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#80881 - 10/07/07 09:13 PM Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 1196
Loc: Portland, Oregon
I see that Ray Jardine's knife kit is available again. I made one quite a while back, and really enjoyed it. I don't take it backpacking, but it's light enough that you could. Mine weighs 1.9oz, and 3.7oz. with the sheath. Blade is a 4" stainless Mora blade.



There's a bigger picture here:

My Ray-Way knife



Ray's site

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#80882 - 10/08/07 08:28 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: billk]
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Registered: 09/24/07
Posts: 2710
Loc: Utah
Just curious... What is so special about this knife?
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#80883 - 10/08/07 09:41 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: finallyME]
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Nothing really, Google knifemaking and you can find at least 30 suppliers of blades and handle making supplies. The blade material available ranges from Damascus steel to high tech stainless and handle material ranges from ivory to exotic hardwoods (and pine I suppose). RayWay only offers the one blade design and IIRC, only one material combination for the handle. I have made many knives in the past 30 years; starting with blades I hand forged and tempered to the factory-made blades I now use. There are many better options open to a potential knifemaker than the RayWay kit. Shop around a bit and I think you will agree.
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#80884 - 10/08/07 09:43 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: finallyME]
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Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 1735
Loc: California (southern)
It must be the name. Mora's are generally considered very good values in knives. I have a couple which I use in my wood shop and I wouldn't mind taking them into the woods. It is easy to put a very good edge on them.

If I carry a fixed blade knife, I prefer a CKRT "Stiff Kiss" - 4 inch blade, drop point, and about 2 oz weight, nearly half the weight of the Ray-Way product. Also about 1/2 the price.

This doesn't seem to be all that light, and it certainly isn't a bargain. I am sure it is fun to put a handle on your own knife, but this isn't the only knife kit out there. Someday I want to make a handle for my Stiff Kiss that is removable and will hold fire starting material.

Knives are such fun - millions of models and even more opinions. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#80885 - 10/08/07 11:10 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: finallyME]
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Registered: 01/26/03
Posts: 1603
Loc: Seattle
The blade, with a durable plastic handle, and practical, if ugly, plastic sheath, sells for around $8. Look up Frosts of Sweden. In green it is described as a 'Swedish army knife'. I have the blue handle version.

For that size of blade, it is a relatively light, and good cutting knife. It is not a thick knife that can be used as an ax or trenching tool. But if you want something more than a folder, say for potential emergency use, it is a good inexpensive choice.

paulj

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#80886 - 10/08/07 09:24 PM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: finallyME]
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Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: Portland, Oregon
Quote:
Just curious... What is so special about this knife?


It was fun to make.

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#80887 - 02/14/08 07:59 PM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: Pika]
oregoncarver Offline
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Registered: 10/06/05
Posts: 129
Pika--what are some of the other options for better/cheaper kits???
Thanks,
Dick

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#80888 - 02/15/08 12:37 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: billk]
frenchie Offline
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Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 461
Loc: Lyon, France
Don't know about knife material suppliers in your side of the world, but I get all my stuff from there.
Reliable and a great choice.

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#80889 - 02/15/08 05:34 AM Re: Ray-Way Knife Kit Available Again [Re: oregoncarver]
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Registered: 12/08/05
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
Oregon Carver,
Try here for a start; good quality and good service.
www.texasknife.com
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