Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ron LaClair Lil' Shaver

Mike Nesbitt wrote a review in the July/August issue on this knife called the Lil' Shaver. You can see Ron LaClair's knives and traditional bows at

Bill Scurlock

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Scott Summerville Razor

With the help of John W. Hayes, I reviewed this hand-forged razor in the July/August issue. The top image shows the original upon with Scott Summerville based his recreation. Scott may be called at 618-547-7142.

Bill Scurlock

Monday, July 11, 2011

MBS Hinged Toe Plate

Muzzleloader Builders Supply is now offering a hinged toe plate in brass, German silver or iron. This one was reviewed by Mike Nesbitt in the July/August issue. Check them out online at

Bill Scurlock

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dean Hazuka Butcher Knife

In the July/August issue, Mike Nesbitt reviewed this traditional butcher knife made by Dean Hazuka. You can see Dean's work at his website

Bill Scurlock

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July/August 2011 Muzzleloader

I got behind on posting images of the current issue. The cover is an original painting entitled A New Day, by Andrew Knez, Jr. You can contact Andy at 724-969-3200 or visit his website at If you are a subscriber and haven't received your copy by this time, please give us a call.

Bill Scurlock

Friday, July 8, 2011


Long-time friend, Paul Jones, sent word that George Shumway has passed from time. Below is an excerpt from a longer report to be published in the Sept/Oct issue.

On May 1st, 2011 all aspects of the gun collecting fraternity lost a great friend. His knowledge of early longrifles and baroque decoration on firearms was second to none. His Rifles in Colonial America along with Kindig’s Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age are the two most important publications in the field. George’s self developed style of photography and giving critical measurements, have been a boon to all gun makers.

On June 19th, 2011 a Memorial was held on George and Dorothy’s farm attended by family and many friends, George’s ashes were then buried on a hill overlooking his beloved farm, a rustic bench was made and placed on the site by a neighbor and friend.

Allan W. Eckert

One of the great ones recently passed from time. Here's a notice I received via email.

Eckert's The Frontiersmen, a historical narrative about the lives of Simon Kenton and Tecumseh, is one of my all-time favorite books. I know I've read it more than 5 times. He also wrote many other books about the American frontier. 

Bill Scurlock