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I decided to make one of the mini hunting versions to take with me on the hunt rather than the larger model. It is more suited to the size of knife I prefer for hunting. I used a thinner steel (.125 instead of .170 for the larger version) and it is a nice little knife in hand. Sort of like the little skinners I do but with the different angle to the blade that will make no difference to how I dress an animal .
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I really like the look of the smaller blade.
 

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Had hoped to test out the little hunting khukuri on this end of the week hunt but it was great to be out on the hill again. Now back to some more knives.
 

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G'day Garry
Nice country. Mightn't have had a chance to try out the new knife, but it's alway great to get out in the bush. Is it private farming area or public land?
 

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G'day Garry
Nice country. Mightn't have had a chance to try out the new knife, but it's alway great to get out in the bush. Is it private farming area or public land?
It is a high country station with some department of conservation access walking or 4x4 tracks but where I go is off those tracks and onto the private areas so there is no concern over others being in the vacinity other than good firearms safety with backstop and skyline etc
 

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Nice video Garry and those large rabbits must make quite a meal.
 

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Garry, I know you enjoyed your trip into the backcountry, too bad you weren't able to get any goats or a fallow deer. Hopefully you will get another opportunity to hunt soon. Is it possible for you to go for more than just a couple of days? Does your vehicle have a standard / manual transmission or is it an automatic? When you mentioned "getting out of the low box" I knew you had multiple options but know what they were.
Is there any way to have some horses waiting for you at the stone hut? With them you might be able to retrieve game from some of the rougher terrain.
 

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Garry, I know you enjoyed your trip into the backcountry, too bad you weren't able to get any goats or a fallow deer. Hopefully you will get another opportunity to hunt soon. Is it possible for you to go for more than just a couple of days? Does your vehicle have a standard / manual transmission or is it an automatic? When you mentioned "getting out of the low box" I knew you had multiple options but know what they were.
Is there any way to have some horses waiting for you at the stone hut? With them you might be able to retrieve game from some of the rougher terrain.
Always possible to spend more than a couple of days in there but for me now (age )two days walking in (up down and sideways) this country is enough to leave me a bit stiff and sore by the third day and I like to have that back at home.
my landcruiser is an auto with full time 4 wheel drive in the high box then a diff lock in the high box and a low box with diff lock so good options for any country. No way to have horses in there unless they are ridden inand it is not so much the rougher terrain that prevents a retrieve at times but the bluffs or very steep stuff that can have an animal go down verticaland maybe for 2 or 300 yds and in that area with the dense prickly scrub it it sometimes hard to find them again so the unenviable option is sometimes that the animal has to counted as lost
 

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In that case Von Gruff, all I can say is better luck next time.
 

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Have been playing with the Bearded Utility knife and have had a few failures with warping. First few I pre ground the bevels but they warped so bad that they were discarded. Second lot I didnt do a pregrind and put them in the plate vise after and edge quench but some warped in the tempering cycles.
These have been discards
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Was able to save one and handsanded it to 350grit
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So with the handle on it is in the clamps overnight. I will get a length of 4 inch box and cut it in half to clamp to either side of the blade in the temper so that should be the end of the warping problems (I hope.)
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Our cutlery set is from Shefield so good blades but the handles have been showing the ravages of time and the other day I decided to see if a new look would back from looking a bit rough so I had some acrylic that I had used for other handles that I did a trial on one knife and it worked well so went ahead and got the rest in the clamps for the night
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The bolster is marked on to the face of the handle after drilling the hole
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and using a air driven pencil grinder with a carbide tapered burr to inset the bolster they are in the clamps and ready for shaping tomorrow.
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Neat trick Garry. What is that old saying about necessity being the mother of invention?
 

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Neat trick Garry. What is that old saying about necessity being the mother of invention
Yes that is what they say. I wouldnt have bothered but they are a second generation hand down so had sentimental value and Lyne was at the stage where whe would be embarrased to put them out for guests so it was an easy decision to update them and keep her happy.
 

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The first Bearded Utility knife done. Not polished to a very high degree as it is a shop test blade to check the cross purpose usage I anticipate it will have. At 14 oz it is a well balanced knife and with the multiple hold options should offer a lot to the user, with the same uses as a Serbian chef knife, an Ulu, a western chef and even a skinner. I will do a video at some stage when the leather is done on the various uses and hold options.
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A friendin the US asked about a knife that might have been a Confederate officers knife from the 1860's. Had trouble getting decent antler and would have prefered to use one piece but he wanted scales so that always leaves a lot more of the white interior of the antler visible. I have a couple of lightly curved pieces of good antler that I use on a similar knife.
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That pile of discards makes me shed a little tear.

I hope you perfect that sheet because I want one!
 

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That pile of discards makes me shed a little tear.

I hope you perfect that sheet because I want one!
Already made provision for a change in heat treating equipment and technique to cover the warping problem so hope to be able to do production blades without the problem now. Will get back to them after next week.
 

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A good friend of mine is a commercial pest destruction shooter so there is a great deal of knife work on the rabbit, hare, pig, deer and goat to keep his team of dogs fed and the freezer filled for him and a few select friends. I have made a couple of different knives for him before but seeing as he needs a blade sharpened every couple of weeks and has trouble getting an edge on them I decided to make him a couple of the little mini skinners and leave them as they come out of the forge except for the edge grind and with no handle they are quick to make so willl make another pair for him next time I do a grind session. He can then send me one pair every month to get the edge attended to while he uses the other pair
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garry,
lightweight, flat and compact, could be 2 things to add to the return for sharpening asset.
yet another thing to suit the individual's situation supplied by a custom maker.
bruce.
 

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garry,
lightweight, flat and compact, could be 2 things to add to the return for sharpening asset.
yet another thing to suit the individual's situation supplied by a custom maker.
bruce.
They are very usable little knives even without handle scales especially as they are used specifically for dressing small to medium game. No big cutting needed so the 3 1/4 inch blade is just enough with nothing that is not needed for the working knife. I have always been an advocate for just enough knife and Euan is the same so we are on the same page with this project.
 

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Spent an hour on it this morning and got the handle drilled for the rivets and the lightening holes. Got the start of the grind done just to mark in the rear lines.and the typical skinning knife that is seen on most farms and many hunters carry. Way too much belly length and not ideal for opening up down the legs in the blade up position. A clumsy knife in hand for me.

Nice job on the drop point Von, it'll slide nicely along the belly and legs of an animal. Coming from the country I've had a few Pyne Gould Guinness Green River knives. My biggest concern with a skinning knife was the handle and whether it would slip when the hands are covered in blood and I like a good tang for that reason. Back in the 60's we used to replace the handles with deer antler. cheers
 

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