This is a unique partnership between The Local Branch x Spangler Forge.
Ben Spangler is a blacksmith hailing from Rochester, NY. He specializing in unique handmade knives - this collection features one of a kind wood handles which are marked individually with hand forged blades.
The Local Branch handcrafts sturdy, durable, 100% genuine leather sleeves to fit these knives - making them the perfect duo to take out for all of your great adventures.
Knives and sheaths can be purchased as a set or individually.
Contributing to the avid search for the fighters of the fresh water streams are several state and federal hatcheries, as well as lakes maintained by such organizations as theIzaak Walton League. The hatcheries themselves offer a particularly interesting sight, whetting the angler’s appetite for this truly American sport.
Juvenile fish, called fingerlings, are typically about the size of fingers.
Novaculite is a type of stone that can only be found in North America. The novacula stone formation in the Ouachitas of Central Arkansas is geologically considered, without a doubt, to be the purest and finest quality. Its extremely high-purity silica content exceeds 99 percent.
Small Hook & Knife Stone: Approximately 3" x 1¼" x 1/4”, Soft Arkansas Novaculite stone specially grooved to keep your fishing hooks sharper than new. Instructions included.
Large Axe Stone: Ideal for sharpening axes, hatchets, machetes and garden tools. 220 grit, roundaluminum oxide puck (2½" x 1¼") with finger groove for better handling. Lubricating honing oil recommended. Always sharpen against the cutting edge. Protective stow tin included.
Scrimshaw is an early American art form originating from the whaling industry in the late 1700’s. During the many idle hours at sea, a whaler etched drawings of nautical themes on items that were readily available to him such as sperm whale teeth and bones. His primary etching instrument was a sail needle, nail or pocket knife. After he scratched his art work into the surface of the bone, he would rub lamp black or tobacco juice into the scratch to reveal the drawing. As America traveled west, the frontiersmen carried the art form with them, applying it to their powder-horns, knives and other accoutrements.
You can experience this art form too as you scrimshaw the images of a hunt, big catch or simply the family name on your very own bone-handled pocket knife. This kit includes all you'll need to complete the project and is a perfect starter introduction into scrimshaw.
Choose from knife style: Trapper (4 1/8” closed) or Lock-back (3 5/8” closed).
Refuse to Sink - Classic Italian Float Knife. Sure to be a favorite for the boat dock, tackle box and canoe. Natural cork handle and rust-resistant metal components. 4" x 1¼" x ¾" closed with 2¾" locking stainless steel blade.
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