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Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #120 on: June 15, 2024, 05:39:40 AM
Farmer X- gravy time is when I have free time while my machine (cnc mill) is running, and I have finished any deburring or polishing on finished parts before the machine finishes running.


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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #121 on: June 15, 2024, 05:52:44 AM
Day 13!

I brought out my cold steel Bushman to carry.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #122 on: June 15, 2024, 05:58:08 AM
Day 14!

I am still fitting the handle to the tomahawk head.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #123 on: June 15, 2024, 07:52:17 AM
Farmer X
I make my own, but I haven't in a while.
This last batch was from a local butchery,best commercial 'tong I've had so far.

Day 13
Resilience glamming it up



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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #124 on: June 15, 2024, 09:04:43 AM
Nice Resilience,  Humayd!

I will have to try some biltong soon!


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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #125 on: June 15, 2024, 11:12:43 PM
Nice Resilience,  Humayd!

I will have to try some biltong soon!
Thanks TexasAKM.
I'm quite fond of the Resilience profile and size,I edc it in my left hip pocket.

Traditional biltong is a bit softer,and "wetter",than jerky. That's the type you want to try,if you want to go for real South African biltong.
Sometimes when a batch isn't dialed in just right and dried too long,the 'tong is basically jerky.

Day 14
The great crossover
I'm in the Flashlight challenge as well,today's carry combines elements from both challenges.
I got this OPK from Derek Rausch back in '96,and had John Leth (who,I've been told,made sheaths for CRK when Chris Reeve was still in Durban,SA) make a couple sheaths for me.
I EDC'd this knife and Minimaglite for a number of years in this configuration.
Derek makes a batch of OPK 's at least once a year,and has a few models in this range.



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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #126 on: June 16, 2024, 12:46:01 AM
These screws attach a roughly L-shaped piece of hardened steel to the inside of the locking arm.
Great explanation. Thanks! :cheers:

I am still fitting the handle to the tomahawk head.
I look forward to seeing it ready for use!

Resilience glamming it up
Cool shot! :tu:

Day 15

Today the Old Hickory got to attack a loaf of Spam.

 

While the Spam was in the air fryer, I washed and oiled the blade...and noticed that it has a cool stamp.

 

The Old Hickory did a great job on the Spam, which of course was delicious. Some of the no-name PRC kitchen cutlery is on borrowed time!

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #127 on: June 16, 2024, 01:50:35 AM
Great stuff, guys!


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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #128 on: June 16, 2024, 01:53:31 AM
Day 13

This is the Cold Steel Large Espada. 
It’s massive for a folder, boasting nearly 5 1/2” of S35VN steel.

The blade features a somewhat unusual thumb disc.  This can be used to thumb the blade open with either hand, and it also has a lip that can hook things (e.g. edge of a pocket) to open the blade like an Emerson wave.  Alternatively, a quick wrist flick will cause the huge blade to fly open and lock with a satisfying “thwack”.

The handle features black G10 slabs and polished aluminum bolsters.  While a bit unorthodox, the finger grooves comfortably lock the handle into my hand.

The single-position pocket clip is configured for RH tip-up carry only.  Weighing in at 9.9 oz, I’d say it has the potential to be a pocket ripper though.

To be frank, I’m sometimes leery of Taiwanese-made knives.  But the F&F and W&T on this example are excellent.

I’ve carried the Espada a time or two, but it is just too dang heavy for me to want to tote it around on anything resembling a regular basis.  And if I did need/want a blade that size and were willing to carry that sort of weight, there are solid arguments for a fixed blade over a folder at that point.

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #129 on: June 16, 2024, 04:54:45 AM
Day 14

This is the TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft Fieldcraft.  Bit of a mouthful, but it’s [manufacturer] [designer] [model].

TOPS has produced this model with various materials.  This particular one features 4 1/2“ of 154CM steel with red & black G10 handle slabs.

The 0.19” thick blade puts this knife squarely in the “sharpened pry bar” category.  That isn’t always a bad thing, and it certainly feels solid in hand.  However, it also contributes to the substantial weight (including sheath) of 13.6 oz.

The sheath is outstanding.  The thick kydex holds the knife securely, easily passing the shake test without any secondary retention and in spite of the weight of the knife (10.7 oz without the sheath).  While sheathed, enough of the knife handle is exposed to get three fingers on.  There is enough of a hump in the kydex at the back of the knife to give one’s thumb some purchase to assist drawing the knife (an under appreciated/under utilized feature IMO).
The bottom of the sheath has a drain hole, and a couple of lashing/lanyard holes.  The strong spring steel clip can be rotated to any angle, and securely attaches the sheath to a belt, pack strap (my preference), etc.  It does have the worthless (to me at least) fire steel loop (and came with a little TOPS fire steel and whistle), but I suppose I could remove it if it bothered me that much.

I should note a couple of interesting features.  The round divots on each handle slab near the lanyard hole are intended to allow the knife to be used as a bearing block for a bow drill.  The half moon cutout on the butt of the knife is designed to be used as a striker for a fire steel.  I haven’t tried to use either of these functions, so can’t really comment further.

I do carry and use this knife, when I’m camping or hiking and feel like taking a fixed blade.  I have several other good fixed blades, and I wouldn’t necessarily say this knife is the best of them. However, it very well may be the best sheath (at least for my purposes) that I own, and that’s why it gets it the nod as often as it does.  For many other blades, it is difficult to find even aftermarket sheaths as good as this one.  Other manufacturers should take note of this, and maybe even take some lessons from TOPS on how to make sheaths.

