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On my bookshelf I have a reprint of "Woodcraft" by George W. Sears, who wrote under the name of Nessmuk. Active in the late 1800's he must have been the great-grand-dad of light weight backpacking. Before we had nylon and fleece he would go out into the "wilderness" of the Adirondack Mountains or the Upper Penninsula of Michigan for two or three weeks packing 50 pounds of equipment. That sounds like a lot until you realize there was a muzzle loading rifle and a cedar strip canoe included in that weight!
Anyway, there is a drawing in this book of a knife that looks interesting. It is sort of a skinner pattern but different. (wish I had a scanner to post a picture) Has anyone seen this Nessmuk pattern blade and/or know where one can be found?
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Probably one of the best all around hunting knives ever built. It's usually called a skinner, but the blade design makes it useful for gutting also. My favorite Knifemaker of all time, Harry Morseth, made the first actual Nessmuk back ,I think, in the early 20's and offered it as a standard model. Other maker's may have also offered it. Until about four years ago,until his early death, Bob Engnath used to offer a profiled/rough ground Nessmuk in ATS-34. Knife had a 4" cutting edge and was 8 5/8" overall. I ordered and built one(I'd never worked stainless steel before and thought I'd try one of his first). Meant to keep it, alas it now belong's a customer's son in Tennessee. A.G. Russell seems to somehow be tied in with Morseth Knives and has offered Morseth style and Morseth Knife Kits in the past. You might try e-mailing him at his website www.agrussell.com and see if he can help.
Saturday: After going over to AG's site(hadn't been there in a while), I did a search on Nessmuk and found someone called the Idaho Knife Works at www.idahoknifeworks.com who produces a handforged version of the Nessmuk. You might check that one out. Its under hunting and skinning knives.
 

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Take a look at the Marbles Woodcraft the blade profile is almost identical. I own an old one and will be getting a new user in the near future, It just feels great in the hand.
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Actually Mike, the two blade styles aren't much alike, though if you glanced quickly at the picture at Idaho Knifeworks it sorta looks that way. It's not a very good photo. The top edge on the Nessmuk is a rounded hump that curves down to the point; what I guess we nowadays call a humpbacked semi-skinner design, whereas the woodcraft has that straight, raised, hide fleshing blade design. About the only factory production knife I've seen recently that resembles the Nessmuk blade is Gil Hibbens's Pro Guide, or Pro Hunter(can't remember what it's called---it's endorsed by the Alaska professional guide's association), although his overall design is totally different. The articles I've read about it refer to it as a modified Loveless design, which is ignorant. Both the Nessmuk and the Woodcraft are great knife designs, made back when a knife was used almost constantly by people who knew how to use one; although I'll never forgive Marbles for starting the "sharpened crowbar" craze with some of their other, later designs. Before that, most knives were ground thin, convex and sharp.
 

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A.G. Russell bought Morseth's trademark and manufacturing rights -- oh gosh, I want to say twenty-some-odd years ago -- from Harry's son Steve.

About seven or eight years ago, Russell ceased manufacture of Morseth knives because availability of laminated blade blanks disappeared. Russell said the quality control deteriorated. For several years he searched for another blade blank manufacturer. No success. He apparently has abandoned the knife line.
 

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hey, I like to read the "Woodcraft" by George W. Sears. I did some search on Google, but couldn't find it. If someone have an ebook. Please give me the link. thanks :)
 

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. In several magazines there is a page for sales of knife making supplies and one of the blanks is similar to the one in the picture . I also have a Russel knife i got at a gun show that may look like it . The seller who has new one sait it was a Canidian military survival knife . Its on their site .
 

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There are some very reasonable Jeff White Nessmuks on eBay most of the time. Jeff makes a great knife.
 

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I have a Jeff White knife and it is patterned after an original Nessmuk knife. It is carbon steel and relatively thin compared to survival knives but it does what it was intended to do. Easy to sharpen and excellent skinner. Not a wood splitter or chopper. That's what the hatchet was for.
 

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+1 on the Jeff White Nessmuck-great knife-great price! Very functional and easy to sharpen and maintain.
 

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Matt Lewisinski of ML knives makes very nice period-type Nessies. Other Nessmuk-pattern knife makers: Fiddleback Forge, Dan Koster, Ray Laconico....there are definitely more out there.

on the production-knife side, Bark River Knife and Tool made/makes a model called the Lil Nessie
 
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