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Old 05-12-2009, 05:20 PM
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Any other De Leon owners out there? I've had this one since 2001. I dyed the sheath, since I thought that color was better.

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Old 05-12-2009, 06:23 PM
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My De Leon's

My De Leon's



I also dyed the sheath black on the above pic!

Here is my Jungle Bowie: ATS-34 and sharp top clip, nickel silver bolster, pommel and pins, and premium Sambar stap handle.


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Old 05-30-2009, 12:03 PM
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I bought these from Enedino De Leon at a couple of gun shows in Texas back in the early 90's. He's a fine gentleman, and the fit and finish of his knives is superior.



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Old 05-23-2015, 01:21 PM
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He used to go to main gun show in Houston, Gun Collectors, but I think he became so popular that he does' have to go anymore. I feel bad that I only purchased one beautiful knife.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:23 PM
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NICE, REALLY NICE lookin' knives but not my style. 8)
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:33 PM
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Not the greatest photo I've ever taken but I have two DELEONs:

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Old 05-27-2015, 08:12 PM
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When 9-11 happened, and the military got called up, his orders went through the roof. He's still not caught up, so attends many fewer shows. I used to talk to him in Tulsa a couple of times a year, but it's been several years now since he has attended. Enedino was an artilleryman in Vietnam, and once had a helicopter shot out from under him. More of a hard landing than an actual crash, but they had to cut away the gun that was slung beneath it before they went down. He learned knifemaking from Ralph Bone, who he worked for for some time. While he was there, Ralph got an order to make several identical folding knives for Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and their associates. I've seen the pictures, but not one of the actual knives. Yet. He doesn't like to make folders, btw. Just some general information, Deleon is one of my favorite knifemakers.

I have a custom Survival/Fighter bowie, made with some mods I requested, finger choil, no skull-crusher, and a straight point instead of upswept. 3/16" ATS34, 8 inch recurved blade, micarta coffin handle. My favorite all-around outdoors knife, I even use it in the kitchen sometimes. Slices fajita meat very well, and even carves a pretty decent turkey.

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Old 05-27-2015, 09:06 PM
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Wow he makes great knives!
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:25 PM
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Not to say it as a bad thing.

But you can see where he is influenced by the style of the Randall made knives.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:31 PM
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No doubt.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:54 AM
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But you can see where he is influenced by the style of the Randall made knives.
I'm not sure who was first in the modern "fighter/survival" style blade but many of them share the general layout of the Navy Mk-I. It's just a practical shape for those purposes...even the Dozier KS-3 "professional guide's knife" shares the general shape-sans double edge of course!

Those DeLeon's look very nice...
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:06 AM
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I really like those Dirk/Dagger/Stilletos, whatever.

Those that ope135 displayed. They are pretty slick.
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:21 PM
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Many custom knifemakers today are influenced by a handful of old school makers. This group includes Randall, Moran, Scagel, and Loveless. Google any of then and you'll see what I mean regarding style.
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