Category Archives: Knife and Sword

Headsman

 

Headsman
Headsman

Here is a photo of a Chinese style headsman’s sword made in the late 1980s.
 
The blade is D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel. The handles and scabbards are wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The 39 inch (one meter) blade is about .165 inch thick at the guard with a distal taper down to .120″ near the end of the long spine groove, and over 3″ wide. The weight is about 3.5 pounds.
 
This uses a dual-modified Japanese tang style, with steel tang peg, and toggled pommel screw. The handle is covered with red leather. It is signed and numbered on the tang to preserve purity of form. The photo was taken by Jon Verhoeven.

Katana

 

Katana
Katana

Here is a photo of a Japanese style katana made in the late 1980s. The blade is D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel. The handle is wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The scabbard is covered in black leather with ebony sash loop.
 
The 29 inch blade is about .165 inch thick. The weight is about 1.5 pounds. This uses the Japanese tang style construction, with bamboo tang peg. It is signed and numbered on the long tang to preserve purity of form. The photo was taken by Jim Weyer.

Grayswandir

Grayswandir
Grayswandir

Here is a photo of a  custom made Sword named “Grayswandir” made for a discerning client.

The blade is D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel. The handle is hickory wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The scabbard is covered in black leather. The 26 inch blade is about .200 inch thick.

Below is a detail shot of the handle area. Studio Photography by Jim Weyer.

The overall weight is about 2 pounds. This sword uses a modified Japanese toggle-tang style construction, steel toggle and pommel screw. As with all Maringer Swords it is signed and numbered on the extra-wide tang to preserve visual purity of form.

Sky Sword

SkyswordDagger

Here is a photo of a sword-dagger pair made about 1990. The blades are D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel.

Both handles are wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The scabbards are covered in black leather with a single spiral strand of twisted stainless wire. The blades are about .225 inch thick.

The weight is about 4.5 and 1.5 pounds respectively. The construction uses the modified Japanese toggle-tang style, with steel toggle and pommel screw. Large brilliant-cut Brazilian amethysts are mounted in 14k gold mounts in the open pommels.

All Maringer Swords are signed and numbered on the tang beneath the handle, to preserve purity of form. Studio photography by Jim Weyer.

Fluted Sword Dagger

FlutedSwordDagger

Here is a photo of a sword-dagger pair made in the mid 1980s.

The blades are D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel. Both handles and scabbards are wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The blades are about .170 inch thick at the double spines. The weight is about 2.0 and 1.0 pounds. This uses the modified Japanese tang style, with steel toggle and pommel screw.

They are signed and numbered on the tang to preserve purity of form. The photo was taken by Jim Weyer.

Galatine

Galatine
Galatine

Here is a photo of the custom sword named “Galatine” for the client. The blade is D-2 tool steel, all other sword and scabbard furniture is stainless steel. The seven pointed star ornament on the heart-shaped pommel is laminated O-1 and 308 Stainless. Both handle and scabbard are wrapped in twisted stainless steel wire. The blade is about .170 inch thick at the spine with a slight distal taper toward the point.

Galatine was built using a modified Japanese toggle-tang style, with steel toggle and pommel screw.  As with all Maringer Swords, it was signed and numbered on the tang under the handle, to preserve purity of form. The handle may be safely disassembled by the owner for periodic inspection or to view the signature panel. Studio Photography by Jon Verhoeven.

