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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. These two ready to ship off after sharpening tomorrow. A Fireball stainless damascus Wapiti knife with curve back buffalo horn bolsters and giraffe bone handles (Titanium pins) in lightly tooled sheath. The second one is a J T Ranger with copper bolster and buffalo horn handles (copper pins) on the 1095 blade in cross draw sheath.
  2. I have been doing this type of work (killing and processing) since I started work in '67 so have a few years of testing under my belt now which has formed a very firm understanding of what works and what does not. So often I see designs that show very little maker understanding of a particular knife's intended use
  3. Is there a reason fr the big step dow from the handle to the spine of the fillet knife Scott. I havent see one done like that before.
  4. There is a certain comfort and safety in using a knife with enough weight to help reduce effort in that the knife does have a "feel" in hand and seems more directable without having to push the knife to its work. This is the third iteration of the slaughterman and by far the most accurate with the least effort to do its intended job The skinner just seems to work better with a little heft to it. I was extremely pleased with the giraffe bone as it felt grippy even with the inevitable meata/fat on hands. Never wear gloves as some do as this reduces safety and hands wash very easily. The boning knife can be lighter so long as it is balanced (so no stick tang) as it is dexterity that makes it usable. The general purpose knife was a designI made for a customer and has been a very good cross purpose knife that does this part of the processing a carcase very well and has become a permanent part on my set. It is the meat slicer that was the biggest revelation though with its first use as its shape really aided in the dicing work. Sort of a western style nakiri if you will and again its 'weight' was an aid in the work it did. .
  5. Thanks Rob. It was purely for my own use that I started making knives as I was not satisfied with the storebought for either form or function. Fortunately there are enough others that seem to think I have it right so I can continue with this obsession.
  6. I hung one of my sheep up last night and thought to show the knives I used in the process of that and getting it all freezer ready. Top is the copper and ebony slaughterman which I use to to start the process Then the copper and giraffe bone handled skinner to get the skin off. An acacia handled general purpose knife for much of the breaking down after splitting the carcase with a reciprocating saw. Walnut from my father yard (cut in '81) on my old pattern boning knife. The new designed meat slicer and I was very pleased how this one made the job of dicing the stew meat and the rest thata will be made into mince (ground meat), sausage and salami. All bagged and ready for the freezer. There is quite a bit of sheep, goat and deer meat already in the freezer waiting for this one so next week after this has frozen I will get it all out and have a day on the meat grinder to further process it all
  7. Good advise. I have a friend in South Africa who is cutting some exotics (tambotie, olivewood, cammelthron & red bushwillow) and I told him the same thing. Cuting them into knife handle blocks of 5 - 6 inches of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 (minimum dry size) and what may seem spectacular in the board form can sometimes seem a bit ordinary in block form so much can be lost. Most knifemakers are not interested in plain grained blocks without good colour and or grain contrasts regardless of the exotic species..
  8. I always suspected as much and appreciate the link. I may just have to get a couple of pair and try them out. I know they would be exceptable on a serious using knife where as the three I have done are really more for the gift value than thier practical use although they are very comfortable in hand.
  9. I have seen a couple of knives done that are supposed to be impala horn but they are very even in the ridges and I often wondered if they were horn but this one is a high end knife and I have to except the guys word that this is what they are. I would love to see the set of horns something like this comes from and how that are turned into the knife scales.
  10. Finally finished the impala horn handled knives and quite pleased with the result. I used rimu as the bolster with a piece of black G10 facing and ebony for the pommel. The ebony pommel was treated like the bolster end and socketed into the horn end with the threaded rod drilled into the ebony to create another gripping surface for the epoxy. I added black dye to the epoxy and waited for everything to set up overnight. This gave me the basis for the handle so a shaping session was next. And with a fine sand and buffed it was time to add the finish to the resulting handle. Looking from underneath or the blade edge side and from the top or spine side.
  11. These are ready to ship #1 is a Hunter skinner with raindrop damascus, buff bolsters and macrocarpa handles. #2 is another giraffe bone handled Safari Knife #3 is a buffalo handled Hunter skinner #4 is an Acacia handled skinner and #5 is a Skinner for me with curve backed copper bolsters and giraffe bone handles. Have given thae previous ones away but might just keep a hold of this one.
  12. I didn't stabilise them Jeff. Sanded fine and buffed with sealer coat. I detest dyes on bone etc with its unatural look.
  13. Yes I found the water was a better softening agent than the direct oven heat. That one piece had been flatened by the oven once and that caused the small crack as it over flatened then with water twice to get it to final shape where any other time I wll only need to do it the once now that I have settled on the method I will use for any future horn handle work.
  14. I changed horses with these horn handles as I wasn't happy with the resulting piece when sort of flattened and filled with epoxy/canvas ayered in like unpressed micarta so today I made a start on the using a length of horn instead. This meant it needed some way of filling the gap in the hollow so the first step was to boil soften and clamp the ends to some shaped plugs to get the slightly flatter section rather than round. I decided to use a NZ Rimu for the front plug bolster and I will use ebony for the pommel plug. Fitting the plug reminded me a lot of the similar process when fitting the butt socket for the Magazine Lee Enfirld when making the Lee Speed type stocks.
  15. The combination of material and colours for the handle sets the knife of very nicely.
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