Crystal Falls Trading Co
Crystal Falls, Michigan
Products from and for the North

Store Hours:
Monday through Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm Central Time

Closed Sunday
Phone Orders: (If I’m around)
Monday through Sunday
10:00am to 7:00pm Central Time
906 875-6411
Other hours by appointment or happenstance.

Everything on my website is in stock and ready to ship!
(unless I goofed up my inventory, in which case I will notify you)

Woodsman Kits
Iron River, Michigan

The Woodsman Kit has the essentials that outdoors men and women need when in the field. It has pockets for a knife, knife sharpener, flashlight and fire starter.

Each kit is completely hand made by Greg Merckx. Greg cuts the leather and hand sews each sheath. He takes pride in his work and puts over 6 hours of labor into making each Woodsman Kit. Greg has been making reproduction Fred Bear Bowhunter Kits for many years. The Woodsman kit is for all modern hunters, fishermen and outdoors men.

They are available only here at the Crystal Falls Trading Company.

Woodsman Kit Includes:
Leather sheath with metal liner. Hand made in Michigan.
Buck Woodsman knife. Made in USA
Mini Maglite with 2-AA batteries. Made in USA
Marbles knife sharpener made by Redi Edge in the USA.
Swedish Mini Orange Firesteel. Made in Sweden.

Woodsman Kit

MagLite, Sharpener, Buck Knife, and Fire Starter

Bowhunter Kits
Iron River, Michigan

Fred Bear Bowhunter Kit

When you think of Fred Bear you see the take down bow, the well wore shooing glove, the Borsalino hat and his Bowhunter’s Kit.

Greg Merckx is once again making reproduction Bowhunter Kits and they are available only here at the Crystal Falls Trading Company. They include a sheath with metal liner, knife, Stanley file with Osage wood handle, Norton Fine India Stone and a Shelby P-51 Can Opener. Each kit is completely hand made. Greg cuts the leather and hand sews each sheath. He takes pride in his work and puts over 7 hours of labor into making each Bowhunter Kit.

Bow Hunter Kit
Bow Hunter Kit
Klaas Medium Hunter Knife

Bow Hunter Kit
Bow Hunter Kit
Buck Woodsman Knife

ESEE Knives

Since 1997, Randall's Adventure and Training has designed affordable sheath knives with multiple carry options. The ESEE Laser Strike is designed for bushcraft and wilderness survival. Black textured powder coated 1095 carbon steel blade with thumb ridge. Handle features a divot that can be used as the socket for the fire bow drill method. Stored inside handle is a ferro rod and tinder tabs for emergency fire starting. Also includes an ESEE survival card.

Made in USA

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ESEE Knives
Top to Bottom: ESEE Model 3, Model 4, Laser Strike, Model 5, and Model 6

Hess Knives

Hess Knives
Gladstone, Michigan

The Hess Knifeworks company started in August of 2005 by brothers Andy and Chris Hess and their father Don Hess. Andy and Chris each have had an experienced background in knife making, working for legendary knife company Marbles for several years. Don Hess had an impressive hobby in woodworking and knowledge of many woods. Together they took their talents and started making high quality custom knives out of their garage. Demand for their knives grew, bringing about Hess Knife Works.

Each knife made by Hess Knife Works is handmade from the highest quality of woods. All handles are hand selected to ensure that each is free of any defects. Blades are made from high quality 1095 carbon, cryogenically treated to a hardness of 58-60c. Fillets and hatchets are made with 440c stainless. All sheaths are handmade from the highest quality leather. Made in the USA, all components from the blade to the handle.

Whether your interest in our knives are for dressing, skinning or collecting. We are sure a Hess Knife will meet your gaming needs.

Grohmann Knives
Pictou, Nova Scotia

Grohmann Knives Limited is a small family business with a big reputation. It is an Old World story that began before the second World War, when a commercial buyer from Quebec traveled once a year to a factory in Sudetenland, then a German region of Czechoslovakia, to buy pocket knives. Every year the buyer would urge Grohmann the production manager at the plant, to come to Canada , promising him help to get started. Mr. Grohmann would always decline as he was happy in his own country, but after the war, the political situation grew desperate and in 1949 Rudolph Grohmann accepted the offer.

Within a year, Grohmann and his family arrived in Nova Scotia at the invitation of the provincial government-funded Pictou Cutlery, which closed after three years. Mr. Grohmann, determined to make knives, built a garage workshop & began producing & engraving folding knives designed by himself.

Shortly after, Deane H. Russell, the private secretary to Prime Minister MacKenzie King, was tired of only finding imported knives at every store he went into. He thought there should also be Canadian knives on the market, so set out for a knife maker to help him make his dream come true. Mr. Grohmann met with Mr. Russell and together they set out to design truly Canadian made knives. After field testing with the help of hunters & trappers across the far north, the D.H. Russell Belt Knife Original #1 was born.

"Grohmann Knives Limited" was formed in 1961 by the family and is still family run today. At Grohmann Knives, making knives is as much an art as a trade. The top quality knives are produced with as many as 53 steps between starting point & finished product.

