Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ever since the Suburban Bushwacker first announced (somewhat shamelessly, I might add) that he had acquired (through nefarious means, I'm sure) his sweet Spyderco Phil Wilson South Fork, I've had something of a man-crush on Phil Wilson's custom knives. He specializes in some of the most exotic and expensive super metals, and his knives are both functional art and breathtakingly expensive. The Spyderco South Fork, however, is a collaboration between the two, and it's a great-looking knife, especially for someone who, like me, has grown a bit tired of all the drearily-same, drop-point production hunting knives on the market. It's also somewhat affordable, at least in comparison to the same knife custom. For somewhere a bit north of $400 and over a year's wait, I could get a real South Fork made by Phil Wilson himself, or I could find a Spyderco version for around $200-240. A bargain, sort of. Either way it's a no-go for me right now, but what I'd really, really like to have, above all else, is one of Wilson's custom fillet knives, because they are gorgeous. The one above would work very nicely, indeed, please, for both fish and as a boning knife.
Wilson's fillet knives, which are what he's most known for, are just "Holy Cow" beautiful. And universally lauded as pretty much perfect tools. Makes my old, battered, cheap Marttini look, well...old, battered and cheap. I'll never be able to afford a genuine Wilson fillet knife, but if he ever decides to do another collaboration with Spyderco on a production fillet knife, I might have to sell an extra spleen or something to get one. I don't have any compelling reason or desire (or money) right now to get any more high-dollar hunting knives, but I do have a totally unreasonable desire to get one of these fillet knives. Thank god I don't have the money to actually do it, because I'm a sucker for blade porn. The next time I'm staring at a sink full of bluegill, guess what I'll be dreaming of?
Posted by Chad Love at 10:51 AM