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PostSubject: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyTue Feb 12, 2013 1:05 am

I just can't help being impressed by a unique and interesting blade design. So when I can across the one here while browsing around I wanted to know more! A quick search showed that the Bushcraft community has significant respect for the blade and of course the maker, Mora and Frost's being names long held in esteem especially regarding value.

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The stainless blade is about 4 5/8" long, just under an inch wide, and .098" thick. $19.00

Description: Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade 4.6 inches long and just under an inch wide...57-58 HRC. The cold rolled stainless steel offers both corrosion protection and sound edge performance. A molded handle has a textured, high-friction grip. Although originally designed as a Swedish survival knife, the Mora 2000 makes a good general-purpose field knife. So what's unique? Look at the grind! The edge utilizes both a Scandi and a beveled grind...nice contours!

Of course, if you had any sense at all you'd just buy the knife, which is widely available for only twice the cost of the blade alone. But Noooooo. I just can't do simple!

I've seen several videos of guys batoning the heck out of the factory knife to split pieces of green wood that looked like they were 3" in diameter. Um, to 'batron' with a knife is to whack the bejesus out of the spine to force the blade is down the long axis of a piece of wood.

Anyway, Here's what THEY do to the blade re: handle, etc. It's a no-nonsense piece. The grip is rubber. The street price is $39 all over. That's a heck of a unit for forty bucks!


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1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade Mora-of-sweden-mora-2000-sheath


Well, the blade is on it's way from Ragnar's Ragweed Forge...no telling in what special way I'll screw it up. But I'll show ya when it's done.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyTue Feb 12, 2013 3:24 am

A bit of the Birch Root would make a very complimentary handle for that blade David, but then some of that Curly Birch Standard would look good too.

Looking forward to seeing what you choose to do with it though. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 12:05 am

OK - I'm there.

The Bushcraft Beastie is done. What an interesting blade! It didn't really occur to me for a while, but the blade is totally designed to accomodate baton action (the act of whacking the spine of the blade while it sits on the end of a limb or other piece of wood...to split the wood. The section nearest the tip is absolutely designed with this in mind and has a wide wedge bevel. Then the steel tapers to the tip where the section is quite thin, for fine work. Neato!


I used Stabilized (impregnated with Acrylic Resin) Spaulted Tamarind (had to weat a good mask which working it...a drag...but the Spaulting is God knows what kind of fungus, etc. and there are warnings all over to mask up good!) for the main handle section and Rosewood for the forend. The spacers are rust colored poly fiber and Nickel Silver. The guard and butt cap are also Nickel Silver. The shape of the handle is copied from what many of the modern Nordic makers are doing. It feels very snug and secure in the hand.

I'm a major fan of the Bark River line and took the tabbed butt cap design from a couple of theirs. I think the Fox River was the first one to use it. The little squarish keeper on the strap thing is Miracle Wood (forest green).


Well...enough heehawing around. Here it is. Photos not the best. The colors in the first pic are the most accurate.


Side A.

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Side B.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 12:36 am

Nice knife Blackhorse. I've never worked with spaulted woods before and didn't realize they were so toxic. They have some unique patterns in them and will have to pick some up at a hardwood place in Edm. Nice work on the handle. What method did you use to mount the top, have any pic's of that angle. I like the look and am going to have to copy the lanyard w/thin cap idea. Looks very neat & clean.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 2:02 am

Hawker asked:

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What method did you use to mount the top, have any pic's of that angle?



So...that would depend on what you mean by 'the top'. You're either asking about the blade or the butt cap I guess.

If you're curious about doing the blade (you can see the initial photo of just the blade...with about 3" of tang...in this thread) the explaination would take a significant amount of detaiul. There are many tutorials out there. If you google "Thompsons" or "Brisa" you can find some good ones.

But since you made further comments on the butt cap and all, I have to assume it's that to which you're referring. Like the guard, which I epoxy first so as to get it absolutely straight on line, etc. - I file the sheet stock almost exactly to fit, but just a bit larger to allow for a bit of leeway. Since the buttcap has no tang and it's required drill hole filled with epoxy to help secure everything together - I pin it with a 1/4" (overkill I know, 3/16" would have been more than ample) piece of rod stock about an inch in length.

