Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TXCOONDOG, Jul 8, 2013.
I'll start it off with a simple MooreMaker Folding Trapper Skinning Knife:
Now ya went and did it... I've got a thing for blades too. The top knife is a Gerber that I bought from one of my cousins. I pestered him until he named his price (forgot now what it was though). He'd removed the factory scales and carved some from ivory and baleen. The sheath (above it) is one that I made for it. It has a welt to protect the Mexican Braid edging I put on it. The rivet near the belly of the blade is the source of enough friction to lock it in at the finger choil. The knife below it is one that I found at a garage sale... more than 30 yrs ago. It's marked Solingen and is from Germany.
Nothing compared to whats on here already,and I'm sure will be posted after but this was my first skinning knife. Its a coleman I bought it myself picking up cans somewhere in around 1980. I still use it today.
A little family history in this pic. The two smaller "Ulus" belonged to, and were used by my grandmother. "Ulu" is "woman's knife". These would've been everyday tools she used in her kitchen preparing meals for her family.
The larger ulu is one that my father made for my mother. As you can guess, the blades are made from an old/dull hand saw. The handle on this one is ivory.
I met an old gent in the village my grandmother grew up in called Noatak (No-tack), it's about 100 miles N/NE of Kotzebue, AK (Side note, the village of Noorvik... on the TV Show "Life Below Zero" is just east of Kotzebue). My dad and I flew to Noatak so I could see where some of my family is from. While we were wandering around, I see this ol' gent sittin' outside in the sunshine puttering. I learned he's making ulus. So... I wander on down, introduce myself, and who I'm related to, and tell him I'd always wanted to learn how the old timers made ulus. He invited me to sit down and join him while he worked. He reaches under his stool and pulls out a Dremel, turns it on and lets his little cutting wheel go to work. When he finished making his cut and shut off his tool... I said to him, "So.... THAT'S how the old timers do it !!!" He smiled, nodded and said "Yup".
Now, the sheath knife in the pic... is my pride and joy. Hand made by my father as a Christmas gift to me. The bastard file (that became the blade) came from inside an old shed in "Noorvik" (Nor-vik). The sheath is birch wood from the village of Kobuk (further NE from Noatak). The brass pommel is made from an old outboard motor propeller nut that dad found on the beach in Kotzebue. The scales are walrus ivory and baleen. The sheath was split/formed and glued back together... and is a friction fit (holding the blade)affair. The belt loop is carved into the wood. One of these days I'm gonna make a leather sheath for this knife. I've got some raw ivory, and may use some for the sheath some how... haven't decided yet.
The pocket watch... that was my grandfather's. The inside of the gold case says "Sears Roebuck & Co" (true to anything coming from the arctic... you ordered it from the catalog and waited for the barge in spring). The watch chain... gold nuggets my grandmother panned from a stream in Nome and had made into a chain for him. Years later, I'd felt bad that the watch had skipped my dad and gone to me... so, I gave it to him. It's mine once again though.
Some more usual suspects to be found in my pack when I'm out in the woods. The Old Timer... I don't know why they neglected to put a welt in that sheath. I've had to restitch that sheath once now. Next time, I'll just add a welt and be done with it. LOL
The two pistol gripped skinners are "Outdoor Edge". The sheath design on the larger one SUCKS... but the design of the smaller version works quite well. So... I made a sheath for the larger one, patterned after the design of the smaller one. Did the tooling on it, and lined it with smooth glove leather on the inside, covering the hardware to protect the blade from getting scratched up.
The other... is just a great deal I got on a nice folding Buck.
I think everyone will know this one. Just in case I run out of ammo.
Otay, so, I have a thing for *** S.A.K.s too... got lots of them scattered here/there. The little one is an EDC I've had for years. The larger one... I wanna say is the Woodsman?
The blue one was a Christmas gift from a close friend of mine. It's a Gerber, and finds its way into my pocket often, or on a pack I may haul around with me.
