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Franciscomv 12-11-2009 02:41 AM

Let's see some well used knives!
Most of us post pics of our toys when they are new, how about a thread dedicated to some of those old warriors that have been with us through thick and thin?

I'd love to see any production knives that you've modified to suit you better.

I'll start with some of my favourites and I'll add more pics tomorrow.

These four knives were made by a great bladesmith and friend, Mariano Gugliotta. The drop point at the top was designed by another friend of ours and I've used for almost anything you can imagine. Great versatile knife. The spearpoint knife beneath it is patterned after the knife carried by Horace Kephart, simple but really effective with a wicked sharp convex 01 blade. The knife on the lower right is based on a roach belly trade knife, it's an awesome hunting knife (I like old designs). Finally, the small one is a very practical pocket fixed blade with beautiful ebony handle slabs.

The blades were once shiny and spotless, I've solved that with a nice patina and a few scratches here and there. Now they've got character!

I'll photograph some production fixed blades and folders tomorrow night after work.

CA357 12-11-2009 03:36 PM

Here's my old Uncle Henry Bearpaw, my EDC for close to thirty years and my Benchmade Nitrous Stryker, the knife that relpaced it a couple of years ago:

Franciscomv 12-11-2009 11:56 PM

Great picture, mate! That's what I'm talking about. That Bearpaw is just beautiful.

Here are a couple more of mine. Sorry for the bad pics, the combination of bad light, crappy camera and worthless photographer produced hideous results.

The first one is my favourite slipjoint in the whole wide world, a GEC Pioneer. Big, heavy and sharp as a freakin' lightsabre. I just love the way 1095 takes a patina. I hope my stainless knives could age as graciously as this one.

Next up is a traditional Argentine knife, with a bit of a modern twist, by M. Yannoni a really talented young maker. This is my most used fixed blade, the size is just perfect and it's equally at home dressing deer or cutting up carpet.

For all you military fellows out there, here's a good old Ka-Bar USMC knife that I got when volunteering for mounted SAR duty. I did horrible things to it.

Another one by Ka-Bar, a Becker BK11 Necker, which I pocket carry (can't stand things around my neck). You probably can't tell from my crappy photo, but the blade has been stripped (that black coating created too much friction) and convexed, you should see how that edge gleams under the sun...

CA357 12-12-2009 12:24 AM

Nice. I also noticed one or two other knives in the background. ;)

CA357 12-13-2009 05:21 PM

I'm bumping this. Come on you guys, show us some used steel.

HunterMarksman338 12-13-2009 06:03 PM

Wow, Franciscomv you got one heck of a collection of knives. UGH, I'm ridden with envy.

Franciscomv 12-14-2009 03:01 AM


Originally Posted by HunterMarksman338 (Post 198960)
Wow, Franciscomv you got one heck of a collection of knives. UGH, I'm ridden with envy.

Thanks, but more than a true collection what I've got is an "accumulation" of knives. A collector would keep the knives mint, I like using them, modifying them and I get a sick pleasure from the way carbon steels build a patina with use.

Here's my first good quality fixed blade. I got it when I was twelve as a gift from my dad, I talked to the maker and came up with the design. I was very proud the result since I considered it pretty much the perfect tool. Fifteen years later, the only things I'd change in this knife would be the finger groves (although these are shallow enough not to get in the way of different grips) and the grind (I'd go full convex).

This baby has travelled all over the globe, it dressed game in the Argentine Patagonia, cut rope on the way up the Salkantay trail to Machu Pichu in Perú and helped me cook in the Czech Republic, among other things. I love it to death.

CA357 12-14-2009 03:06 AM

Those are quite the adventures. It sounds like that knife may have a few tales to tell as well.

dteed4094 01-19-2010 12:03 AM

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Some knives I made about 40 years ago.As you can see, not a lot of craftsmanship.
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The top one is my rendition of a Bowie knife.The blade is 8", overall 13".The blade is a reciprocating metal saw blade. The handle is made of two colors of leather discs and brass. Its been used in the garden and as a cleaver.
The second one is made to throw. At one time I was fairly proficient at hitting a 6" target at 20'. The blade and tang are a file and the handle grips are made from electrical insulating material.
The third one was just made to kill time one day when I didn't have anything better to do. The blade is a reciprocating metal saw blade. The handle is one piece wood.
The bottom one is a nice size for deer dressing and works well but requires frequent sharpening.
The top folding blade is made from a metal cutting saws-all blade and the handle that doubles as the spring is made from two pieces of 5/16 inconel round stock. It has a forever edge yuo can shave with but it won't take abuse because the blade is super hard and brittle.
The second folding is an attempt to copy a buck. The handles are 1/4" inconel plate and the blade is a file. Its hard to put an edge on because the blade is thick, but holds an edge well. I carried this as a boilermaker. I also carried a $2.00 Pakastan knife to lend. People were constantly wanting to borrow a knife till they figured out what I would hand them.

CA357 01-19-2010 02:22 AM

Nice work dteed. :cool:

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