Gear Saturday Night Blade Pr0n: Dervish Knives Mike Searson September 26, 2015 Join the Conversation John Gonzalez of Dervish Knives is a full-time maker based out of Southern Colorado. Alchemy midtech by Dervish Knives He was actually the graphic artist who developed the original skull logo for the Usual Suspects Network (USN) and has been on the forum from the beginning. Alchemy midtech by Dervish Knives Says Gonzalez, “My interest in knives and swords began in adolescence, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s when I discovered my passion for custom knives. I was initially drawn to tactical pieces, but my approach to knife making is largely inspired via the myriad of elegant and lethal designs from diverse cultures and eras.” Khal Drogo would love this hollow ground fixed blade Gonzalez got his feet wet with knife making in a professional capacity by 2001. Back then he worked with Ted Frizzell of Mineral Mountain Hatchet Works and learned grinding, heat treating, etc. The Tomahatchet by Dervish Knives “Due to my background in graphic arts and illustration, designing knives has always been the easiest part of knife making for me. Aspiring to create aesthetically pleasing knives which excel in both form and function, I draw heavily on time-tested designs, geometries and materials.” The Ursa Minor by Dervish Knives In 2003 Gonzalez graduated to becoming a part-time maker and by 2006 there was enough of a demand to make it his full time career. Where neo-tribal meets modern tactical John’s knives have a distinctive look about them, but each model is function tested and built for performance. An avid shooter, hiker and outdoorsman, he knows what needs to go into a hard use knife. The old school copper classes up this tactical folder in a way that only John can Speaking of shooting, he also has his own line of G-10 grips in the works with Keith Edick. Like his knife designs, his shooting tastes run a gamut, in this case from old west black powder guns to modern day tactical pieces. G10 grips with Dervish logo Perhaps the most fascinating part of John’s grinding is his use of hollow grinds. This is probably one of the most difficult grinds to get right. If the edge is too thick, it will not cut. If it is too thin it will easily dull. Gonzalez seems to get them “just right” in that hair popping sweet spot. Three Ursa Minors Even though the profile may resemble a piece used on an ancient battlefield and may have a copper fitting here or there, John makes use of some of the best available modern steels and materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and G10. Custom Fighter by Dervish Knives The neo-tribal form made with carbon fiber and finished in Kryptek Each one of John’s designs has a tactical but neo-tribal look. This reflects the maker’s background as not only a graphic designer but a student of history and modern tactical concepts. Custom Foldrer by Dervish Knives For more information check out his website at http://dervishknives.com/. Alchemy folder (closed) Mammoth scales on an alchemy Explore RECOILweb:Brie - 10-8 PerformanceWineovation Wine Gun Bottle OpenerKinetic Research Group Bolt LiftPreview - Tequila: Not Just For Frat Boys Anymore NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.