i like to make a new skinner/hunter design every year before deer season. this is what i came up with for this time around. it is 1095 with black dymond wood scales. it is about 7.5" long with a 4" blade.
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October 11, 2011, 10:19 AM
Again, great looking blade! Really ancient looking.
Question: with the 1095, are you worried about rust? I'm just always used to seeing a coating over 1095
October 11, 2011, 10:54 AM
What's the notch in the spine intended to be used for?
If you learn how to care for a knife you don't need a coating on it.
October 11, 2011, 11:39 AM
the notch is just an aesthetic addition. i started doing that some time ago on certain models and i just like the way it looks. just makes the profile more interesting to me. any steel will rust if not cared for. i give most of my blades a nice coat of ren wax after i finish them. that and a bit of oil is all i need to keep my personal blades cancer free. and remember, AL is basically like the amazon jungle in the summer months. crazy hot and humid.
October 11, 2011, 12:51 PM
I like the notch, even just for looks.
October 11, 2011, 05:26 PM
Also makes a convenient, non-edge place to pop the beer top...
October 11, 2011, 05:30 PM
Just an idea concerning the notch. The other day, I saw a fixed-blade Bear Grylls Gerber (it was a special edition survival knife) that had a very similar notch. It was unfinished inside the notch though, and light reflected off of it. Apparently, the idea was it can be used to signal a search plane/helicopter, in the event you become lost in the wilderness.
I know... it may seem like a lot more of a novelty than anything else, but I thought the idea itself was clever, at least. And in the remote chance that you do get lost in the wild, I suppose it could help.
What do you think? Novelty, or good idea?
October 11, 2011, 06:31 PM
I like the notch but could you add a little lip on it to make it a bottle opener?
October 11, 2011, 06:53 PM
great minds think alike. i have actually started incorporating a bottle opener on several of my designs. i like my beer as much as any red-blooded American, so why not make that notch useful? good looking out, fellas.