@ 05:51 pm (GMT)
Warrick EdmondsFollowing on from a discussion in hunting stories, here's what I consider some design types. General information wise....
Firstly, Nathan's big hunter. He's covered this in good detail in various other threads, so nothing from me about it here.
Here's what I consider a 'commonly sized' (for want of a better word) hunter. It's got some features that I like such as a sharp point supported by a good triangle of metal, lots of skinning curve exaggerated slightly by a recurved belly. The handle is all rounded parts, nothing sharp or square to make a hot spot in hand. Also, there's a finger guard and a thumb rest. The blade is around 13cm, the handle is around 13cm.
This is what I call a utility. Note the difference is it has a straight cutting edge. But that being said, it still has enough skinning curve to get the job done.
Smaller and lighter is a rabbit and fox jobby. Blade is only around 9cm. Now I happen to know the owner also uses it on red deer but he's just ordered a larger hunter.
Here's another larger hunter. It was made specifically for a mate who targets scrub bulls and camels. He's got a lot of meat to reach through to part the joints so needed that long blade.
A pair of pointy piggy stickers
A pair of capers plus a leather keeper wallet
And finally, a surprise packet. I originally made this design for my wife to keep in her handbag but it has proved very popular with hunters. One client had ten of them, which he used as capers on big game in Africa.
So, just like your car tool box,... different tools for different jobs.
@ 09:30 pm (GMT)
Re: various knife designsvery tidy work there good sir,very tidy indeed.
over the years Ive owned and used many diferent knives and have now got far too many for my needs,recently gave away some near new victorinox as they just werent me.
looking at the Bossmans custom jobbie,it reminds me very much of the knife I used all through my teenage years before slicing my leg through insecure storage inside my pack which led me to go to folders for years.....you can still buy them I recently discovered but $80 a pop. green river bushmans friend.very similar shape just on a smaller scale.
Ive tried big curved cattlemans knives and they didnt do it for me at all.Ive cut up a big red hind with tiny svord phesant folder too...one of the few times I didnt have my sharpening rod. it worked but its big brother is much better/easier for the task.
hunting and fishing give pocket knives away with licence sales...a few years back it was a green plastic handled gerber gator take off by dakota cutlery...that is my goto knife for deer stalking....nearly as large as the old green river and has similar shaped blade so works ,the handle fits my hand too,something I believe is criticle for safety as well as comfort.
they say a knife is no good till its cut you....my left hand and arm must think I ve got good knives...last purchase was a mesh glove...piece of mind.
keep up the great work.
@ 09:40 pm (GMT)
Re: various knife designsVery nice knives, very good work! A really high level of attention to detail.
I agree very much on your shape and size ideas. Very functional and universal. But I normally don't like finger guards, cause they tend to get caught up in stuff, and also they're troublesome when holding the knife half way onto the blade for finer work. But the way you make them, they really don't seem to be that much trouble. I will try out something like this next time I make a knife where it seems natural.
Keep up the good work!
@ 11:14 am (GMT)
Re: various knife designsMagnus
Thanks for the kind words. I try to make 'em look good as well as function as they should. (I might put that in the advertising on my website !)
I'm going to respectfully disagree with you about including finger guards, I wouldn't be without one of some sort. Gloved hands or wet conditions or animal fat or lack of light or cold stiff fingers, there's plenty of reasons I'd be wanting something between my fingers and what's doing the surgery up the front end of the knife.
Also, nine times out of ten it's the front half of the blade that's doing the work so there's not a lot of contact between the finger guard and the job.
I know there's the Scandi thing,... and thousands of people have been using that design for centuries,... but I'm having a finger guard anyways.