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Knifemaker challenge

Discussion in 'Turley Knives' started by tonym, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. bindlestitch


    Oct 23, 2006
    Thanks, J brutha.

    Did a little more on it today or yesterday. Can't remember it all kinda blends together these days. I'm getting old.:grumpy:
    Cut out and profiled. This one is 5/32" thick and it'll be my test blade. The one I send for the challenge will be 3/16" thick.



  2. tonym


    Mar 18, 2008
    Man, the Gasconade was the model of knife that I have been eyeballing!

    This is great news!
  3. Rotte


    Aug 30, 2008
    Looks like it will be a powerful carver. :thumbup: How does it feel in a reverse grip?

    With the blade facing the user and being used like a draw knife? Is the down angle of the blade too severe?

    I like using a reverse grip for controlled carving, and I know Tony will test with that grip, so be sure it'll work like that too. ;)
  4. fixer

    fixer Banned BANNED

    Mar 9, 2000
    nice design!
  5. bindlestitch


    Oct 23, 2006
    I honestly couldn't tell you how it will perform in the reverse grip. About the only thing I carve is a spindle and a notch for my bow drill.:eek: And I don't use a reverse grip for that.
    I've never used a smaller knife in the reverse grip that I can remember anyway so Tony will probably be a much better judge of that.
    Thanks for the input, brother.:thumbup:
  6. tonym


    Mar 18, 2008
    Is that because I do everything ass backwords???

  7. Rotte


    Aug 30, 2008
    Wasn't going there...not exactly anyway. :D
  8. bindlestitch


    Oct 23, 2006
    Alrighty then. I got it done today. Well I got my test knife done anyway.
    I'll be making another one to send in for the official challenge.
    As with all the knives that I design I try to test them before I make them available so this one is gonna get beat up.
    This knife is 5/32" o-1 (all the future knives will be 3/16") and has a brass pommel. All future knives will probably be offered with brass, nickel silver or maybe steel options.
    Hope you dig it.






    I did an early test with some flowering dogwood. That name is deceiving, flowering dogwood is actually one of the hardest woods in north America.
    Harder than oak, hickory, hornbeam and hop hornbeam. It's even harder than Osage Orange.
    I battoned through a couple of times and shaved a few feathers.

    So far I'm really happy with it. I did some more testing in the woods today, going out for some more tomorrow Lord willing.
    Look for the video soon. :4:
  9. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    Phenomenal. I think that drop is gonna be what gives you the edge. Seriously Iz, nice work. Why the brass pommel? Not criticizing, just curious. I'll have to look into one of those big dudes, sooner than later I hope. Be cool, and God Bless. moose
  10. cddogfan1


    Jul 15, 2008
    What are the specs. Blade and Handle length?

    Dogwood is some hard stuff. Knappers make billets out of it for percussion knapping. Knapper told me the harder the knapping material the softer the billet. He used dogwood on quartz material. Stone billet on obsidean.
  11. bindlestitch


    Oct 23, 2006
    Thanks, Moose!
    The pommel is for when I go to beating on the end of the knife. With a tougher pommel I don't have to worry about tearing up the handle material. Up to now I've been limited to micarta and g10 for my personal knives because I want toughness. But this opens up possibilities for some nice olive wood scales.:D
    Or did you mean why brass specifically? That's because I didn't have any nickel silver or mild steel in the shop when I made this one.:eek:

    Blade length is about 4 7/8"
    Handle length is about 4 1/4"

    I didn't know that knappers used dogwood. That's interesting.

    Thanks, guys.
  12. bindlestitch


    Oct 23, 2006
    So here's the actual knife I'll be sending in for the competition.

    3/16" o-1, Varied convex, heat treat scale left on the flats, od camo g10 scales with black g10 sandwich spacers, steel pins and steel pommel plate.


    I'll be doing the sheath Monday or Tuesday.:(
  13. skab8541


    Dec 6, 2006
    Looks like a winner to me! Way to knock it out of the park!
  14. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Umm, what are you doing with the other prototype? Dibs if you sell it.
  15. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    I really like the design, especially the butt plate. That looks super handy :thumbup:
  16. Moosez45

    Moosez45 Custom Antlers, Factory Knives... Moderator

    Jul 14, 2010
    I'm wantin' one of those. I mean, what happens if I'm attacked my a Mountain Lion or sumpin'. Seriously, I really want one of those. Moose
  17. grindonyou


    Sep 21, 2006
    Iz ,That knife looks great , I'm sure it will do great in the competition .
  18. ohski


    Apr 24, 2009
    That is one thick SOB...

  19. IA Woodsman

    IA Woodsman

    Sep 21, 2009
    I predict that will be the winner.
  20. Ridge-Runner


    Jan 21, 2010
    Honestly I dont know how those guys are going to pick a winner, I have a feeling there is going to be a 3 or 4 way tie, with this one being up there. Nice job. Guess I might as well get to the order screen.

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