THE ALLROUNDER KNIFE

in

AISI D2 & 440C stainless steel

 

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The name says it all - the 'Allrounder' - Anytime, anywhere!

 

As evidenced by the feedback received, it seems that I've made some very decent useful knives to date from steels such as RWL-34, 52100 Bearing steel, Damascus, DC53 steel, 01 & D2 Tool steels and Damasteel. But it's only with experience that one can tell that some steels are to be favoured for a certain type of knife. When it comes to the Allrounder, which I made in all the previously mentioned steels at some time or other, two steels - AISI D2 and 440C Surgical stainless steel - stand out. The D2 steel version is for the more traditional of folk who prefer Carbon steel, but at a higher grade than 01 tool steel. D2 is an admirable tool steel that is tough, can take and hold a keen edge and it's far more resistant to staining and rusting than any other tool steel. As for the 440C stainless steel, it's easy to maintain and can take and hold a surgically sharp edge really well.

 

This knife is designed with the occasional outdoorsman in mind. It's a sturdy knife at 4mm thick and yet it'll tackle any cutting light to medium jobs easily, thanks to its deeper grind, be it a full Scandi type zero degree edge or with a Secondary bevel. It'll handle many other tasks where you need a solid knife that can take a fair share of rough handling when needed. I've been making the 'Allrounder' for a few years now and I've never had one back that failed its owner in any way whatsoever, so it has a proven track record of reliability you can depend on. It's important however, when ordering an Allrounder, to consider your needs and choose the right type of cutting edge.   

 

 

 

This Allrounder is in Carbon Fibre which is really stunning in real life than in this photo! I should know, I made it and I own it still! Not so visible, but is has a secondary bevel.

Both the above knives are mine. On the left has an Amboyna handle and the right a Carbon Fibre

 

About AISI D2 steel: D-2 is an air-hardened high Carbon tool steel that has become a favourite of top end knife makers. It's a good choice for hard use applications with excellent wear resistance. Finish has a somewhat satin sheen to it and not quite mirror like. Takes and holds a great edge and very much appreciated by the advanced craftsman and knowledgeable outdoorsman. D2 steel has become a favourite of mine and I therefore have no hesitation in recommending it. Of all tool steels, D2 is the most resistant to staining and corrosion.

 

The many and varied knife handle materials on this site is testimony enough to how much one is able to choose from. I doubt that many other knife makers have as much of a varied wood in stock at any one time as I have. I just happen to love wood for its own sake and I always pick the best wood possible for a given knife.

 

Some of the not so dense woods I go to the trouble of stabilising as these happen to be, more often than not, very lovely burls and make for a stunning knife. I'm just like anybody else when it comes to choosing a handle material; so much to choose from and making a final decision never comes easy... 

 

The knife on the left has a Scandi type grind to zero degree. 

 

ALLROUNDERS IN 440C STEEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left is Allrounder in 440C steel with Desert Ironwood handle and Mosaic pins (belongs to J. Dosset - USA) and on the right is another that's handled in Black Buffalo horn with Mosaic pins.

 

KNIFE BUILD OPTIONS AND PRICING TABLE

No hidden costs!

 

More about 44C steel: 440C is an excellent, high-end stainless steel, usually hardened to around 58 RC and was the first generally accepted custom knife makers' stainless and remains quite popular, particularly since the sub-zero process was developed to add toughness. Please note that 440A, 440B, 420 etc. are stainless variants with similar alloys, but can be confused with 440C. Non 440c type steels are nowhere near as good for survival and wilderness living knife making use. The shame is that some mass producing commercial knife companies often mark blades as 440, when in reality they're using one of the less desirable versions, thus giving the genuine 440C Surgical Steel grade a bit of a bad name in the process. However, for those in the know, 440C is the benchmark for many quality knives now and some top custom knife makers make good use of it. Corrosion resistance is excellent due to its high-chromium content, with a terrific balance of good hardness that takes and keeps a keen edge and is fairly easy to re-sharpen.

 

THE ALLROUNDER KNIFE DIMENSIONS:

 

Overall length: 228mm

Cutting edge length: 110mm

Handle length: 118mm

Blade thickness: 4mm

Blade width: 30mm

Max blade width (at Ricasso) : 32mm

Type of Primary Grind:  Flat Scandi grind to Zero degree for clean cutting performance.

Scandi type grind with a secondary bevel for more general light to medium work.

Pin Holes: 3

Lanyard hole: 1

 

Handle materials: According to personal preferences from a selection offered on here         

 

Sheath configuration: Standard British type made from 3-4mm thick natural Veg tanned leather dyed to compliment the knife and/or according to personal preferences. A Firesteel loop may be added if preferred. An adjustable extension loop may also be added if required. This adjustable extension loop helps in giving more freedom of movement and makes the knife more accessible when wearing long coats etc..

 

NB: ALL DIMENSIONS ARE APPROXIMATE AS NO TWO KNIVES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AND PARTICULARLY SO IN THE HANDLE AREA. MY KNIVES' HANDLES ARE PROFILED ACCORDING TO END USERS HAND SIZE; BE IT SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE - HENCE THE SLIGHT VARIATIONS THAT MAY BE NOTED FROM IMAGE TO IMAGE.

 

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

Buffalo horn, three Mosaic pins and Brass tube for the Lanyard hole. This belongs to Kev. 