Galatine Sword - Copy

BLADE ARCHIVE – PAGE #2

Serial# Style Name Year Steel Handle Bl. Length
501 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
502 Vorpal V-1C 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
503 Vorpal V-1C-custom 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 7″
504 Custom Bamboo Hunter 1989 ? Red Micarta ?
505 Custom Bamboo Hunter 1989 ? Red Micarta ?
506 Custom Chinese Broadsword 1989 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
507 Vorpal Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 2″
508 Vorpal Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 2″
509 Vorpal Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 2″
510 Vorpal Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 2″
511 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
512 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
513 Custom Fluted Dagger 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
514 Custom Dagger 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
515 Vorpal V-1B 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
516 Vorpal V-1B 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
517 Custom EMT Seam Ripper 1990 ATS-34 ? ?
518 Custom Mini-Dag 1990 ATS-34 ? ?
519 Custom Dagger 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
520-52 Custom Broadsword 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped 30″
521 Custom Dagger (w/ 522-523) 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped 9″
522-53 Custom Sword (w/ 521-523) 1990 D-2 Wire Wrapped 29″
523 Custom Spike (w/ 521-522) 1990 D-2 Integral 5″
524 Vorpal V-1D 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
525 Vorpal V-1D 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
526 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
527 Vorpal Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 2″
528 Vorpal V-2Bm 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 4″
529 Vorpal V-1A 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
530 Vorpal V-2Am 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
531 Vorpal V-2Cm 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
532 Vorpal Super Duper Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Red Micarta 4″
533 Vorpal Super Duper Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Red Micarta 4″
534 Vorpal Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 2″
535 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
536 Vorpal V-2Bm 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 4″
537 Vorpal V-2Bm 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 4″
538 Vorpal V-2Am 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
539 Vorpal V-1A 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
540 Custom Bi Ol’ Hunter 1990 440C Red Micarta 7″
541 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
542 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
543 Vorpal V-1B 1990 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
544 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
545 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1990 ATS-34 Integral 3″
546 Custom Ritual Athame 1990 ATS-34 Ebony 12″
547 Custom Dagger 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
548-54 Custom Fluted Sword 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
549 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
550 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
551 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
552 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
553 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
554 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
555 Vorpal Desert Viper 1991 ATS-34 Tan Micarta 16″
556 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
557 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
558 Vorpal Bowie 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
559 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
560 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
561 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
562 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
563 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
564 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
565 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
566 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
567 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
568 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
569 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
570 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
571 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
572 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
573 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
574 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
575 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
576 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
577 Vorpal V-1C custom 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 7 1/2″
578 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
579 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
580 Vorpal V-2Am 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
581 Vorpal V-1A 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
582 Vorpal V-1A 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
583 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
584 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
585 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
586 Custom Gem 4 1991 D-2 Ivory Micarta 4″
587 Custom Gem 4 1991 D-2 Ivory Micarta 4″
588 Custom Gem 5 1991 D-2 Ivory Micarta 5″
589 Custom Gem 5 1991 D-2 Ivory Micarta 5″
590 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
591 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
592 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
593 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
594 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
595 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
596 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
597 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
598 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
599 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
600-55 Vorpal Desert Viper 1991 ATS-34 Tan Micarta 18″
601 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
602 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
603 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
604 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
605 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
606 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
607 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
608 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
609 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
610 Custom Bi Ol’ Hunter 1991 440C ? 7″
611 Custom Bi Ol’ Hunter 1991 440C ? 7″
612 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
613 Vorpal V-2Cm 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
614-56 Custom Sword 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
615 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
616 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
617 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
618 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
619 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
620 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
621 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
622 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
623 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
624 Custom L.U.C.K 1991 ? ? ?
625 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
626 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
627 Vorpal V-1A 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
628 Vorpal V-1A 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
629 Vorpal V-1D 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
630 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
631 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
632 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
633 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
634 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
635 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
636 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
637 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
638 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
639 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
640 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
641 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
642 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
643 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
644 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
645 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
646 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
647 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
648 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
649 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
650 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
651 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
652 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
653 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
654 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
655 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
656 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
657 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
658 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
659 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
660 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
661 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
662 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
663 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
664 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
665 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
666 Not Assigned
667 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
668 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
669 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
670 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
671 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
672 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
673 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
674 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
675 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
676 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
677 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
678 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
679 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
680 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
681 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
682 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
683 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
684 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
685 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
686 Vorpal Bowie 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
687 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
688 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
689 Custom Dagger 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped 5″
690 Custom Dagger 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped 6 1/2″
691 Custom Dagger 1991 D-2 Wire Wrapped 8 1/2″
692 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
693 Vorpal V-1B 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
694 Vorpal V-1C 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
695 Vorpal V-2Cm 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
696 Vorpal V-2Am 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
697 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
698 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
699 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
700 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
701 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
702 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
703 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
704 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
705 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
706 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
707 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
708 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
709 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 3″
710 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
711 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
712 Vorpal Scalpel 1991 ATS-34 Integral 2″
713 Vorpal V-1C 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
714 Vorpal V-2Am 1991 ATS-34 Red Micarta 5″
715 Vorpal V-2Am 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
716 Vorpal V-2Bm 1991 ATS-34 Black Micarta 4″
717 Vorpal V-2Bm 1992 ATS-34 Red Micarta 4″
718 Vorpal V-2Cm 1992 ATS-34 Red Micarta 6″
719 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
720 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
720b Custom Buffalo River Camp 1992 440C ? ?
721 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
721b Vorpal V-1B 1992 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
722 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
722b Vorpal V-1B 1992 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
723 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
723b Vorpal PAL 1992 D-2 White Micarta 4″
724 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
724b Vorpal PAL 1992 D-2 White Micarta 4″
725 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
725b Vorpal PAL 1992 D-2 White Micarta 4″
726 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
726b Vorpal PAL 1992 D-2 Ziracote 4″
727 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
727b Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
728 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
729 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
730 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
731 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
732 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
733 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
734 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
735 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
736 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
737 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
738 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
739 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
740 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
741 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
742 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
743 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
744 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
745 Vorpal Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 2″
746 Vorpal Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 2″
747 Vorpal Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 2″
748 Vorpal Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 2″
749 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
750 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
751 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1992 ATS-34 Integral 3″
752 Custom Backpacker 1992 440C Bubinga 4″
753 Custom Backpacker 1992 440C Zebrawood 4″
754 Custom Backpacker 1992 440C Bodark 4″
755 Custom Backpacker 1992 440C Purpleheart 4″
756 Vorpal V-1C 1993 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
757 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
758 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
759 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
760 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
761 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
762 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
763 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
764 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
765 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
766 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
767 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
768 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
769 Vorpal V-2Am 1993 ATS-34 Red Micarta 5″
770 Vorpal V-2Am 1993 ATS-34 Red Micarta 5″
771 Custom Big Bear 1993 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
772 Custom Big Bear 1993 D-2 Wire Wrapped ?
773 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
774 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
775 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 3″
776 Vorpal V-1D 1993 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
777 Vorpal V-1D 1993 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
778 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
779 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
780 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
781 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
782 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
783 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
784 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
785 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
786 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
787 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
788 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
789 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
790 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
791 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
792 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
793 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral 2″
794 Vorpal Scalpel 1993 ATS-34 Integral

