Hand Forged Knifes and Camp Axes
At Muleman Gunworks we enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. This outdoor lifestyle has lead to the development of many of the products offered here. A small pocket knife may be good for some things, but heavy chopping, like cutting kindling for a campfire or breaking heavy bone is not one of them. Our 12”Bowie knife, (that’s 12” of blade, not overall length), is made from super tough horse shoeing rasp. The steel alloy in these rasp allow them to rasp away many, many hard mule hooves, before they need to be sharpened or replaced. That got me to thinking. If I can cut through rock hard hooves on a mule, why couldn’t I use my Blacksmith skills to forge this alloy into a knife blade, which could be used for cutting wood and bone. This is how I developed what has now become my standard camp knife. I call it the “Mule Skinner”. If you want a fancy, shiny knife to show off, then buy something else, but if you want a real knife that will get the job done and last for years, Then try our “Mule Skinner” and you will not be disappointed. These are forged by hand, so please order early in order to allow your “Mule Skinner” to be handmade.
Any Blacksmith worth his salt will tell you there is something about the ring of a good hammer. One or two good hits on the anvil and you know just what it’s made of. I started out making my camp axes from American made ball-pen hammers, but due to the limited availability and the increased price this became increasingly difficult to do. We were unable to meet customer orders due to demand and lack of availability. We now use steel from older circular sawmill blades.
My camp axes have the weight to make a deep cut and the cutting edge is heat treated and hardened to maintain a long wearing edge. We shape a flat hammer head on the back side for pounding in those tent spikes or trap stays.
Through the years I have tried different weights and handle lengths and have come up with what I believe to be the optimal size. I think you will find this to be one of the handiest tools you can have around camp or on your trap line. These are labor intensive to make and it is getting harder and harder to find good steel to make them from, so we can only offer these in limited numbers. I try to keep some made ahead of time, but I cannot always keep up with the demand, so please order early in order to allow time for your camp ax to be handmade. Each Camp Axe comes with a handmade leather belt scabbard.
Base price for the “Mule Skinner” Knife, or the Camp Axe is $145.00 each. We also offer a special reduced price on a matching pair starting at $270.00
There are several options for handle material, leather and metal finishes, so please call or send contact info. so we can discuss and plan yours, to get you exactly what you are wanting