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Garry Keown

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Garry Keown last won the day on April 2

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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. Personally I started (in the 1960's) finding fault with a commercial skinning knife and that started my interest in knife design with altering the first one and then making for myself. Decide what you want to use a knife for, whether it be kitchen use for slicing/ paring, the various aspect of hunting knives, camp knives or EDC's etc etc, and go to the big box stores or specialy stores and get your hands on "feel" of the various types. Put the same style into you google search and somewhere within that exercise you will find something that excites you with either trying to recreate or improve on one of the designs you have encountered.
  2. It is a stunning piece of work or maybe it should be termed art to be studied adinfinitum and always finding something new to see and focus on.
  3. Garry Keown

    Bowies

    A very nice pair and I cant decide which I like better. Both have something about them that is eye catching
  4. I hold it onto the blade and lightly set the locking screw and mark from both sides hoping for the marks to be about 35thou apart (for pre heat treat grinding) and then it is a simple tap with the handle of the small spanner if it needs correcting before tightening the lock screw. With one for each steel thickness it is set and forget.
  5. I made mysef a waking stick with a 3 inch length of heavy walled brass tube on the bottom of the 1 inch rimu (NZ native wood) shaft and an 8 inch length of brass at the top with a brass knob on the top (knob from an old door handle) It weighs exactly 1 1/2 b and makes a good defence/offence ready reaction tool
  6. Finally have these finished and have to say I am reasonably pleased with them Damascus Light Hunter with flat backed buffalo horn bolster and fancy walnut on the raindrop pattern stainless damascus. Mdified Buffalo Skinner with curve backed 3 pin buffalo horn bolster and stabilised exhibition spalted eucalyptus in the ladder pattern ss damascus
  7. Garry Keown

    Blunt knives

    UK: Police Handing Out Blunt Knives to Domestic Violence Victims to Reduce Stabbings in the Home Victims of domestic violence will have their kitchen knives replaced with blunt utensils to prevent their partners attacking them in their own home. Nottinghamshire Police are piloting the scheme where around 100 ‘no point’ knives will be handed to victims who have either been threatened or attacked with a knife. Police are concerned about the high level of knife-related incidents that happen in the home, and are hoping the new scheme has the potential to save lives. Domestic violence knife crime makes up more than 17 percent of incidents reported to Nottinghamshire Police. https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/police-handing-out-blunt-knives-2964343
  8. Actually it was the hunter and his attacking or his defence stroke that failed as it was just a couple of inches off the mark. Two inches further back and he woud have had a lifetimes bragging on his knife and his kill
  9. He is going to grow up to be a mean gator
  10. Simply beautiful and deserving of the award. Congratulations.
  11. An 1 1/2 inch square block would be just as effective Charles. I had the round bar so used that, besides the round feels good in hand.
  12. Wet sand at 350grit in the finishing with the handle wetted with BLO. Sanding will fill in the pits or open grin cells. and then as you finish finer it will be smooth.
  13. Yes that is how they work. Simple but very effective and cheap to make so having one each for each thckness of material we use is very efficient. I usually have the blade in the vice to file in the sharpening notch and mark them then.
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