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Garry Keown

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    Rifle stockmaking, hunting knives, wood and the beautiful grains and colours that God has given us to turn our hand to.

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  1. I got some very welcome feedback from Troy today on the prototype knife I sent for his evaluation with two areas of improvments to be attended to. The belt loops will have an extra security system with being both sewn and having a chicago screw on subsequent sheaths but the main area of concern was the bevels as it seemed I had born down more on one side than the other in the final sharpening and had altered the equality of the angles by a small amount so I have got one of these NZ made sharpening systems heading my way so that I can guarantee a perfect edge angle on the production blades. Expensive at $510 but worth it to make sure I offer the best knife that I can. There is a good video of how it operates in the link. http://www.scarysharp.co.nz/
  2. That blade typifies why cable is the one type forging I want to try instead of my usual stock removal. It seems a more "normal" type of steel than some of the fanciful type damascus that I personally find a bit overt for my tastes. Very nice indeed. Thanks for the post and the impetus to get some cable and try it.
  3. My thought on seeing the three of them was that the curve to the lower edge of the helmet in the first pic is more attractive than the straight line so I would have tipped the helmet so that the front and rear points are level to almost sugest that the wearer is looking down slightly at a vanquished foe.Of course the JL done as in the third pic to compliment it
  4. Thanks Charles. Someone elsewhere quoted what Theodor Seuss Geisel ( Dr Seuss) said ---Dont cry for what you have lost, smile for what you had.
  5. Very nice interpretation. There is very little difference in what constitutes a good workable design over 2 thousand years.
  6. Love that birch burl. Lots of heavy work ahead for that one.
  7. Another approach is to use a piece of commercial hacksaw blade to make a broach with the only downside beign that it is .135 (3.45mm) over the teeth but that can also be ground down for narrower blades. Having two of these with a thick and thin would cover all needs I would think.
  8. Seeing that photobucket has resorted to extortion and blocked all our photo's I will repost from another source. This was Bruno (Grouvolk Bruno von Gruff) the day he decided to come home with us at 8 weeks old navigating for us on a hunting trip and in his prime We lost Bruno on June 13th and his 12 years with us was way too short. He is very sadly missed so many ways every day.
  9. The most ideal folding knife blade shape for general purpose use and in the deer antler handle makes a very nice carry knife.
  10. The first safari knife has been finished so will send it off to Troy who iniated this project for his impression and testing
  11. Thanks Alan
  12. This one is off to its owner in the morning. Not a design I will hurry to do again but it has been interesting with some new techniques to learn.
  13. Great tribute to an old friend. Having just lost Bruno, our very much loved furry family member and having grown up around and done lots of work with horses, I know how deeply the lose is felt.
  14. I have only done the one liner lock folder and believe it will be the first and last. It is my edc knife so dont see a need to repeat the time consuming and fiddly work. Have been through to see a friend with a rockwell hardness tester with 4 safari knife blades and a couple of my other hunter types. I will have to lift the tempering heat by 25 degrees as with three tests per blade to ensure a correct reading he found that one was at 62 and the rest were at 61 which pleased me in one respect as I wanted to test for consistency of my heat treat as much as anything else. To hit the projects required 59-60 I can get there by raising the tempering heat by 25 degrees.
  15. Thanks Chris. This is way different than doing a pinned handle scales and while it looks simple is more demanding of accuracy with the drilling and counter boring