BLADE ARCHIVE – PAGE #1

 This page is created as a service to those knife users and collectors who purchased knives from me in the early years. I will always appreciate your support and patronage!

During my knifemaking career from 1975 to 1995 I made 910 marked and serial numbered blades. Some of them had blades over 18″ in length, and therefore received a “sword” number (shown hyphenated with the blade number) For instance, blade # 41 is also sword # 1

The following is page one of a list of every knife I have made under my own name, listed by serial number with some other information given about it, such as handle material, blade steel etc.

This page goes up to serial number #500. I may have more information about a particular knife, particularly if it is a very early one. Some of the information in my record books is sketchy though, particularly as regards handle materials and blade lengths. Eventually I hope to link this list to photographs or other information where available.

You can contact me at : WillWhitfoot@ShirePost.com

Blade Archive #2

Serial # Style Name Year Steel Handle Bl. Length
Living In U.P. Michigan
1 custom The Hulk 1975 File Angica 4″
2 custom Basic 1975 File Rosewood 4.5″
3 custom paring 1975 File Walnut 3.5′
4 custom paring 1975 File Cherry 3.25″
5 custom Bird Knife 1975 Leaf Spring Cherry 3.5″
6 custom Hunter 1975 Plowshare Walnut 3.75″
7 custom Utility 1975 Leaf Spring Angica 3″
8 custom Skinner 1975 Leaf Spring Walnut 3″
9 custom Small Game 1975 Plowshare Rosewood 2.5″
10 custom Fillet 1975 File Angica 6″
11 custom Fillet 1975 File Rosewood 5″
12 custom Dad’sUtility 1975 File Cherry 3″
13 custom Backpacker 1975 File Rosewood 4.5″
14 custom Paring 1975 File Rosewood 3.5″
15 custom Paring 1975 File Rosewood 3″
16 custom Fighter 1975 File Rosewood 5.5″
17 custom Hytta 1975 File Cherry 5.5″
18 custom Backpacker 1975 Plowshare Rosewood 3″
19 custom Gentleman 1976 File Bird’s Eye Maple 3″
20 custom Hunter 1976 File Teak 4″
21 custom Boning 1976 File Rosewood 2″
22 custom Lg Hunter 1976 File Rosewood 5.5″
23 custom Shark Caper 1976 File Rosewood 3″
24 custom Hunter 1976 File Rosewood 5″
25 custom Boning 1976 File Rosewood 2″
26 custom Locking Folder 1976 440-A Walnut 2.5″
27 custom Locking Folder 1976 440-A Stainless 2.25″
28 custom Beavertail Skinner 1976 440-C Curly Maple 4.5″
29 custom Backpacker 1976 440-C Cherry 2.5″
30 custom Boning 1976 440-C Cherry 2″
31 custom Backpacker 1976 440-C Rosewood 2.5″
32 custom Fillet 1976 440-C Rosewood 3″
Moved To Arkansas
33 custom Paring 1977 440-C Ivory Micarta 3″
34 custom Swept Point 1977 440-C Teak 5″
35 custom Paring 1977 440-C Abalone Shell 3″
36 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1977 440-C Rosewood 5.5″
37 custom Drop Point skinner 1977 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
38 custom Backpacker (Skel.) 1977 440-C Steel 3.5″
39 custom Curvy Dagger 1977 440-C Rosewood 4.5″
40 custom Chef’s Knife 1977 440-C Rosewood 6.5″
41-01 custom Katana 1978 O-1 Cord Wrapped 29″
42-02 custom Katana 1978 O-1 Cord Wrapped 27″
43 custom Swept Point 1979 Morseth Green Micarta 4.5″
44 custom Thrower 1979 S-7 Steel 4.75″
45 custom Dagger 1979 Damascus Cord Wrapped 5″
46 custom Thrower 1979 S-7 Steel 4.75″
47 custom Thrower 1979 S-7 Steel 4.75″
48 custom Thrower 1979 S-7 Steel 4.75″
49-03 custom Katana 1979 A-2 Cord-Wrapped 28″
50-04 custom Hunting Sword 1979 A-2 Staghorn 26″
51-05 custom Epee 1979 A-2 Rosewood 31″
52 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1979 440-C Rosewood 5.5″
53 custom Paring 1979 440-C Rosewood 3″
54 custom Drop Point skinner 1979 440-C Walnut Burl 3.5″
55 custom Veggie 1979 440-C Rosewood 6.5″
56 custom Paring 1979 440-C Rosewood 3″
57 custom Drop Point skinner 1979 440-C Bodark 3.5″
58 custom Bench Knife 1979 440-C Rosewood 1.5″
59 custom Paring 1979 440-C Cherry 3″
60 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1979 440-C Manzanita Burl 5.5″
61 custom Folding Camper 1979 440-C Nickle-Silver 3″
62 custom Folding Camper 1979 440-C Nickle-Silver 3″
Book 2
63 custom Parrying dagger 1979 A-2 Rosewood 12″
64 custom Backpacker 1980 440-C Bird’s Eye Maple 3.5″
65 custom Veggie 1980
66 custom Dagger 1980 Blued O-1 Rosewood 7″
67 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Bodark 3.5″
68 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
69 custom dagger 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 12″
69-06 custom Saber 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
70-07 custom Broadsword 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 29″
71 custom Folder 1980 D-2 Nickle Silver
72 custom Misericorde 1980 D-2 Rosewood 14″
73-08 custom Katana 1980 D-2 Shira-Saya 28″
74 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1980 440-C Cherry 5.5″
75 custom Lam. Boot knife 1980 Pat-Laminate
75 custom Lam. Dagger 1980 Pat-Laminate Wire-Wrapped 6″
76 custom Wire Wrap Dagger 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 8″
77 custom Large Dagger 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 7″
78 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
79 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
80 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
81 custom Large Elvish Dagger 1980 D-2
82 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
83 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
84 custom Boot 1980 D-2 Wire and gold
85 custom Fillet 1980 440-C Rosewood 3″
86 custom Long Drop Point 1980 440-C Rosewood 6″
87 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
88 custom Backpacker 1980 440-C 3.5″
89 custom Butcher 1980 440-C Rosewood ?
90 custom Fillet 1980 440-C Rosewood 3″
91 custom Drop Point skinner 1980 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
92 custom Thrower 1980 S-7 Wire on steel 6″
93 custom Thrower 1980 S-7 Wire on steel 6″
94 custom Thrower 1980 S-7 Wire on steel 6″
95 custom Thrower 1980 S-7 Wire on steel 6″
96 custom Large Dagger 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 16″
97 custom Boot 1980 D-2 Rosewood 5″
98 custom Boot 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 5″
99 custom Boot 1980 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 5″
100 custom Large Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
