Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by bikerdoc, Sep 21, 2019.
Did you go to Tommy's?
Tom has been making knives for at least 12 years, so nope. I'm glad your grandson enjoyed the making of the knife.
Before anyone seizes on the idea of rebar as a cheap source of knife steel, it isn't consistent in carbon content or quality and might or might not harden. It is useful for learning to forge and grind, but not for making a blade to use.
I was the Safety Officer for the American Bladesmith Society Youth Program and a couple of dozen kids every year gathered in Pigeon Forge with a dozen blade smiths every summer and learned to forge their own blades. Every youngster left with at least one finished knife and a couple of blades they had forged to finish at home with their parents. Some, like Tom Mohr, went on to become bladesmiths themselves. Tom even helped teach the last couple of years before the program was absorbed into the standard ABS Hammer-Ins.
Had a coupon from the former for the desert Kalashnikov
The latter had Strikes on sale
And I had forgotten how much I like those Mini Strikes (which really annoys that I can't find my other one).
Nice looking knife, curious if all blades lock, or just the main one?
I have a similar Browning three blade knife, only the main pointed blade locks. Older, made in Japan, great hunting knife.
All 3 blades lock. The center blade takes a lot of effort to get it to release.
Just put something on it to protect it, good training knife.
Nice work, Dad!
My wife and I were canning stewed tomatoes this morning she peeled and I cut. Now my new opinel has that used look, due to the acid in the tomatoes.
Wait, no corkscrew, how is one to survive?
It has a bottle opener! I'm from the Dairy state. We have beer, brats, and cheese
Viva la France
FIRECRAFT® FC 3.5 Pro (whiteriverknives.com)
I ordered one of these from Duluth Trading. It arrived (in less than a week) last Wednesday. I sent it back on Tuesday, the day before yesterday.
Although I knew the knife came with a firesteel and a Kydex sheath (which I have no use for either of) I ordered the knife anyway because it looked like it would be a good, fixed-blade “working” knife for EDC and use around our place here. However, when the knife, firesteel and Kydex sheath arrived in a fancy, carved-out wooden box with a sliding top that would have been good for nothing other than very expensive kindling for the wood stove this winter, it pushed me over the edge. I wanted the knife - not 30 or 35 bucks worth of firesteel, Kydex sheath and fancy display box.
Nevertheless, kudos for Duluth Trading - they really do have what they call a “No BS Return Policy.” I gave that knife to the post office on Tuesday, and I got an email from Duluth Trading this morning (Thursday) saying they’d received it, and my credit card would be credited.
I’m going to email White River Knives and tell them I’ll buy another one of their FC3.5 knives if they’ll sell it to me without a firesteel, Kydex sheath and fancy box - and take the cost of those 3 things off the price, of course. I’d bet dollars to donuts that’s not gonna happen though.
What will you use for a sheath?
I like my own, homemade "pouch style" leather sheaths.
Overall I am happy with the knife but it did require immediate reprofiling as the bevel was over 20 degrees per side.
I’ve had numerous *expensive/quality* knives from various manufacturers that have bevels at or above 20 degrees from the factory. Don’t underestimate the need for a sharpening system or the skill to freehand, even when buying quality knives!
They come out of the box shaving sharp, hold a good edge, and are easily touched up. The action on them is very smooth, and they are quickly and easily opened. They are a bit heavier than my Benchmade's, but they feel and are a bit more robust, and the added weight makes them easier and more positive to open, and they feel good in your hand.
Ive been using one as my EDC and its been working well in that respect.
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