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Project by OldWrangler posted 05-21-2014 02:49 AM 2227 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 10 years ago when I was seriously deer hunting every weekend of the season, I made a design for a skinning knife and had a smith copy my design on to a good piece of Damascus Stainless Steel. When I finally got the blank, season was over and I put it up for a later project.

About 2 months ago I ran across this blank where I had put it so many years ago. As I no longer hunt I decided it should be finished as a Christmas gift of my grandson who is an ardent hunter. After getting the shape the way I wanted it, I had a friend heat harden it in oil. A bath in vinegar darkened the blade and brought out the pattern. Now I have made a handle for it out of some nice Flame Box Elder I had been saving for something else.

Next comes the sheath. I have some cowhide but I also have a piece of bone-white Sting Ray skin that I think will make the knife that much more showy. I have made lots of sheaths and this one will be no problem. It will be water fitted to the first 2” of handle so it won’t come out by accident. The knife is a little over 10” with nearly 6” of it blade.

I just liked the look and thought I’d share it with you. This will be my last knife as there is far too much work in making one.

I guess the handle qualifies this as a wood project.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 03:09 AM

I’d certainly say it qualifies as a wood working project. It sounds like it might end up being too nice to take out into the woods for fear of loosing it or messing it up.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 03:48 AM

Definitely a wood project with that magnificent handle; and, the Damascus steel is absolutely gorgeous.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 08:08 AM

A work of art!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 12:33 PM

The wood grained steel qualifies, and the handle matches it well. very nice

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 04:29 PM

Very neat!

Us “ol-dawgs” can do new tricks!

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 11:46 PM

You did a beautiful job on that handle. I have made several Damascus blades but never any pattern Damascus like yours. Now they do it with presses and rolling mills rather than a hammer. Your grandson will cherish that.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 11:47 PM

Looks like something you’d see in an old Arabian Nights movie. Or maybe stuck in a PIRATE’S belt! “ARRRRR”

Pretty cool!

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 01:19 AM

Joe, the angle of the photo makes this look a whole lot more like a cutlass when really it is about a customary sheath knife size. There is a kitchen knife made by Henkels that is in this basic shape and it makes a good deer fillet knife.
Interesting side note. Someone on a knife making site suggested the smith for making the blank. He and I exchanged several emails and a pattern of what I wanted. He agreed to make the Damascus in something like 150 layers, cut and grind the knife to a basic shape that I could further shape and finish. He agreed that the price wouldn’t exceed $100.
The knife blank was delivered about 3 weeks later with a bill for $28 which included the shipping. I tried to think of something else he could make for me but eventually I forgot about it and have even lost his name and contact info. True this was about 10 years ago but that price really surprised me and it was all done with basically an online handshake. He didn’t require a deposit or anything. He got my check by return mail. And now I am finally doing something about it. Too late for me but it will be appreciated by the grandson.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#9 posted 05-22-2014 01:30 AM

Today, that blank would cost over $28 an inch!

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#10 posted 05-22-2014 05:39 AM

Very Nice Indeed!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 05-22-2014 06:53 PM

Mann that is one awesome looking knife

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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