101 custom Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
102 custom Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 12″
103 custom Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 8″
104 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
105 custom Fillet 1981 440-C Rosewood 5″
106 custom Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 8″
107 custom Long Drop Point 1981 440-C Rosewood 6″
108 custom Long Drop Point 1981 440-C Rosewood 6″
109 custom Long Drop Point 1981 440-C Rosewood 6″
110 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
111 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
112 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
113 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1981 440-C Rosewood 5″
114 custom Backpacker 1981 440-C Bamboo 3.5″
115 custom Paring 1981 440-C Bamboo 2.5″
116 custom Steel Boot 1981 440_C All-Steel 2″
117 custom Steel Boot 1981 440_C All-Steel 2″
118-09 custom Broadsword 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
119 custom Dagger 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
120 custom Fillet 1981 440-C Rosewood 5″
121 custom Hog Butcher 1981 Planer Blade Bodark ?
122 custom Boot 1981 D-2 Walnut Crotch 5.5″
123 custom Boot Thrower 1981 D-2 (soft temp) Wire on steel 5″
124 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Rosewood 3.5″
125 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Curly Maple 3.5″
126 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440-C Bodark 3.5″
127 custom Boot Thrower 1981 D-2 (soft temp) Arizona Ironwood 5″
128 custom Boot Thrower 1981 D-2 (soft temp) Black Micarta 5″
129 custom Laminate Skinner 1981 Pat. Laminate Bird’s Eye Maple 3.5″
130 custom Swept Point 1981 A-2 Blade only ?
131 custom Long Ol’ Hunter 1981 440C Rosewood 7″?
132 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440C Synth black Pearl 3.5″
133 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440C Bird’s Eye Maple 3.5″
134 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440C Stag 3.5″
135 custom Drop Point skinner 1981 440C Rosewood 3.5″
136 custom Big Ol’ Hunter 1981 440C Rosewood 6″
137 custom Fillet 1981 440C Rosewood 6″
138 custom Fillet 1981 440C Rosewood 6″
139 custom Fillet 1981 440C Cherry 6″
140 custom Boot Thrower 1981 A-2 heat-shrink 5″
141-10 custom Broadsword 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
142-11 custom Short Sword 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 24″
143 custom Tanto 1981 Damascus Ray-Skin 9″
144-12 custom Broadsword 1981 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
145 custom Custom Boot 1982 440-C Ebony 4″
146 Vorpal Prototype -1A 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
146(b) custom Drop Point skinner 1982 440C Stag 3.5″
147 custom Long point 1982 440C Stag 5″
147(b) Vorpal Prototype -1A 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
148-13 custom One hand Sword 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 26″
149 custom Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 7″
150 custom Skinner 1982 440-C Curly Maple 4″
151-14 custom Rapier 1982 A-2 Leather over wood 31″
152-15 custom Ninja-to 1982 D-2 Leather over wood 25″
153 Vorpal (001) Vorpal 1 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
154 Vorpal (002) Vorpal 1 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
155 custom Wire Wrap Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 7″
156 custom Wire Wrap Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 16″
157 custom Thrower 1982 D-2 Integral 4″
158 custom Viking Dagger 1982 440C Black Walnut 16″
159-16 custom Short Sword 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 24″
160 custom Wire Wrap Dagger 1982 440C Wire-Wrapped 7″
161-17 custom One hand Sword 1982 A-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
162 custom Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 7″
163 custom Belt Dagger 1982 154-CM Wire-Wrapped 5″
164 Vorpal (003) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
165 Vorpal (004) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
166 Vorpal (005) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
167 Vorpal (006) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
168 custom Blue Fire Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 13″
169 custom Wire Wrap Boot 1982 440-C Wire-Wrapped 4″
170 custom Wire Wrap Boot 1982 440-C Wire-Wrapped 4″
171 custom Wire Wrap Boot 1982 440-C Wire-Wrapped 4″
172 custom Crowell-Maringer 1982 Damascus Wire-Wrapped 6″
173 Vorpal (007) Vorpal 2-B 1982 154-CM Integral 4″
174 Vorpal (008) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
175 Vorpal (009) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
176 Vorpal (010) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
177 Vorpal (011) Vorpal 2-B 1982 154-CM Integral 4″
178 custom Fillet 1982 440-C Black Micarta 7″
179 Vorpal (012) Vorpal 1 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
180-18 custom Broadsword 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 29″
181 custom Weird small 1982 440-C Black Micarta 2″
182 Vorpal (013) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
183 custom Thrower 1982 S-7 Integral 5″
184 custom Thrower 1982 S-7 Integral 5″
185 Vorpal (014) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
186 Vorpal (015) Vorpal 2 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
187 Vorpal (016) Vorpal 2-B 1982 154-CM Integral 4″
188 custom Backpacker 1982 440C Tan Micarta 4″
189 custom Backpacker 1982 440C Tan Micarta 4″
190 custom Cascade Skinner 1982 440C Black Micarta 4″
191 Custom Drop Point skinner 1982 440C Black Micarta 3 1/2″
192 custom Dagger 1982 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 9″
193 Vorpal V-2B 1982 154-CM Integral 4″
194 Vorpal V-2B 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
195 Vorpal V-2A 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
196 Vorpal V-2A 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
197 Vorpal V-1A 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
198 Vorpal V-1B 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
199 Vorpal V-1B 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
