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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by AStone, Jul 25, 2012.

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  1. AStone

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    I have to remind myself often that I'm slow, but not stupid. ;)
     
  2. AStone

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    By the way, my Izula 2 now wears a set of g10 scales from The Knife Connection.

    Subtle but significant improvement for me. Color is one - it's got orange in it, which the stock Micarta didn't, so easier to find on the forest floor or in the studio. Going to have an orange taco sheath made for it, too.

    But the g10 is also slightly thicker for a better grip, and I suspect more impervious to nasty crap from meats and such.

    They took a bit of care with some 600 grit sandpaper to take the edges off, followed by a few coats of mineral oil which improved the color and the feel.

    I'm happy with them. Planning now to add a set to my 3, and will purchase a 4 with a set. Planning to get the 4 with blaze orange g10's or tigerstripes.
     
  3. Stainz

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    Nema,

    Thanks for the link - interesting site. I spend a lot of time on BushcraftUSA.com these days - they love hatchets there. My only axe is a double sided and several times rehandled Plumb. I still have my Plumb Camp Hatchet, a goodie my Mom got me in the early sixties with Green Stamps! It, my Dad's old KaBar, and my BS knife were my camping buddies. More on your Bruks when you get it, please.

    Ordering all of this Christmas stuff off the net for my wife and grandkids was an evil influence - I ordered myself a new knife - a Condor 'Bushlore'. Heck, the leather sheath was worth the $28 shipped price! Decent scandi edge - needs a little help to shave armhairs reliably, however. A user out of the box, a little TLC should make it look/function a bit better. My wife wrapped it and put it under the tree.

    I also got a new Mel Pardue custom made Tanto folding knife - Damascus blade & bolster and mammoth ivory scales - from Mel, himself, in trade for a LN Kimber benchrest .22. Unreal knife... I am certainly 'not worthy' of such a fine knife. If I am afraid to damage my ESEE-4, what chance does a $1k+ knife have to see use? Nice fellow, Mel, I enjoyed meeting him and talking with him several times at a local sporting goods store that sells his custom knives. He is a real artisan - and Benchmade's senior knife designer, and he is especially proud of his Griptillian design.

    So, Santa doesn't have me an ESEE-3... but I do have a new contender for my 'ultimate bushcraft knife'! So, I can still possibly do some self-inflicted non-paper cut blood letting Christmas AM!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    John (aka 'Stainz')
     
  4. AStone

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    Good stuff, Stainz.

    Merry Christmas, indeed. ;)
     
  5. dayhiker

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    Great outdoors site,I am on there too, same user name

    Just like here on THR skills are valued far more than the latest gadgets. And none of the "The end of the world stuff". Moderated just like this place too. Good guys.
     
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    Condor Bushlore

    I just encountered the Condor and it seemed like a decent value?
    Where did you find it for $28 shipped?

    Happy New Year.
    DA
     
  7. AStone

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    Somebody said, "bush knife"?

    Here are some new (for me) options.
     
  8. Stainz

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    I got my Condor Bushlores from an AMAZing place ON the internet. The last one was $28.35 - it's $28.53 today. Over $25, you can opt for free 'Super Saver Shipping', or try their free 'Prime' membership for 30 days - just recall that means 30 days, not 31, as I found out (No matter, I got my money's worth!).Here is a poor picture:

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    Both my Mora HighQ Robust and Companion MG fit in the Bushlore's sheath as if it was made to fit it. The Bushlore will fit the Robust's plastic sheath but not the plastic sheath of the Companion. Both Moras, after some use, are still sharper than either Bushlore - and that includes the one I sharpened on my Sharpmaker - which does cut well. It just speaks to the Mora's razor edges as delivered (Not 'out of the box' - my Moras have thus far come alone, ie, not packaged - from several vendors. The Condors came with an edge sleeve and in a plastic bag with a desicant pack and included a Condor catalog - in a heavy box - from El Salvador! Like I said - decent value for the nice sheath alone. The knife is useful out of the box, but can be improved, a la a 'work in process', with just some TLC. Everyone needs a Mora... and a Condor!

    Stainz
     
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    Thanks Stainz for the review. Glad to hear you like those new Moras as-well.
    For the little Bushcrafting I do outside the house the Moras should be more than enough for my world.

    How about the Moras, does that River Site have the best prices?
     
  10. AStone

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    Stains, that's a really nice looking knife. Basic, but looks like good design (says the bushknife novice that wants to be an expert when he grows up).

    DA, for Moras, I recommend taking a look at Baryonyx Knife Company. Fortytwoblades on that other forum where we also hang out owns it. He's only a few miles from where I live. Stellar service, and I think reasonable prices. It's where I bought both of my Moras (so far). If he's got the model you want, of course. He doesn't carry all of them (who does?), but the ones I'm interested in. Tell him Nem sent you. :)
     
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    http://www.ragweedforge.com/

    I bought a Mora once, don't like them. :eek:

    But Ragnar can hook you up.
     
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    BK24 in D2 with Osage orange handle.
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    Two years later. Nem if you find another good Forum..don't let me in on it. ; -)

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    Nice collection, D.A.! I wonder where the Nem is lurking these days??

    Stainz
     
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    Hey Stainz, You can find Nem on his Facebook page and the ESEE Forum.
    He told me about the ESEE Forum and it's a good bunch with diverse gear interests including knives, some firearms, packs, travel, food, you name it. Reasonable rules. Worth the look, you might like it.

    I'm SmokyMountainDA there.
     
  16. Stainz

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    Gee, D.A., you'd think I had forgotten about that forum! I mean, five posts in over three years! I claim a perpetual senior moment is responsible, although my wife claims I am always responsible. I am also always wrong, too.

    Stainz
     
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    Bump.

    Got locked out here.
    Forgot the p'word.
    Couldn't retrieve.

    Found it.

    One word: Izula.
     
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