In 2001, I put together an online tutorial demonstrating how to build a slipjoint. Then in 2009, I released a DVD demonstrating the process. As you can imagine, my methods changed between 2001 and 2009, and they have continued to change since then.
I’m replacing the DVD that I released in 2009 with two new titles, Basic Slipjoints and Intermediate Slipjoints.
In Basic Slipjoints I demonstrate how to make a basic slipjoint using basic knifemaking tools. If you are new to knifemaking, and you are interested in making a pocket knife, then this video is for you.
In Intermediate Slipjoints I demonstrate how to make a more advanced slipjoint than I did in the basic video. I also use more advanced tools and equipment, which allows me to produce a higher quality knife.
In early February of 2001, a friend of mine sent me to a web site that showed how to make a knife with hand tools. Using that tutorial, I completed my first knife in mid February. It was a very basic skinner with oak scales. It wasn't the greatest knife, but I was very proud of it at the time.
I knew after completing that knife that I wanted to make more. I was fortunate enough to meet several other knifemakers in the area who were willing to take me on and teach me the skill.
I now primarily make folding knives, and my specialty is building slipjoints. I've always liked the traditional patterns, and there's nothing like the walk-and-talk of a knife with a good strong spring.
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Chris Crawford of Saltillo made his first knife in 2001, having learned the skill from the late Ted McMinn of Mooreville.
As the years passed, he has sharpened his skills and gained experience. He starts with bare materials and finishes with a handcrafted knife.
Everyone likes a nice little folder. I’m not talking about one with a pocketclip, just a good, little slip joint, something that can be used for everyday chores like opening boxes, cleaning fingernails, or picking out splinters. I was raised on slip joints, barlows, Kissing Cranes, Schrade Old Timers and a host of others. What is cool is that you can still find the old ones at knife shows. I have both of my father’s Old Timers that are worn almost to nothing on the blades.
With nostalgia about slip joints still running strong, Chris Crawford offers the EDC-1. It looks great but does it perform? Let’s see.