Speaking of Boot Knives...


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Mongrel
July 28, 2008, 12:49 AM
Figured I'd toss a couple pics up of a couple O' Greco's...

#1 Probably my favorite Greco and could easily be worn in a boot-

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139424_RoCKz-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139430_3wUaJ-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139952_tbomq-L.jpg

#2

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139626_pSot9-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139603_X8hZQ-L.jpg

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139621_Ag55y-L.jpg

The Greco that started it all the "Companion"-

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/340139764_DDx2j-L.jpg

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Valkman
July 28, 2008, 03:04 AM
Nice! Do you know what the "A" and the "1" that are stamped in the knives indicate?

theken206
July 28, 2008, 03:06 AM
tool grade steel??

Valkman
July 28, 2008, 03:10 AM
I'm guessing something like that. Or a model designation.

Mongrel
July 28, 2008, 07:28 AM
Hi Guys,

If I remember correctly, the 'A' designation is A-2 steel and the '1' designation is a high carbon steel like 1075 or someting like that. It's not 1095 though.

He also used 8670 tool steel for awhile which are marked with an '8'.

The latest is something like 52100 (?) which aren't marked at all.

KiltedClaymore
July 28, 2008, 01:28 PM
#2 is most def. a boot knife.

JShirley
July 28, 2008, 03:33 PM
You know...I avoided opening this thread for a while, because I'm not a fan of what most would call boot knives.

Then I thought, I should post a picture of a Greco, to show what a BK should really look like (small, single-edged, and sharp)! :D But I see I've been beaten to the punch.

John

Mongrel
July 28, 2008, 05:37 PM
You know...I avoided opening this thread for a while,

:) Glad you stopped by John...

I guess I should pick a better title next time...

Isn't that first one a beauty? As you've said before-it's the *feel* of it. It's one of his older 1/4" thick blades so it's definately got some heft to it.

I apologize for the nasty 'tape measure' shots. All I had were my going-'bay pics available of that one...

Now that you got me started I may have to post all of my 8" and under Grecos!

:D

gb6491
July 28, 2008, 06:12 PM
That's a real nice collection (that you've posted so far!) of John Greco knives.
I'm glad he was able to continue with his work:). I really like the look of his Scagel style knives (prices are very attractive too).

I made a rustic boot/garter knife for my wife out of a small file, scrap brass, and an elk tine some years back; I see it's overall dimensions fit right in line with those posted here. I can post some photos of it if anyone is interested and the OP doesn't mind.

Regards,
Greg

JShirley
July 28, 2008, 06:32 PM
No, Mongrel, most people only think of small double-edged knives as boot knives.

I disagree. :D

Here's a little 52100 number Shane Justice made for Byron in late '05. Christmas present...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=82052&d=1217284261

Mongrel
July 28, 2008, 06:50 PM
I made a rustic boot/garter knife for my wife out of a small file, scrap brass, and an elk tine some years back; I see it's overall dimensions fit right in line with those posted here. I can post some photos of it if anyone is interested and the OP doesn't mind.


By all means POST AWAY :D. I'd love to see it. John Greco's best work (especially nowadays...) is his Scagel and Liles type stuff.

Not to blaspheme anyone's memory or taste in blades, but I have never cared for the 'Scagel' style of knives. Or Ruanas for that matter. They seem er...not sure how to describe it. I was gonna say 'rough' but that's not it. Anzas are 'rough' looking, but very classic. Most Scagels are too 'curvy' for me, I prefer a blade with a more aggressive shape. If you were to take say Scagels, Ruanas, Liles, Richtig, or Randall, I would definately fall in the Randall camp as far as aesthetics go. Handle treatments especially turn me off if not done well.

That's a nice one John, one could say it'a bit more refined than the Blue Collars I posted :D I figure a "small, sharp, single edged blade", makes a superior boot knife! :cuss:

KiltedClaymore
July 28, 2008, 06:52 PM
can i post mine?

JShirley
July 28, 2008, 07:00 PM
Thanks. :) I know Byron surely liked it. I'm not much for Scagels, either, but I love Loveless-style blades. Don does a nice Loveless style offering I'll get one day. :)

Hm. I should probably post the Sgian Dubh Shane made for another friend, as well.

KC, I'm sure Mongrel won't mind.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=82053&stc=1&d=1217285979

KiltedClaymore
July 28, 2008, 07:03 PM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f113/son_one/P2100013.jpg

not much for cutting, but it does a number stabbing!

gb6491
July 28, 2008, 07:14 PM
Thanks Mongrel; here it is:
http://i38.tinypic.com/246ugkx.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/8zh4b8.jpg
http://i36.tinypic.com/2s7go3o.jpg
Regards,
Greg

JShirley
July 28, 2008, 07:16 PM
Greg,

That's beautiful! I bet it's a deadly stabber, too.

J

ArfinGreebly
July 28, 2008, 07:29 PM
I have a late '70s Gerber Guardian -- the real deal -- polished blade with the Armorhide-over-cast-aluminum handle.

I've had it since the early eighties, just before that design went out of production.

I'll have to find that picture . . .

Meanwhile, this will have to do . . .
http://noisyroom.net/pix/thr/2007_1208-knife/2007_1208-Knife-01.jpg


http://noisyroom.net/pix/thr/2007_1208-knife/2007_1208-Knife-07.jpg

Mongrel
July 28, 2008, 08:08 PM
Geez Greg-maybe you SHOULD quit your day job! :what: That is sweet man, really sweet.

Hey Arfin, is that a 'true' double edge or is one side a false edge? I've always admired those little Gerbers. A good friend has an early 80's late 70's MK II that I'm hoping he leaves lying around :evil:

'nother nice one John...

KC-what's with the mm ruler dude? :uhoh: Very traditional... :cool:

Post away guys...

Maybe someone could change the title to "favorite small blades"?

xx7grant7x
July 28, 2008, 08:10 PM
thought i'd throw a link for these since i googled it and i wanted to see it too
http://www.grecoknives.com/

KiltedClaymore
July 28, 2008, 08:11 PM
mm ruler

to expose you all to.....THE METRIC SYSTEM!!! *dundundun!*

ArfinGreebly
July 28, 2008, 11:17 PM
Hey Arfin, is that a 'true' double edge or is one side a false edge?
Yes, double edge.

It came from the factory with both edges sharpened.

Has both holsters and alternate carry straps.

Virtually unused. Never carried.

Probably just as well, too.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Some day I'll find it a good home.

KiltedClaymore
July 28, 2008, 11:21 PM
Some day I'll find it a good home.

wanna give it to me? we have an opening at Claymore's Home for Unwanted Knives. otherwise known as CHUK.

JShirley
July 29, 2008, 12:14 AM
My only small Greco is one of these (http://www.grecoknives.com/Full_flat_ground_hunter_style_boot_with_gold_micarta_handle_and_g1_coating_640_wide.png).

Mongrel
July 29, 2008, 01:53 AM
Nice John, I prefer the wood handles to the black micarta in these:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/341023264_HtGfr-L.jpg

Here's a better shot of one I posted above:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/341023269_V6pzo-L.jpg

Last but not least John's idea of a bird and trout knife:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/341023274_aTNsj-L.jpg

JShirley
July 29, 2008, 02:09 AM
It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's actually blond micarta.

Great pics, and collection. :)

J

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