Jonathan Mcnees builds a knife to be used! At first glance you may dismiss the knife as it appears not to have a more refined look to it. That would be a mistake. A closer look shows you a deliberate design. That is to say there is a reason for the way the knife looks and feels. Mcnees forges most of his blades. As such he does a distal taper on these knives. A distal taper refers to a technique where the maker thins the cross section of the blade from its base to its tip. By using this technique, Mcnees can lighten the blade without losing any of the integrity of the steel.