Several things then. First is a photo of the Bark River 'Fox River'. The model for the strap tab 'idea'. Of course, since that knife and almost everything I've ever seen done by Bark River is a full tang knife, the tab is an extension of the that and sits vertically on the center line. Nice.


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Then two additional photos of mine, one showing the front of the guard and the other of the butt cap, the pin being pretty obvious in the one view.


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Let me know if I've not gotten your question quite right.

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 2:52 am

Blackhorse, not only does that Spalted Tamarind look gorgeous, the shape looks very comfortable as well. Congrats on another fine piece of craftsmanship! cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 3:05 am

Thanks. I appreciate it.


My source for the wood? No one asked...but I'll dish anyway. There's a Woodcraft store fairly close to where I live. But online works as well.

Scan down the page a bit to find the stabilized stuff...very much recommended over the non-stabile.


http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=tamarind

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 4:25 am

Very professional piece of work BH - beautiful woodwork! cheers cheers

Fraternally

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 4:50 am

Very kind of you Jers. There seems to be a significant number of folks interested in Bushcraft in the UK. Interesting that the three comments above represent Ireland, Canada and the States. Perhaps it's an indicator that Bushcraft is an ''IRE-CAN-AM'' kind of thing.

I've spent more time in the woods than most morons but sadly my age has crept to the point that I wear out too quickly for it to be smart to take off with a small pack and play for a week. Now, with the benefit of having spent all those hours out there my favorite thing is to make the tools for it. You should see some of the axes I've 'modified'. Eastwings are particularly fun as you can turn their long steel shaft into a blade form. But that's another story. Wish I could lay my hands on a good pipehawk. What more could a guy need?

I'm carving a custom cane for a woman right now (well...not RIGHT now) and the item below will be my reward.

http://www.agrussell.com/product.asp?pn=CAS-XH2119

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 6:50 am

nice work BH!

Love spalted woods, visually anyway. That's a nice looking knife!
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 7:11 am

nice work BH, Spalted wood is always interesting to look at
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 11:38 am

Thanks for the info & pic's Blachorse, appriciate it.
On the topic of stabilzed woods i've attached a couple of pic's of a vacuum compression chamber i seen at a knife seminar a while back. The guy made it for under $50.00 bucks. I have salvaged a deep freeze compressor from the dump & have a friend who works in the comercial refridgeration business that got me an old discarded high pressure canister. Now i just have to get some 1/4" hydrualic lines and valves to build a bleed off manifold.
All you have to do is hook up the compressor to run in reverse to create a vacuum.
He used Minwax brand arcylic resin to submerge his wood scales & also some old buffalo bone scales he had sliced in the vacuum chamber and kept adjusting the vacuum pressure untill it stayed stable for 6 hrs not loosing any pressure. (takes approx 1 1/2 - 2 days) Worked great and saves a pile of money doing it yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 12:35 pm

I've looked into setups like this before, thinking I might set something up, but ultimately let it go as being too iffy a thing FOR ME. It was kind of a decision on how to spend my time, and how much I would use something for the potential payout. I decided to spend my time making things (walking sticks, canes, knives, etc.) instead of making something that would furnish a part of one of those things...since I rarely use stabilized wood.


Anyway...a couple of Winters ago we had a major ice storm and many limbs came down. Paperbark Birch seems to be brittle or something, as it was one species that came down all over the place...and I went around the neighborhoods and picked up lots of it. One of the larger limbs I got I opened up maybe three months ago...and it was pretty heaviy spaulted! Cool!

The Tamarind I got from the wood store is from Laos. The Birch was right at my doorstep. Cool. I cut a bunch of 'handle blanks' from it and they're waiting for some likely project. But I did make these 'dippers' that are finished with Tung Oil (food safe) as a kind of whim. They're kind of fun.


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One of the sources on spaulting I referred to:

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/_spalted.htm

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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 12:42 pm

Lovely work and craftsmanship as always BH. Very impressive stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: 1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade   1st Bushcraft/Survival Blade EmptyWed Feb 27, 2013 1:33 pm

I googled your blade and one of the links was kinda interesting (purely for the "manufacturer"). it's Blackhorse's alter ego Blind Horse.
http://www.the-knife-connection.com/bhk-bushbaby-ss-fg-gcm.html
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