200 Vorpal V-1A 1982 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
201 Vorpal V-2A 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
202 Vorpal V-2A 1982 154-CM Integral 5″
203 Vorpal V-1Custom 1982 154-CM Tan Micarta 10″
204 custom Boot 1983 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 5″
205 custom Boot 1983 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 5″
206 Vorpal Scalpel prototype 1983 154-CM Integral 2″
207 Vorpal V2-C prototype 1983 154-CM Integral 6″
208 Vorpal V-1 custom 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
209 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
210 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
211 Vorpal V-1X prototype 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
212 custom Long point 1983 440C Rosewood 5″
213 custom Big Ol’Hunter 1983 440C Rosewood 6″
214 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
215 Vorpal V-1custom 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
216 custom Fillet 1983 440C Tan Micarta 7″
217-19 Custom Broadsword 1983 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
218 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
219 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
220 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
221 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
222 custom Big Ol’Hunter 1983 440C Rosewood 6″
223 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
224 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
225 Custom Bear-Spear 1983 D-2 Point-only 12″
226 custom Montreal Bowie 1983 D-2 Black Walnut 12″
227 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
228 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 5″
229 Vorpal V-1A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
230 Vorpal V-1custom 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 12″
231 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
232 Vorpal V-1A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
233 Vorpal Scalpel 1983 154-CM Integral 3″
234 custom small knife 1983 440C ? ?
235 custom small knife 1983 440C ? ?
236 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
237 Vorpal V-2A 1983 154-CM Integral 5″
238 Vorpal V-1A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
239 Vorpal V-1A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
240 Vorpal V-1A 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
241 custom Battle Shears 1983 D-2 Black Micarta 6″
242 Vorpal V-1B 1983 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
243 custom Tanto 1983 D-2 ? 7″
244 custom Short Sword 1983 D-2 Black Walnut 16″
245 custom Dagger 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 12″
246 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
247 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 5″
248 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
249 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
250 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
251 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 5″
252 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
253 custom Forged Dagger 1984 Carbon Steel Wire-Wrapped ?
254 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
255-20 custom Soul Seeker 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 25″
256-21 custom Spirit Song 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 26″
257 custom Short Sword 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 15″
258-22 custom Gladius 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 19″
259 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
260 Vorpal V-3A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
261 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
262-23 custom Wakizashi 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 20″
263-24 custom Katana 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
264 Vorpal V-3B 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
265 Vorpal V-3B 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
266 Vorpal V-3B 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
267 Vorpal V-3C Sidewinder 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 5″
268 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
269 Vorpal V-2B 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
270 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
271 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
272 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
273 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
274 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
275 Vorpal V-3A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
276 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
277 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
278 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
279 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
280 Vorpal V-2A 1984 154-CM Integral 5″
281 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
282 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
283 Vorpal V-1A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
284 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
285 Vorpal V-1B 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
286 Vorpal V-3A 1984 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
287 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
288 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
289 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
290 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
291 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
292 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
293 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
294 Vorpal Scalpel 1984 154-CM Integral 2″
295a custom Dagger 1984 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 13″
295b custom Battle Axe 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped
296 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
297-25 custom Merlin Sword 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
298 Vorpal V-1A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
299 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
300 custom Dagger 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
