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New Venture
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:34:15 PM »
I've decided to do a little knife making in my "spare time".      I've had a few inquiries about knives I've made sheaths for.   Mostly about knives my Uncle had made.   Since he is not able to do anything any longer I figured I could make a few to go along with the sheath work I did for his knives. 
I made this one to donate for an auction fundraiser to a non profit organization in New Mexico.   This design is popular with ranch workers that use their knife daily.    It has a handle made of Redwood burl and brass bolsters and pins.   It fits in a crossdraw sheath that covers most of the handle with basket weave pattern on the pouch.

         

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 07:26:30 AM »
Outstanding! What did you use for the blade?
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Re: New Venture
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 08:16:30 AM »
I'm using 1095HC steel that I can buy in rough blade blanks right now. 

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 09:33:45 AM »
Hi Mike, that's a beautiful knife setup. Do you have any knives you make for sale?

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 10:43:22 AM »
Thanks Richard,   I'm gearing up to sell some.   I'll post them when I get a couple ready in a few days.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2018, 10:15:25 AM »
Very nice Mike! If you don't mind me asking, any idea what sort of work these guys use these knives for? I imagine quite a bit, but interested in the peculiarities.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 11:48:02 AM »
Every thing from cutting hay bale strings and nets to doctoring cattle,  draining abcesses ,  cutting ear tags,  castrating calves.   They all seem to like the sharp drop point on this particular blade.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2018, 04:35:46 PM »
...any idea what sort of work these guys use these knives for? I imagine quite a bit, but interested in the peculiarities.

If the blade is ± 3 - 3.5 inches it would be in the caping knife category.

Nice work, Mike.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 05:37:49 PM »
That's right G Dog,   it's a caper.   Although I haven't seen any cowboys use it for skinning anything.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 10:04:04 AM »
Thanks Mike and G! Being on the east coast, and my family only ever running a pig farm way back in the day, I'm always interested in real "ranch work". That is very cool to know. A friend of mine just starting doing these weekend long "survival courses" and has become a whiz with using sheepsfoot blades for just about anything. I've always carried Buck drop-points or clip points but nothing more than your usual cutting food/cardboard/rope/etc.

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2018, 09:14:05 PM »
Two more knives of the same design.     The first one has been donated again for a fund raiser.   The handle is Curly Maple with brass and resides in a pancake sheath.   The sheath is reversible for either right or left hand crossdraw.


The second one has rosewood for the handle and comes with a right hand crossdraw sheath.  It will be auctioned off on a FaceBook auction page over the weekend.

      

      

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Re: New Venture
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 10:06:16 AM »
Those are both gorgeous knives Mike. That rosewood handle is something else, looks fantastic.