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Speaking of Boot Knives...

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Mongrel, Jul 28, 2008.

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  1. Mongrel

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    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-

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    The Greco that started it all the "Companion"-

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  2. Valkman

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    Nice! Do you know what the "A" and the "1" that are stamped in the knives indicate?
     
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    tool grade steel??
     
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    I'm guessing something like that. Or a model designation.
     
  5. Mongrel

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    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.
     
  6. KiltedClaymore

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    #2 is most def. a boot knife.
     
  7. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    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
     
  8. Mongrel

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    :) 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
     
  9. gb6491

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    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
     
  10. JShirley

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    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...

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  11. Mongrel

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    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:
     
  12. KiltedClaymore

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    can i post mine?
     
  13. JShirley

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    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.

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    not much for cutting, but it does a number stabbing!
     
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    Thanks Mongrel; here it is:
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    Regards,
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  16. JShirley

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    Greg,

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

    J
     
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    Guardian

    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 . . .
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  18. Mongrel

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    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"?
     
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    to expose you all to.....THE METRIC SYSTEM!!! *dundundun!*
     
  21. ArfinGreebly

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    True Double 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.
     
  22. KiltedClaymore

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    wanna give it to me? we have an opening at Claymore's Home for Unwanted Knives. otherwise known as CHUK.
     
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    Nice John, I prefer the wood handles to the black micarta in these:

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

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

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  25. JShirley

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    It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's actually blond micarta.

    Great pics, and collection. :)

    J
     
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