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"Tactical" osuraku tanto


matt venier

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Here's a knife I made for a good friend who's getting deployed to Iraq next week. 1095 about 11.5" OAL full tang with black canvas micarta scales and tan paracord wrap and my second kydex sheath. The finish on the blade is what I call a tactical hamon which actually looks a lot darker in person. I did a bunch of testing on this blade before I finished it up so I know it's tough and can do the job. Let me know what you guys think

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This was the first knife I've done using stock removal, it was an interesting experience but it felt a little wrong not to hit it with a hammer!

 

Matt

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that is wicked cool - the blade finish looks lovely and the tan paracord over the black micarta is beautiful, almost looks like antique scrimmed ivory. my only 'criticism' (ha) would be that i think it may have looked better if the serrations went al the way from the ricasso to the yokote, but that's just me. great work, regardless, it looks like it'll perform admirably in the field, though i hope he doesn't need it to.

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Thanks for the replies!

Jake, I thought of that too but I kind of figured having some flat edged area might be useful for more mundane chores instead of having to use the point, so function won out on that one.

 

 

Matt

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MATT-- A nice clean job of work. Everything goes together very well.

 

Lots of planning, work and time went into a clean looking but effective tool.

 

congrats.

 

chuck

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Well done, Clean, crisp, and to the point. Good luck to your friend.

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Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-

 

For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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Well done, Clean, crisp, and to the point. Good luck to your friend.

 

:D I get it :)

 

Matt, great work, that is a vicious looking fighter, it will serve your friend well.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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It's probably one of the most interesting tactical knives I've seen until now.

Mourir pour des idées, c'est bien beau mais lesquelles?

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I think your friend is one lucky soldier, Im sure this blade will turn a few heads, beautifully done

J Anderson R

 

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That is a great job Matt. Very well executed! Your friend is very lucky and I'm sure all of his friends will want one.

 

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  • 1 year later...

I'm with Jake, That is Wicked, its like fuddle japan meets neo apocalyptic japan (Zombies and all)!

 

Matt I just couldn't resist commenting on this knife its amazing! and good to here that your buddy made it back.

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Cool out! Nice sheath, too.

Check out Walter's instructional videos:

Forging Japanese Style Blades

Making Hamons

Japanese Sword Mounting

Polishing

Making Japanese Sword Fittings

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Wow!

Thread back from yesteryear. Just so happens that my buddy who recieved this knife got back safe and sound from the big sandbox a little while a go. I haven't gotten together with him yet to see how my tactical hamon finish held up but I'll be findin' out!

 

Matt

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Great Knife! I have been working with this general type design for some time, probably a hangover from American Tantos in the 80s. Im looking forward to hearing about your friends use of the knife in Iraq, things like whether he carried it 24/7 and what and when he used it for while there. Do you know if he has been involved in any Knife or Blade Training before he deployed or while in Theater? Few people spend more than five minutes thinking about using knives, kind of a shame but its a reality.

 

If you click the link to Blade Train you will find a new site setup just for training issues. Your welcome to post any combat knife stories there or sell knives or whatever. Maybe we can get a review from your guy on his blade and post it there.

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Nice rendition of a tactical knife, and fits the criteria more than many I see. I'm going to be making Kydex sheaths of similar design at some point. I know how I was thinking of making the slots, but would you mind me picking your brain for an explanation of how you actually did yours?

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