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    Sorry for your loss.

    We have have a chorkie and she is our first inside dog. I tell everyone she isn't a mutt rather a "designer dog", lol.

    She is 8/9 years old and my wife and I already don't know how we will ever replace her when her time comes.

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    Thanks rabiddawg. Thnere will be no replacing Bruno. He has/had burrowed so deeply into our hearts and lives that neither Lynette or I can contemplate such a loss again.
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    Sorry for your loss. It is painful. Take some time off from the knives if need be. Relax for a few weeks. OUR PETS OUR BASICALLY OUR KIDS.

    You never know when a new -potential family member could show up... tho...?

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    Having knives to play with is a distraction that I am thankfull for and with the new safari knives to work through it gives me something else to think about.
    This is another one I have been asked to make for a guy who has another one of my knives. He wants a copy of the Stromberg knife. 7 1/4 in blade with scandi grind


    Interesting handle that will be another new approach for me.
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    I have been in Wyoming on a job and have missed all of your new posts and projects. Sorry for the loss of your buddy. We just recently lost our family member Wolfgar. Needless to say we all cried like a baby including myself. He accompanied me every day and every place I went. Only another who has such a companion will understand how painful it is. Once again my sincere sympathy for your loss.

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    Thank you Thomas. Comiserations on your own loss. I was at a funeral today. A couple I have known for near 40 years were on holiday and had a stop-over in HongKong, spent a little time in England and had then gone to the Isle of Mann to watch the racing. The first day the Lynne said she was a bit under the weather so would have a lie down but for Johno to go for the walk with his friends (there were 3 couples) and she would be right later in the day. When Johno came bac to the motel he found her dead so spent the next two weeks organising things for the funeral here today. It sort of puts our loss into perspective (a little) but grief is grief whether it is for a beloved family member with four legs or two.
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    Have been able to get this knife up to first assembly stage so will put itasside till I get a few others ready for heat treating and then it can be finished off. The handle is just roughly shaped for now with the finish shaping to be done at final assembly.
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    Absolutely beautiful cutlery!!

    It's not a custom, but I have to voice my frustration..

    I'm an avid knife collecter, (my practical knife use is rather boring, buck 110 for hunting, buck spitfire for edc) and my sweetheart wife purchased me a Tops Tom Brown Tracker for father's day.. I mean sweetest gift, I was truly humbled.. But what a hunk of sh**!! The shoulders are so round on the blade, it's BARELY passable for wood hacking, let alone fine work... and it had some kind of black coating on all but 1/8th inch from the cutting edge that halted any kind of chopping or fine work even more! I think she paid around $260 for the damm thing!

    I'm in the process now if finding a good blade-smith (impossible in the sticks of Maine) or somewhere I can send it to have the shoulders reprofiled and this mess of a coating either removed or properly moved away from the cutting portion of the blade... Any help or suggestion would mean alot..

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    Can you expand on what you mean by the shoulders on the blade?? It sounds as you are talking about the transition from the edge grind to the main grind. Is it a convex grind that you are talking about. It sounds as if you have got a knife that is not designed for what you want to do with it.

    What is it that you are really looking to do with the knife as that will dictate to a greater extent what design and blade grind you may need to look at.
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    ://www.topsknives.com/tom-brown-tracker-1

    It's. Made for chopping with the front, and fine work with the back. Can't really do either because the blade transitions immediately to a very rounded shoulder that makes even chopping quite the task.

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    I would think that you would be far better served with a 3/16 thick scandi ground blade as that is the type of work they were designed to do. This is my pattern for that style of use although for choping a longer blade would have more "heft" to it.
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    The handle hardware and some more micarta turned up today so I was able to work through the process of drill sizes for the different needs of the connectors and screws to get the first one assembled.
    (correction-second one #1 needs a little "adjustment")
    I just have to figure out the edge radius and whether to contour the sides or leave them flat but they are 7/8" thick which is a bit much to my way of thinking.
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    Have had a successfull day in the shed but it did require a trip to the city to get a some screws to replace the brass ones in the connector units for the handles. The brass is so soft that the torx head will chew out after a couple of assembly tries so I got the only 8x32 threaded screws I could find and they are inch long stainless ones. I had to make a jig to shorten them but by lunch time I was ready go have another try at the handles. There is still some finish shaping to do but I am happy enough with them at this stage so will get a couple more done tomorrow and then will HT the blade and look to finishing them.

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    Have been through to see a friend with a rockwell hardness tester with 4 safari knife blades and a couple of my other hunter types. I will have to lift the tempering heat by 25 degrees as with three tests per blade to ensure a correct reading he found that one was at 62 and the rest were at 61 which pleased me in one respect as I wanted to test for consistency of my heat treat as much as anything else. To hit the projects required 59-60 I can get there by raising the tempering heat by 25 degrees.
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    Are you guys up to speed on the Rockwell hardness scale ? cmon dudes....
    and dudetts , get current
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    This one is off to its owner in the morning. Not a design I will hurry to do again but it has been interesting with some new techniques to learn.

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    The first safari knofe has been finished so will send it off to Troy who iniated this project for his impression and testing

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    I got some very welcome feedback from Troy today on the prototype knife I sent for his evaluation with two areas to be attended to. The belt loops will have an extra security system with being both sewn and having a chicago screw on subsequent sheaths but the main area of concern was the bevels as it seemed I had born down more on one side than the other in the final sharpening and had altered the equality of the angles by a small amount so I have got one of these NZ made sharpening systems heading my way so that I can guarantee a perfect edge angle on the production blades.


    Expensive at $510 but worth it to make sure I offer the best knife that I can. There is a good video of how it operates in the link.

    http://www.scarysharp.co.nz/
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    I have had another think on the concept multiple carry option and have come up with this to give the ability to carry left side horrizontal carry, right side vertical carry or left side multi angle canted carry. All this from the one sheath. Would be interested in any feedback, opinion, critique or otherwise on this new idea to make the safari knife more universal in use. Those buying this knife/sheath combo would have to nominate whether they were right or left handed but that is fairly standard for almost every type of sheath anyway.

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