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By Aric Fowler
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About this project

I have learned to bend, fold, and work steel to make beautiful works of art. I am a craftsman, an IT engineer, and an artist. I enjoy working with my hands, and as such, I took up the hobby, which has become an obsession of knife making. 

When I first took up the hobby, I planned on making knives that no one else makes. Everyone seems to make the same type of plain old, boring knife. I'd rather make different stuff. I've gotten good at making a decent tool, at a fair price. However, my equipment has taken a toll. My forge is in ruins and no longer works, and my itty, bitty grinder is just not doing the job any longer, sufficient of popping out high quality finishes. 

I'm hoping this project earns the funds necessary to improve and replace both with quality equipment. The plan is to purchase a 'Skull Forge' from Michigan, and a 2" x 72" professional Knife grinder from Oregon Blade Maker. With these wonderous tools and toys can be fabricated.

So what are these awesome rewards for your generous donations? The rewards are many and may be added to weekly. 

Malabar Knives - MK logo (4" Vinyl Decal) black.

MK-Decal
MK-Decal

 

Custom Micarta Scales - They are hand made, in either Black, Woodland Camouflage, Pink Camouflage, or Red, White, and Blue for a more Patriotic Feel. Each block, will be 10.75" x 2" x 1/8" +/-

Pink, Woodland  & Patriotic
Pink, Woodland & Patriotic

The Pocket Buddy is a small, fixed blade knife, great for all types of small jobs. The blades will be posted on ColoradoCutlery.com.

(post forging - still needs a heat treat and polish)

 

I even make a pocket chopper

A practice knife made from 6061-T Aluminum, professionally cut and wrapped in your choice of 550 Paracord. (woodland camo, black, or red/black).

(photo coming soon)

A live blade, work knife, modeled after the practice knife in 1095 High Carbon Steel. The handle will be your choice of custom scales (pink camo, black, woodland camo, or red, white, and blue micarta scales.

(photo coming soon)

Combination Package of the same model of practice knife/work knife. These are great for getting used to handling your tool. Allowing it to become part of your every move, an extension of yourself. 

The Patriot Knife - This is a work of art. My passion and soul went into this knife. I have custom etchings of MK and a couple of Punisher Skulls on the blade. 

 

So many ways you can both help out and get some great work knives. Keep in mind the funds donated to this project don't just stop at a better grinder or new forge. With additional funds, I can also add a power hammer, rolling press, and press. Having a great shop to provide the best tools possible is my goal; my mission, and my passion. 

Thank you for viewing!

Sincerely, 

Aric Fowler, Malabar Knives founder/owner/operator

Risks and challenges

With performing blacksmithing, there is always a safety risk. The forge gets enormously hot, hitting the 2000+ degrees. In addition, grinding steel can also be hazardous, causing the belt to catch the steel and take it over.

The financial risk involved for any investors is zero. I can begin production of the tools, with your choice of finish (satin, mirrored, or black) as soon as I receive the tools. I typically work with D2 and 1095 Steel as the cost is low and is easy to work with. I usually keep a good supply of all of the other parts handy, such as rivets, pins, handle materials, and kydex.

As I do work a full time job, I must insist on at least a 3 week lead time after I receive the tools to get each order filled and shipped.

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    Decal - MK

    Custom Designed Vinyl Decal in Black or White. 4"

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    Custom Micarta Scales - Black

    For your gracious donation of $35, I will send a slab of micarta scale. They are hand made, in either Black, Woodland Camouflage, Pink Camouflage, or Red, White, and Blue for a more Patriotic Feel.

    Each set, will be 10.75" x 2" x 1/8" +/-

    New to micarta scales? Micarta is simply a layered medium in resin. Usually, construction paper, burlap, cloth, or wood. These are layered construction paper.

    What are they used for?
    These are great for adding a handle, bolsters, or pommels to any knife. These are often put on with pins and/or epoxy resin, and sometimes feature a liner made from G10 or brass.

