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Three ready to leave home.
A Grayling with a nice acrylic over black liner with 416 SS bolster and pomel on the cryo quenched NitroV SS blade in closed sheath with second closed sheath for previous knife that was in open top sheath.
A PH EDC with brown linen micarta scales over black linen micaarta curve back bolster on the 1075 blade with honing steel in open top sheath
And a Heavy Hunter with Tasmanian blackwood over curve back buffalo horn bolster on the 1075 blade in closed top sheath
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A pair of 1084 HC mini skiners. One has Koa and the other has spalted maple burl and have honing steels attached.

 

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Sometimes it is the small ones that take the most to get right and this letter opener and stand proved that again.

Knife is NitroV with black paper micarta and resin ivory with the stand being a piece of black ivory with the resin ivory holder set into it. 

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A general,purpose knife with NZ Rata over brass on the 5 inch 1084 HC blade in sheath with attached honing steel.

 

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I really like the classic lines of that one.

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3 hours ago, Don Abbott said:

I really like the classic lines of that one.

Thanks Don. When I started work in the late 60's on a the high country farming area. I was given a terribly illsuited knife to kill and dress some animal feed (dog tucker) and hated the knife so much I bought one very similar to this design and used it for the following years untill I left farming and entered the wood trades. A very usefull design for general purpose work.

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the 1084 mini skiner with karelian birch and honing steel.

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A PH EDC with CB buffalo horn and desert ironwood on the 1095 blade.

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and a bird and trout with antler scales, brass bolster and pomel on the NitroV blade.

 

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7 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I like them all, but the lines on that mini skinner really show you know how a knife is used. B)

Thanks Alan. It is one of my more requested knives by experienced hunters who know just how much (or how little) knife is needed to do the field work on an animal.

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Made a start on a new project the other day. A comission for a longer bladed companion piece to the tanto I did a while back. Not a traditional Wakazishi (will not have a habaki/blade collar or handle wrap etc) ) but lighlty inspired by that style with 20 inch blade and 9 1/2 inch handle in a back scabbard.
First was I needed to draw a pattern with the smaller (western styled) tanto for inspiration.

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Make a sheet steel template and select a suitable bar of steel and in this case it is 4.3mm 1075

 

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Scribe the template onto the 1075 bar and grind to dimensions

 

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do the pre heat treat grind. My forge was not quite long enough to get the full length to temp so I cut a section from the closed far end to allow for "painting" the blade with the heat to ensure the full length was to quenching heat.

 

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Have it in the tempering oven for its second 2 hr cycle so will get back to the finish grind after I do the handle shaping on another knife I have to get ready to go for engraving.

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Quite a productive day with both the guard and handle done and the scabbard rebates roughed out. Blade is still tight in there so have a bit of relieving to do before I can pur it together and get some shaping done.

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Garry, all good!

I do like the stag - antler you’ve been showing on your knives over the past several months. Nice white contrasted to gnarly, not any noticeable discoloration.

I’ve been shopping around a lot and not very excited about what is being offered……. Especially the price folks are asking. Although I can get better, I can’t afford the minimum quantities required.

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4 hours ago, Gary LT said:

Garry, all good!

I do like the stag - antler you’ve been showing on your knives over the past several months. Nice white contrasted to gnarly, not any noticeable discoloration.

I’ve been shopping around a lot and not very excited about what is being offered……. Especially the price folks are asking. Although I can get better, I can’t afford the minimum quantities required.

Gary LT

I traded a knife for a few heads. Much of it is unusable but the good bits have good "bark" and colour. Sheds can have the bark worn down and even late season heads have done so much thrashing against bushes etc that the bark is worn almost flat.

 

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Thanks Gary, that was a good trade IMO. I’ll keep a’ looking

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These two in trade/thank you for some extras for a superglide I bought on monday. The guy does a lot of fishing so a fisherman and a filleting knife. Black/blue acrylic handles over blue G10 liners on the NitroV SS blades.

 

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A short sword that will be off to the bear hunter in Alaska soon. 20 inch blade of 4.3mm 1075 with brass guard and 9 1/2 inch white ash handle and scabbard with leather strapping for back carry.

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Bear slayer looking good @Garry Keown!

You mentioned the previous 2 were a barter arrangement, in general are people willing to pay for filleting knives?

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12 minutes ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

Bear slayer looking good @Garry Keown!

You mentioned the previous 2 were a barter arrangement, in general are people willing to pay for filleting knives?

Yes, I have made to order a number of filleting knives. The barter was not a barter as such but when I was buying the Harley the guy kept adding extras to what I had thought I was buying and when I mentioned it he said  he would be happy with a cheap (as in paying less than value) for a filleting knife and I decided to add in the fisherman as well and gave him them both as a thank you and called it barter even though it was never arranged like that. I felt I got more than the NZ$600 worth of extras that I would otherwise have charged for the knives.

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Thanks Garry.
I've had a request, which included a fishing lure (resin encased I guess) for the handle, but I do not have very educated clients and sometimes it feels like they would like to pay by weight, ergo a filleting knife should be cheap :P

I would use 14C28N which is the only stainless I have and also the most expensive steel I've bought so far, and where I would expect in your money NZ$235 for that fact alone, most people would be unwilling to pay more than NZ$150.

My answer is I'm going to make myself one and use it :D

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This bearded chef away to kitchen duty has Honduran Rosewood handles on the NitroV SS blade.20220805_094723.jpg

 

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These 3 away as Groomsman present for an upcoming wedding after a final cleaning. Mini skinners with curly macrocarpa in initialled sheaths.

 

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This is a pair of Field Boning knives with one having black/blue acrylic over blue G10 liners and the other having cammel bone over black g10 liners on the 1084 blades.

 

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