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Old 08-13-2014, 03:25 PM
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Hand Forged hunter w/ BEAUTIFUL amboyna burl

This is the latest. I just finished it up today. This is another light and slim, yet stout and fully capable hunter. This style is really growing on me. The handle is probably my favorite to date. At first glance, it may look 'broom handlish' but it isn't. It's got nice taper to the guard before the rings in the center and then subtle and elegant sculpting behind the rings. It is really versatile as far as different hand holds and really comfortable in all of them.

Hand forged from 1075 steel, differentially hardened using time/temp control with my salt tanks. There is a visible quench line.
8" overall, 3 3/4" blade(3 3/8" sharp), .195" thick at the ricasso with full distal taper to the point
Filed and rounded, two-tone thumb grip, very comfortable, no 'bite'
Heavily rounded spine and ricasso edge for comfort
Hand sanded to a very nice even 1000 grit satin finish
Black g-10 synthetic guard, very strong and very durable, does not show any wear easily
Coined stainless steel spacer
Stabilized amboyna burl handle that has been file carved and nicely contoured.
Stainless steel checkered finial nut.

John Doyle

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Old 08-15-2014, 12:54 AM
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Really cool, John. I like the subtle contouring of the handle. Great knife.

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:45 PM
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I love your work. Beautiful knife and wonderful appointments. How did you finish the amboyna burl? Awesome knife.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:10 PM
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I am entranced by everything with this knife, John. I especially like the jimping with the edges knocked off or rounded over. MAN that's Knice....



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And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends." Shel Silverstein
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:59 PM
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Very nice john keep em coming
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