Custom knife porn for no good reason...

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Wambli, May 16, 2019.

  1. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    6E32B2BF-0465-4447-8D7C-DF1CC479796F.jpeg Was going through some of my blades and took this picture of a few of my bigger/favorite blades. Smallest in the photo is 8” and 1/3” spine D2 and longest is 12” and 1/4” spine Damascus. Because I know someone will ask the second from the bottom is a Gaucho style knife popular with the Argentinian and Brazilian Vaqueros. I’m fond of stag as you can see. Anyone out there has any favorites they feel like posting? I’m always looking for new ideas for another blade. :D
     
  2. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Those are some nice blades. Congrats!
     
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  3. freefall

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    I would be happy to post a couple, but alas am too technologically maladroit to post pics.
    I could mail you the knives and let you post pics, then send them back, but that would just be dumb.
     
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  4. Wambli

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    Actually that’s a great idea!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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  6. freefall

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    But then I would have to trust the Postals to DO THEIR JOB!!
    Whilst I trust you implicitly, THOSE GUYS.....
     
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  7. Wambli

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    Yeah you’re right... I’d hate for them to get lost on their return trip...
     
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    Almost as bad as I would.
     
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    You DO realize that in Britain those would all be seized as offensive weaponry?
     
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  10. Chainfire

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    What is the second from the top? That looks to follow the description of the original Bowie pretty closely.
     
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  11. Wambli

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    That started life as an old beat up USMC bolo without a sheath that I got from a friend. Nearly useless for my purposes I sent it to my friend and custom knife maker (retired) Gillespie with a rough sketch of what I wanted done with that great hunk of steel, and a few weeks later this was in the mailbox. I specifically asked that he did not polish the blade or take out the forge marks or makers mark. Just cleanup and reshape.
     
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    Yes, we’ll acquainted with the situation in GB. I've spent a lot of time in England for work. Actually was even offered a job in London and I worked it out so I could take it but work out of the USA for exactly that reason.
     
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  13. Chainfire

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    I really like the design and execution of that blade. I have a few fixed blade knives of various descriptions, but no really nice custom blades like those you posted. Most of mine are old military blades of varying condition.
     

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    I love military knives swords and bayonets and have a few examples around here in my office but nowhere near your collection. My wife would choke me to death if I started another hobby collecting anything. I also have a nice small collection of classic USA made dive knives. Those are true dinosaurs since there are no USA companies making SCUBA knives here that I know off. I started because of my love for old SCUBA related movies so I got a knife like the one 007 used in Thunderbolt. Then the buying acquired a life of its own. When I dive it’s fun to see the reaction in the other divers face when I strap on “old school”.
     
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    Nice collection Wambli!!!;)

    I never really got hooked on buying knives but back in 1972 I found a switchblade in one of the rooms at the hotel I worked at, kept it for a year then sold it for $50....
    I enjoy watching Forged in Fire with my granddaughter, she loves it.
     
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    Thanks!
    I love that show! Forging is a tough way to make a blade and best left to the very few outstanding experts that have it mastered. For most knife making stock removal of steel of known provenance and quality yields a great product.
     
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    Exactly, only a pro can get it just right, it boggles my mind how they get them arrow straight & the perfect grinds.
     
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    I also collect old US made pocket knives. Most of them are something no one else cares anything about. Old Imperials, Colonials, PALs, Camillus, etc. and stay away from the Case brand that everybody and their brother collect. It is a serious illness made easier because I generally pay ten of fifteen buck tops for the knives, meaning little pressure on my toy budget. I will buy a knife for $5.00, put $50.00 worth of labor in it, and when I get through, I have a $5.00 knife. I just like collecting the cheap knives because I know they belonged to working folks like myself. Just this morning, I got an old PAL four blade camp knife in the mail. I paid about ten dollars, shipped from ebay. It was a rust bucket, now, a few hours later, it is clean, bright and sharp as a razor. I enjoyed every minute of it.It makes no sense, but neither does collecting old guns, but every old man needs hobbies, to keep them out of bars, whorehouses and jail. ;) DSCN7251.JPG
    This knife was made sometime between 1935 and 1955 back in the days when we knew how to make our own stuff and imported stuff was "cheap junk."
     
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    That’s even tough with stock removal. I remember a maker friend of mine showing me a knife from Buck’s old custom shop and it was beautiful but when you looked down the edge there was a definite curve off to the side. I got to play with some steel and it is TOUGH work to be a knife maker!!!!!
     
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    That’s a beauty!!! Good job! I love those old under-appreciated knives too! Many of them are better made than some of the new stuff that is sold as premium today and besides they were made right here in the ol’ US of A! A lot of old good blades on eBay.

    Another segment worth looking at are the old folders and fixed blades made in Japan (Seki) in the 60s-90s. They were sold as budget alternatives to the USA brands like Buck and Case and in most cases they are exceptional blades on their own. They are starting to attract a following and prices are creeping up, but you still find many good deals on eBay. Old Seki made SOGs are bringing a lot of money nowadays.
     
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