THE KNIFE FOR ALL SEASONS
For over four decades I have depended upon the Schrade Model 125OT knife for most of my guiding and outdoor writing adventures. My first 125OT was given to me by Henry Baer of the Schrade Walden Cutlery Co. back in the late 60’s with the challenge to try it as my knife while guiding big game hunters. He felt sure I would like it. I gave the USA made folding knife a lot of hard use and it became my knife of choice for much of my career. Made from 1095 high carbon steel, the 4-inch clip point blade held an edge well and was quick and easy to sharpen in the field.
Recently I decided I wanted a high quality all-purpose hunting/fishing/camp fixed blade knife that had a high carbon steel blade design similar to the 125OT. My woods roaming buddy, Medrick Northrop, wanted one also, so we began a search to find a forge that could produce such a knife.
Soon we discovered that Lucas Bullington of Lucas Forge custom makes a full tang knife called the Frontier Clip Point that met all our requirements. http://customhuntingknives.org/.
This hand-made knife has a 3 ½-inch clip point blade, very similar to the 125OT, forged from 80CRV2 high carbon steel. It is a flat grind and has an aged finish. The 4-inch handle is made from fancy curly maple, has a brass-lined lanyard hole and held in place with brass pins. The knife comes with a hand-made leather pouch sheath made by Ike Bullington. The hard part was the 9 month wait once we placed our orders, but the wait was worth it.
Soon after receiving my new knife it made its maiden voyage with me and my sons into the Cohutta Wilderness Area and was used for everything from slicing tomatoes to cleaning fish to cutting tent stakes. The Frontier Clip Point stayed sharp, fit my hand and was up to all task tried. Now the knife has been used for farm chores ranging from opening bags of fertilizer, cutting hay cord to skinning small game and deer. Medrick tested his in Alaska on a salmon fishing trip and on deer butchering and he cannot say enough good about the knife. It seems that Lucas forges a little bit of magic into his knives.
We have found a high quality fixed blade knife that can live up the old Schrade 125OT.