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #130 on: June 16, 2024, 06:28:27 AM
Day 15!

This is a Frost cutlery bowie I bought years ago at a local gun shop for $10.00.  No sheath.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #131 on: June 17, 2024, 02:11:49 AM
There are solid arguments for a fixed blade over a folder at that point.
:iagree:

This is the TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft Fieldcraft.
That's a blade I intend to try out one day (hopefully with Micarta)...but I'd add a big leather loop to the sheath. I prefer my fixies to ride low.

This is a Frost cutlery bowie I bought years ago at a local gun shop for $10.00.
That's a monster! :like:

My Wi-Fi is down at the moment, so I can't post the day's photo yet. I'll post it before I turn in, if the Wi-Fi comes back. Otherwise, I'll do a make-up tomorrow.
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #132 on: June 17, 2024, 06:39:02 AM
Day 15
Resilience is idling

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #133 on: June 17, 2024, 08:07:59 PM
The Resilience idles well! :tu: Is that another springbok hide?

Day 16 (catch-up)

Kitchen duty? Yes. Food prep? No. I figured the impending heat wave was as good a reason as any to change the filter in the Brita pitcher. The No. 12 freed it from its poly bag.

 

 

Day 17

The Wi-Fi is still down, and I'm posting at the library. So just some shots of the Cold Steel Kudu for today.

 

That blade is nearly five inches in length (which would find me mired in smurf past my ears if I toted it around) and has what is sort of a ratchet mechanism. I hope the photo below adequately shows the "teeth."

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #134 on: June 18, 2024, 04:54:40 AM
Day 16!

I am carrying my Resilience today.  This is my first Resilience,  with the slightly shorter blade.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #135 on: June 18, 2024, 06:24:20 PM
I'm a little behind,forgot to post yesterday after taking pics,so also catching up today

Day 16
Resilience and L2 all day


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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #136 on: June 18, 2024, 06:27:10 PM
Day 17
My all-time favorite production folder,the BM Skirmish.
I had the standard model as well,gave that 1 to my son.
I bought this 1 maybe 18 years ago,off the CK&G forum.
I refinished the blade and ano'd the frame,which gave the stripes an interesting contrast (sorry,lighting is crap).



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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #137 on: Today at 01:44:33 AM
I am carrying my Resilience today.
I wish I could carry such a thing...

My all-time favorite production folder,the BM Skirmish.
Looks like quite the beast. How long is that blade?

Day 18

No kitchen work today, and tomorrow's dinner is awlso a heat-and-eat kinda deal. However, I could get quite a few things done in the kitchen with these two.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #138 on: Today at 03:24:42 AM
Day 15

This is the Fallkniven A1, featuring 6” of laminated VG10 steel.

It’s still a good knife, though IMO the VG10 has been outclassed by other options.

I’m not really a fan of the sheath though.  While good quality, mounting/attachment options are quite limited.  Inverted pack strap carry (a favorite of mine) is pretty much out.  Even if one managed to attach the sheath securely, the knife is so loose in the sheath that it will literally fall out unless the retention strap is fastened.  This also results in an annoying rattle when carrying it around.

It’s seen a bit of carry and use, and I would probably carry it more often if I liked the sheath better.  I understand Fallkniven has come out with a new version of the Zytel sheath, but haven’t gotten my hands on one of those yet.

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #139 on: Today at 04:32:06 AM
Day 16

Here’s another Case Folding Hunter.  This one features two 4” blades in Case’s Trusharp stainless steel.

A more typical design for Case than the carbon fiber version earlier in this thread, this one has nickel silver bolsters and black micarta slabs.

As noted previously, two 4” blades is a lot of cutting capability.  This one has seen some carry and use, but at 6.7 oz it’s a bit much to tote around.

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #140 on: Today at 04:35:32 AM
Day 17

This is an A.G. Russell Large Folding Hunter.  With a 4 3/4” blade, it is easily long enough to qualify for this challenge.  The 8Cr15MoV steel is nothing to write home about, but serviceable I suppose.

This knife features stainless steel bolsters and yellow delrin slabs.  I really like how the yellow “pops”; I wish more manufacturers would offer brightly colored handles.  It seems like too often our options are black, brown, and OD green. 

Fit and finish are very good.

One of my favorite features of this folder is that what looks like a long pull is actually ground in such a way that it can be used to OHO the knife with one’s right thumb.

I’m generally not a fan of lanyards or fobs, but this knife and fob just seem to make a good combination.  The knife will ride vertically in my pocket next to my wallet, with the fob sticking out just enough to make it easy to pull the knife from the pocket.

I have carried and used this one, but it’s not part of my regular rotation.

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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #141 on: Today at 05:12:23 AM

Day 16
Resilience and L2 all day
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Man, the blade profile and edge geometry of the Resilience is so cool.  An absolute favorite of mine. I have been carrying one for several years now, almost constantly.    8) :tu:


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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #142 on: Today at 05:17:18 AM
Day 17!

My tanto Spike again.

 
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Re: Giants of June/Big Blades Challenge - June 2024
Reply #143 on: Today at 05:23:57 AM
Day 18!

My new sheath for the Cold Steel  Roach Belly arrived today!   :mail:   :woohoo:

 
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