal in them than what I would prefer, but it's what the two clients wanted. The two have solid brass knuckle type guards.

By the way, I no longer use any brass. I now use good grade nickle silver because of the unwanted tarnish factor of brass. 

BC's next knife will have some inlayed or incorperated copper or brass shrapnel on the knife handle, but that's the only choice other than my steel shrapnel that can rust if care is not taken.
The shrapnel is from tank killer penetrator rounds.  :twisted:
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on October 25, 2009, 11:24:54 AM
how much would one of those knives cost? ??? ??? ???
I can make them for $225-250, depending on materials. Certain amounts of ivory and exotic materials drives up my cost. I do have some "exotic" materials I can include in the deal for the $225 price.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on October 27, 2009, 11:49:52 AM
You've got my attention. Please explain to me, this shrapnel feature. Is it just for looks or is it for gettin down to business? Pics?

Nah, the shrapnel is just for looks. O0  He's got some brass & copper shrapnel from some exploded rounds from his work.  When the shell explodes, it leaves some really cool striations on/in the metal. :D  We figured that the way the metal is striated, it would look really cool inlaid into the handles. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on November 02, 2011, 11:47:59 AM
Updated knife pictures.  O0
 
John can explain about some of the knives.  The ones I've got, I'll try to explain a little.
 
These were the pictures that John originally sent to me back in 2005 I think, when I was thinking of getting him to make me one.
 
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Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on November 02, 2011, 11:52:55 AM
This was the first one that I had made, for my Step-Dad.
 
Blade is 440C Stainless, heat treated and cry-quenched.
Handles are a burly piece of California Buckeye
 
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww184/Big58cal/Knives/Bob_s_Knife_2.jpg)
 
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww184/Big58cal/Knives/Bob_s_Knife_3.jpg)
 
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Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on November 02, 2011, 11:57:11 AM
These are the next 2 I had made, one for me and one for my son (when he gets a little older).
 
Blade is 440C Stainless Steel, heat-treated & cryo-quenched
Handles are burly California Buckeye.
White dots in handles are inlays of Mastadon Ivory.
 
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww184/Big58cal/Knives/knife_3.jpg)
 
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Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Big58cal on November 02, 2011, 12:02:12 PM
This is the last one he made for me.  I needed a knife a little smaller for squirrels, turkeys, etc. so we came up with this one.  This one is the "Little Injun".  O0
 
Blade is 440C Stainless Steel, heat-treated & cryo-quenched
Handle is a burly piece of Osage Orange (hedge apple)
 
(http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww184/Big58cal/Knives/001.jpg)
 
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Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: Ks_Sniper on November 03, 2011, 12:53:36 AM
The very top knife is a fillet knife, which he doesn't make anymore. I already asked. ;) All in all, John makes some great looking knives and has plenty of options to choose from. Definitely worth the price tag. O0
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on November 03, 2011, 08:07:34 AM
Thanks for kind words and pictures! I should be working in the shop right now, but is cold out there and I have to get the old shack warmed  up before I venture in.

Also, when the coffee kicks in and my joints get loosened up.  I have rigor mortise on cold mornings.  :roll:

BC, I'm still sorting through my pile of shrapnel for the inlays for your knife.

And am going to try to take some pictures of some of my handle wood for Ned and you today, before I go to work.
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: bohicajuan on November 03, 2011, 10:31:22 PM
SA-WEET!
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on December 29, 2011, 10:54:17 AM
SA-WEET!
Thanks, bo!
Title: Re: Custom Knives by John Andrews
Post by: John Andrews on June 20, 2014, 10:06:51 AM
Am still plugging away in the shop. I have a forge that needs some attention before I fire it up.