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Savage Shooter
March 29, 2014, 09:25 PM
http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm80/Johndeereman19/81c41f9e-8670-41e7-b53f-eed74d8987f7_zps5b9a211a.jpg (http://s293.photobucket.com/user/Johndeereman19/media/81c41f9e-8670-41e7-b53f-eed74d8987f7_zps5b9a211a.jpg.html)I just went to a auction today and i picked up this sweet bowie knife. I'm a sucker for a antler handle knife and i couldn't pass it up. I thought it was just some knife that a guy had home made. i noticed something was electro penciled on the blade and i thought it said blorpaw which i thought was just gibberish or something. I got it home and googled it and it turns out it's bearpaw which makes more since lol. Are these knifes any good it looks to be of excellent quality.

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hso
March 29, 2014, 11:42 PM
Are these knifes any good

I don't think anyone can tell you with an electropenciled name instead of a maker's mark. You should enjoy the knife and see how it performs.

There's a maker in Montana by the name of Moen and a Hannon in Oklahoma and I assume others elsewhere that use Bear Paw, but those two have a distinctive maker's mark.

bldsmith
March 30, 2014, 12:08 AM
Ground from an old file. Looks like the tang in pretty short based on where the teeth end, unless the maker welded a larger piece of steel onto the stub. A lot is going to depend on how the steel was heat treated. Did they leave it full hard?? Did they normalize/anneal then re heat treat? Then what was the recipe? How is the tang attached to the handle? From what I see it seems to have fair fit and finish. I like the advice given above, use it and enjoy. If that electro pen had said moran or scagel (or a few others) you would have a serious find.

Savage Shooter
March 30, 2014, 12:29 AM
I have found one other knife like this one it was on another forum that looks exactly like it. It is made out of a old file thats one thing i like about it, adds character.:D pretty sure its a old hoof file. heres the link he's got a lot more pictures than me i only have a cell phone camera to work with so his are a little better.http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php?topic=33855.0

I think it was made by this man http://www.bearpawknife.com/history.htm
In the history section he says he started out making them out of old files and other found metals so i'm thinking this may be it. i emailed this guy and sent him pictures so hopefully he gets back with me.

Coyote3855
March 30, 2014, 09:17 AM
Cool knife. The hoof rasps I've used have coarser teeth, but could be one. Should be okay even with a short tang if you don't go batoning or throwing it oak trees. Nice find. I would have been all over it at the right price.

Savage Shooter
March 30, 2014, 11:18 AM
The coarse side is on the other side it's in little triangles look through the pictures in the other thread he's got both sides.

Savage Shooter
April 2, 2014, 12:06 PM
well phil moen and i have been in contact and he says it's not his. he knows of six other guys that use the name bearpaw though so i may have hope yet. I emailed hannon even though his look nothing like mine and he has not responded yet so i don't think its his.

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