301-26 custom Ninja-to 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 27″
302-27 custom Ninja-to 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 20″
303 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
304 Vorpal V-1A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
305-28 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 18″
306-29 custom Broadsword 1985 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
307 Vorpal V-1A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
308 Vorpal V-1A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
309 Vorpal V-1A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 10″
310 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
311 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
312 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
313 Vorpal V-1C 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
314 Vorpal V-1C 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
315 Vorpal V-2A 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 5″
316 Vorpal V-2A 1985 154-CM Integral 5″
317 Vorpal V-2A 1985 154-CM Integral 5″
318 custom Bi Ol Hunter 1985 440C Bodark 6″
319-30 custom Ninja-to 1985 D-2 Leather over wood 24″
320 Vorpal Scalpel 1985 154-CM Integral 2″
321 Vorpal Scalpel 1985 154-CM Integral 2″
322 Vorpal Scalpel 1985 154-CM Integral 2″
323 custom Drop Pt Hunter 1985 440C Cocobolo 3 1/2″
324 Vorpal V-2C+1 1985 154-CM Integral 7″
325 Vorpal V-2C+1 1985 154-CM Integral 7″
326 Vorpal V-2C 1985 154-CM Integral 6″
327 Vorpal V-2C 1985 154-CM Integral 6″
328 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
329 Vorpal V-1B 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 8″
330 Vorpal V-1C 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
331 Vorpal V-1C 1985 154-CM Black Micarta 9″
332-31 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1986 D-2 Black Micarta 18″
333 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 D-2 Integral 2″
334 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 D-2 Integral 2″
335 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
336 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
337 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
338 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
339 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
340 Vorpal Scalpel 1986 154-CM Integral 2″
341 custom Butterfly Knives (pr) 1986 ATS-34 Bodark 12″
342 custom Dagger 1986 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 8″
343 Vorpal V-2AM 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
344 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
345 Vorpal V-1A 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
346 Vorpal V-1A 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
347-32 custom TaiChi Saber 1986 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 29″
348 Vorpal V-1C 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
349 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
350 Vorpal V-2AM 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
351 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
352 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
353 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
354-33 custom Ninja-to 1986 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 25″
355 Vorpal V-1A 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
356 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
357 Vorpal V-1C 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
358-34 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
359 Vorpal V-1A 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
360 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
361 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
362 Vorpal V-1B 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
363 Vorpal V-2AM 1986 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
364 Vorpal Sleeve Prototype 1986 ATS-34 Integral 5″
365 Vorpal Sleeve Prototype 1986 ATS-34 Integral 5″
366 custom Drop Pt Hunter 1986 440C Wire-Wrapped 3 1/2″
367-35 custom TaiChi Saber 1987 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
368-36 custom Katana 1987 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 29″
369 Vorpal V-2A custom 1987 ATS-34 Padauk 5″
370 Vorpal V-2A custom 1987 ATS-34 Padauk 5″
371 Vorpal V-1B 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
372 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
373 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
374 Vorpal Battle Shears 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
375 Vorpal V-1A 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
376 Vorpal V-1C 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
377 Vorpal V-1C 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
378 custom Dagger 1987 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 16″
379-37 custom Terminator 1987 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
380 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
381 custom Drop Pt Hunter 1987 440C Wire-Wrapped 3 1/2″
382 Vorpal V-2C 1987 ATS-34 Integral 6″
383 Vorpal V-2C 1987 ATS-34 Integral 6″
384 Vorpal V-2A 1987 ATS-34 Integral 5″
385 Vorpal V-2A 1987 ATS-34 Integral 5″
386 Vorpal V-2Cm 1987 ATS-34 Integral 6″
387 Vorpal V-1B 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
388 custom Bi Ol Hunter 1987 440C Bamboo scales 7″
389 Vorpal V-2Am 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
390 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 3″
391 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 3″
392 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 3″
393 custom Drop Pt Hunter 1987 440c Black Micarta 3 1/2″
394 Vorpal V-2Cm 1987 ATS-34 Integral 6″
395 Vorpal V-2Bm 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
396 Vorpal V-2Am 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
397 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
398 Vorpal V-1C 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
399 Vorpal V-1B 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
400 Vorpal V-1A 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
401 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
