Saturday, 18 April 2009

Blogs & Blades 2

Black Rabbit has sent me this picture of the work in progress. I'm lovin' the Hunter blade shape and as you can see he's really got it. We toyed with keeping the rasps of the file but while they look way cool they're a bit of a rust trap, and if the blade were ever to be used for its intended use on an Elk hunt they'd me an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. So this time function will dictate form.
We been batting back and forth ideas about blade thickness; a Mora sometimes looks a little flimsy (proven not to be - but they're SO thin) and the Fallkniven F1 often seems like overkill with its 5 mm of super steel. Black Rabbit's going to work the blade so the spine will retain plenty of metal, while everything towards the cutting edge will be thinned to give the blade a little of the Mora's finesse.

Once again massive thanks Black Rabbit 

Your pal
The bushwacker




13 comments:

Albert A Rasch said...

I like the way it is shaping up. It oughta be real nice when it's all said and done.

BTW, something's up with your formatting, there near the bottom.

Albert

The Envirocapitalist said...

Envy does not suit me. I wish a gifted knife maker would just make me a knife of a life time and send it to me just because he likes the cut of my jib......you jealous pal Envirocapitalist.

Brigid said...

The Editor and Chief of Field and Stream Magazine read my blog and wants me to contact them. Woo Hoo!!!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Another blogger hit one out of the park!
well played Brigid, and richly deserved
SBW

Rick Kratzke said...

Can't wait to see the end result.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Envirocapitalist
With a jib like yours sir, I'm sure it's only a matter of time
SBW

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Rick
You and me both!!
SBW

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Albert I heard a rumor that you are a bit of a smith yourself.....
SBW

SurvivalTopics.com said...

THAT is a fine looking blade. I prefer a little thickness, something that can be batoned with confidence. Like the rasp idea, never thought of that!

Obsidian Rabbit said...

I can't wait to see the end result either. As soon as my replacement linisher belts arrive I can finish the grind. Then just need to heat treat and fit and shape the handles.
Coming together nicely so far.

BR

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Survival Topics

I know what you mean, but I'd have to be like arnie to wear an F1 as a neck knife!

SBW

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Obsidian Rabitt

AAAAARRAGGGHHHH
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
Are we nearly there yet?
SBW

Phillip said...

Looking good so far!

By the way, as far as blade thickness... one of my favorites for hogs and elk is a particularly thick custom knife made from a sawmill blade. There is no breastplate or pelvic bone that can stand up to it (although I prefer a zip saw for pelvic bones... the only place I like to use a saw).

Otherwise, I prefer thin... not that my preferences really have any relevance. Whatever you get is gonna be awesome!

Oh.. and congrats, Bridid!