Moose Knife Passaround Review Thread

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Daniel Koster, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. Roadrunner


    Jun 9, 1999
    Aww, I have to wait five more weeks! It's not faaaaaaaaair!!!! :grumpy: :grumpy: :grumpy: [​IMG]

    OK, I feel better now. Thanks for listening guys. :D :p
  2. Zal


    Mar 25, 2003
    Oh, boohoo. I come AFTER you. How do you think I feel? :)
  3. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
  4. Brendan


    Feb 13, 2002
    lol !!

  5. Aardvark

    Aardvark Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    It arrived safely last evening. Haven't spent a lot of time with it (seems rude to say 'it' to something that beautiful), but did use it to eat dinner. Made short work of the Moroccan Chicken.

    I carried it around on my belt all evening (SO WHAT IF IT WAS IN THE HOUSE???). Very light. Often forget it was there.

    Will report more this weekend. Need to spend time dusting off my superlatives.
  6. Red


    Jun 20, 2003
    Aardvark, did your wife let you wear it to bed?
  7. Aardvark

    Aardvark Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    I always figure: don't ask; they might say no.
  8. Red


    Jun 20, 2003
  9. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Joe, I'm very interested in how the sheath carries. Please give us a good review and don't hold back.
  10. Aardvark

    Aardvark Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Well, I'd expected to have this done sooner. But you know the old saying: "The best-laid mice...".

    I will be repeating what others have said, because it's almost impossible not to.

    Please note that anything negative that I say about this knife is strictly nitpicking. It's also very possible
    that what I am seeing is wrong. Don't take at criticism, just as observations. I can find nothing
    functionally wrong (barring one thing that I'm not sure about, which I'll cover later) with it, and would
    buy it in a second (unless I'm broke or Uncle Bill as this special [...]).

    The knife is beautiful, both in the materials used, and the manufacture. The blade shape is very elegant,
    giving me the feeling that it wants to be a cavalry saber when it grows up. Unfortunately, it looks like
    somebody spilled a bunch of mustard on it. Actually, I like the etch a lot. I didn't expect to, because I
    wasn't wild about the way my Okapi looked after I'd given it the mustard treatment, but this one looks a lot
    better. It totally changes the character of the knife, from a showpiece, to something very comfortable. Maybe
    it's not having to worry about scratching a highly polished blade.

    The blade has a tiny tendency to curve to the left, looking at it from the top. Tiny.

    The guard plate has a very nice shape and feels very comfortable pushing against my index finger. The meeting
    of the plate and the blade are not perfect. There are 2 small gaps on the left side, between the slot and the
    blade. This is the possibly functional problem that I mentioned earlier. Depending on how far down into the
    plate these gaps go, there might be internal rust problems, probably about the time Sol decides to go nova.
    Again, a nit.

    The handle has a much more natural feel to it than I would have expected, with the drop at the end. The size,
    both length and girth are just right for me. The tapering at the end allows the smaller fingers to grip
    securely, exactly the opposite of a khuk handle. The finish on the moose antler is much more uneven than it
    would have been on a wood handle. Be interesting to see how it would look after a couple years of use. Maybe
    Dan could post pictures in the future.

    The antler material itself is very interesting, with the texture being more like bone than the buffalo horn
    we are used to seeing on the khuks. And I DID NOT expect to see green in an antler. Is that natural, or a
    result of the polishing? In any case, I found myself spending more time staring at that handle than any other
    part of the knife.

    The diagonally cut ring in the handle is rotated a little to the right (nit, squared).

    The ray skin on the sheath is much more golden than the picture would have you believe. Beautiful stuff.
    HARD. A little of the gold color has been worn off the spine side of the sheath. I have no idea whether that
    is a one-time thing, due to the bending of the skin, or whether it will progress. The fit of the knife in the
    sheath is one of the tightest I have felt, but the draw is very smooth. Not a fast-draw sheath, but you're
    never going to lose the knife, even if you hang upside down, which is more important than a lightning draw.
    The blade fits very deeply into the sheath, with only 2 1/2 inches protruding. When I first drew it, I used
    thumb and both forefingers, resulting in a very awkward grip, and a bunch of fumbling until I had it securely
    in my palm. When I got smart (let that one go) and drew it with my little and ring fingers, I had it exactly
    in my hand, ready to work.

    The carry on the belt is very natural, with a good angle. As I mentioned in a prior post, it is vary easy to forget about, it is
    so light. I had it on the entire time I was tuning my son's bike for his kid's triathlon. Didn't get in the
    way. Couldn't for the life of me figure out a use for it in that situation, though.

    The belt loop would benefit from a little neatsfoot oil. Seems a tad brittle.

    I don't think I've ever knowingly seen a full convex edge. It makes the blade seem much wider than it is,
    probably because the eye sees no interruptions for the entire width of the blade. I definitely need to learn
    how to do that.

    The 'workout' I gave the knife was kind of a joke. It happily slice some chicken, fish, and a melon. Plus
    trimmed a few suckers from a plum tree. No villains slain, not even a gopher. Whittled a little from a dry
    apple branch. Wish I could have more strenuous work for it.

