John Barker

John’s interest in knives started as a child with his father’s old Case pocket knives. His dad always had a knife in his pocket and he taught John to always have one too. John found himself collecting more and more knives over the years. Then, one day, his friend Will Dutton asked him to go to the Blade Show with him. Will had just started making knives a few months earlier. The Blade Show really sparked John’s interest in making knives and he built his first knife in August 2006 at Will’s shop. From then on, John knew he had found something special in knife making. He likes to build custom fixed blade knives that have a tactical flare to them. He makes fighters, hunters and utility designs using the finest steels available in Crucible’s CPM line of knife steels. He likes to use CPM 154, CPM D2, CPM S30V and CPM D2. These steels employ Crucible’s Particle Metallurgy technology for superior blade performance. His knives are made for hard use. He hollow grinds his blades in a unique way to make his knives as light as possible, but maintain a strong convex cutting edge. He also tapers the tang on every knife to achieve a balanced knife that seems like an extension of your hand. He uses a variety of handle material, but prefers Micarta for tactical knives and knives that will see a lot of use. The reason being that Micarta is extremely durable and has a good ‘grippiness’ even when wet. 

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