John Barker Custom Hawksbill Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on November 18th, 2007


Thank you John Barker and Ron and everyone else at that helped with this raffle. All I did was send Ron some cash to cover his costs and to help out with the shipping of raffle prizes, and I got this cool Custom One-off by John Barker. John does some really nice grinding with these, and the Busse-style hole in the guard deal is sweet.

When Ron from Jerzeedevil sent this watch to me, the guy just put the knife in a box with tons of packing peanuts… BARE BLADED! I think he was trying to make me cut myself! Haha. The sheath was in a ziplock bag with “Ron” written on it. The sheath is a really well made Kydex deal with a belt loop formed into it. No teklock on this one, but I think it would fit one if I wanted to install it. Nicely made belt loop though. I did not test the fit of the sheath because I didn’t want to scratch the knife!

I’m not sure what the blade is made of, but I’ve noticed that Barker uses a lot of 154CM steel, so I’m guessing that’s what it is. Blade length is a healthy 3 1/4″ and Overall length is 7 1/2″, with a handle of polished Micarta with Stainless pins and red spacer. Fits my hand like a glove in a forward grip, and the lanyard is nice with a Micarta bead.

Finish on the blade is satin with polished flats. Spine is also polished along with the rest of the blade ‘sides’. It was sharp enough to shave out of the box, though not hair-popping sharp. I’ve put it in my display case where it sites nicely among the other fixed blades, making a great addition to my collection!

Blade Length: 3 1/4″
Overall Length: 7 1/2″
Blade Steel: 154CM
Handle Material: Micarta

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