The "HD" is another Solingen steel from Germany. LOVE this knife, and it rode in my pocket for at least a decade. The scratches on the blade are from when I found my maternal grandmother's grave marker that was overgrown with grass... and, cut away the grass to expose it. I think of her everytime I use that knife and see those scratches. Years later... when I had the head stone made up for my folks (ten feet away), I had a proper head stone made up for her's as well. What I REALLY like about the design of this knife... is that when closing it "single handed", as long as you're depressing the "bar/shield" logo, the blade is NOT fully close, so, you cannot cut yourself. You have time to move your fingers prior to releasing the lock release button. It holds an edge quite well too.
The watch? LOL I stole that thing. I was walking through Sears one day and noticed it in the case. Alongside of it was another with a leather band... but THIS one was a "Blue Angels" edition ("Citizen"). I stopped, asked the lady WHY the one with the metal band was $100 more than the one with the leather band. She had NO clue why. I asked her... can you sell me the metal banned watch for the same price as the leather banned one? She says... "SURE"... then says, on top of that... all Citizen watches are currently 40% off. So... she deducts the $100, and then an additional 40%. With a deal like that... I had to buy a new watch... even if I wasn't looking for one at the time.
A man SHOULD have a GOOD sticker for such emergencies !
The Buck #119 is my second one of these... I broke the tip off my first one. And, don't pry things with a 440C blade anymore. LOL. A friend of mine, who runs a local Tandy Leather shop... and taught me how to tinker with leather made these sheaths for these two knives for me. The top one has inlays of snake skin and red colored leather, with a saddle stitch.
The other knife is one I bought from a local shop when I visited Hawaii in '82. It's a local made knife. Andy made the sheath for this one too... to match the coral/turquoise/pearlescent shell inlays in the handle of the knife. It too is saddle stitched.
The key fob is one I made for my motorcycle. Tooled, back side is lined with smooth leather and covers the back side of the concho hardware.
Got to tinkering with a new skinner I'd picked up. Grabbed some camo paracord and made up this wrap/lanyard. That's a diamond knot near the pommel, and a pair of Chinese button knots at the end of each tale. The middle knot (forget the name of it) acts as a bolo slide. Slide it up towards the pommel when carrying to keep the tails free, and slide it to the tails when you wanna use the lanyard wrapped around your hand.
Man you have a nice collection!
Thanks... but I need to take more pix... there's more knives. LOL (We need an archery section too ya know?)
Found a pic of a couple more...
The machete is a Condor Tool and Knife "Golok". About 15" long blade of.... I wanna say 1095 high carbon steel, 1/4" thick. Walnut scales, and a powder coated blade. Comes with a nice leather sheath. This is a VERY reasonable tool too. About $50 with the sheath if you shop around online.
The other knife... it's a knife that my father was making for one of my uncles... but he never finished it, and my uncle passed away. I don't know the history of the blade, but it's got a brass bolster and again, ivory/baleen scale material... and, a brass pommel. The sheath is leather. It too has no identifying marks. I need to get after this one with a little sand paper to finish the scales, and do some polishing on the blade. This is becoming one of my favorite EDC type sheath knives.
And, of course... this was initial mock-up of my "Bison Chip" 6.8 SPC II pistol... while I was awaiting a few more bits and bobbles.
Looking Good Men!
RD, I like the knives but love the stories that go along with them. Thanks for sharing them.
Im telling you RD is a professional story teller! Hes the guy you need at hunting camp out by the fire.
I just may need to dust off the camera and dig out some more knives to photo.
This is a pic of my Randall. It is the Mod 14 Attack. When I got my first set of orders to SE Asia I contacted the company and asked for a knife to be built for me. THEN.....the wait list was well over a year. They told me to send them a copy of my orders and they would have me a knife before I left CONUS. I did and they had me this knife within 2 months.
I carried this blade with me every time I was overseas and for quite a few years afterwards. It has had some super hard duty but hey......it's a Randall.
You can have one of these knives today for $450. But there will be a 4 1/2 YEAR wait. --- pruhdlr
Some leather cleaner, some Flitz on those rivets, some more leather cleaner, some Neetsfoot oil on that leather... and that sheath will come back to life without losing its character. Can a feller inquire about the notches on that Randall's scales? LOL Love that knife/tale too, BTW
So you guys that have a lot of knives. How do you store them? Any special way? I am starting to get more and they are piling up and need a better way to keep them organized.
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