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Tip: Fiskars Axes and Chipped Edges

I generally like axes and mauls with wood handles because they can be repaired fairly easily and I find them more comfortable to use. That said, sometimes you want an axe or hatchet that you don’t mind leaving outside or for using in ways that you shouldn’t necessarily use them. That is why I own and use several Fiskars axes, hatchets, and mauls.

I recently posted a picture of a Fiskars X27 Splitting Axe that I have grown to like quite a bit on Instagram. Several of you chimed in with your experiences as well which were mostly positive. However, a reader sent me a message regarding their experience with Fiskars axes which included the edge chipping during the first time they used it. Every single one of mine has done the same thing so I figured I should post what I have learned here.

Fiskars axes, for whatever reason, seem to be prone to chipping… at least on the factory edge. There is online speculation that this is due to the heat treatment being ruined during whatever automated sharpening process these axes go through at the factory. I don’t really know but I do know that they will chip and that there is an easy solution.

All you need to do is file the original edge back to remove the problem steel. Once you have removed the steel at the very edge, it will be far less prone to chipping. I also take that opportunity to round over the bevel to improve chopping performance. I generally take a file to them before I even use them now but you can also wait until the chipping happens and then file back until the chips are removed.

This isn’t earth shattering news and I am not the first to do it. Don’t give up on a Fiskars axe just because of some minor edge chipping. There is good steel under there somewhere.

Lunar Concepts SOCP Sheath

Lunar Concepts’ new Benchmade SOCP Sheath offers a lot of functionality that some users may find to be missing in the original equipment sheath. It features a slim, compact, user-configurable design that allows it to be mounted in a number of ways including with a single soft loop for IWB use or 2 soft loops for horizontal carry on the belt.

The initial offering of this sheath sold out quickly. Keep your eyes on Lunar Concepts (LCEquipped.com) to be part of the second run.

New Signet Ring Model – Coming Soon Wise Men Company

Wise Men Company’s Signet Ring, a karambit-like ring attachment for the Spyderco Delica, has been generating a lot of interest. They stated from the start that other models would follow and it looks like we won’t have to wait long. The Signet Ring will be available for the Spyderco Endura/Matriarch in the near future and we have the picture to prove it!

Wise Men Company will open pre-orders for the Edura/Matriarch Signet Ring in January. In the mean time, check out the Signet Ring for the Delica at Wise Men Company.


ESEE will begin taking orders for their new ESEE-6HM at SHOT Show in early 2017. This new ESEE-6 variant features similar modifications as those found on the other HM, or Handle Modification, knives that have already been released (ESEE-3HM and ESEE-4HM).

The deep finger choil found on the original versions of these knives has been removed in favor of a longer, more rounded handle. This design incorporates a self-guard and places the user’s hand very close to the cutting edge which is preferable for power and precision cuts at the base of the blade.

In all other aspects, this is an ESEE-6 and that is a good thing. The 6.5″ long, .188″ thick, 1095 steel blade with ESEE’s excellent heat treat is still there and if this release is anything like the ESEE-3HM and ESEE-4HM before it, the original ESEE-6 won’t go anywhere. The HM version will be offered in addition to the original.


Signet Ring – Spyderco Delica Finger Ring from Wise Men Company

Wise Men Company’s new Signet Ring turns your Spyderco Delica into something entirely new – not quite a karambit but still a Delica. The Signet replaces the Delica’s back spacer with a machined aluminum ring that functions much like the ring on a karabit. It makes the knife easier to retrieve from the pocket and easier to hold in an edge down orientation.


Delicas with the Emerson Wave Opener will be very easy to deploy using the Signet. The ring would sit above the wearer’s pocket where the index finger can easily slip into it and the knife will “automatically” deploy on the draw stroke. This can go a long way toward helping solve the issue of ending up with a grip that is too low on the knife when using the Wave. Regular Delicas may be modified to “wave” open in a similar way by simply attaching a zip tie to the Spyder Hole.

You can pre-order the Signet Ring at Wise Men Company. Shipping begins in January.

Signet Ring at WiseMenCompany.com

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RMJ Tactical Ka-Bar Sheath

You know RMJ Tactical for their tomahawks but, judging by the looks of their new Ka-Bar sheath, you may know them for leather working soon.

RMJ Tactical says that the new sheath has a “Vintage look and feel with modern carry options.” The weathered leather construction looks right at home on a classic working/combat knife like the iconic Ka-Bar. It is supplied with a MOLLE/Belt drop loop or a low profile belt adapter that can be configured for vertical or horizontal carry.

Check out the Ka-Bar Sheath at RMJ Tactical.

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TOPS Knives Idaho Hunter Snake River Edition

The Idaho Hunter is one of TOPS Knives most popular hunting knives. It is an all-around performer thanks to its full flat grind, sweeping drop point blade, and multiple hand positions.


The original version of the Idaho Hunter has a gray powder coat blade with gray micarta handles. This new Snake River Edition of the Idaho Hunter sports darkened black linen micarta handles and TOPS’ increasingly popular Black River Wash blade finish. The new linen micarta handle slabs provide plenty of grip but a smoother finish to prevent hot spots (for those marathon sessions when you buddies want you to dress out their deer too). The Black River Wash looks great and shows off the temper line from TOPS Knives’ differential heat treat.

Like the original version, the TOPS Knives Idaho Hunter Snake River Edition is ground from trusted 1095 steel and comes with a kydex sheath. You can view full specs and purchase at an introductory price at TOPSKnives.com.

RMJ Tactical Mini Jenny Pre-Ordering Opens Today

If you have been waiting to put your hands on RMJ Tactical’s newest tomahawk, the Mini Jenny, your wait is almost over. This one promises to be their lightest, most compact, and easiest to carry tomahawk yet.

RMJ Tactical will open pre-ordering today (in about 1 hour as of the time of this writing). There will also be a new Mini Jenny patch available.

Check out the Mini Jenny at RMJ Tactical


Peek Behind the Scenes at Emerson Knives Prototypes

Emerson Knives recently posted a video that shows the contents of a box of rough prototype knives. Ernest Emerson appears in the video and states that some of the knives have already been produced, some will be produced, and some may never be produced. The video is a fascinating look into the design process, aesthetic, and prolificacy of the man who helped birth the tactical knife as we know it.

Customize a TOPS Knives HOG 4.5

The TOPS Knives HOG 4.5 is one of the best all-around field knives that TOPS makes. What if you could choose your own handle color, choose your own sheath design, add cool features like fire steels or pouches, and support a veterans charity when you bought one? That would make a great knife even better.


That is exactly what Red Hill Sheaths and TOPS Knives have set out to do. You can order a HOG 4.5 through Red Hill Sheaths and choose all the above options. You are basically starting with a bare blade with TOPS Knives great looking Black River Wash finish as your blank canvas! Red Hill Sheaths will then fit the knife with the handles you choose, custom form your sheath, provide any of the add-ons that you choose, and then donate $10 to Hope for the Warriors for each knife sold.

Visit Red Hill Sheaths to learn more.

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