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i sold my randalls and most of my expensive knives some time back.
i figured i'd as soon have the money as to have them sitting in a pawn
shop somewhere after some thief sold them for $20.00 each or some
similar situation.
i kept some decent folders and a few herter's and other knives and
do all my butchering with commercial butchering knives.
i can have a deer in freezer bags with a $8.00 old hickory or
a $15.00 forschner as fast as i can with any
of the $200.00-$300.00 on up knives i've ever had and used

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Until I bought the Blackjack from a member on this forum, my favorite is a Ka-Bar USMC. I figured that since the Marines have used them since their 1942(?) introduction, they would have changed the design if there was a fault in the design. A few years ago I slid/jumped off of a flatbed pickup, hanging up on my knife. At 5'10 240, it bent the blade and opened up the leather sheath rivet. Put the knife into the stake hole and bent it back, been using it since! I do have to say that opening the box on that Black Jack was like opening a long-awaited present though. Fit and finish are just amazing.




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Hard to fault those carbon steel Opinels for keenness of edge.

Fantastic knives. Inexpensive and quickly take a shaving edge.

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It is funny, but I have been doing custom trim and carpentry work, about 4 days a week for the past 10 years, as well lots of general repairs, and I found that I NEVER had any use for a pocket knife. I use to carry a small Case in my pocket when I started out, and all it ever did was wear a hole in my pocket. My main tool bag is always at hand, and whenever I have to cut anything, I just grab my razor knife. I even tried wearing a Leatherman tool on my belt for awhile, but I found that it is hard as heck to fold out any of the tools, and the tools on the device are totally inferior to anything I have in my tool bag.

When I hunt, I just carry a 5 inch drop point hunting knife in my haversack, and it only comes out if I have to dress a deer. If I go into the deep woods to scout, I always carry a knife on my belt in case of an emergency, but I can't recall ever using it during the last 20 years.

When I was young, I use to like looking at the Gerber survival knives, etc., but now, knives are just irrelevant to me, except at the dinner table.

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Fantastic knives. Inexpensive and quickly take a shaving edge.
Agreed, they are a lot of knife for little money. I also like the "Cold Steel" fixed blades, I have the "Roach Belly" and two of the "Canadian Belt Knives", one on which I replaced the plastic handle with deer antler and replaced the nylon scabbard with leather. Their plastic belt scabbards are no thing of beauty but they work very well to protect both knife and user. All in all a pretty durn good twenty dollar knife.

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One of the patterns I find myself forging most often, is the Nessmuk pattern. It is an old pattern by an old woodsman who spent much of his life in the Adirondack mts of NY State. I do prefer that pattern for myself.


Now, I am going to speak some herasy ...to , but I don't care for case knives that much. Why? ..Because I am not a fan of stainless and their chrome-vanadium doesn't make it (IMO) as well as carbon steel.

That being said, keep in mind that when forging a knife, the critical step is hardening and drawing a temper. With any good manufacturer, every step is very closely controlled. The temperature of the steel, the temperature of the oil, the duration of heat time, the duration of the quench and the movement in the oil bath are all computer controlled.

We as knife makers can come close to duplicating the process...but can we do as well as the factory with computers doing the action? ….you decide..

Below, see some Nessmuk knives..not mine, but from the web..
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The few knives that i have made have been much simpler. The one part of the process, after forging, that was the most tedious was normalizing the blade to insure the strongest crystal structure.
Here are a couple...one that i left the drawing colors on, a small knife that i made for my son...both with Osage orange scales. The third is a damascus razor from a piece of 15n20 steel.
Pictures yet to come....could not get them to upload properly.

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Well here is the razor at least.
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My favorite knife handle is on the Buck Nighthawk. It's so ergonomic that it's just a joy to hold.

The sharpest knife that I may have ever bought is a small Swedish Mora knife that has a highly polished, high carbon steel blade and a small, plain natural wood handle.
The knife is the closest to being like a razor blade that I've ever used. Don't ever let such a small, plain looking Swedish knife fool you about how sharp that it can be.
It's like a scalpel disguised as a kid's skinning knife!

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