Bird 'n' trout

oldanvilyoungsmith
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2:39 AM - Nov 23, 2012 #1

Just finished this up earlier this week, and personally, I'm really happy with how it came out.

This was my first time doing a mortise style handle, I had to go this route as I didn't have any micarta thick enough to do it in a solid handle.


Handle - natural micarta w/ ss pin
guard - heavy etched wrought iron w/ red vulcanized spacer
blade - handforged 1084

 



 



 




 
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10:41 AM - Nov 23, 2012 #2

Nice lines on this one. There's only one little detail that bugs my eye a bit (and it's solely my aesthetic taste, not a comment on quality etc...). I think I'd prefer to see a more petite guard on a bird & trout. Nitpicky me.

I really like the deep etch on the WI and the handle shape on it though.

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6:06 PM - Nov 23, 2012 #3

Nice work. I agree with Eric alittle heavy on the guard and little fat on the blade but we being nitpicky.
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4:09 AM - Nov 24, 2012 #4

I agree that the blade's a little wide for a traditional "bird and trout", but it's a really nicely shaped sort of spearpoint blade in it's own right. I think the width works on this one, and if it doesn't quite jive with the "bird and trout" feel, call it a "drop point" or "spearpoint" hunter

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4:44 PM - Nov 24, 2012 #5

Had it not been for the title, I would have said hunter.  Any ideas for a sheath?  I have been pondering making a hard inner sheath out of PVC, then wrapping it in epoxy coated fabric.  Kinda like a faux micarta to match the micarta handle.
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8:51 PM - Nov 24, 2012 #6

Or you could even rout out a channel for the blade in some more micarta, and make a leather frog/belt loop to complete the sheath. Haven't seen that before, and it'd look cool with the micarta handle to have a matching micarta sheath.

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12:42 AM - Nov 25, 2012 #7

Yeah, I agree with ya'll, I made it with the intent of a bird n trout, but I think it really is more of a hunter.

As for a sheath, I'll probably just make a normal leather sheath, although the micarta sheath would look pretty neat.
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1:48 PM - Nov 25, 2012 #8

Oh, and I gotta say, I'm totally psyched that this got picked to be a header photo, since I joined this forum, I've always hoped I'd finish a knife nice enough to be a header photo.
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8:46 PM - Nov 25, 2012 #9

It's got a good look to it, and well, Ben can't have EVERY header

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11:34 PM - Dec 04, 2012 #10

Nice work Stephen. I would have no problem cleaning fish or dressing fowl with that knife. Congrats on the banner pic


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