402 custom EMT seam ripper 1987 ATS-34 Integral ?
403 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
404 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
405 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 3″
406 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 3″
407 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
408 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
409 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
410 Vorpal Scalpel 1987 ATS-34 Integral 2″
411-39 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1987 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
412 custom Tanto 1987 Damascus Wire-Wrapped ?
413-40 custom Broadsword 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 24″
414 Vorpal V-2Cmx 1988 ATS-34 Integral 6″
415-41 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
416 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
417 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
418 Vorpal V-2Am 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
419 Vorpal V-2Bm 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
420 Vorpal V-2A 1988 ATS-34 Integral 5″
421 Vorpal V-2Am 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
422 custom Throwing spike 1988 ATS-34 Integral 5″
423 custom Throwing spike 1988 ATS-34 Integral 5″
424-42 custom Katana 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 28″
425 custom Drop Pt Hunter 1988 440c Wire-Wrapped 3 1/2″
426 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1988 ATS-34 Integral 3″
427-43 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
428 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
429 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
430 Vorpal V-1C 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
431 Vorpal V-2Cm 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
432 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
433 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
434 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
435 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
436 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
437 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
438 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
439 Vorpal V-2A 1988 ATS-34 Integral 5″
440 custom Fluted Dagger 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
441 Vorpal Scalpel 1988 ATS-34 Integral 2″
442 custom Dagger 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 7″
443 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
444 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
445 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
446 Vorpal V-2Am custom 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
447 Vorpal V-2Am 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
448-44 custom Katana 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 27″
449 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1988 ATS-34 Integral 3″
450 custom dagger 1988 D-2 Wire-Wrapped ?
451 Vorpal V-1A 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
452 Vorpal V-1C 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
453 Vorpal V-2Cm 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
454 Vorpal V-2Am 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
455 Vorpal V-2Am 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
456-45 custom Spell-Breaker 1989 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 30″
457 Vorpal V-2Cm+ 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
458 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
459 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
460 Not Assigned
461-46 custom Skysword 1989 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 31″
462 Vorpal V-1A 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
463 Vorpal V-1C 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
464 Vorpal V-2A 1989 ATS-34 Integral 5″
465 Vorpal V-2A 1989 ATS-34 Integral 5″
466-47 custom Skydagger 1989 D-2 Wire-Wrapped 19″
466b Vorpal Super Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 3″
467 Vorpal Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 2″
468 Vorpal Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 2″
469 Vorpal V-1C 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
470 Vorpal V-1B 1988 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
471 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
472 Vorpal V-1A 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
473 Vorpal V-1A 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
474 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
475 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
476 Vorpal V-2Am 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
477-48 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
478-49 Vorpal Vorpal Sword 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 18″
479 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 3″
480 Vorpal Super Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 3″
481 Vorpal Scalpel 1989 ATS-34 Integral 2″
482 Vorpal V-1C 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
483 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
484 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
485 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
486 Vorpal V-2Am 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
487 Vorpal V-1A 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
488 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
489 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
490 Vorpal V-1C 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 9″
491 Vorpal V-2Cm 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
492 Vorpal V-2Am 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
493 Vorpal V-2Bm 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 5″
494 Not Assigned
495 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
496 Vorpal V-1D 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 6″
497 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
498 Vorpal V-1B 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 8″
499 Vorpal V-1A 1989 ATS-34 Black Micarta 10″
500-50 custom Cutlass 1989 ATS-34 Ivory Micarta 24″

