Some Mountain Monkey Blades :0)

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Bear, Nov 3, 2013.


  1. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Thought I would share some blades I'm working on...
    Patterned after the old mountain men / butcher blades...

    MM1.JPG

    Basic high carbon blades... field grade with black and brown canvas micarta... West Systems Flexcoat epoxy, 5/16 brass corby bolts and thick 1/4 brass lanyard tubing...
    Thinking of copper riveted leather sheaths for these...
    Not as "dressed up" as the Supporters stuff.... but same blades and construction... with and without the tungsten carbide edge treatment :0)

    Waddya think?

    Bear
     
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  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Couple more pics
    MM2.JPG
     
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  3. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Bear, I think that they are utilitarian pieces of art that can easily save a Monkeys life one day. Beautiful, quality work, as usual!
     
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  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Looks great.

    And to think, all I did yesterday was Bush Hog 11 acres of rutted washboard hill side.. Feeling old today every bone aches from the rough ride.

    Still, it was really nice yesterday. Cool today and more rain expected tomorrow.

    Lots to do before the winter sets in.
     
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  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    One more
    Thanks @Sapper John ,
    They were meant to be "utilitarian" more than "art".... simple proven design... extra width means its easier to split with and definitely will take a great many sharpenings for those who like to sharpen their blades alot... I wasn't too sure about the short version when I conceived it... but I like it now that the handles are on :0)
    Thanks again,
    Bear
     
  6. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    awesome work, as always!
     
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  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Couple more pics of some finished handles... to
    Yikes... sounds like you accomplished a lot more than me!... Hope you get it all done before winter... Take Care my friend....
    Bear
     
  8. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Too kind... but thanks... meant to be simple... square-ish handles that you can shape if you want with a mill or bastard file... but perfect for bare or gloved hands...

    Some pics of handles at 600 grit to give an idea of the actually color of the canvas micarta and black paper micarta... :0)

    Busy couple days... will get more done later... MM4.JPG MM5.JPG
     
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  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    All I did was a bit of brush removal and landscaping, good for about a month.

    Bear, what you do last for generations.
     
  10. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Thanks for the kind words @HK_User ... I hope they last that long... but if they work for the current generation... that's good enough for me :0) Bear
     
  11. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Gorgeous work...
     
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  12. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Thanks for the kind comment @Witch Doctor 01

    I'm thinking these will be in the $75 range with the leather copper riveted sheath when I'm done... what do you think?

    Bear
     
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  13. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    sounds like a winner
     
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  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Beautiful blades as always @Bear !!!
     
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  15. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    A Truly gifted Craftsman this man is....
     
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  16. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter


    Bear. They look amazing and at that price point for custom knives I might have to get 2 for gifts
     
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  17. wastelander

    wastelander Bad English, bare with me

    Wow, looks amazing. I'd love me something like that. Do you know santa?
     
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  18. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Yea, He lives just north of me........ a couple of thousand miles.....
     
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  19. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member


    Interesting design. This one is pretty similar, got it back in '68. Standard issue for USN galley work, this one came from (believe it or not) spare parts.

    I haven't the least clue what steel it is, but it holds an edge fairly well in kitchen work, everything from cutting pizza to hacking turkey roasts and tough beef roasts. 15.5 inches overall.
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  20. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Aloha Monkeys
    Thanks for the kind compliments...

    Here's a pic of the progress this afternoon and evening MM11.JPG ... just need to do a final clean up and then put the final edges on them and make the sheaths :0)

    Thanks again,
    Bear
     
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