The Mini-Chop was designed by my friend Norman Lee, and built by James McGowan of Ontario, Canada. This bad boy reminds me a bit of the little prybars and tools that Peter Atwood makes, which Norman is a fan of. I received this little knife as a present in the mail for Christmas from Norman, and it is a very cool knife indeed.
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James McGowan is a Part-time maker and full-time Fireman from Ontario Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Knifemaker’s Guild and designed the M.A.K.-1 Tool that has been marketed by CRKT. James is a great guy and fantastic Knifemaker.
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I bought this knife of James’ table at the CKG show a couple of years ago. I love his little kiridashi’s and japanese inspired one-off’s that he tends to make a lot of for the show. Not perfect as far as fit and finish, but at the lowly price of $60 with a Kydex Sheath, how can one resist?
James is a stand-up guy, and every year when I go to the CKG show I have to pick up a peice by him. This year there were lots of things there as usual, but the cool funky gripped knives were all sold by the time I got there, so I was lucky enough to grab one of these titanium spanners, the last one. Actually it wasn’t there earlier, and appeared late, so I’m not sure where it came from.