MUCK

MUCK = My Ultimate Camp Knife

It seems like I never get to make a knife and keep one for me to take camping with my family and my Boy Scouts.  I have carried larger, heavier knives out in the woods but like you probably know already, suffered from my shorts/pants constantly being dragged down, or having to cinch my belt so tight I got stomach cramps.  After doing this for a few years, I stopped carrying larger knives and would only use folding knives or smaller EDC-style fixed blades.  These worked great for whittling and light food prep, but fell far short for actual camp chores.  So, I started carrying 2 knives – one small one on the belt, one large one in the truck.  As you might expect, going back and forth between the campsite and my vehicle got pretty old fast.  Couldn’t there be a knife somewhere in between?  Something with a sizeable blade – large enough for brush clearing, wood cutting, food prep – and yet light enough to carry comfortably all day for several days over some serious mileage.

That’s what brought me to the MUCK.  It is in every way My Ultimate Camp Knife.  I didn’t start with someone else’s designs or even something of my own.  I went completely on feedback from guys that do the same thing I do – hike, cook and camp with their knives; sometimes over several days, up to 50-80 miles.  Since designing this knife it has traversed part of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), the OHT (Ozark Highlands Trail) and even the AT (Appalachian Trail)…as well as others I’ve yet to hear back about.  The MUCK weighs in at 9-9.5 ounces depending on handle material.  The drilled-out full tang and high flat grind literally cuts the weight in half.  What could easily be a 1-pound-belt-dragging-monster is instead a knife that is barely heavier than a large folding knife – (Zero Tolerance zt302 weighs 8.6oz, Strider AR is 9oz, etc.) – yet has the strength and reach of a fixed-blade knife.  And it comes with a wide blade to give you just the right angle when chopping.

My design process on this knife is well documented and I’ll migrate that tutorial over here eventually.  For now you’ll have to read about it on my Forum and enjoy a few pictures here. ;-D

 

**NEWS**

My List is now open.  Go to the Orders page and submit your information to place an order.  Don’t forget to specify the sheath you want.  Thanks! 

 

Blade Specs:

6″ of 3V steel, hardened to 60-61 HRc, 0.22″ thick, Flat grind, Swedge, Brushed finish on flats, satin-finish on grind, large guard, thumbgrooves, spine rounded at handle front

Handle Specs:

5.5″ long, made from 1/4″ thick handle material, aluminum corby pins, pommel strike with lanyard hole
All synthetic handles (Micarta, G10, etc) are heavily sandblasted for a super grippy better-when-wet finish
Only available in Micarta or G10

Pricing:

Base model = $285 (includes sheath)

Handle Options:

Natural Canvas Micarta (included in Base Price)
Black Canvas Micarta (included in Base Price)
Green Canvas Micarta = adds $10
Red G10 = adds $35
Orange G10 = adds $35
Blue G10  = adds $35
Blue/Black G10 = adds $35
Black/Tan G10 = adds $35
Cocobolo = adds $50
Ironwood = adds $100
Ironwood AAA = adds $150

 

Add $10 for liners (specify red, black, blue, green, white or yellow)

Sheath Options:

Black leather sheath by JRE Industries
Kydex
Drop-Loop Kydex (adds $20)
SpecOps Combat Master – Short – Coyote Brown

Leather-P = Basic Pouch sheath = no added cost
Leather-1 = Pouch + Firesteel loop = adds $10
Leather-2 = Square bottom, Firesteel loop, D-ring loop = adds $30
Leather-3 = Square bottom, Firesteel loop, D-ring loop, SAK pouch = adds $50

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For current order list – look here: http://kosterknives.com/2011MUCK.htm