M10 Haw Creek
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I’m sure it’s obvious that the Haw Creek takes it’s influence from Japanese blades. I watched a video of a Japanese gentleman who was carving a sculpture using what looked like a meat cleaver that had a sharpened chisel like point. He was a master with it and it struck a cord in
me watching him use it so well. I’m no carver for sure, but I have used a chisel quite a bit in my life for various wood working and carpentry projects I’ve done. I saw immediately how handy something with a flat sharp “tip” would be in the woods. I could imagine how nice it would be to use to make square joints for shelters and camp furniture, for notching traps, friction fire boards etc. Coupled with some saw teeth, the M10 would sing.
The Haw creek differs from a true chisel in that the main bevel and front bevel are double sided whereas a chisel is one sided.
This knife isn’t what you’d call game knife since it has no tip. But paired with a smaller neck knife that would be used for gutting and skinning, the Haw creek would be one invaluable tool in the woods.
Although the exposed tang does work for hammering on with a wooden stick, it's not ideal. It provides no protection to the knife handle material like a pommel plate does. So be careful or you'll find yourself with some chipped or cracked handle scales.
Blade length: about 3 3/4"
Handle length: about 4 1/2" -with exposed tang about 4 3/4"
Thickness available: 5/32”, 3/16”, 1/4"
5/32" recommended. Any thicker and the cutting efficiency suffers because of the low grind.
Available in tool steel or stainless steel. Hidden tang version available.