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Ray Hammond

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About Ray Hammond

  • Birthday 08/03/1954

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    http://www.biggamehuntingblades.com
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    Buford, GA
  • Interests
    bowhunting with longbows and forging knives
  1. Jesus, Hi I use the Trend Airshield Pro and love it. I got it off Amazon and paid significantly less than 600 for it. I wear glasses and can't deal with fogged up lenses that come with the typical half face versions or standard type masks...this full face, fresh air keeps my glasses clean, first of all, and fog free. I clean the filters with compressed air and use them again and again.
  2. If you are only hunting deer-sized game, those broadheads will be OK...having been a bowhunter for nearly 45 years now taking my fair share of animals - its my opinion that blade shape is not conducive to penetration. It is entirely too abrupt an angle for any contact with bone especially on elk, moose, caribou, or bears as well as feral hogs. Remember please you are dealing with a living creature, and consideration for that fact urges one to exercise extreme care in the design and planning of the most important component in a bow kill, so that when a less than perfect hit happens you have given yourself the best possible chance for recovery- and that means a great blood trail...and those only come when you have two holes. A field point will kill on a perfect shot- but a marginal hit requires greater efficiency. I have used 58 RC single bevel broadheads for the last 20 years called Grizzlies...designed by Harry Elburg. My friend Ed Ashby has performed exhaustive research on animal carcasses in Africa to test penetration- called the Natal Study. The Grizzly was the only head that did not fail during those trials, which were over several years and thousands of test shots with both modular and fixed heads of all makes. The grizzly is a 3 to 1 ratio head, meaning it's 3 times as long as it is wide. Also KE is not the most important measurement for efficiency- it's momentum. That's going to be a bigger friend than kinetic energy. And that's why a heavier arrow will always outpenetrate a lighter one given everything else being equal. In addition the single bevel provides an advantage on bone hits, cracking and splitting bone rather than just 'sticking' in, which can also be a big advantage. Additionally, if you will attempt to maximize the FOC of your arrows by adding significant tip weight to what I assume will be carbon arrows, you'll see greater momentum and penetration efficiencies as a result. Good luck
  3. I was watching something on the History Channel recently that theorized the Vikings may have actually traded with Persians, so the single edge persian look to the blade might make a great deal of sense in that context. It may have been the Ulfberht (sp?) show?? My wife is Persian, and walked by the computer while I was looking at the blade pics and my wife said, "hey, who's building a Persian sword"?????
  4. I don't want to hijack this thread as it's about Carl's cool knife- I was just trying to point out the similarity. I would have indicated whose it was but I don't have the good habit of labeling pics when I capture them off the web.. sorry
  5. Sean, there's also a material called "Jet" that is black. I believe jade can also be found in a black variant.
  6. That's quite a knife for your first- Wow. I like the design very much. I was on line looking at stuff on facebook a couple weeks ago...and saw this and was reminded of it when I saw your photo today. Both yours and this one are sort of reminiscent of the French Duk-Duk in many ways
  7. a great blending of technique, mastery of tools and materials, and calm confident spirit - I'm happy to have seen a master craftsman at work.
  8. SOLD!! THANKS 8 7/8" OAL Differentially H/T'ed RC 59 416 SS guard peened 3/32" 416 SS pin Exhibition Grade Desert Ironwood 320 grit hand sanded finish. SOLD!!! Thank you for looking. Price includes shipping and insurance, as well as zippered soft case Email me for additional questions or concerns at rayhammond01@yahoo.com Please excuse the lint on the blade showing in the "tree photo". I assure you the blade is clean as a whistle Thank you for looking
  9. that's a beauty! I love integrals.
  10. Pink ivory often looks like bubble gum, but after exposure to the sun it darkens significantly in my experience, like osage does. I've a Dale Dye recurve with a pink ivory riser that was an awful pink when I first opened the box, but within a month had begun to move toward a soft orange brown- really beautiful.
  11. Some time ago I got the name of a supplier of the pieces of high heat glass/ceramic to attach to your platen behind the belts on a grinder..somehow I've misplaced that and need to get a couple. Anyone know a source?
  12. I think the blade is wonderful. I'm going to say something that may not be well received...I'm no expert knife maker...but I have an artistic eye and an opinion from that perspective...and it's only one person's way of looking at it but.... To my eye the handle wood selection is "fighting' with the blade, which is without doubt the "star" of this show. I believe a more subdued, monotone material would have worked much better from a purely aesthetic view, and that awesome wood would have been better on a non-hamon blade so it could shine on its own. From a technical perspective its obviously way beyond my talents and my hat's off to your skills, and as you see above there's plenty who think I'm all wet...so don't put too much stock in what I say.
  13. you must have had someone turn some of those Hercules Frogs loose in your neck of the woods, Raymond!!!!
  14. NOW THAT'S WHAT I NEED WHEN I'M PIG HUNTING. WHAT A GREAT KNIFE!! Ray, would you mind if I "borrow" your design for a personal knife? Some of our pigs are up around 400 and that is the size knife I need for "finish work". Mine won't I assure you, be anything remotely as nice, and I'd get you to make me one, but can't afford that so if possible, I'd like to use your design.
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