The New Knife and Knife Bugs

Hi Friends.  As with almost every new product, there is bound to be a bug or two to work out.  Unfortunately, that is true with the new Chris Gregory Collection of Hoof Knives from Frosts Mora in Sweden.

Here is what happened.  The handles came from one factory with rivet holes that .30mm too large for the rivet heads, so there is a minor amount of play in the blade.  I did not discover this until about 100 knives had been sent out.  Once this problem was found, I made a little tool that would tighten the rivets, but also slightly recess them.  This required me to tap the tool on each rivet of every knife, which is a bit of chore, but does completely fix the problem.  Even if the blade is able to move .30mm, it will not affect the usability of the knife.  I find the loose blade annoying, (like a driving hammer with a slightly loose head), but still one of the finest knives I have ever used.

The blades are amazing.  Perfect steel for a hoof knife.  They stay sharp and sharpen easy.  The handles feel great, and the rooster tail is handier than a shirt pocket.  These knives are of the highest quality in every aspect except; this first generation has had to be fixed.

As of now, I am the only place that you can get the new Chris Gregory Collection Hoof Knife.  I will be selling these knives as fast and hard as I can, so if you want one, contact me right away, and I will send one your way.  Thanks to all the wonderful folks in the fantastic trade for your support and understanding.

I hope you find these knives to be as useful and easy to use as I have.  The second generation will not have this problem.

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  1. Good morning Chris, I have a question about the knives. Early on in my shoeing career, there wasn't a whole lot of knives to choose from like there are today. Frost was the leading knife producer at that time. Now that there is so much to choose from, Frost knives seem to be the bargin knife now. Other than the handle design of you knife, how is the blade different then the more economical Frost knives at the farrier supply?
    • ChrisGregory
      Hey Jeff. I haven't seen you since the WCB in February. I hope you are well. Thanks a lot for your question, because it is one that I have been asked quite a bit. When I began shoeing in 1987, Frost was at the top of the market. As more and more knives were designed and made, they ended up losing their market position. They are part of Mora of Sweden, which makes millions of other knives, and the hoof knife was not a top priority. Last year, they asked me to help design a hoof knife. Together with Par Brask, (The Great Great Grandson of Erik Frost), we created the knife we have here. The curve of the blade is specific to my design. It is not so curved that it scallops the sole, yet not so straight that it is impossible to use easily. The profile of the knife is different than any other on the market, and this gives the blade an angle to the handle that allows you to get to the offhand side of the foot easier. The handle to blade ratio is now what I want for someone close to my size, and we are going to make a smaller one that I call the Kelly Knife for smaller folks. This knife has the exact perfect steel for a hoof knife. No matter what you use to cut a foot filled with dirt and sand, it is going to become dull. If the blade too hard, it is hard to sharpen and brittle, and the edge chips easily. If it is to soft, it is easy to sharpen, but will not stay that way. This blade is pretty much dead on for what I want in a hoof knife. Finally, the rooster tail is one of the handiest things you have ever had on a knife. For guiding a hot fit if you use a pritchel, pushing on a hot fit if you use other kinds of hot fitters, or just cleaning out the foot really well, you will find that it is one of the best things ever on the end of a knife. I hope this answers your question. I could go on much longer about it, but this is a good start. Thanks again, and I hope you are having a good summer.
      • Yes, I would say that answers my question. We are doing well here, staying busy. I hope to see you soon and catch up.

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