D.H. Russell #1 Canadian Belt Knife
The Original Design Award winning D.H. Russell Canadian Belt Knife has been in production since 1957. Grohmann and D.H. Russell teamed up to design a truly Canadian outdoor knife and through trial and testing with hunters and trappers came up with this first design in the line. By our last count, Grohmann knives have been copied by more than 16 different companies over the years. High quality materials, along with outstanding designs and talented craftspeople, made in the traditional way.

Grohmann Steels
Grohmann's most popular steel is a european high carbon stainless steel. Which is comparable to the U.S.A. 440 series. This steel has stood the test of time due to its ease of sharpening and edge holding ability. The Carbon belt knives are made from a C70-type european carbon steel. The Pocket and Lock Knives use european steels somewhat comparable to AUS6. A Rockwell hardness 56-58 degrees is maintained throughout all of the Grohmann Outdoor knives.

As any quality steel goes, stainless or carbon, all knives should be kept cleaned and oiled to prevent rusting, especially the carbon steel knives.

Grohmann offers Rosewood in many beautiful variations. Ranging from deep, rosy brown to blonde strips, each handle is quite unique as no two handles are ever the same. Plantation grown mainly in East India, this special wood is selected for its durability, colour & rich grain. Rosewood is always an excellent choice for a quality handle.

High Lustre Water Buffalo Horn
All natural Water Buffalo Horn handles have a high shine finish with colour variations from jet black to black with streaks of pearl gray and white. Water Buffalo handles are naturally water-resistant and extremely durable.

Linen Micarta
Micarta is commonly called the "steel of the plastic family" for its strength and durability and is similar to G-10. Composed of layers of linen soaked in resin, it is lightweight yet tough, has a slighty linen textured look but fairly smooth to the touch when finished.

Stag Horn
Made from shed stag horn, a lasting natural choice that is pleasing to the eyes as it is to the hand. The natural grooves & indentations make a secure grip as well as providing a unique handle with every knife. Nice enough for a presentation piece but durable enough to use.

Regular Grind Blade

Flat Grind Blade

Marbles Knives

Marble’s Knives

Webster L. Marble came to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the early 1890’s and quickly gained the reputation of being one of the regions finest "timber cruisers". His uncanny ability to look at a specific forested acreage and predict the board foot yield made him very popular with the many logging companies in the area. Marble loved the outdoors and the vast Upper Peninsula offered innumerable opportunities to hunt, fish, camp and explore the environment. An inventor by nature he was continually seeking to create useful tools and equipment that would be both practical and durable in the outdoors.

By 1898 Mr. Marble had designed and patented his now famous "Safety Axe". A modest one room manufacturing facility located behind his home became the "Marble Safety Axe Company" and the dedicated entrepreneur was on his way. Over the next quarter century Marble designed and patented axes, sporting knives, and numerous other hunting and outdoor related products. In 1911 the company was renamed "Marble Arms and Manufacturing Company", the first of several name changes over the years.

Marbles Outdoors filed for bankruptcy in September 2009. Blue Ridge Knives and Smokey Mountain Knife Works purchased the Marbles name in 2010. Most Marble’s products are now being imported.

Bark River Knives

Bark River Knives
Escanaba, Michigan

The Bark River Knife & Tool Company is a family-owned business located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Their goal is to produce the finest semi-production cutting tools available on the market. Bark River knives are aimed for use by those who need real performance in the field and kitchen. They use a blend of traditional and contemporary designs and styles. Bark River knives are manufactured using a blend of modern and traditional technologies to gain needed tolerances while maintaining the subtle features that have produced exemplary cutting implements for centuries.

Bark River knives are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for life. If you have any problem with your knife, just return it to Bark River Knife & Tool Co. and they will repair or replace it.

Bark River Bravo-1
The Bravo-1 is a General Purpose Survival Bushcraft Knife.

Aurora Bark River Aurora
The Aurora is a substantial knife but not too big to actually have with you for Bushcraft. It will easily baton through wood, carve wilderness necessities, field dress game and handle all of your daily camp chores.

Classic Lite Hunter
Bark River Classic Lite Hunter
The Classic Lite Hunter is very slim and very easy to carry. It is made to be as light and compact as possible and still be ideal for field dressing and lite camp chores.

Mercury Mushroom Knife

Mercury Mushroom Knives
Maniago, Italy

A small family owned business in Northern Italy that has been making knives for more than 50 years. Attilio Del Ben founded the company that would become Mercury soon after he came home from the battle fields of World War II. He was not interested in working on the family farm and started production of the ‘stiletto’ flick knife and sport folding knives.

We carry Mercury's line of mushroom knives in Olive Wood, Rosewood and Plastic handles. Beautiful knives that would make a great gift for a mushroom collecting friend or family member!

Woodman's Pal

Woodman's Pal
Boyertown, Pennsylvania

The multipurpose Woodman's Pal machete can efficiently perform the tasks of many tools including machetes, axes, hatchets, pruning saws, pruning shears, pruning knives, bow saws, loppers, Bowie knives and for certain jobs, even chain saws. Handcrafted in Pennsylvania with all American made raw materials. Unsurpassed quality since 1941.

Opinel Knife Wood Box Gift Sets
Savoie, France

Opinel Mushroom Knife
Opinel Oak Mushroom Knife with Canvas Sheath

Opinel No. 8 in Olive Wood with Sheath

Opinel No. 8 with Blond Horn Handle

Opinel No. 8 with Rosewood Handle

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