I got my first fixed-blade knife in 1952. I got my first custom knife, a Randall, in 1957. Since then I’ve gone through God knows how many knives of all kinds and never really succeeded in scratching the itch. So I e-mailed Lamont Coombs, of Bucksport, Maine, who makes about as good a knife as anyone, anywhere, and said I wanted a hunter, 5-inch drop point blade with lots of belly, a cocobolo handle, and bronze hardware. Also, I said, I wanted to be able to get the thing sharp*.