Cool Customs: Jim Poor’s Slip Joint


With A Background In Being A Farrier, Jim Poor Makes Knives Just As Tough As His Horseshoes And His Slip Joint Folding Hunter Is No Exception

Jim Poor provides two modes of EDC in one with his slip-joint folding hunter—carry it the traditional way in your pocket or, for a change of pace, on your belt in a leather pancake sheath.

Jim made the knife and he and his son Tyler collaborated on the sheath. Tyler did the leather tooling, cut it out and laser engraved it, and Jim glued and sewed it together. The knife features milled liners of 416 stainless steel, with the liners and bolsters all one piece.

A blacksmith by trade, the 63-year-old Poor has been making knives about eight years, starting with fixed blades before going to pocketknives four years ago. He forges damascus, including the Riptide pattern on his folding hunter, and also sells his damascus, including to a number of his slip-joint making friends in the South Texas Slipjoint Cartel.

Flatland Forge

Along with making custom knives, both fixed blades along with slip joints and some feather damascus folders, Jim and his wife Kathleen forge horseshoes and farrier tools of all types. They’ve been working together for decades and today, the shop makes more than two dozen different types of hammers and other tools.

You can take a tour through Flatland Forge, led by Jim, in the video below.

Contacting Jim Poor

Address: Flatland Forge, attn: Jim Poor, Dept. BL1, POB 39, Tuscola, TX 79562 
Phone Number: 325-554-7552 

Slip Joint Knife Specs

Knife: Slip-joint folding hunter
Maker: Jim Poor
Blade length: 3-⅜ inches 
Blade material: Riptide damascus of 1084 carbon and 15N20 nickel-alloy steels
Handle: Jigged cow bone dyed red
Bolsters and frame: 416 stainless steel
Bolster engraving: By Tyler Poor
Backspring: CPM 154 stainless
Closed length: 4.5 inches
Sheath: Leather pancake model tooled and laser engraved by Tyler Poor
Maker’s price for a similar knife and sheath: $850

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