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Hello from the Battlefords

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rob Holm, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm a hobbyist maker, strictly small potatoes, but I'm looking to become more. This forum looks like a great resource!

    I may actually join the guild soon. I've been meaning to for a couple of years now. . .

    Here's one of my favorites. It's a Helle blade that I polished up (with the help of a local maker) and put a handle on. I also reground the bevel in the tip section.

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    I call it the Saskatchewan Viking.
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to Sask Knifemakers, Rob. Glad to have you.

    I like the knife. It looks like a good user. What's the handle material?
     
  3. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    I thought that would be recognizable to Prairie folk. . .

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    It's carragana and whitetail antler sandwiched between brass.
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I'd have never thought it could look that good. Excellent use of local materials!
     
  5. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Thanks.

    The carragana is from our land. I found the antler while combining for a friend.

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    The sapwood is yellow with greenish overtones when freshly worked (kinda smells like peas). The heartwood has nice colour, but its the transition where fun stuff happens.

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  6. NuViking

    NuViking New Member

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    Great choice of materials,,,and great to have another scandi knife fan in the midst. Have you ever worked with Mora knife blades??
     
  7. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Hi NuViking. I think we've met before, over at Knifeforums. I used to go by the handle 'Lord Kafer' but my old account was lost in the last forum upgrade. I've been meaning to contact you here, but I don't think my account allows private messages yet.

    To answer your question, I have not put a handle on a mora blade, but my primary fixed blade for many years was an old wood handled mora. I also have a filleting knife and a neverlost mora 2000 (because I lost my green handled 2000 :sad: ).
     
  8. NuViking

    NuViking New Member

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    You know something,,I remember that,,it was a while back. Anyways I have used Helle blades in teh past but find them pretty expensive....Brusletto blades are good too But I also find them expensive,,,,If you dont mind the carbon steel laminates Moras are really inexpensive good blades,,,Myself I like the laminate blades,,,Mind you Im also a big fan of o1 cause it etchs real dark black.
    I have thought about using some caragna wood myself,,,So much character and lovely patterns if you ever riff cut it.
     
  9. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    The Helle blade used here is laminated carbon steel. Pretty good stuff.

    I prefer the Helle blades, but for a knife that comes with a handle already attached you can't beat the price of a Mora.

    I've got a Hultafors Grovkniv, but it will need some tlc before it becomes a decent cutter.

    Last year I broke down and bought a really good bushcrafter for my main fixed blade (and wound up with more of that make of knife than is probably reasonable). Here it is, a Bark River Knives Liten Bror, next to my old Mora:

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    It is light years better than the Mora ever was, but cost about 23x as much. . .
     
  10. NuViking

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    That Bark river sure looks like a nice knife.
     

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