    Some examples of what they look like?
    Pink Scales:
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pink-venom.jpg

    Woodland Camo
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/woodland.png

    Red/White/Blue
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_3850.jpg

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    Custom Micarta Scales - Woodland Camo

    For your gracious donation of $35, I will send a slab of micarta scale. They are hand made, in either Black, Woodland Camouflage, Pink Camouflage, or Red, White, and Blue for a more Patriotic Feel.

    Each set, will be 10.75" x 2" x 1/8" +/-

    New to micarta scales? Micarta is simply a layered medium in resin. Usually, construction paper, burlap, cloth, or wood. These are layered construction paper.

    What are they used for?
    These are great for adding a handle, bolsters, or pommels to any knife. These are often put on with pins and/or epoxy resin, and sometimes feature a liner made from G10 or brass.

    Some examples of what they look like?
    Pink Scales:
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pink-venom.jpg

    Woodland Camo
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/woodland.png

    Red/White/Blue
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_3850.jpg

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    Custom Micarta Scales - Pink Camo

    For your gracious donation of $35, I will send a slab of micarta scale. They are hand made, in either Black, Woodland Camouflage, Pink Camouflage, or Red, White, and Blue for a more Patriotic Feel.

    Each set, will be 10.75" x 2" x 1/8" +/-

    New to micarta scales? Micarta is simply a layered medium in resin. Usually, construction paper, burlap, cloth, or wood. These are layered construction paper.

    What are they used for?
    These are great for adding a handle, bolsters, or pommels to any knife. These are often put on with pins and/or epoxy resin, and sometimes feature a liner made from G10 or brass.

    Some examples of what they look like?
    Pink Scales:
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pink-venom.jpg

    Woodland Camo
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/woodland.png

    Red/White/Blue
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_3850.jpg

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    Custom Micarta Scales - RWB

    For your gracious donation of $35, I will send a slab of micarta scale. They are hand made, in either Black, Woodland Camouflage, Pink Camouflage, or Red, White, and Blue for a more Patriotic Feel.

    Each set, will be 10.75" x 2" x 1/8" +/-
    New to micarta scales? Micarta is simply a layered medium in resin. Usually, construction paper, burlap, cloth, or wood. These are layered construction paper.

    What are they used for?
    These are great for adding a handle, bolsters, or pommels to any knife. These are often put on with pins and/or epoxy resin, and sometimes feature a liner made from G10 or brass.

    Some examples of what they look like?
    Pink Scales:
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pink-venom.jpg

    Woodland Camo
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/woodland.png

    Red/White/Blue
    http://coloradocutlery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_3850.jpg

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    Pocket Buddy

    For a $45 dollar donation, I will ship a small, pocket buddy, which makes a handy, legal tool to have on you. it makes a great letter or box opener, in addition to being great for cutting string, tape, etc.

    This is not meant to be a weapon. Just a handy tool. Comes with a kydex sheath equipped with belt loop.

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    Practice Knife

    For a $55 dollar donation, I will ship a training knife, which is great for martial training. This is not intended to be sharpened. It is a rounded edge, professionally cut training knife.

    This is not meant to be a weapon. Just a very durable tool for training with.

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    Pink Venom

    Acid Etched 1095 High Carbon Steel blade. 2" cutting edge. Custom made pink micarta scales sealed.

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    Work Knife

    For a small $100 dollar donation, I will ship a sharp, work knife, which is great for all kinds of jobs around the house or campsite. This also comes with a kydex sheath to the holder safe.

    This is not meant to be a weapon. Just a very durable tool for training with.

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    Practice Knife Combo

    For a small $145 dollar donation, I will ship a training knife, which is great for martial training. This is not intended to be sharpened. It is a rounded edge, professionally cut training knife. As a compliment to the trainer, I will also provide the live version, with a kydex sheath. It is a great all around work tool.

    This is not meant to be a weapon. Just a very durable tool for training with.

    Supplies are limited to Reward #7 & 9's Backer Limitations.

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    Custom Patriot Knife

    For a most generous, $175 donation, I will ship a hand crafted tool with a nessmuk design. Acid Etched blade has skulls and the MK Logo etched into the blade. The handle has a custom made micarta scales, featuring our nation's colors of red/white/blue.

    Comes with a kydex sheath, and 2 Malabar Knives Decals.

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