Everyone likes what they like but this could be my personal favorite knife I have made, If it wasn't rushed for a wedding I would keep it and start a new one...lol. But it is going to a fellow who is giving it to his best friend for a wedding gift. I'm not sure why this style knife got dubbed a skinner, the point is to sharp in my opinion but it makes one heck of a all around field knife. The tapered tang on this one makes it very light even with the huge bolster, balance point is right at bolster.
8 1/4" total
3 3/4" blade, cut from 3/16" stock thickness cmp154cm with a full flat grind.
handle is stabilized spalted Tamarind, nickel silver stacked bolster, nickel silver and copper Mosaic pins, tapered tang.
Here is a buffalo skinner I finished up for a fellow from another forum I play around on, He approached me a few months ago wanting a knife to skin buffalo. I thought why, I figured maybe a select number of people would ever even skin one buffalo in a life time, but not this guy he actually does it quite often.... Since I know nothing about skinning a buffalo I worked with him to produce this knife. I was worried at first and thought it would turn out pretty ugly due to the fact I just couldn't get into the shape and size. But I think it panned out I actually like it we spent quit a bit of time trying to get a good balance on the knife and it turned out pretty light and fast in hand for as large as it is, balance point is just at back edge of bolster not bad. Sheath turned out easier than I thought, but it chewed up enough leather to make a couple regular sheaths...lol.
11 1/8" total
blade is 6"ish made from 5/32 1095, full flat grind, 300g finish, cooked pretty hard as he is going for edge retention and said he would only skin, not bone, or chop, or pry with it...lol.
handle is a strait grain Ironwood with stainless bolster
Here is a prototype knife I worked up, I have a few adjustments to make before the next one comes off the bench but overall I'm happy with it. For some reason I decided to make my first liner lock and a brand new pattern at the same time...lol. the blade and spacer is 0-1 tool steel, the liners are 17-4 stainless steel heat treated to 44hrc, bolsters are a scrap of 3/16 Alabama damascus I had left over. Knife is pined together, piviot point is adjustable with two .020 washers on each side of piviot. The knife opens smooth, and locks up very tight with a very clean and bright snap.
7 1/2 total
blade is 2 7/8" long @ 1/8 stock thickness 0-1 tool steel full flat grind.
Handle is black micarta with Damascus bolster.
click this one it will take you to a video in my photobucket, but warning its slow.