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Old 11-11-2014, 07:59 AM
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Folding hunter with amboyna burl and hamon...

This one was commissioned by a local hunter to use as his main hunting knife. He said he uses a folder exclusively for hunting and did not want a fixed blade. He liked my forged guardless hunters and basically wanted one the same size and shape, but locking and folding.

I want to point out that there are several features that were his choice specifically:

1. He absolutely wanted no thumb stud, disc, hole, slot or nail nick of any kind. He expressly wanted this to be a two handed knife.

2. No pocket clip.

3. Dark gray look to the blade.

4. Some sort of premium burl handle.

5. No bolsters.

So this is what I came up with.

1075 steel clay quenched and etched
4 1/2" closed, 3 3/8" blade, 7 7/8" open
Blade finished out right at .125" and has full distal taper
Heavily rounded spine for comfort
Filed thumb grip areas, all de-horned so nothing is sharp
Stabilized amboyna burl scales with chamferred screw holes
Black pivot and screws
Fileworked Black g-10 backspacer, fileworked inside and out...grooved outside and coined inside
Polished and jeweled titanium liners, all sharp inside edges de-horned
Very smooth action and rock solid lockup

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Old 11-11-2014, 08:02 AM
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:41 AM
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Really nice one, John. It's a shame to use it as a hunter.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:22 AM
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Now That, Sir, is a custom folder. Beautiful details, I love the jeweled titanium liners. The file work is premium. Your work continues to impress John.


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Old 11-11-2014, 05:00 PM
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Nice work John! Ain't that "folder bug" a terrible thing!? I usually don't like the thumb cutout in folders, but you incoporated and blending that one in beautifully.

I'm super happy to see how well you've paid attention to the "fine details".....so many makers don't understand thats what makes the difference between a "knife" and a "great knife"! Good on ya pal!!


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Old 11-11-2014, 06:11 PM
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Simple. Functional. Beautiful. May it serve him well for years.

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Old 11-11-2014, 10:18 PM
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Loving this one, John. A couple questions, if you don't mind...

How did you handle the hardening around the pivot? Did you leave the clay off that area completely? Also, what thickness are the liners and what's the finished scale thickness? I think I really like those proportions...

Fantastic job on this one, John. Can't wait to see what comes out next.

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Old 11-11-2014, 11:06 PM
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Beautiful knife. What a great job! I dont even like folders but that is amazing.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:01 AM
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. I appreciate it.

Ed- you're right, these sure are addicting. Thanks for helping out during our phone conversations about folders. It really helped to bring this along.

Jeremy, I left the clay off the inner workings of the knife. The pivot area, lock face and hidden pin track are all hardened.

Liners are finished at .065", scales are finished at about .120" and the blade is right at .125" on this.


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Beautiful work sir!
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Thanks for the info, John.

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Beautiful Knife John !

Can you tell me about the Fire Piston too ?


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Old 11-17-2014, 06:42 PM
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Beautiful Knife John !

Can you tell me about the Fire Piston too ?
Ha! In all the responses that this knife has generated you are the first person to ask about it, let alone even know what it is.

I expected some to ask what it is.

I made it myself a couple years ago. I had made one many years before that worked well. I loaned it out to some interested folks to teach a class and sadly someone in the class stole it. I finally decided to make this one. There is a learning curve and things have to be just right to work properly.

The method predates the flint and steel by a fair bit, if I'm not mistaken. While the method is old, my construction is not traditional but more modern. With brass workings cased in african blackwood. With the proper technique required to use any fire piston, this one is as good as it gets and works first time, everytime.

If there is any more I can tell you specifically, please ask.

Thanks for the comment.


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