    Thanks very much for the opportunity to examine it, Dan, and for trusting us with it. I only hope that, when
    I start making knives, one of them turns out as good as this.
  11. Ripper


    Jul 2, 2000
    Nice review, thanks.
  12. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    That's all you could come up with? :eek: Y'all need to do a lot more lookin'. I still have a least a dozen other errors popping around in my head...

    That said, Joe, you did a pretty job nabbing the "obvious" ones. Now, let's see if anyone can find the "not-so-obvious" ones...:D

    4. polishing

    5. this one made me laugh. After I had glued it back up, I realized it had "rotated" just a bit. Too late! :D

    6. That was me. The sheath was getting its hot-oil-and-wax bath and I was a little too aggressive trying to buff it. After letting it cool more :rolleyes: I tried to see if I could remove any more of the gold, and it wouldn't come off. My guess is that normal wear-and-tear won't make it rub off anymore.

    7. I'm not even sure what part of the cow that piece came from. Might be "elephant scrotum" - like they talk about over in ShopTalk. I left it tough on purpose because I had long-term use in mind for this one. A little oil never hurts, though.

    Glad you figured that out. That was one of my concerns about belt carry - that you'd be able to draw it and sheath it ok. I like 'em tight and locked up, so that's what I did. If I need to toss it into a bag or backpack, I can do so with confidence.


    Well, that was the idea, after all. I'm not trying to say that this is the best made knife out there. Actually, I started this passaround with the idea that maybe a few of you could see that making a knife really isn't that difficult and that's it's ok to screw up here and there, as long as you keep learning.

    Thanks for the review, Joe.

  13. TOB9595


    Jan 3, 2003
    Splendid review on a splendid knife
  14. Mark Nelson

    Mark Nelson

    Feb 21, 2003
    I have a question about your Moose knife. Did you use a full convex grind on the blade(spine to edge) or just the edge. I like the looks of the knife that you made. In general I am not that big of a fan of that style of handle but I think that it camne together nicely. I am in the middle of my first knife and am doing a full convex grind, from spine to edge. So far, so good, just wanted to see if you had any advice. You seem to be thr grandmaster of the convex edge:)
  15. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I am posting Bruz's review that was posted on another thread:


    Well, the Moose has come and gone...great knife. Had a party and everyone oood and ahhhd about it. Is that bone? No, it's horn or antler. No, it's like rock! Was fun to see everyone's reaction.

    I play at making knives and know how hard it is to "stabalize" a handle. You did a fine job. Nice cut lines, well centered. The sheath looks great as well. The ray is very nice, what is it died with?

    The blade is "simple" yet very functionable and fit the handle well. The little nick on the tip of the blade bugged me, but with the finish I did not want to risk grinding it out. The finish complimented the handles colors so looked good. Do not think I would use that finish on just any knife however.

    OK, what can I nit pick? Hmmm, the only thing I might of have done is stuck a Mosaic Pin in the glue hole, but it is not that noticable.

    Overall a fine knife I would be proud to own! Thanks for the opportunity to fondle it!

  16. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Side note: This was the post I was replying to when the forum went down...:eek:

    Anyway, the moose knife is ground top to bottom, spine to edge.

    On the Village Model khukuris that I did (since they already had a hefty bevel, and I did not want to redo the face of the blade) I did not grind them spine to edge. However, I came pretty darn close - within around 1/32" of the spine on a one or two of them.

    It's an easy edge to put on, if you're patient. If you're not patient, then it will kick your butt and you'll give up on it. You have to go slow with it or you'll just end up with a multi-beveled edge instead of a convex edge.

  17. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    I want to review the moose, not the knife.
  18. Yvsa


    May 18, 1999
    Osiyo Gang!!!!
    Had to run up to my b-i-laws place to borrow their computer. Sorry to say the Moose Knife left my possesion this afternoon, headed to OKC now.:(
    I like the Moose Knife, a lot!!!!
    The blade reminds me of a Fowler's Pronghorn. :) I found a few faults with it, many of them already mentioned.
    It appears that Dan ground the convex edge after the handle had been put on because it wasn't ground right up close to the guard. Also the blade had some dips in it from the grinding above the convex edge.
    There was also some grind marks in the blade. The sheath is nice and well fitted, but the outer leather looks really sloppy to me. It's nothing that couldn't be fixed with some careful cutting of a new piece.
    I think a slightly thicker piece would look better and especially with nicely rounded edges that have been polished.

    I would've liked the blade better had Dan have left about an inch ricasso instead of trying to sharpen right to the guard. And I would've rounded the corners off the spine to make it more user friendly.

    I liked the knife overall, really surprised me that the handle was as comfortable as it was.:)
    It fit my hand perfectly.:D
    I fixed the point and sharpened it as it came to me rather dull. I hope Joel is careful when he takes it outta the little round box.:eek:
    I wish I had of had more time as I was pretty sick for 3 of the days it was with me so I didn't get to use it other than cutting open the box containing my new Foxy's Follie.:D
  19. etp777


    Aug 12, 2002
    Really happy it's finally coming my way, but you shoulda kept it a few days longer Yvsa. I'm always patient. Do hope it gets here by Saturday or monday though, as I think I'm gonna be stuck in Dallas again for at least part of next week.

    Oh yeah, and thaks for review and happy to see you back man. :)
  20. Yvsa


    May 18, 1999
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