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Cool Custom: Payne’s Gal Leg Is Sharp And Sexy

Order: 210420_Travis_Payne Maker: Travis Payne Email: Phone: 903-640-6484 Instagram: @tbone7599 Knife Info: Gal Leg knife with ADS steel, copper bolsters engraved by Matt Litz, and mammoth ivory scales.

Travis Payne’s knife has all the right curves in all the right places.

It’s hard to find anything more beautiful than a shapely woman’s leg, and Travis Payne revisits the concept in knife terms with his Gal Leg fixed blade.

Study the leg handle and you can see how it would be eminently ergonomic. “That was the whole point of the knife—to get a handle shape that both looked like a leg and was pleasing to grip,” the maker from Telephone, Texas, noted.

Travis Payne (inset) said his Gal Leg fixed blade finished second in its category in the knife judging competition at the 2021 ICCE in Fort Worth, Texas. The swedged blade bears Payne’s mark of “T-Bone 21.” Note how the boot toe curls up to form a top single guard/thumb placement area for an enhanced grip.

Leg handles long were favored among manufacturers of antique pocketknives back in the day, but there’s something about Payne’s version with the boot for a bolster, swaybacked handle with the indentation about where the back of the knee would be and the—ahem—handle butt that all comes together.

You might say the knife has a leg up on the competition.

Gal Leg Specs
Maker: Travis Payne
Knife type: Fixed blade
Blade length: 3”
Blade material: Pattern-welded steel forged by Alabama Damascus
Handle material: Mammoth ivory
Bolsters: Copper engraved by Matt Litz
Overall length: 7”
Maker’s approximate list price for a similar knife: $1,200

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