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From Butcher Shop To Field

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Wishalot, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Came across old butcher knife of some sort ( no markings ) reportedly in an old barn for many years, and decided to change it to a Sami Puuoku style. Still doing it by hand, so pretty rough. Original handles removed. New ones are from an old longbow project gone bad, made of osage, epoxied and finished with Danish walnut oil/tru oil combo. New sheath created and made from red dyed leather covered in an antique acorn dye to bring out an oxblood finish. OAL is 11 1/2"(280mm), blade 6 1/4"(150mm) , 3/32" thick (2mm).Hard Carbon steel composition which has a ring to it when worked ( have not heard that in past knives ). Blade was crooked when obtained and hammered straight, seems to be springy, takes a very sharp edge - has seen only kitchen duty so far but slices well, chops through vegs. well and has really held the edge. Note: 2nd photo shows Ipe, which I originally wanted to use, however, one cut was crooked so set them aside in favour of the osage
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Nice work on the conversion. Looks like an Old Hickory you started with. How did you cut the steel? The cut looks really good. I'd think that would be a pain to cut.

    I love that shhhhh-ting sound of hard high carbon steel. Sounds like swords in the movies.

    Dan
     
  3. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Thanks, Dan. I used a hacksaw with carbide rod blade, very slow process but with the rod quite manoeverable to allow for the curve. Used a file for the edge and refined with various grits of sandpaper. It really does look like an Old Hickory blade, however, no markings of any kind, and that pinging sound when working with it was certainly different.
     
  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Something really awesome about "old school" looking knives. Love it.
     

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