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Old 01-10-2014, 01:55 PM
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This was intended to be my showpiece knife but I messed up the filework and after that there is no going back so it was put on the back-burner for a while. It's difficult to continue when you know your error is unfixable. Your heart just sinks! But anyway I put it together as my new user. After all it is still a functional knife. I did proceed to mess up the sheath too with some new leatherworking tools I bought. I didn't have any scrap leather to practice on and I got carried away with the stitch groover..........Yeah, I can laugh about that too now! I'll need to pick up a leather hammer as well.

5mm 01 steel,OAL 225mm,blade 112mm and 29mm wide . Handle is green canvas micarta with red liners. Pins are 5mm stainless in a 6mm brass tube. Lanyard is 6mm brass tube.Sheath 3.5mm veg-tanned leather dangler dyed with vinegaroon.

Still a bit more polishing and sharpening to do but essentially finished.















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Comments, tips,tricks methods of improvement etc. will be taken on board. Even if you just want to point out some more mistakes feel free as there are a few to choose from.

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Old 02-10-2014, 10:27 AM
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That looks spot on to me mate. I was looking for the filework mistake only since you mentioned it, is it that the ends of your 'S' s are clipped a bit toward the blade?
I'd still be well chuffed to produce that.

I like your reel too. My pals keep bugging me to remove my level wind but me being a southpaw it's hard enough to use a right hander without paying attention to line lay aswell!
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:22 PM
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Top work as usual good looking knive
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Cracking stuff mate.
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Nice.

The 'only' observations other than it is gorgeous would be:
  • Stainless dangler buckle next time to match blade and pins perhaps (Minor).
  • Also because the blade (Looks a tad sharp ) is deeper than the handle, which makes a really nice user it will not be long before the blade cuts the stitching at the sheath entrance as it is drawn and sheathed.
'If' the blade eventually cuts the stitches, I see a chrome / stainless Chicago rivet being added (and glued into place with soft contact adhesive) at the sheath entrance

Awesome work.

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Thanks guys! Much appreciated!

I got a bit too cavalier when doing the filework and messed one of the sections up so had to try to bring the rest down to match. Didn't quite pull it off! It still looks ok and will make a decent user but it was a tad annoying.
Tom, I made the welt a bit wider than my usual in the hope that the stitches would be well shielded from the blade. We'll see how that goes in time, but if it does cut through then a rivet it'll be. The dangler buckle probably would look a bit better in stainless but as the pins have a brass halo I think I've just about got away with it......Maybe!

Greencloud, I would leave the level wind alone unless you're giving tournament casting a bash. The extra distance achieved in a fishing situation might not be worth bothering about. I've got a couple without levelwinds and I haven't noticed any great distance improvements tbh. Unless you're having problems with shock-leader knots snagging the level wind on casting.
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Looks a great knife Daz .
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