Sometimes looking for content is like drinking from a firehose. No matter how much I try to swallow, there is a considerable amount that I miss. Such is the case with Creek Stewart’s “new-ish” knife line – Whiskey Knives, which debuted over the summer. Strangely, while I met Creek at Blade Show this year, he never mentioned that he was going to start selling knives under his own label.
All Whisky Knives are hand-made from start to finish in Kentucky. They all (as far as I can tell) have an integrated notch for scraping a ferro-rod and waxed oak handles. All come with 2 basic, paracord-laced sheaths. One is kydex, the other paraffin-dipped and stapled leather. They come in a Wisconsin-made wooden presentation box which even includes a couple of Creek-branded Band-Aids.
There is an heirloom-quality “Voyager” sheath option as well for an additional charge.
The Whiskey Knives lineup includes:
Camp: The most traditional of bushcraft knife in the lineup. Just a good all-around camp knife.
I called this knife the Whiskey Camp because it will be your best friend at camp. It’s perfect for about any camp chore you can imagine. From camp-craft to food prep, there is nothing it can’t handle. It is a bushcraft style blade with inspiration drawn from knives of old. Like my Dad always told my Uncle of me when he dropped me off to work, you can work this knife like a borrowed mule.
Corvid: A smaller-than-machete-sized kukri.
As you may know, a special encounter with a CROW changed my life at the age of 21. CORVID is the family of birds in which crows belong and I named this knife after that crow. The Whiskey Corvid is an incredibly unique blade. It is a Kukri-style design but is much smaller than most kukri knives, landing at 12 inches in overall length. I’ve long been enamored with the kukri design but never liked how large most of them are. The Corvid is a great chopper, but also a great all around camp knife. It’s certainly not your typical “survival knife” but boy is it fun to use. Sometimes, stepping outside of the box produces great rewards and trust me when I say that using the Corvid is rewarding.
Rook: Like the Corvid, only smaller.
The Whiskey Rook is a slightly smaller version of the Whiskey Corvid. It has the exact same lines except is just a bit smaller. The unique Kukri design makes it a great chopping blade and the smaller profile makes it incredibly functional at other, more detailed, camp chores as well.
Whiskey Chopper: Creek’s largest knife, meant to hack stuff up.
The Whiskey Chopper named itself the first time I took it into the field. It is hands down the best small scale chopper I’ve ever used. The wide belly combined with the ergonomic tapered grip makes for a blade that sails through small saplings and fire wood. It’s a large blade compared to the average “survival knife” but it’s design allows it to be used for small scale cutting tasks that require attention to detail. I’ve never been able to to this comfortably with a chopper-style knife before the Whiskey Chopper.
Hustler: The most unique tool in the lineup. Designed with large-game processing in mind.
Survivors gotta hustle. My Whiskey Hustler is the Frankenstein of survival choppers. The Hustler is specifically designed to butcher large game animals. The unique extended full tang is made to stab into the ground so the blade stays clean when both hands are needed in the carcass or for other chores. Although the Whiskey Hustler excels in slicing and chopping through muscle, tendons and bone, it is happy to accommodate any survival need that may arise. From splitting fire wood and honing bow staves to carving traps and survival self-defense, the Hustler is a survival tool born from over 2 decades of survival experience and training. This tool bears the name Whiskey because the thick wooden palm swell scales are made from recycled whiskey barrels. The wooden grip is textured and fills the hand for heavy swings. The Hustler is hand-forged in Kentucky USA from carbon steel and comes stock with a field-tested thick leather stapled sheath that has been hot dipped in paraffin wax and a kydex sheath (also made in the USA). The paraffin residue helps to preserve the blade and keep it from rusting while used in the field or sheathed for extended periods of time. Additional leather sheath variants are also available for this tool. The Hustler is ambidextrous and features a 5/16″ ferro rod cut-out on the front of the blade.
646 Hatchet: A small (12″) hatchet designed more for firewood prep than tree felling.
I named this axe after my old scout troop – Troop 646. It reminds me of my scouting days and has an old scout hatchet look and feel to it. While you may be able to take down a tree with this little guy, it’s most comfortable splitting up kindling around camp. It’s a great light-weight camp axe for a variety of tasks. I’ve often said it’s axes like this one that coined the phrase “small but mighty”.
I am going to see what I can do to get my hands on a Whiskey Knife soon, now that I know about them. I am still sore I didn’t catch these over the summer.