Vorpal Knife

TheFrontCover1 “Vorpal” series of knives began in 1982 with a custom order for a combat knife designed by Bob Angell of New York. (serial numbers 146-147) Bob’s design featured a pull-the-dot snap body screwed in the handle of the knife which matched a stud mounted in the break-front leather sheath which Bob made which carried the blade point upwards.

Development of the Kydex knife sheath

At the time, I had a young fellow named Doug McGowan working in the shop with me learning about making knives. Bob Angell’s carry concept was very interesting, but the leather was bulky and difficult to make, and the snap mounted in the knife handle seemed inelegant.Doug and I were sitting around one day brainstorming about other materials that could be used to make sheaths. Doug mentioned that he’d had experience in theater making stage armor and had used a material called Kydex (a proprietary name for a brand of PVC/Acrylic alloy) to form-fit armor directly onto a human torso (using a sweater to avoid burns from the 350 degree thermoplastic).

The concept of thermoforming a sheath directly onto a knife-blade was quick to follow… and a few experiments later we had a hard plastic scabbard that could carry the knife upside down as in Bob Angell’s concept, but which would be much slimmer and and utilize the shape of the knife itself to hold the blade securely.

The name “Vorpal” is of course based on the famous poem by Lewis Carroll called “The Jabberwocky” in which the “The Vorpal blade went ‘snickersnack’”. Bob was happy about my interest in further developing his concept, and I refined the original knife design and first showed the Vorpals with Kydex sheaths at the 1982 New York Custom Knife show. While Kydex had been used some years earlier by knifemaker Jerry Price in flat pieces, I feel confident in the claim that these were the first thermoformed Kydex knife sheaths ever made and offered to the public.

Fellow knifemaker Bob Terzoula was just down the row from me at the show, and was very impressed by the way the sheaths looked and worked and asked how it was done. I was happy to share the technique with a colleague. He started using it, and showed a couple people, and I showed a couple more, and before long the process had spread far and wide. Many makers are now made using Kydex sheaths, though few know the story of how the technique originated.

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Further Development of the Vorpal Knife Line

From the original Vorpal design there eventually grew a line of knives that became a staple for Maringer Custom Cutlery. Here’s the front cover of my 1989 showing me (yes, it’s been a while!) drawing a V-1A from the rig from under a suit-jacket. The movement is very fast and it’s difficult to show in still photos exactly how it works.

Here is another page from the broachure with a three-photo montage which perhaps gives a better idea of how the knife is punched from the sheath.Further devlopment of the line included the Vorpal Sword, the Vorpal Bowie, and a number of custom variants of different models.

A factory-made version of the Maringer-Blackjack Vorpal Sword was briefly put into production by Blackjack Knives shortly before they went bankrupt. In 1995 I stopped making Vorpals, and the line was taken over by Bobby Branton of South Carolina, who made a small number of Vorpals up until 2006 when the specialized tooling was returned to the Maringer shop in Arkansas.

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