I made this one in 1974. Used D2 tool steel and had it hardened to a Rockwell 60-62 on the C scale. The stocks are rosewood and I used Loveless bolts to attach them. The rear one is covered with an ivory plug for my scrimshawed inititals....just never got around to putting them in, LOL. Iwas pretty set in what I had in mind...a good big game knife, usable around camp and in the boat, with enough sweep for skinning and short enough to get your finger tip up to the point for use in gutting. It had to be strong enough to withstand anything that might come up. I carried it hunting in the Northwest, New England, Texas and here in KY...and a long time ago, I carried in combat in SE Asia.
The thong is for use around a boat where a slip could mean loss of the knife; it loops around my wrist. Sheathed I loop the lanyard through the belt loop, doubly securing the knife.
I tried to get Bob Loveless to build one for me in '72 but he wanted $125 to do it and was a complete a$$ on the phone. I ended up building exactly what I needed.
The work was done on a Sears 7" grinder using a number of wheels. I ground it out in the annealed state from 3/16" stock so it would be heavy enough to do any work around an elk camp. The guard was slotted using a mill file, then drilled up near the back so a 1/8" brass rod could be peened in place, then soldered. The hollow grind matches the 7" Sears wheel curve and makes for easier carving...ie reduces the friction.
The blade is 4" long, with just enough drop to prevent nicking the gut sack when field dressing big game, and with just enough guard to prevent my bloody fingers slipping forward when working up in the chest cavity. It's got enough sweep to allow good skinning properties and enough width to spread peanut butter sandwiches. The tang if full width so if the stocks ever come off, it's still usable. I lined the thong hole with a piece of 1/4" aluminum tubing to minimize wear from the thong. Initially, I used leather boot lace for the thong, but it stayed wet too long, and replaced it with a piece of shroud line, with the core removed.
It's got a history, tho no name...probably deserves one...and I've lost track of the deer and elk it's dressed out. I've quartered two elk with it, pounding it down through the pelvic arch with a rock...no kidding. The D2 steel at that hardness is incredibly tough and very rust resistant. I made 24 of them over the early 70's then quit when I had a wheel shatter and pierce my chest. That cost me my spleen and ended my knife making hobby. My USAF squadron mates still comment on theirs when we get together. Nobody's admitted losing one, and we all still hunt actively.
That's the original sheath I made for it with the thong looped through the belt loop.
Long story...and a great knife. Rodfac, La Grange, KY
My main carry knives are a USA Benchmade Griptilian or a Gerber Easy Out..
I use the Gerber as a Tool, I don't mistreat the Benchmade..
I'll have to get a few pics of them along with some fine firearm pics as well.
Put that Digi Cam the Wife bought me for Christmas to good use..
Nice knives everyone.
I'll try and remember to add to this thread as I get the time.
Originally Posted by Cloud
you just opened a can of worms! i have a few knives...
GEE WHIZ, I GUESS You "DO"!
And I thought my collection was pretty good.
I note you have some of the same ones I have though. LOVE the Schrade USA stuff. Gotta specify "USA" because the real Schrade closed their doors in 2004 due to the onslaught of cheap made in China knives, in conjunction with the labor union refusing to budge on costs of labor. Shame really, because they were one of my favorites.
As an aside, Taylor brand knives bought the time honored name, and promptly moved production to China. Ironic, isn't it?
I won't buy any of the new crop because as far as I'm concerned, Schrade Knives (The real ones) are no longer made.
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