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Project by OldWrangler posted 09-04-2014 04:34 AM 1856 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the knife I made a couple of months ago and just been too busy to finish the work and make a sheath. Well, the sheath is finished and there is little else to do.

Deer Skinner Knife

Blade is stainless Damascus steel tempered to about 56 hardness. It hold a fine razor edge with an overall length with handle of 10.25” and a total weight for both knife and sheath of 12.5 oz.. I designed the blade after a favorite skinner I carried for years. A blacksmith did the work on my design. The fancy filework on the top of the blade was done by me with file and Dremel.

Handle (the wood part so this qualifies) is a nice piece of Flamed Box Elder epoxied and bolted to the knife tang and finished in 4 coats of wipe-on poly.

Sheath is fur-on 8 oz cowhide with a double loop lace down the side and laced across the front. The welt is glued in with contact cement and then laced in. Sheath was form fitted to the knife with the leather wet and clamps. It rides really snug.

I no longer hunt so this will be a Christmas present for my oldest grandson who is an avid hunter. Another Christmas present finished….hey, I got nearly all of them made early this year. There will be cheese slicing boards and band saw boxes (“memory boxes”) for everyone.

Best of all, this work has been therapy for mind and body. The shop is definitely my “man cave”. Soon as the blades come in, I’ll start 2 more that might be finished for Christmas….got another grandson and a grandson-in-law that are hunters too.

Constructive critism and comments are welcome as always.

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

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 10:30 AM

Excellent job sir. Love your work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 12:02 PM

Wow. That is awesome. Like a lot. All the work in fine. Congratulations for the present.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 12:56 PM


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#4 posted 09-04-2014 02:27 PM

What an awesome knife and sheath. You have one lucky Grandson. He will surely cherish that knife and it will be passed on for generations.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 02:52 PM

this turned out really nice george, that handle is a beautiful piece of elder, i like the extra work you put into the blade, your grandson will always remember his grandpa, very nice job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 11:04 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 11:45 PM

A beautiful pattern Damascus blade with some nice file work and a very classy set of grips.

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

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#8 posted 09-05-2014 02:30 AM

Beautiful job all the way around!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 09-06-2014 03:56 AM

a clean and mean looking knife, nice.

-- Out in the shed making curls

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#10 posted 09-06-2014 04:31 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I would have liked to have taken this knife to the field and skinned a deer but since I can no long go deer hunting, I’ll have to be satisfied with what my grandson thinks of it when he uses it. He killed 5 last year and keeps my freezer filled with some great venison. I had the knife blank made about 10 years ago when I was able to hunt. That was about the time this Parkinson’s hit and kept me out of my shop until earlier this year when a new med. put me back to work. This was a design I hadn’t seen anywhere but it is similar to a Green River knife pattern. The blacksmith who made the blank for me did a great job of following my pattern and I got just what I wanted.

It is just a little hollow-ground to hold a razor edge but not enough to damage it hitting a bone.

Soon as a couple of blanks come in I will start on 2 more for the other serious hunters in the family, son-in-law and grandson-in-law.

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

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#11 posted 09-10-2014 06:40 PM

Awesome blade

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

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#12 posted 09-10-2014 07:02 PM

Your grandson is one lucky dude!!!

That’s awesome! I hope he never loses it – gives it to his grandson one day.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#13 posted 09-10-2014 10:59 PM


Thanks, I hope he likes it and it will be passed down. Like to think it will become a family heirloom.

This grandson really I a lucky dude. He just came out of college and got his first job. It pays $90,000/yr. and besides that, take a look at his girlfriend. Don’t get many like this one.

Thanks for all the other comments.

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

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#14 posted 09-11-2014 02:41 PM

Well, he does look a little bit hair-challenged, LOL. Ya can’t have everything!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#15 posted 09-11-2014 02:55 PM

This is a nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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