Minggu lepas Wak berkesempatan melawat kedai Radiant Den, pakar lampu camping, lampu suluh LED dan batteri di Ara Damansara, Selangor. Pasangan Dannie & Diane sudah lama berkecimpung dalam perniagaan lampu suluh LED, pengecas (charger) bateri, bateri kapasiti tinggi dan juga aksesori yang berkaitan. Ini lawatan Wak kali pertama ke kedai mereka.
Making kydex sheaths for knives is really an art on its own. A well made kydex sheath keeps the blade safe for use and is almost maintenance free (as oppose to leather or wood sheaths). I have personally tried to make kydex sheaths for my own knives and Malaysian made parangs but soon to realize some things are best left to the experts. Peter of 362 Custom Kydex is one of the very few people I know in Malaysia that actually makes excellent kydex molded products. Here are some pictures I took of his latest custom made kydex sheaths.
This is a goucho knife (wikipedia spells it as gaucho) made by Juca of Argentina. I bought this knife from a collector who was trying to thin out his collection. The knife seems almost brand new with only some discoloration on the blade. This is my first ‘South American cowboy’ knife.
Wak ada terima email bertanyakan pisau survival mantap yang boleh dibeli di Malaysia. Bicara pisau survival memang tak kesudahan. Ada yang minat pisau rambo, Bear Grill dan pisau benet (bayonet) pun ada. Rambut sama hitam, hati lain-lain. Tapi bagi Wak pisau survival mantap tetap pisau-pisau yang dibuat oleh Rowen untuk Esee (Amerika Syarikat).
I was recently contacted by a reader asking about a particular kydex holsters maker in Malaysia that goes by the name TST Kydex. TST Kydex kept popping up whenever there’s a discusion about kydex holsters, knife sheaths and just about any other thing that can be kydex fitted. This kydex sheath maker seems to have good ravings among my circle of friends. Certainly, he must be quite good if gun owners in Malaysia goes to him for kydex holsters.
Malaysia only knife enthusiast shop, OGM is finally moving away from SS15 Subang Jaya! I dropped by their shop after meeting knife maker Fursan Blade and was allowed a brief ‘sneak peak’ on the works that’s going on in the old shop. This move to me personally is timely for OGM. Here are some reasons why I think OGM should move.
I finally got around meeting Malaysia knife maker Mr Faris Zulkifli of Fursan Blades. In my years of travelling around Malaysia and meeting knife/ parang makers, meeting up with Mr Faris is a refreshing ‘re-boot’ to say the least. A young Malay craftsman with all the passion, tenacity and persistence to realize his life long dream to become a knife maker.
Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to sharpen my knife using the fake Edgepro knife sharpening set I got early this month. I decided to experiment sharpening my ‘cheap’ (but damn good) stainless steel Mora knife before I move on to the more ‘expensive’ blades. This knife has gone and done all sort of cutting jobs with me. From filleting fishes to batoning light branches, this knife is my user. All this while, I freehand sharpen the blade. Its now time to try on something more ‘technical’.
Over the years, I have discovered that there are plenty of Malaysian knife makers all over the country. Most knife and parang makers I have visited are very proud of their crafts to an extend that they dwell in their own cocoon of self pride and total ignorance. While they brandish their priced lacquered ‘kayu malam’ wood handle cutting tool made of Land Rover spring steel, they fail to realize that their produce are nothing more than a cottage industry that is worth a keep sake or at most a lower shelf display item. While they battle on the nicest wood handle and the best leaf spring for a knife, the rest of the knife making world on the other hand has moved on.
I decided to try out a fake (some people prefer to call it replica) set of Edgepro knife sharpening kit to hopefully get some better edge on my knives. Some folks will curse me for supporting this so called ‘counterfeit’ products but hey, it is my money after all. I cannot stomach the idea of spending hundreds of US dollars on just a sharpening kit. There are heaps of references on (internet) forums praising these ‘copies’. I have yet to put mine out to test but here are some pictures of what I got for RM160 (include shipping).