REK'd ASHBM with Rig and Kit

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Kenneth F Huls, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    It has been a long wait, but this morning I received my package from Josh at REK - yahoo!!!

    This is my first REK'd knife, and I do not believe it will be my last.

    I did the butt job and hand-shaped the scales, but my grind work following a botched stripping went bad. I was in despair for a long, long time. Josh was of course the solution. He did a masterful full flat regrind and "razor edge" sharpening job, fixed the uneven surfaces and rounded the talon back in shape. Expertly. Of course. Oh, and of course he changed out the tubes for Torx. I could not be happier! I was initially going to have him blast it, but when I saw the photos of the reground finish - well, that would have been a mistake! I wish I was a good enough photographer to capture the finish, but alas, I am not. Anyway, y'all know what it looks like. Purty.

    The rig is by Skyler. Crafted back when he was Skystorm - now Patriot. I have always loved the utility of it. The lil' Newberry fits in a sheath built into the back of the survival tin pouch, and the ESEE arrowhead into its own sheath on the front of same. Contents of my standard tin on partial display.

    I was going to sell this. . . well, not gonna happen, and Man does she handle beautifully! The entire combo is just too good to my way of things to part with.

    Anyhow, had to share my joy. And props for Josh - and Skler, too!

    BTW, this was my very first Busse, ordered in the initial offering. Yeah, gotta keep her.

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  2. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I had Josh chamfer the butt end of a Maserin plow so it wouldn't dig into my palm. You can't even find the transition, the guy is crazy good. Congrats man, that's a beautiful regrind and awesome rig!
     
  3. fishface5

    fishface5

    Feb 3, 2001
    wow great rig!!!
     
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  4. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Awesome setup. What a great unique piece and your first Busse as well! Brilliant.;)
     
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  5. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Very nice! How thin BTE did he take it?? Is Josh's mark optional, or is it on the other side? Enjoy that beauty!
     
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  6. theobetts

    theobetts

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    Nov 4, 2004
    Man that looks great!
     
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  7. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    VERY nice rig!:cool::thumbsup:
     
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  8. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Thanks so much, everyone. Really appreciate the comments and compliments!
     
  9. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Not entirely sure how thin. I did not specify and I do not have calipers. I had botched it badly enough (slow ground and frequent quench, but it looked terrible!) that I knew he would have to bring her down a bit as is, and I did only want "a little off the top." Turned out just how I had hoped. A good bit faster in the hand now.

    As for his mark, I kinda figured it would be there, but no, it is sterile. So I guess the answer to your question must be that one must ask for it. If anyone knows otherwise, please chime in.
     
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  10. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Thank you! Yeah, if you knew how it looked going in . . . . yeah, he is crazy good. You are definitely right, one cannot tell his work from original (except where it is an upgrade!) and simply no transition at all.

    Would like to see a pic of the Plow!
     
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  11. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    BTW, if you have not worked with Josh on anything, well, he is very customer oriented. He took great pains to make me happy and went out of his way to take pics I requested at several stages in order for me to make some decisions. Nary a complaint, immediate responses despite the fact that he was working on it as we conversed, and no "I know what I am doing - trust me." Oh, and once he got started he delivered ahead of his estimate.
    Great guy and obviously a great craftsman. Just the kind of business I want to support!
     
  12. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Hi Kenneth. Here is a picture of the Plow that I had him mod. It's the natural canvas-scaled one on the right, while the one on the left is unmodded. It's a subtle modification but made the knife so much more comfortable to use.

    Dave

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  13. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    So glad you like it Ken!!

    The edge thickness is .030-.040" at 15 dps, 20 dps micro bevel. I don't recall exactly what I set it to but it would be easy enough to check with a caliper :)
     
  14. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    That’s a keeper for sure !!! Great knife and just awesome work ! Very nice leather too !!
    Congrats :)
     
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  15. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Hard Knocks, those are beautiful slip joints you have there. Very nice! Thanks for posting. That is subtle, but I can understand how such a change can make a world of difference in hand. That kind of mod on a folder is no small feat. Well done, indeed, Josh.

    If we don't have a REK appreciation and post 'em thread, we should! I will take a look.
     
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  16. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Thanks a ton, duramax! The more I handle her, the more solid is my decision to never sell!
     
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