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Old 02-09-2015, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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It worked!!

Wow, that's some fancy forging. Interesting blade shapes and details -- very retro.

Great job on the horn handle too. <peering> What's with the red string? what's under it?
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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It worked!!

Wow, that's some fancy forging. Interesting blade shapes and details -- very retro.

Great job on the horn handle too. <peering> What's with the red string? what's under it?
The string is paracord. For my survival knives I have a full handle tang wrapped with paracord so that the person carrying the knife can use the knife as a knife, or take the cord off if they need like to make a shelter or lash the knife to a shaft to make a spear, or whatever. The paracord also has 5 strands and the sheath so you could strip out the internal lines for making fishing line or netting, and use the sheath to re-wrap the handle, or any other use you would need cordage for.

The reason it's pink is because that's a ladies knife

She wanted something practical, but with a lot of style, so I did a modified scimitar design. The deep belly of the knife is great for skinning, but it isn't so broad that it makes it difficult to gut with.

I'm working on a new design that I think I posted a picture of the original knife from medival pakistan, that I can make but I will put a wooden handle on it which leaves a small space for some matches or a mag match, and some fishhooks for instance, then the handle would be wrapped with paracord for a more complete survival knife.

Because I use high carbon steel in my knives, you can use them with a piece of flint or chert or quartz to start a fire which is handy in a survival situation.

Some guys like fancy, so I do elkhorn, oak or teak handles. I can inlay brass wire into the wood for an even fancier handle, with a brass guard and butt, put a mirror finish on it and they look sharp.

Lately I've been doing orders for fighting knives, mostly Fairnbairn commando style or willow leaf blade patterns. Those are kind of a pain in the buns because of balance and supporting the tips.

Survival knives and hunting knives are more fun to make
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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How about an old-fashioned medieval dagger?
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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How about an old-fashioned medieval dagger?
Like the Scottish Dirk?
(These are examples, not mine, although I have made knives very similar to this)

Or more the kind the knights and knaves carried:


Both designs aren't hard to make, but anytime you have a needle point you have to be careful to support the tip as it has the most chance to break.

Usually I make more of a dagger for folks that are into that kind of thing:



The heavier blade and broader point are stronger and will last longer.
The tang is usually put through the weighted haft and peened to lock it in place as opposed to riveting as most modern knives are fastened. The originals like the picture had a heavy haft to crush skulls as a weapon, and although it looks like a short sword, usually they only had a 9-12 inch blade.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:22 PM
 
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Are most you from n. east or n. west Montana? It seems w/ such wide lateral miles it is a diff world east to west. Correct if wrong, but east is akin to ND while west is like Idaho & PNW, if I'm right. I ask, as we're trying to ascertain where'd be a good move for folks from here but unsure yet vs east-west. Anyone summate it best? Thx.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Usually I make more of a dagger for folks that are into that kind of thing:

The heavier blade and broader point are stronger and will last longer.
The tang is usually put through the weighted haft and peened to lock it in place as opposed to riveting as most modern knives are fastened.
Something about midway between the knight and heavier style, perhaps

I've had knives with those half-tangs come apart on me, but never one with a full tang even if it was a cheap knife. Guess which I prefer.

While back I picked up someone's cheap sword (stainless blade) and just about stole it on the spot -- exactly the right balance for my tired old hands even tho it was a weird hybrid design, hand-and-a-half hilt with only a 28" blade.

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Are most you from n. east or n. west Montana? It seems w/ such wide lateral miles it is a diff world east to west. Correct if wrong, but east is akin to ND while west is like Idaho & PNW, if I'm right. I ask, as we're trying to ascertain where'd be a good move for folks from here but unsure yet vs east-west. Anyone summate it best? Thx.
East is more like ND but lumpier and drier. West is more like northern ID, not much like southern ID (dunno about the central ID ski areas, haven't been there, but they do butt up against western MT, so...) Which you like is up to you -- I prefer east and do not like west at all; others prefer the exact opposite.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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Are most you from n. east or n. west Montana? It seems w/ such wide lateral miles it is a diff world east to west. Correct if wrong, but east is akin to ND while west is like Idaho & PNW, if I'm right. I ask, as we're trying to ascertain where'd be a good move for folks from here but unsure yet vs east-west. Anyone summate it best? Thx.
There are actually several existing threads here discussing the very same thing. I'd say there isn't much similarity between NW MT and PNW, except for the eastern portion of WA, around Spokane. That area, North Idaho, and NW MT form one geographic and cultural area. (And some of us aren't even from MT, we just hang out here! )

PS Nice knives!
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:55 PM
 
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There are actually several existing threads here discussing the very same thing. I'd say there isn't much similarity between NW MT and PNW, except for the eastern portion of WA, around Spokane. That area, North Idaho, and NW MT form one geographic and cultural area. (And some of us aren't even from MT, we just hang out here! )

PS Nice knives!
OK, thx for this! We're in AZ & hate it (80 degree days -- & only EARLY FEB., UMM, NO WAY FOLKS IS THIS OK) thus thinking northern MT (as I'm a huge hockey fan too) is primo. But where is the question. So, advice from here is welcome & helps immensely, & for this we thank you.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Ice hockey teams in Montana

A few of these are defunct (among 'em Butte's team) but take a look!

How about 67 degree days in Billings... in January?
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:51 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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OK, thx for this! We're in AZ & hate it (80 degree days -- & only EARLY FEB., UMM, NO WAY FOLKS IS THIS OK) thus thinking northern MT (as I'm a huge hockey fan too) is primo. But where is the question. So, advice from here is welcome & helps immensely, & for this we thank you.
We moved from N/W Montana to AZ so I get what you're saying about our current temps. Both the East and West sides have similar areas ("big" cities and rural areas), the biggest difference between them is the weather/topography, jobs (or lack thereof) etc.

One thing I can say about living in N/W Montana is if you don't love outdoor sports/activities AND doing them in mostly cold/wet/snowy conditions then it's NOT for you.
If you love to hike,ski,hunt,atv,camp etc in all conditions then N/W Montana may fit you. If you have any doubts just go stand in a walk in freezer for a few hours then go stand in a walk if refer for a few more and you'll get the general idea of what fall/winter/spring is like. Summer is easy, it lasts about 60-90 days +/- and is generally "hot" by Montana standards, cool/warm by AZ standards.

If I could take the cold anymore I'd move back in a heartbeat. Nothing beats NOT having people living in your back pocket and being able to get away from civilization in minutes.
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