Darren Chard Damascus Ranger Knife
This is the first knife I bought from Darren, and started me on my road to collecting his knives. Darren was a member of the CKG at the time and I had found out about him on the CKG website. I remember feeling that his prices were very reasonable and that his work looked great. I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again: Darren is a perfectionist, and his work reflects that!
The scales look as perfect today as they did the day I received the knife, several years ago. Some people don’t like the purple with the pale moon ebony, however I really like the combination. Liners are blue annodized titanium, and Darren even went through the trouble of jeweling (circular graining) the insides of both sides of the scales, with a very fine finish, better than many I’ve seen. The backspacer is a solid peice of titanium, annoidzed purple.
If there is one thing I would change about this knife is the ergonomics. I wish there was a bit of a recess where the index finger usually goes when holding a knife, because it feels overly large in my hand when holding it. Having said that, these are not knives that I would ever use, so perhaps that is a moot point.
The lockup on this one is good, however it does not have that “stickiness” that Darren has been able to acheive with his later knives. I remember him asking me how I felt about the lockup when I first received the knife, and I told him what I thought. It may or may not have had anything to do with what I said, but it’s better now, but this one is still great.
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Overall Length: 8 1/4″
Blade Steel: Raindrop Damasteel
Handle: Pale Moon Ebony