7-inch Hidden Tang


This knife began life as a mistake, with a big notch (from a bolt-hole and pan-head countersink) in the cutting edge. So, it was re-ground to become what you see here.

This is the first example you’ve seen here, of knives made from a 4-foot taper-ground circle saw blade that I acquired. Thickness is about 1/4 inch.  The steel has not found its way to the lab yet, but it is possibly L-6. I did re-heat-treat it by the usual normalize-anneal-straighten-harden-temper sequence. Overall length is 12 inches, 7 inch blade. The knife weighs 12 ounces, sheath 6.5 ounces.  $375.DSCN0823[1]

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5-Inch Hidden-Tang Scandi-Ground

Here is a somewhat unusual rendition of my 5-inch Hidden Tang model. The steel is 3/32-inch-thick sawblade material, heat-treated.DSCN0813[1]

DSCN0815[1]The observer may notice that each brass bolt has one stainless nut, and one brass nut.

Price: $275.00

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Camp Kitchen Knife

Designed as a multi-purpose outdoor tool with an emphasis on food preparation, this belt knife is ground from 1/8-inch-thick 1084 carbon steel. The blade is about 6.4 inches long, the knife weighs almost 7 ounces, and in the sheath, 12.3 ounces. Overall length of knife: 10 3/4 inches. The weight and length are very similar to the Buck 619 that I started out with, but a very different flavor. This one is a chopper and slicer–suited for building the cook fire (and maybe the cook-shack) as well as reducing food to the proper dimensions.
Price: $325.00

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Making a Simple Hatchet Sheath

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Flint-on-Flint Firestarting

For practitioners of primitive arts, flint-and-steel has long been a mainstay of fire-starting.
Better yet, is if we can hit two rocks together and light our fires.
Flint-and-steel is excellent training to learn the technique of making and catching sparks. But what if we don’t have the steel? Obviously, fire by friction remains, but it is relatively time-consuming.
I’ve been trying to identify rocks that spark when struck against each other. Last night, I made some progress.
One thing that helps, is to work in low-light conditions. That’s how I made my latest discovery.
Last night, we had a pile of rocks that we needed to move. As we were putting them in the ATV trailer, I was pleasantly surprised by an orange spark! Time to stop and identify rocks!
The rocks were both quartz, and the one definitely had a substantial amount of red iron in it.
As we continued working in the dusk, sparks were flying everywhere! As we unloaded the rocks in a muddy stretch of road, there were frequent orange flashes as the rocks clattered into place.
Now, it’s a matter of getting good charred tinder close enough to the spark to catch.

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Fix-Ups–Hunter and Chef

Here are some blades that came in poor shape, and have gotten a face lift.

The Hunter

The knife arrived with a thick, dull edge, and missing its pommel. So, I sharpened it, filled the handle cavity with epoxy, and put in a couple spent pistol cases to boot. Then, made a top-notch sheath to go with it.

If you have any information about who made this knife, I’d be interested. The etch on the front looks like “HEP” followed by a 3-legged symbol. The stamp on the back appears to be an upside-down “L”, and 0953.

The Chef

This knife appears to have been a functional “business card” from days gone by. The etched inscription reads,

“Thanks For a Slice of Your Business”
“FLOYD ASHBY — Sand Springs, Okla.”

Up in the corner, the blade is stamped with “Vernco.”

The knife arrived rusty, with a ragged edge, and a ricasso that hung down in a manner that would interfere with cutting-board use. So, after buffing off the brown, I jointed the edge to a smooth curve, and did a full-bevel grind to bring it up to shaving-sharp.

And not to be forgotten–the notch in the spine. This seems to have been intended for lifting lids off of canning jars.

Again, if you have any info regarding the origins of this knife, I’m interested.

Both knives are up for sale or trade. So, drop me a line if you’re interested.

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Starting a Fire With Water and Plastic

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