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James grew up on an Ozarks farm where tools like axes and picks were still used in the daily routine and the blades of stockman's pocketknives served their original functions. Receiving his first pocketknife at age four he got it open by himself nearly a year later and spent his formative years wandering the woods with a succession of ever larger knives, a book of matches and a rifle.

A veteran of Vietnam, James also served in Alaska during a stint in the Army, receiving his first intensive culinary training by setting a record for extra KP at Ft. Richardson.

Settling in the Pacific Northwest after his discharge, James crewed on sailing yachts in local races, backpacked hundreds of miles of mountain trails in search of good trout fishing, and occasionally attended college.

His first serious job as a civilian resulted from answering a Seattle Post Intelligencer want ad requesting someone who could lift 120 pounds repeatedly and wasn't afraid of fire. James apprenticed to John Frazier -- the most knowledgeable traditional foundryman in North America at that time -- for the next six years.

Returning to the Ozarks James made his living by growing ginseng on a hand-terraced wooded hillside and selling handmade wood turnery, furniture, sculpture and architectural carvings. James harvested trees from his own land, processing logs into posts and beams and turnery billets with saws, axes, froes and planes. Since many tools he needed were no longer available, James built his own forge from a barbeque grill, a vacuum cleaner and a 55 gallon steel drum, found a chunk of railroad track for his first anvil, and taught himself blacksmithing -- creating his own knives and tools from scrap steel and sweat.

Changing economic pressures eventually forced James back to the restaurant industry in Branson, Missouri, and later to even more success as a maintenance engineer for one of Branson's largest condominium resorts. Finally escaping to Indiana, James now makes his living telling true stories as a freelance writer.



Cold Steel Hunter Folding Clip Knife | Ultimate 61LPS Custom by Lynn Thompson

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Cold Steel Hunter Folding Clip Knife Cold Steel makes some interesting claims regarding this knife, stating that the Ultimate Hunter is a big game hunting knife with the best blade lock in the industry plus the strength and power of a fixed blade. That may be a bit of a stretch, but the Ultimate Hunter from Cold Steel is still a good knife.

Designed by company president and long-time hunter Lynn C. Thompson, with the assistance of custom knife maker Lloyd Pendleton, the Ultimate Hunter packs a strong 3-1/2-inch hollow ground skinner blade of VG-1 high carbon stainless steel into a 5.9-ounce folding clip package. Open and locked, the full length of the Ultimate Hunter is only 8-1/2 inches. That small size might make the knife a good skinner, but this isn’t exactly built for big game unless your biggest quarry is a deer.

Comparing it to the strength of a fixed blade isn’t exactly useful, since you can find all degrees of good and bad in fixed blades and any other type of knife. The strengths of the Ultimate Hunter are competitive, but if you want stronger, it’s not hard to find it. The¬†blade of this knife is 4 mm thick, and the construction is stout — as Cold Steel’s video demonstrates, the rocker lock supports a static load of at least 150 lbs.

With a generous grip of traction-enhancing black Kraton, the Ultimate Hunter will provide easy handling in all types of weather and slippery conditions. For field dressing and skinning game, the knife is reasonably capable — but any folding hunter will present some problems when the work is done and you’re faced with cleaning all its gaps and critical working parts. If you want the knife to open smoothly with one hand, as the Ultimate Hunter does when clean and oiled, you can’t ignore the maintenance. That’s when you may wish you had the old fixed blade with you — the one that cleaned up easily in wet grass or that handy snowbank.

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JT Hats
James grew up on an Ozarks farm where tools like axes and picks were still used in the daily routine and the blades of stockman's pocketknives served their original functions. Receiving his first pocketknife at age four he got it open by himself nearly a year later and spent his formative years wandering the woods with a succession of ever larger knives, a book of matches and a rifle.

A veteran of Vietnam, James also served in Alaska during a stint in the Army, receiving his first intensive culinary training by setting a record for extra KP at Ft. Richardson.

Settling in the Pacific Northwest after his discharge, James crewed on sailing yachts in local races, backpacked hundreds of miles of mountain trails in search of good trout fishing, and occasionally attended college.

His first serious job as a civilian resulted from answering a Seattle Post Intelligencer want ad requesting someone who could lift 120 pounds repeatedly and wasn't afraid of fire. James apprenticed to John Frazier -- the most knowledgeable traditional foundryman in North America at that time -- for the next six years.

Returning to the Ozarks James made his living by growing ginseng on a hand-terraced wooded hillside and selling handmade wood turnery, furniture, sculpture and architectural carvings. James harvested trees from his own land, processing logs into posts and beams and turnery billets with saws, axes, froes and planes. Since many tools he needed were no longer available, James built his own forge from a barbeque grill, a vacuum cleaner and a 55 gallon steel drum, found a chunk of railroad track for his first anvil, and taught himself blacksmithing -- creating his own knives and tools from scrap steel and sweat.

Changing economic pressures eventually forced James back to the restaurant industry in Branson, Missouri, and later to even more success as a maintenance engineer for one of Branson's largest condominium resorts. Finally escaping to Indiana, James now makes his living telling true stories as a freelance writer.



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