 

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

This one is Chris Ford's in Red Narra (Amboyna), with three Mosaic pins and Brass tube for the Lanyard hole.

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

This one belongs to Gareth Welch in Red Narra

Hi Paul, It's just arrived, its a lovely bit of kit, and the handle is  just the right size. The sheath is superb too. I do a lot of camping in the New Forest so it'll get a lot of use. My stepsons 18th is coming up and I've promised him one of your knives, so will be sitting down with him soon to decide what he wants. I also quite fancy a Guardian or Talisman as well for myself, so will be back in contact soon. Once again thanks and all the best to you - Gareth

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

Lucky Fred's Allrounder with Mazur birch over red fibre liners and Mosaic pins etc.

Note Ceramic rod sharpener instead of Firesteel.

 

Dear Paul, You made a knife for my sons birthday last year and I can't remember if I told you that I was putting it away in the safe until this year ... For his 21st He has always just returned to uni and never comes home for his birthday but I told him he wouldn't get his present unless he did... So a flying visit home before meeting friends in Liverpool for a night out.... He was overwhelmed and thought it absolutely fabulous he was so pleased with it I can't tell you, so thank you so much. Yours - Beverley Duncalf (04/10/14)

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

 

Amboyna handle and Mosaic pins.

This one belongs to G. Phillips - UK.

 

 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

 

This Allrounder in D2 steel with a nicely figured Desert Ironwood handle with Mosaic pins and Firesteel belongs to Dave Powell. It's getting harder and more expensive to get such nice quality book-matched scales.

 

 

 

MY SCANDI DC53 ALLROUNDER

 

 

Had a slight accident and damaged the handle, so I ground it down and made this hidden tang knife for myself. Turned out out quite nice and well balanced, I've gifted this to a fine Gentleman, who, together with his wife, where very kind and generous to me. 

ALLROUNDER IN D2 STEEL

 

 

Canadian Trevor Gray's Allrounder in D2 steel. Black Buffalo over white fibre liners and mosaic pins.

   

ALLROUNDER IN DC53 STEEL

 

 

Sean Browning Allrounder in DC53 Steel with Black Buffalo Horn over red fibre liners and mosaic pins.

 

Hi Paul

 

My knife has just arrived.

I am absolutely stunned. Having seen your knives on your website I was expecting perfection, but you have exceeded my expectations by a mile. The handle is beautiful and it fits my hand perfectly. It feels completely natural to hold, and did I say it is beautiful?. The variations of colour are just striking. And the sheath - its amazing. The quality of it is so obvious. I love everything about it. You need to know that I don't say these things lightly, I mean them and I believe you are a genius to be able to produce such craftsmanship. I'm almost afraid to use the knife - I'm tempted to just have it mounted, put in a glass case and have it on display in my house.

 

To put it in perspective, I bought a SOG navy seal 2000 earlier this year. Your knife makes it look like a cheap christmas cracker toy.   Thanks once again Paul. It is everything I wanted and more.

 

Very best regards - Sean

 

Months later - Paul, the Allrounder you made for me is performing way above expectations. It is truly an amazing knife and does everything I ask of it. Cheers, Sean

ALLROUNDER IN DC53 STEEL

 

 

Matt Whithlow Allrounder in DC53 steel. Amboyna burl over red fibre liners and mosaic pins.

 

Received with thanks

Absolutely fantastic, a very nice piece indeed, proud to own one. I will certainly be recommending you to friends, the skill and time gone into this certainly shows. Thank you for such a nice piece with friendly and efficient service..

Many thanks - Matthew whitlow.

 

This one is in Black Palm, which is quite tactile

 

Daniel Swain's Allrounder in Buffalo horn -

never fails to turn out a classy knife

 

 

 

 

The ALLROUNDER Knife

AISI D2 British steel

and

440c Surgical Stainless steel.

 

HANDLE MATERIALS

 

 

 

THE ALLROUNDER KNIFE IN STANDARD FORMAT

STANDARD KNIFE PRICE

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

IF REQUIRED

 

KNIFE COMPLETE WITH ONE OF THE STANDARD HANDLE MATERIAL FROM THIS LIST WITH BRASS PINS and BRASS TUBE LANYARD HOLE and a

STANDARD FIXED BELT LOOP FULL SIZE SHEATH

 

 

 

145

 

PRICE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL EXTRA TO BE ADDED TO BASIC KNIFE COST

(No hidden costs - what you see is what you pay!)

 

INTEGRATED FIRESTEEL LOOP

 

5

MATCHING FIRESTEEL

 

10

MATCHING CERAMIC ROD SHARPENER  

10

ADJUSTABLE BELT EXTENSION LOOP AND 'D' RING

 

5

MOSAIC PINS instead of Brass/Cooper/Steel pins  

5

*** Please add 10 to above prices towards p&p to standard UK addresses. Knife sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery - Insured and next day delivery by 1pm.

 

*** Please add 15 towards p&p for non-standard UK and Overseas Destinations. I don't post to certain countries, but best to check with me anyway.

 

NB: The ALLROUNDER blades are only available in 4mm thick D2 steel and 440c surgical steel.

PRICING AND KNIFE BUILD OPTIONS

 

This one is in Amboyna Burl and belongs

to Andrew Littler

 

Allrounder in Black Buffalo horn - belongs to Robert Smith

 

Desert Ironwood Allrounder belonging to

Richard Ironside

 

Justin Parry's Allrounder in Buffalo Horn