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Old 06-17-2011, 07:32 PM   #11
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Very nice!
Be careful though; you could put an eye out with that thing.

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:55 PM   #12
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Very nice!
Be careful though; you could put an eye out with that thing.
Thanks, I promise not to run with it
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Killer blade, Wambli. How did he handle re-heat treating?

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Killer blade, Wambli. How did he handle re-heat treating?
Thanks! That is a good question that I did not ask. Next time I speak with him I will.
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and you tell him to make you a big honking camp knife that you can actually use. I said I want it rustic and to leave the USMC stamp on it.

11"x1/4+" blade (16" total) with a wicked sharp edge. Never though a knife this size would sharpen this nice considering the angle of the grind!

I asked him not to polish all the way and leave some "character" on the blade. The USMC stamp had to stay.

He threw in the filework on the spine :mrgreen:

Oh and before someone starts on the "piece of history" stuff, there are five gadzillion copies of these out there and they are NOT that much money without a sheath or very collectible for that matter. It was worth more as a nice piece of 1/4"+ forged steel to me than as a REALLY dull cheaply made military machete. I'm glad to have a knifemaker that will go along with any project I ask him to takeon...
What a waste, you should have paid the knife maker to just make you a knife and have him add the logo.....If this was a replica it ain't worth squat. You can't turn chicken chit into chicken soup. Unless you are Japaneese....:
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What a waste, you should have paid the knife maker to just make you a knife and have him add the logo.....If this was a replica it ain't worth squat. You can't turn chicken chit into chicken soup. Unless you are Japaneese....:
I'm mildly amused and somewhat curious of your response. How is turning a good piece of 1/4+" thick forged high carbon steel from an ugly duckling piece of surplus military gear to a good functional blade anything lilke what you described.

I asked him to leave the logo in place because I did not want any more metal removed than nessesary. Not to make any kind of "replica". So I'm not sure I get what you are saying...
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I'm mildly amused and somewhat curious of your response. How is turning a good piece of 1/4+" thick forged high carbon steel from an ugly duckling piece of surplus military gear to a good functional blade anything lilke what you described.

I asked him to leave the logo in place because I did not want any more metal removed than nessesary. Not to make any kind of "replica". So I'm not sure I get what you are saying...
I was amazed at the photo, it reminded me of a movie which starred Steve Mc queen, Fess Parker, Bobby Darin etc.....1962 Hell is for heroes. Looks like the same knife Mcqueen used to hack up the enemy. Damm good movie!!!!!!
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Will, the original blade was in terrible condition. I understand your concerns about "sporterizing" the Bolo, but it was not a collectible piece.

I think Wambli did a great job resurrecting an old war horse.

I have boxes and boxes of old military blades laying around, and some of them could see the light of day again if they were turned into useful blades again.

In this case, I support my brother Wambli and now I want one exactly like his.

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That is too cool! He did an awesome job.

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I think it's nicely done. Turned something you'd never use into something to be proud of. I too am curious about the heat-treat situation. But well played Wamblii, well played.

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