Desert Eagle Shooters Knives
Back around 1970 or 71 Old
Timer/ Schrade came out with a new skinning/ Hunter/
Trapper fixed blade knife. Either it was named the
“Sharp Finger” or that’s just the name we called it,
but my brother John gave me one for my birthday that
year. It became, (and still is), my go to skinner.
Around 77 or 78 they came out with a gut hook
version of it, we called it the Sharp Finger Plus,
not sure why, but it fit. As was customary for us
boys and Dad, knives and guns became regular gifts
for all usual occasions. So that year I received one
of those from John. One thing about them, they will
hold a shaving edge and outlast owners, if they
don’t get lost or taken. Such was the demise of my
Plus. Somewhere, sometime in my military career it
left my position.
While I was waiting on my medical discharge from the
US Coast Guard I started making knives, some from
scratch and some re-makes. My Bride Theresa worked
on them with me, giving input as to blade and handle
shapes, feel and the final sanding and finishing
before they were called done. Each knife was a
collaboration between the both of us not just one,
so each one was a part of us together as it was a
tool. We started making the trade shows and custom
gun and knife shows in the Houston, central Texas
and DFW areas. And we did well and became popular.
It was as much therapy for me as it was an actual
business. At least one of each design would wind up
with a sibling or relative as gifts for special
occasions. Some were special ordered as retirement
presentations for retiring Coast Guard and Marine
individuals, often cased with silver or jewelers
gold inlays in the handles and cases. Somewhere
around 96 or 97 something got in the way and we
stopped making them and slowly had to devote time
and funds to other things, (I think they call it
life catching up to you). But, hiding back there in
the corners and cobwebs of our minds the desire
lingered, waiting for a re-birth and resurgence to
bring it back to the forefront.
Since the first of 2015 Theresa and I have been
building Desert Eagle Shooters, based on training in
basic marksmanship and long range precision shooting
instruction as well as the tools and accessories to
enjoy the shooting sports as well as supplying
military and Law Enforcement agencies with the
supplies they need to do their jobs, and save them
dollars in their budgets. We have focused on helping
customers build their dream rifles and teaching them
to use it to its fullest capability. We started
making the Gun Show circuit here on SE NM and have
built up a large following of customers bringing
their friends and other venders who are artists in
their own right. It has been an interesting learning
curve and each show brings new ideas and new
products to our venues and we are always listening
to others needs and looking for a way to fill them.
However, the one thing we will not change is our
commitment to serving our customers and making them
happy with what they get, and what they want.
At the show in Ruidoso NM we started discussing
knives again, mainly because one of our friends, and
vender, had come across two of the Sharp Finger Plus
knives. One of which came home with me from the
Roswell show to replace the one lost long ago.
Because they have not been made for so long, finding
one, especially one that is new in the box is often
difficult. Having one in hand gave me a thought.
After bouncing it off of Theresa we decided that
reproduction, or a close second, would be a
worthwhile project. So now, it looks like we will be
expanding a bit, again.
Here, you have:
L to R; The original Sharp
Finger, (with a new handle),
The new Plus, and our Version of the same.
We have decided that the most unique and beautiful
wood for the handles, (scales), would come from
right here on our own property, Mesquite root wood.
Perfect for handles and grilling with the reject
pieces and scraps. It is, in my opinion, the most
fantastic material because it has the most intricate
and almost luminescent grain features when you
select the very best pieces and sand and polish them
by hand. About 1 to possibly 2% of the material you
start with will have what I want for material. The
knives are setting on raw stock material that will
be hand cut and selected for handles, or other???
In our new venture in knives I am trying some new
ideas in detail and accessories that may or may not
stay. Comments and reviews will play a part in what
we do, as always.
Here are a few more views for your pleasure. Would
appreciate feedback if you desire.
More to come
Jimi and Theresa