Andersen Forge - Bear Track Knife
Designed for outdoor use with a bit of flair. For ease of maintenance, sufficient edge retention and relative sharpening simplicity, Andersen Forge used simple carbon steel. Inspiration for the handle treatment comes from Asia where traditional knife handles were often covered in Sting Ray skin and secured with decorative silk wraps called “Ito.” Our handle is still covered in Sting Ray, but it is farm-raised, sustainable Sting Ray. The overlay wrap is artificial silk. These components are given a slight soak of epoxy to ensure long life. The Kydex sheath is designed for both on and off-belt use and will not absorb moisture to damage the non-stainless blade or handle.
Karl B. Andersen is owner and operator of Andersen Forge. Karl is a life-long hunting/fishing/canoeing/camping enthusiast. He has spent the majority of his life pursuing these activities in rural and remote Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Minnesota. It is these activities that have given Mr. Andersen the experience and the desire to create cutlery to better assist others in these endeavors. Karl began making knives in 1996. In 2003 he began his membership in the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and in 2008 surpassed the requirements necessary to achieve the certification of Journeyman Bladesmith. Now nearing the certification of Master Bladesmith, Karl makes knives of many styles and designs. He has been making knives of all types on a full time basis beginning in 2010.
Karl is also an experienced canoe camper, a Boundary Waters veteran, and has recently accomplished the challenging task of building his own cedar strip canoe from all scratch components.