My African Knives

Discussion in 'Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics' started by Von Gruff, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Art Lambart II

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    The only times I have cut my self with is when I was using the knife incorrectly or didn't take time to check the edge before I used it. A dull knife is much more dangerous than a sharp one to its user. Fighting knifes have guards because they are used for stabbing and thrusting, hunting and woodcraft knifes are meant cutting and slicing a guard just gets in the way.
     
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  2. mdwest

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  3. Von Gruff

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    Or doing stupid things with one is another way to get cut. I just did that last week. I was trying to get a ggod pic of the three impala handled knives. They were not sharpened which I dont do untill a knife has the sheath finished and is ready to ship and this turns out to be a good thing. It was simply enough to get a pic of the knives sitting the spine side but I wanted to shown it sitting on the edge side so the curved handle could be seen the way it would be in hand so decided to stick the end in a nice piece of pear wood. The unsharpened point didn't penetrate the wood enough to hol itself so pushing harder "seemed" the thing to do which caused it to slip and stab into web of my left hand a 1/2 inch or so. A quick trip to the doc to get it sorted but it has left me with nerve damage and now only have feeling in one side of the index finger. Thumb is ok but it is going to take another day or two to heal so it is a glove over the dressing so I can keep on making knives. You would think at my age I would know not to do these stupid things but it seems not.
     
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  4. Shootist43

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    Von Gruff, did the Dr. give you any prognosis on the nerve reconnecting?
     

  5. Von Gruff

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    No. I dmaged another finger in the late 60's (a sailboat dropped on it) and it took over 20 years for the finger to regain all feeing. So with that as a guide, it should be okay by about 2039. :unsure::unsure:
     
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    Fortunately this injury isn't quite that severe.
     

  7. Von Gruff

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    I hung one of my sheep up last night and thought to show the knives I used in the process of that and getting it all freezer ready.
    Top is the slaughterman which I use to do the actual killing with. (copper and ebony)
    Then the copper and giraffe bone handled skinner to get the skin off.
    An acacia handled general purpose knife for much of the breaking down after splitting the carcase with a reciprocating saw.
    Walnut from my father yard (cut in '81) on my old pattern boning knife.
    The new designed meat slicer and I was very pleased how this one made the job of dicing the stew meat and the rest thata will be made into mince (ground meat), sausage and salami.

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    All bagged and ready for the freezer. There is quite a bit of sheep, goat and deer meat already in the freezer waiting for this one so next week after this has frozen I will get it all out and have a day on the meat grinder to further process it all
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    So where’s the video???
     
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    Any day I get to use a knife from @vongruff is a great day. This was from earlier in the week.
     
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  10. Von Gruff

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    I really appreciate seeing these pics Gus. Knowing my knives are involved in preparing table fare is one of the reasons I am passionate about making them
     
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  11. Von Gruff

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  12. Von Gruff

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  13. Von Gruff

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    Another two knives add to my knives for sale thread in the classified section
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    That’s an unusual pattern on the second blade. Is that some kind of Damascus steel? It actually looks like a coarse wood rasp tooth pattern.
     
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  15. Von Gruff

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    Yes, as noted it is a farriers rasp. I have a farrier friend who drops in his rasps when they are past use for him so I have made a few knives from them. They need annealing so I can work them and they get re hardened after shaping and rough bevel ground in the same as other carbon steels
     
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  16. Von Gruff

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    Wont be working on the blades tomorrow as I have 66lb of sheep, goat and deer meat to make into sausage, salami and mince
     

  18. Von Gruff

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    The batch of skinners for the forum group buy handsanded and ready for handles.

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    Von Gruff, are all of these "spoken" for?
     

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    @Von Gruff what is the green substance on the blades? is it a tape? or something you are painting on to protect them after the initial grind is complete and you are still finishing the build?
     

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