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PSK knife thread

Discussion in 'Gossman Knives' started by Gossman Knives, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Gossman Knives

    Gossman Knives Edged Toolmaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2004
    Nice action pics! One thing I'd like to hear about over time is how well the cord wrap is holding up.

    Here's one of the first PSK knives I made 2 years ago. Jigged bone scales. It has made hundreds of slices in cardboard. I used it at work almost every nite one year.
    Scott

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  2. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    I absolutely love the handle on that one, Scott. It's perfect for that knife.

    Also, I "second" the praise of the sharp-edged spine on the PSK. A knife like this is one that is very likely to be used with a ferro-rod. I know I have already and it throws great sparks with little effort.
     
  3. Gossman Knives

    Gossman Knives Edged Toolmaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2004
    Jeff, last issue of Tactical Knives, Dan Shechtman showed a PSK knife in his Survival Column about knives used to srtike ferro rods.
    Scott
     
  4. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    I noticed that!:D It was one of the hundred little reminders that I needed to get one.
     
  5. orrey45

    orrey45

    Jan 11, 2008
    Here's my new addition. Got this PSK about a week ago. These are before and after photos. The first one is when I just got it and went out to the back yard to play. The second is after I went to town with some paracord.

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  6. Gossman Knives

    Gossman Knives Edged Toolmaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2004
    Nice! What color cord wrap? looks like orange?
    Scott
     
  7. IUKE12

    IUKE12

    Nov 25, 2005
    Scott, love the jigged bone, I want it;) orrey, nice wrap job:thumbup:
    I am waiting for the original cord wrap to show some signs of wear so that I can try my hand at wrapping the handle:D Seems to me that I will be going a whole season before this is even necessary. I think I'll make it an annual maintenance thing, allowing me to clean up the handle a bit underneath the wrap. I cut the veggies after using the knife to split wood, still razor sharp and not needing even a quick strop. I would say that Scott has his heat treat right:)
     
  8. orrey45

    orrey45

    Jan 11, 2008
    Thanks, the handle is light brown, the neck cord is foliage green and the lanyard is green and green camo. I have way to much paracord.
     
  9. Gossman Knives

    Gossman Knives Edged Toolmaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2004
    Anybody got a source for different color paracord? Kinfekits.com has some but they want $0.39 a foot. Seems a bit high.
    Scott
     
  10. k_estela

    k_estela Co-Moderator, Wilderness and Survival Skills Forum Moderator

    Feb 23, 2001
  11. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    As for how the 550 cord holds up, I have a set of boot laces I made from some in 1982 (26 years ago) which have outlasted five pairs of boots. The first pair was re-soled twice before giving up so that's sort of sven pairs of boots.

    I slid the loop off that goes over the butt to baton my PSK into a piece of "spoon wood" so I didn't beat the cord in two (double curves are hard to split from the end). Anyway, it loosened up my wrap so I have to redo it. Not sure how it holds up to batonning.

    I think some of the flashy colors would be cool - Blaze Orange, Red, Emergency Yellow, etc. At least it would be hard to loose and you could change it if you got tired of it.
     
  12. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    My favourite paracord colour is ACU camo. Got it from Countycomm. Doesn't show dirt, goes well with my favourite colour, OD, and its a nice beefy cord with lots of filling. Also like Desert camo, which reminds me of diamondback rattler snakeskin somehow.

    Now I just need a PSK and I'll be set! :D
     
  13. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    And I thought I was the only one!:D

    I can tell my wife I am am not such a "unique individual" after all!
     
  14. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    Here's an option for balancing a handle-heavy knife with a short blade on a thin belt. I wear thin web belts and they like to twist with a knife like the PSK. To get the mounting holes higher without permanently locking the knife into the sheath with the top rivet, I formed the back flat and used a short rivet through the back only - through a clearance hole in the front. .080" OD Kydex with a generous "weep hole" in the back. This one snaps in with some authority, glides out smoothly yet locks the PSK in solidly. The PSK handle makes solid retention a "snap" - literally. The rig rides almost an inch lower than the one beside it and, best of all, it REALLY shows off that sexy PSK blade!

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    These PSKs are very adaptable and are well suited to dozens of carry options. I want to make some leather sheaths for neck-carry and pocket-carry.
     
  15. MRpink

    MRpink

    Sep 17, 2007
    Great work! It looks fantastic and top quality.
     
  16. Gossman Knives

    Gossman Knives Edged Toolmaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2004
    hey Jeff, want a job? :D You really do some awesome kydex work. :thumbup:
    Scott
     
  17. IUKE12

    IUKE12

    Nov 25, 2005
    Wow, nice looking sheaths Jeff:thumbup:
     
  18. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    GUYS! - I was late getting to work today!
    I couldn't get my inflated head in my car!!

    Thanks. I appreciate the comments - a lot.
    I have some minor chages to the one shown - to complement the brass pins in the PSK, I am going to replace the top rivet with an annealed one and use brass screws. Last night I had forgotten I had brass screws. I am also going to reheat the top-back lip and flare it slightly back to funnel the front edge of the PSK handle into the sheath.

    The PSK design is very compatible with Kydex. It also provides a very good place to lock solidly onto it and still allow smooth insertion and extraction. The "Jr." and "Sr." possess this same characteristic. Now I am going to have to buy one of each of those to play with.

    If you mess with Kydex and see a feature you like on what I have done, please feel free to incorporate it with your ideas. This is a good "melting pot" to throw ideas together to come up with the best carry options. Maybe between us we can come up with something worthy of the knife itself. I think a Kydex/Leather "carry option set" would be great. We have a great pocket-sheath design already submitted by IUKE12. What else can we do?

    Who is going to spearhead the "creative cord-wrap" project? I need help there.
     
  19. mtnfolk mike

    mtnfolk mike

    Mar 21, 2006
    great looking work jeff...:eek:
     
  20. Jeff H

    Jeff H

    Feb 14, 2008
    Thanks, Mike.
    I think you have one of my sheaths, don't you? A red one?
     

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