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Garry Keown

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    South Otago, New Zealand
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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. My bush craft hunter is the result of a group of hunters testing the best of what they could find available from both commercial and some custom offerings and testing them in controlled backyard situations to whittle the least satisfactory out of contention. Then the remaining were tested under US field and hunting conditions to find a suitable knife and sheath for the domestic and international hunter who may have to do more than the usual when asked to. All failed in one way or another from sheath pier ING to hotspots to handle overall dimensions and even to some spects of the blade from sha
  2. A eucalyptus handled PH EDC with 1095 blade for a local hunter An ULU for a repeat customer with walnut on the 1084 blade. Was fub setting the tangs into the handle rather than splitting the wood and doing it that way with a much nicer finish. A Light Hunter with canvas micarta having a 180 grit finish (for grip) on the scandi ground 1095 blade and a Bushcraft Hunter with the same canvase micarta handle on the scandi ground 1095 blade. And a new design that I am really pleased with. A Bird and Trout with Tasmanian Blackwood over
  3. These will all be away this week The 12 1/2 inch cimeter has Tasmanian Blackwood over brass on the 1084 blade A pair of plain handled pro boning knives from members of the local meat industry A "Serbian Chef" for a school days friend and the willow handle is a reminder of the trees that were in the paddock between our houses where we spent time. Has a 1084 blade. A 4x4 Hunter with spalted Buckeye over brass on the 1084 blade
  4. Been busy packaging up knives for shipping. I wrap them in a square of cloth and was down to the last one so started in on a new 50meter roll and cut it into 125 squares of 400x400 and a few more of 500x500 for the larger knives, which should keep me going for most of the year. Started the new book for 2021 with first few orders in and having a look see that knife number 600 will be on the bench next week. Seem to have been running at 140-150 a year since going full time about 4 years back.
  5. I have used it quite a bit unstabilised with no concerns. Had 4 full leg bones and got 4 handle lengths per leg bone giving 6 full handles per leg so 24 knives with giraffe bone that have gone to England, Africa, US, NZ, AU and Canada with no reports of any issues after twp years in use.
  6. Yes a torch to heat the pinstock and punch the pins and the heat travel will kill the epoxy. If you want to try and save it first then can you sand some of the same liner material and mix it with epoxy to fill the gap and polish it to see what it looks like before the move to replace the handles.
  7. This was what I meant by the pins seeming to be closer to the top line of the handle where they are much better visually equalky distanced from top and bottom of the handle. visually it looks like the yellow line representing from pin center to tang/handle top line is much shorter than the red line being from pin center to bottom of the handle. Certainly not intending to disparrage the effort you have put into this knife , just advising on what will make the visual more appealing for your next one.
  8. At the very least a few more pics to show various aspects of the knife. Sometimes a photo is taken a certain way to hide a defect but especially for new makers the defects can bring the best advice on how to either rectify or prevent a repitition on future projects. For example, pin placement seems to be (from that one pic) higher than center line of the handle.
  9. There is a point of diminishing returns and sometimes on some blades I will leave a coarser grit finish than the usual 600 but a 350-400 grit finish is ok on some hard work blades and so long as it is even can be an exceptable finish
  10. Can you tell us why as it was easily salvagable and would have been a nice little knife with a couple of adjustmens as mentioned above.
  11. First of the batch of handles in the handle rack and ready for the finish but will get the rest up to this stage before starting that process.
  12. No wonder that you like that one Pieter.
  13. That is a very interesting video Josh. Have always been interested in the histories of different cultures and of course like most the vikings and the romans played a large part on my early reading. Very good to get some information from a dedicated researcher on the subject. Thanks for posting this.
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