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RJ Martin Picture Thread

RNST Feb 1, 2009

  1. giappos

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  2. Guillermo

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    I love fixed blades and his are second to none.
     
  3. giappos

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    Trout&Bird!!
    That is a 20+ year old knife :madaddy:


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  4. WJBennett

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    Q36

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  5. Obijuan Kenobe

    Obijuan Kenobe Our only hope! Brigade Member

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    Is that a Zirc clip?!

    Now that is over the top sharp.

    If that is yours, you are a lucky guy.

    obi
     
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    Thanks Obi,
    Yes it's a carved polished zirc clip.
    It's mine and I am loving it.
     
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    Fantastic pictures, everyone! They are certainly fuel for dreams of my first true RJ Martin (hopefully soon!). Love to get a Q36 as my first one.

    I have been collecting RJM design collaborations, and have most of the Kershaws and all of the ZTs (ZT0606, ZT0600BLK, two ZT0600s). Great designs.
     
  8. giappos

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    New Q :madaddy:



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  9. Guillermo

    Guillermo 7th Man of the 7th son Super Moderator

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    Can't find the words :manganr:
     
  10. RJ Martin

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    Apostolos' Q

    Apostolos: Amazing images, as always.......

    I have to say, I'm a little bit proud of that knife :manganr:

    Matt made the titanium bolster screws, reducing the number of parts not made in-house to just a few. He has since completed a batch of handle and clip screws for me. Wicked precision! Thanks Matt!

    The bolster screws are hex broached, they have a "hollow" look to them, which Matt and I thought was interesting. Would love to hear your thoughts on them......

    Comments? Bueller?
     
  11. Obijuan Kenobe

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    I think that might be best described as a functional art masterpiece.

    It's the nicest Q36 I have seen on the forum, I think. I have seen a few with Mastodon and Mammoth scales that were also very nice. But the stag...the bolsters...the clip...even the blade on this one appears to have gotten that little bit of extra love.

    It's pretty much as good as custom knives get, I guess, right? We are talking about a guy who makes knives so close to their 'ideal' or 'intended form', one would need a very expensive instrument to even find where the flaws are, if there indeed even are any save finger prints.

    Equally stunning is the fact that it's hard to imagine that one guy has such a vast collection of your wonderful works of art.

    I hope I can some day finally acquire a simple Q36 plain jane that I can love and use for the rest of my days. Any chance you have an opening on your order list. Ha ha ha!

    I cannot help but imagine that it must be very satisfying when even photos of your handiwork can spread happiness around the globe.

    In my humble opinion, you are the Michael Jordan of folding knives, RJ.
    obi
     
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  12. WJBennett

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    RJ,
    Beautiful Q36 and the new screws look great. The fact that Matt made the in house makes them even more special.
    As a collector/ buyer, I appreciate your transparency in your whole knife making process.
    On a side note, I would love to see you make some knives with hidden screws, especially the dressed up iterations and one offs.
    Have a great Holiday,
    William
     
  13. Guillermo

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    Blue ti as well? The bolsters take long to match? I'm guessing cutting the material in half was the easiest part but matching the grind not so much. But after doing it for years you probably would make it look easy.
     
  14. RJ Martin

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    Guys thanks for the kind words!! I find myself concentrating on high end, dress tacticals of late, as this is where a lot of demand and focus is in the market, and I just participated in the TKI, where it's all high end. So I've been on high-end knives for the past 4 months. I think we all see the custom market undergoing some changes, as it always has, and will continue to in the future. The best approach for success, IMO, is BRING MORE GAME!!
    It is not enough to just gussy up a knife with high end materials any more. You have to bring in artistic elements-Color, style, contrast, etc. and these are often possible through controlling or altering small details to create a new look in a proven design. If that design is already "sexy" in it's plain form, so much the better.
     
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  16. RJ Martin

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    The supercollider bolsters are cut from round discs. The trick here is to get the pattern to match on both sides. See how the Niobium rods "fall off" the front and top of the bolsters on both sides?
     
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    "Blue Ocean"
    The handle screws on this knife are courtesy of Matt. They are Zirconium and are, IMO a great example of a small change elevating the overall knife.
    Matt also made the Damasteel pivot. Tying things together.....
     
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    I call this one "The Black Pearl" for obvious reasons. Matt's Zirconium pivot is a visual highlight
     
  19. RJ Martin

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    Some incredible Mammoth bark here, and some Zircu-ti with a similar pattern. More screws by Matt, dressed so as to pull the silver in the damascus blade back through the handle.
     
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