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Official Pen Knife Review Thread

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Daniel Koster, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. SkagSig40

    SkagSig40

    Feb 1, 2001
    I sent it out priority last week so Heber should have it by now.
    The box is still in great shape with only one small nick on one of the edges!
     
  2. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    the box!

    [​IMG]

    :D :p
     
  3. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    As of 4:00pm yesterday, the Pen knife had not arived. Will check the P.O. in a little while and see if I get lucky. BTW Most of the packages that I get from Uncle Bill take 6 to 9 days to get here.:confused:
     
  4. Tohatchi NM

    Tohatchi NM

    Mar 26, 2002
    Ah, well. :( If that's the case I may get to bring it to the Reno Khonvention. :)
     
  5. Sylvrfalcn

    Sylvrfalcn

    Jun 4, 2002
  6. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
  7. Sylvrfalcn

    Sylvrfalcn

    Jun 4, 2002
    No worries Heber, I took care of that nasty old Pen Knife for you.;)
    It's small enough my kid brother can wear it horseback riding out in Arizona. 'Course he's kind of spoiled to the coco bolo handled bowie I made him a while back.

    Sarge
     
  8. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Cool, sounds like the knife is heading to a good home. Hope your brother enjoys it.;)
     
  9. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Went to the P.O. and found the slip in my box. But the stupid window was closed so I can't get it till tomorrow.:(
     
  10. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    I picked the Pen knife up today. Acording to the slip in my P.O. box, the knife arived Tuesday. But for some reason, I didn't get the not till yesterday afternoon.

    Well here are my impressions:

    Upon picking up the box I thought "that sure is a large box for such a small knife".:p The box is well built and holding up nicely. A few dings in some of the corners are all I found.

    I desided to get some measurements, so here they are:

    Pen Knife:
    OAL: 12 1/8"
    Blade (tip to bolster): 7 3/4"
    Handle: (bolster to butt cap): 4 1/2"
    Belly: 2"
    recurve: 1 1/4"
    Spine (at bolster): 3/8"
    Spine (near tip): 3/16"
    Balance point (infront of bolster): 1 7/8"
    Tip to balance point: 5 7/8"
    Butt cap to balance point: 6 1/4
    Center of knife: 6 1/16"

    As you can see, the balance point is just about centered. Which I think is really good. Near the tip, the edge is holow ground, but at the belly it is flat/almost convex. At first, the handle apeared to be a little small, but after holding the knife for a while I got used to it. Fits my hand nice and is rather comfortable. The handle is a little slick, but I don't think that will be a problem if I keep a good grip in it.

    The scabbard is made out 1/16" brown leather, that is soft and supple. Stitching is well done and should hold up nicely. I am impressed.

    Specs on the Carda:

    OAL: 4 3/4"
    Blade: 2 3/4"
    Handle: 2"
    Edge: 2 1/2"
    Belly: 5/8"
    Thinest spot: 1/2"
    Spine 1/8"

    The Carda is also well made and rather sharp. Even thought the handle is a little small, it should make a good utility knife.

    While measuring the Pen Knife, I wore the scabbard to get a feal for it. Found out that I prefer to wear it strong side (Right hand side). Drawing with my right hand from the right side, seems more natural with this knife/scabbard than cross draw.

    Over all, I am very please with the knife and scabbard. Pen, you did a good job desinging it.:) Am looking forward to testing it out in the next few days. Thats all for now.
     
  11. SkagSig40

    SkagSig40

    Feb 1, 2001
    WOW nice review Heber! Let us know what you think of it's chopping performence.

    P.S. I'm glad she got to you safely, had me worried for a bit!:D
     
  12. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Thanks Chris. I was worried for a while my self.

    The Pen knife has been working great. I've only done a little chopping and it performed really well.:) The more I play with the knife (I mean, test:p) the more I like it. Can't wait to get my own.
     
  13. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    My mom is out of town on business, so I came home to check on things and while I was there I scanned in some pics of the Pen knife. Hope you all like them.

    The left side with a moon etched into it:
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    Right side, with a sun etching, the HI mark and makers mark:
    [​IMG]

    More pics to come later;)
     
  14. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Heber - hope all goes well with the move.

    Keep us posted.
     
  15. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Hey Dan, you have email.

    BTW I like the Pen knife so much, I want to get one of my own. The balance and weight is great.:)
     
  16. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Hi guys, sorry about the delay. Had another doctors apointment. Have been out of town since Sunday evening and won't be back home till tonight. BTW Doc says that I'm doing a lot better and don't have to come back unless things a troubling me.:) Now, if I could just get my head on straight:footinmou:eek: The Pen Knife will go out first thing Thursday morning.
     
  17. shappa

    shappa

    Oct 15, 1998
    Let's see who's on the list still...

    Steven (im2smrt4u), Tom (shappa), Then Erik (Tohatchi nm), finally (Yvsa).

    Is that right Pen?

    So far we've had some great reviews and some nice pics. Keep up the good work guys!

    I plan on putting it through it's paces in a professional kitchen! It'll have a chance at trimming up filet mignon, New York strips, chopping veggies... can't hardly wait!

    Don't worry Pen NO BODY touches my knives. Not even the owner/boss.
     
  18. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    You got it. ;)

    If I was the worrisome type - would I have started a passaround? :D :footinmou

    Send it to the torture chamber. The more beat-up and used this knife becomes, the happier I get.


    Just don't forget the now-worn-out 3-4 day test time rule...:rolleyes:
     
  19. Tohatchi NM

    Tohatchi NM

    Mar 26, 2002
    You mean it's not 3 weeks! :D :rolleyes:
     
  20. Sylvrfalcn

    Sylvrfalcn

    Jun 4, 2002
    My kid brother out in Tucson absolutely loves the Pen Knife I got for him, and for a lot of the same reasons I love mine. It'll cut and slice like a good butcher knife, and chop like a good hatchet. Definitely a useful khukuri for hunters, hikers, and campers. Augmented by a pair of my homemade kardas, it handily replaces my former belt knife/tomahawk combo, and disappears into a daypack until it's needed.:D

    Sarge
     

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