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Another Xmas present finished..........

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Project by OldWrangler posted 10-25-2014 05:22 AM 1345 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Xmas present finished. Only need a little clean up polish and it’s ready.

The knife is 440C stainless steel, tempered to a 568 Rockwell and mirror polished
Handle is Wenge that has been soaked in Clorox for 1/2 hour. Bleaches out nice patterns.
Sheath is wet fitted to knife 8 oz. cowhide, then covered with Cayman hide and stitched with round lace in a double loop style. As always finished off with a Texas Star on the front and some fancy file work on back of blade.

This one goes to Grandson-in-law, another serious deer and hog hunter. He recently made a 700 yd. Pig kill with his 50 cal. sniper rifle. He doesn’t shoot this one much, shells are $4.50 each. My grandson was with him when he hit an orange HD 5 gal bucket at over 1,000 yds.

Start another one tomorrow for Son-in-law. Then my wood gets here from Monte and I can start a blanket chest with cedar lining and a set of corner bookcases, I’ve been delaying waiting for some special BKP.

I think my knives are getting better. Two new belt sanders are gonna help. Got a new HF 6×48 and a Craftsman 1×30.

Comments and criticism always welcome.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!





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groy87

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 05:29 AM

Great knife and the sheath is awesome. How is it stitching cayman hide? Must be a pain to get the awl through. :)

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OldWrangler

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 08:08 AM

I pre-punch all the holes and use a small round needle that I have sharpened. Sometimes I have to use pliers to hold the needle as my arthritis has me with not much gripping strength. And sometimes I use a wood awl to re-open the holes. It’s slow but I have plenty of time and may do it over several day at an hour a night. Cayman seems to be lighter than Alligator or Croc. They are much harder to do and in the end they all look about the same. I buy the Cayman off Ebay from a lady in Miami who imports the hides. Also that round lace is easier than the flat. First I wet form the heavy cowhide to the knife, then the other hide is glued over that with contact glue. My sheaths are getting better with practice. Garrett, I looked at your site and saw the sheath for your Scandi knife. Pretty cool. What do you use that kind of knife for?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 09:36 AM

I like what the bleach does to the wood. Cool wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 12:25 PM

Another great project – unfortunately I don’t know anything about metal but that handle is awesome !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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woodsmithshop

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 01:48 PM

WOW, that is really a great looking knife, I did not know the wood until you said what it was.

-- Smitty!!!

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groy87

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#6 posted 10-25-2014 04:08 PM

The great thing about a that kind of knife and blade grind is that it can be used for everything, some of my buddies have field dressed a moose using a knife I based my design on :). I’ve used a similar knife for camping, whittling, and cleaning fish. It’s a good all around knife and the carbon steel blade holds an edge like you wouldn’t believe :).


I pre-punch all the holes and use a small round needle that I have sharpened. Sometimes I have to use pliers to hold the needle as my arthritis has me with not much gripping strength. And sometimes I use a wood awl to re-open the holes. It s slow but I have plenty of time and may do it over several day at an hour a night. Cayman seems to be lighter than Alligator or Croc. They are much harder to do and in the end they all look about the same. I buy the Cayman off Ebay from a lady in Miami who imports the hides. Also that round lace is easier than the flat. First I wet form the heavy cowhide to the knife, then the other hide is glued over that with contact glue. My sheaths are getting better with practice. Garrett, I looked at your site and saw the sheath for your Scandi knife. Pretty cool. What do you use that kind of knife for?

- OldWrangler


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CFrye

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#7 posted 10-25-2014 04:41 PM

Beautiful, O.W.! The bleached wenge and cayman suit each other. Really like the detail on the back of the blade. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 10-25-2014 04:44 PM

Extremely well done on every aspect!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 10-25-2014 06:03 PM

Beautiful knife and sheath and I really like that Wenge handle.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-25-2014 06:47 PM

Outstanding Knife,I love the sheath and Wenge wood.Its a great wood for a knife,Its very hard wood and will last forever…..

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-26-2014 01:15 AM

This is easily my favorite of the ones you have posted. The bleached wenge is special! And nice file work. That adds a lot of class to a blade.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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