View Full Version : Jimmy Marvich should quit his day job!

09-20-2013, 10:16 PM
So he can make knives full time.;)

Calguns user name Maverickjr

Really cool stuff. Did me a custom shape and grind... Japanese style wrap grips with rattlesnake underneath instead of rayskin. Good kydex to go with. Great balance, proper blade thickness, sharp enough to shave.

If you've ever held for example, a Lum fixed blade- it's too perfect. there's no evidence that a man made it. There's no personality there. It's not unique. It seems fake... mass produced.

I'm not at all saying that Marvich is crude or poorly crafted- they're terrific... you know a man used his two hands to create it. He sawed and ground the steel. He made sparks and dust and stunk up the garage. He killed a snake and skinned it for the handle. Then after heat-treat he sat for hours and honed and polished and honed it till it was sharper than the devil. I like that in a knife. I have a terzuola that comes across like this. There was no CNC machine here. This is medieval blacksmithy.

I could believe that these were made for the hobbitses to use on the set of Lord of the Rings. Guy's got a real style.
So if a bunch of calgunners put in orders... Jimmy will get real busy making knives, and get real famous.

09-21-2013, 6:58 PM
What are the specifications on those knives (length, width)?

The top one looks like it would be a great skinner.

My only comment would be that I'd like to see a little more sharper definition where the grind meets the middle of the blade

09-21-2013, 8:30 PM
it's a convex grind... not supposed to be a defined line. The grind is smooth over the blade's width. Makes for a stronger blade. Stronger edge. Samurai Sword use a convex grind forward of the lightening groove.

These knives... the skinner is 4" blade, the cleaver is a 5". Both are about 2" deep, both are 3/16 thick. Carbon steel.

Here's a better angle of the skinner:

09-22-2013, 4:51 AM
Why I have no doubt that he is an up and coming knife maker, no need to trash a Master bladesmith's work like the great late Bob Lum.

I own several custom one off's by Lum and believe me they all have plenty of soul and character.

NOt a picture of mine, but I have the same model. Yes it is a near perfect example of a bladesmith's work. The whole piece is handmade, the satin finish a product of hours of hand rubbing and polishing.



09-22-2013, 7:27 AM
We lost a master with Lum passing in 2007. Spyderco's version were really nice blades.

09-22-2013, 9:22 AM
I don't mean to trash Lum's work... I own a couple and love them. They represent a different kind of style and focus... that a man can achieve robotic perfection. I mean... his knives make me think that they're a 3D computer rendering. So they're too perfect to scrutinize- that's not negative criticism.

I just find Marvich's blades very refreshing in a world where most makers are pursuing computer generated resolution in their work.

Plus... could you EVER cut anything with your Lum? I sure cant. But I sure as hell already have used my Marvich to scrape templates off of a few sten receiver tubes and trim some leather hard bedding compound and just last night I peeled a mango with one of my new Marvich knives.