Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Shiny! And Pointy (with new knife photos)

Midwest Chick gets a box of pointy goodness in the mail, and from it, I get a photo from her and a comment about kittens. Much online giggling (and envy) ensues.

For you see, about a year or so ago, I received a box in the mail. I get my packages at a UPS store.  I travel a lot and don't want something I ordered sitting out on the porch for days, stating "I'm not home!" Only a handful of people have that address.

So when the box arrived, I was puzzled, not having ordered anything. The name on the return address was Kim Breed.

Who's Kim?  At the time I had a couple female bloggers I corresponded with, though only by screen name, ladies that knew my best friend well off blog and might have gotten my address from her for some surprise as a birthday was coming up. Both were older ladies, grandmothers many times over, and we'd traded both recipes for bread and bullets.  What a nice surprise.

I also had a young friend in Afghanistan who had recently mentioned a little care package being sent one of these days, but his name isn't Kim and it was too early for his package, given his military duties and shipping times from there to here. This one HAD to be from one of my female shooty pen pals.
I opened it.  It was a knife, a REALLY cool knife. Not mass produced.  Made by hand with great attention to craftsmanship.  Even better, it had a sheath that I could hang discretely around my neck as back up. Now mind you, when I first opened it, I didn't look closely at the NAME on the knife blade (after that particular day I was just thankful to open it without mayhem). There was no note or card, just the carefully made knife. I put it safely away and hit the rack, exhausted after a long day.

The next day, I went and bought a thank you card for "Kim", who, based on the demographic of who the sender might be, was to recieve an old fashioned, very girly card.  Something like you might send your Mom. I'm pretty sure it had kittens on it, kittens or kittens and flowers and I penned a thank you to Kim for the thoughtfulness.

My friend in Afghanistan contacts me, about the package.  It was a knife.  It was a knife, custom made for me by. .
Kim Breed.

Who is a Guy.

A tall, rugged, ex Special Forces guy.

I just sent him a card which I am pretty sure was covered with kitties or flowers and glittter and other such non tactical crap.

Face Palm.
Apparently there was to be a note with the knife but there was no note, or in my fatigue, I missed it.

A year later I'm still loving it, especially in that I can wear it around my neck, over or under a jacket while out on a jog or a bike ride, or puttering around the garage.  The sheath is formed to hold the knife very snugly, but not so much that you can't pull it out without hesitation when you need to.

Being the the best knife ever,when Midwest Chick saw it on a visit to the Range she wanted one as well. I have to say it fit her hand perfectly.  Kim's knives are not made in huge bunches, and he doesn't have a web site that we could find. (Though my friend Oleg knows him.) UPDATE:  Kim emailed me his phone and addy.  It's sfbreed@yahoo.com to place an order).
You find Kim if you really want a special knife, or somehow his knife finds you.  However it happens, the most amazing knife in the word will slip into your world,  from the heart and hands of one of the good guys.

And I hear he likes kittens.


  1. Nice looking blade! And one can never have too many... :-)

  2. I have to guess he wouldn't have minded the thank you, as is. But with the rest of the backdrop to the story behind the card? You just gave him a grin to last him some long time, a fun memory for days when life is hard as well. Can't say getting a girly thank you card is a bad thing in any case. Uhrm, occasionally.

  3. Look closely at the blade: it's differentially hardened (or differentially tempered) so that it has a hard edge (and thus will keep an edge) and a soft back (to keep it flexible so that it doesn't break). It's something you won't see in a factory knife. It's similar to how Japanese swords are made.

    You've got yourself a special knife there, Brigid. Treasure it.

  4. A cleavage knife. For those quiet moments when the bra gun just won't do. Kittens aren't the only soft, cuddly things with claws...

    VERY cool knife.

  5. Hee. Hee hee. Heeheeheeharhar!!!

  6. Ooh...that is a sweet knife! Color me jealous!


  7. Lovely shiny, and excellent back story! :)

  8. Very nice! Any plans to demonstrate its effectiveness on helpless hunks of meat?

  9. Old NFO - the pictures really don't do them justice. They're really something.

    Doom - apparently he got a chuckle out of it. Midwest Chick said he was just the nicest man to do business with.

    Bob - Good eye! And yes, I'm aware of what I have. Thanks again to my friend J. for sending it, but having him back safe was a nice gift to all of his friernds.

    Marty - If I take care of a bad guy with said knife, I am SO going to shout out "busted".

    Vic303 - if you haven't already, check out Midwest Chick's photo of hers (it will enlarge if you click on it).

    daddybearsden - this little guy is SHARP SHARP SHARP. I think a steak is in order.

  10. Very nice!! I did the same thing - assumed my soldier with the name Erin was a girl....wasn't.....He was cool with it, though.
    One can never have enough knives....

  11. "... he likes kittens."

    Probably a good thing. But that's a cool knife.

  12. Very nice stabby thingy. I must confess I am not a connessoir of stabby goodness, but I do appreciate a nicely worked piece of metal, and this certainly looks the part. One day I hope to learn enough about knives to know good from bad and actually have a few really nice ones.

  13. LOL!
    Beautiful knife and great story.

  14. A good handmade knife is a treasure beyond price. I used to buy 'Cold Steal' and such until I got an Anza knife which is semi-custom (handmade but high volume so they lack a bit of the character you get in a one-off) and it is one of the most awesome blades I've ever owned. Now if you want a BIG blade go to 'Zombie Tools' here in Missoula MT, handmade zombie slaying swords (hee hee) about a six week wait but what do you expect for a handmade Katana or Viking Longsword?

    P.S. If you ever get out here to Western MT you need to let me know and I will buy you a cup of coffee. Don't worry, my wife will be there, she wouldn't let me near a redheaded viking lass without escort (sometimes I don't think she trusts me, harrumph)

  15. Leslie - yes, one never should assume.

    But it was good of you to do the package. I've had less than good luck with USPS with my packages to Afghanistan this last year, but still trying.

    immagikman - as you know what I look like off blog, I can only appropriately blush and say thank you.

    Daddyhawk - I'm very much a newbie on the "flat edged weapon" thing. It's fascinating to learn, and to collect.

    Warhawkeishere - Dad went towards the coast for aches and pains that the cold was just too hard on, but there is still family in Montana. If I get that way I will let you and your bride know.

  16. Just another one who admires a properly-done differential heat treat. My late knifesmith mentor taught me how to do that as part of my training, and it's not a real common feature of commercially available blades. That's a keeper!


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