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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:50 am    Post subject: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Morax set me to thinking....yeah I know, thats a dangerous and painful activity for an aussie like myself.....but I thought that I'd start the ball rolling anyway.

I remember some time back that there was a thread similar to this, but now we have many more members and it will be good to see their input....especially from some of our overseas members. Very Happy Be great to get some native indian input from both tracker and keetoowah too. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Very Happy is this thread about your favorite knife? i don't really use a knife as per say at work. Dave Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

i got you thinking? oh man fellas i am sooo sorry for this... hehehe

ok now what did i get ya to thinking abo... nevermind..

lets see, my small gamer knife, is also my pocket/carry knife, a buck crosslock, though i customized it on the gut hook end so it accually cuts now. but for a back up i have a old timer in the vest, and depending where i go sometimes i toss the buck 119 on the belt.. can never have too many blades.. but now when i am cleaning and or skinning i also have a old western hatchet that i use to remove the paws/heads... and its sharp enough to shave with.. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

fireball 3 wrote:
:-D is this thread about your favorite knife? i don't really use a knife as per say at work. Dave Very Happy

Well Dave, I got about 8 - 10 knives, or thereabouts, that I use for various reasons. I suppose that its about the knife you use or reach for when you need a knife.

A couple I use for skinning, boning and general hacking up of the carcass when I'm out hunting; others I use here there and everywhere for anything and everything that you need a knife for, and then I have a couple that I just sharpen, look at and think, mmmm...nice....what can I use it for? Laughing

If I can work out how to reduce a couple of pics in size (1 is 1.27mb and the other is 846kb) I'll post them.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:44 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

I have a few knives. Most are just to use around the house. some are special - My skinner is a moderately good knife, and I have a couple thate are fine edged knives that I wouldn't load to anyone. I am in the process of making a new one from C3 stainless. No power tool will ever touch this knife. It is being crafted in the stock removal method and patterned as a broad dagger. Two sharp edges are always better than one. the handle will be teak and the guard and pommel will be of 440 stainless, probably A.
It is a great way to wear out files!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

I have a matched pair of case xx etched blades like that vice, pull them out wipe them off and drool.... hahahha.. depending on its use there paul, 2 sharp edges aint always the way to go...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

I have two knives for the out of doors. Both are Bucks. Both are old and have been used a lot. The one that I carry when hunting is a Personal. The one that I use when I'm going to the mountains for no reason or to fish is a Special. I don't believe Buck makes the Personal anymore...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Being a garmage and sous chef I have loads of knives
I also have my outdoor ones along with all my swords.
My fav and one that is in my hand the most is my Ulu from Alaska, and my Mussiengers for bigger jobs like the snow crabs and lobsters.
although the Japanese steel is the best in my opinion for keeping its edge the longest under the amount of usuage I put a knive through on a daily basis in my restaurant

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

As a general discussion on "knives", my opinion is that there is a cost/benefit relationship. For hunting purposes, high quality can make a significant difference, especially, if you are in the backcountry. The method of building a high quality knife is a well known; there are no secrets about tempering, materials or the workmanship needed to build one.

We entertain the subject of knives often where I work. We have several commercial brands (Kershaw, Gerber, Buck, Kabar, CRKT, etc) that are adequate for hunting or general camp purposes. Many are sourced from various countries. Those sourced from China and Taiwan are markedly inferior, have brittle blades, weak pins and bear resemblance to good knives in appearance only. US and some Japanese sourced knives in general tend to have better heat treating and components. That said, any of these are markedly inferior to the best of what is selectively out there in the custom market.

High quality custom or production knives may cost more, but, the utility aspect can be considerably better. The savy buyer can find better steels that are more carefully treated and assembled. In the long run, they will outperform many of the cheaper knives available and be less prone to breakage or damage.

I have a Chris Reeves Sabenza, a folder that I carry daily and have for twelve years. It performs as new and gets regular service at work in all the tasks that need be done from cutting boxes and rope to scrapping crud from various places. It is the main knife for hunting, too, and easily does the primary work on elk or deer. Blade length, 3". While there are other knives I enjoy from Randalls, Loveless, for their aesthetics, two other brands of working knives stand out that I have put to the test, Strider, and Gene Ingram. Since the Strider is primarily a brutally tough combat oriented offering, let me comment on the hunting knives from Ingram.

Gene builds production knives primarily in D2 and S30V. Order a knife with the features you want and about 90 days later he lets you know its ready. Send a check and the knife is sent UPS. Cost ranges from $150 to $200 for basic models and they, for me, represent among the most cost effective well made fixed blades for hunting available. The knives come with good sheaths that can be ordered left, right or horizontal carry. He has a nice website that is worth visiting. I have introduced a lot of people to Ingram knives and they are convinced it is the best dollar value for a hunting knife out there. I agree.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Had two favorite hunting knives. My favorite, an old Western, I lost a couple of years ago. Below zero when I gutted out my deer. Couldn't get the snap on sheath closed when I was done. Lost it on the drag out in a foot of snow. Now using my custom Marvel. Hadn't used it in 20 years. Hope I can hang onto it for awhile.--tr

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Howdy. I use a colt gut hook and have two old timers one standard blade and one gut hook. I love the gut hooks Very Happy . Both brands don't cost much but have served me well Very Happy .
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

moose2 wrote:
Had two favorite hunting knives. My favorite, an old Western, I lost a couple of years ago. Below zero when I gutted out my deer. Couldn't get the snap on sheath closed when I was done. Lost it on the drag out in a foot of snow. Now using my custom Marvel. Hadn't used it in 20 years. Hope I can hang onto it for awhile.--tr

did ya go looking around the ebay world for a replacement for it?? hate when this kinda stuff happens, find something ya like and poof gone...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

I don't know if this counts ,but my fav is a pair Very Happy Very Happy of matching deer horn knives made from black obsidion- you know that volcanic glass stuff. they were made here in calif by a native indian . don't know the tribe, just liked the knives. they're in my gun cabinet. Dave Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Tracker told me he likes Russel Belt knives RBK 1 and RSBK 4 both good skinners and general purpose knives.
He also carries a drop point winchester folder everywhere.
if that fails he uses a tin can lid sharpened on a stone...lol

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: TOOLS OF OUR "TRADE" - KNIVES Reply with quote

Huh knives?

You gotta be kidding Vince!!
Don't ya know, us Aussies not allowed to carry knives no mo ???

I still got my SOG Paratool in my belt though... but then again, its a plier Razz

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