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    Sciency question: iron oxide, black rust

    So just to clarify, both in terminology and understanding, this old blade of mine (from a post that's nearly as old) is covered in black. https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/stacked-leather-handles.768100/#post-8578077 The black stuff is a form of ferrous oxide, aka black rust, and is...
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    Sciency question: iron oxide, black rust

    This may sound like a dumb question coming from someone who's been collecting knives for 45 years, I just never thought about it before. Ok, so an old carbon steel knife gets some black spots, or in a more severe case might have pitting filled with a black coating. It often remains on the...
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    Opinel, new ring, with problems, so better buy a few of the old ones, if you can still find them.

    Wow! I'm a huge fan of Opinel, with about 15 of them in the collection. Yet I did not know about a new-new version, nor any controversy. I was happy with the last design change, the one that finally prevented their knives from opening in my pocket.
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    HELP, Found My Folder In A Pile Of Snow, Next Steps?

    It's stainless so I'm surprised it's rusting. Anyhoo... just rinse and wash it with warm running water and mild soap (like Dawn). Air-dry it. Then a couple of drops of mineral oil into the joint. A drop of mineral oil on the blade, smear it around with your finger. Sharpen it, use it, that's it.
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    What's The Deal?

    Plenty of dealers have Great Eastern knives in stock. If you see one you want in a For Sale thread, don't dilly-dally. Upcoming models of interest can be pre-ordered.
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    Let's show some love for the classic yet often over looked Christy knife

    Mine arrived yesterday. I love it, and it's going into the collection. They are no-frills with the packaging - it comes in a zip lock with an information card and split ring. Regarding the shipping price, since it was brought up: They mail it in a flat-rate envelope, no padding, 3-day...
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    Exploratory trip into Budawang Wilderness, Australia

    Checking my photos to remind myself... Last time I was down there I parked at the Walter Hood Memorial in the Conjola National Park. From the memorial I walked the beach to Berrara and made a loop by walking up Berrara Creek and back to the memorial. Also had a nice walk through the forest and...
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    Exploratory trip into Budawang Wilderness, Australia

    Thanks for the great ideas. I've been to Boyd Lookout, just last year. And here at my website I have a page (that needs updating) for Murramurang National Park and another page for the nearby Meroo National Park. (Link to personal website with no ads or scummy tracking)...
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    Advice for dealing with bears from a former spert.

    If either of the stories were true (I don't personally know the man, but know people who do), that his dogs were out of control and attacking the bear and/or it had been getting fed at the house... Maybe he was even searching for bears, off-season, with a pack of trained dogs to scout hunting...
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    Exploratory trip into Budawang Wilderness, Australia

    I've spent a bit of time down there, multiple visits from Ulladulla down as far as Eden. The winter is the best time to visit as nearly all of the parks are deserted, the towns are quiet, tourists are gone, and kids are in school. I'm normally exploring along the coast, although I did climb...
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    Advice for dealing with bears from a former spert.

    It was a normal black bear, on a ranch just a few miles outside of town here. We don't have brown bears / grizzlies in New Mexico, but the black bears here do come in all different colors. Blonde, dark black, brown, cinnamon... Black bear attacks are extremely rare and I've heard some...
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    please help identify this tang stamp

    The kit listed may not be the exact same one. I was just throwing it out as a possibility by pointing out how similar that knife is to a kit in general. I hope you get some more insightful answers in your quest for information.
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    please help identify this tang stamp

    This kit seems to have pins on the bolsters, as well as the same handle shape, the same blade shape, and the same nail nick as your knife: https://www.texasknife.com/vcom/product_info.php?cPath=119_141_842&products_id=3140
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    please help identify this tang stamp

    This isn't exact but it's close enough to indicate that such a kit likely exists: https://www.knifekits.com/vcom/bobcat-lockback-parts-kit-p-1307.html I feel that a maker capable of producing that knife would probably have a real tang stamp, whereas someone who assembled and finished a kit...
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    please help identify this tang stamp

    I'm leaning towards the idea that knife is made from a kit. Hard to see from the low-quality photos, but the tang 'stamp' looks engraved. Can you tell if the makers mark is stamped or engraved?
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    Are There Any Original BF Members Still Here?

    Not even close to an original member, but I've been around a while. Not so much the past year or two though, just busy with other things. I've collected about as many knives as I need. :D
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    Let's show some love for the classic yet often over looked Christy knife

    Never heard of Christy Knives but I love the history and authenticity. So I want to say THANK YOU for turning me on to these. Just when I thought there was nothing interesting left to accumulate... I'll likely order one today, a special treat for myself. :)
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    Who has never owned a 34OT?

    Own one? I've never even heard of them. :D
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    USA Old Timers - To Open or Not To Open?

    The springs, in my experience, can become soft after time when stored with the blades in the part-open position. But at this point it's already been 15+ years so...
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    USA Old Timers - To Open or Not To Open?

    I've purchased many that were new in the clampack. In the past I've always opened the plastic but kept the cardboard insert. If purchasing one now I might just keep it in the plastic, a way of showing that this knife has never been messed with by anyone. One thing to be aware of, it may not be...
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