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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 06:41:47 AM »
Since this seems to have turned into a TBT thread instead of a big knife thread, I just thought I'd throw out that Bark River also makes a Tracker or Trakker as they call it.  Both Knives Ship Free and DLT Trading have them.  About $325.

  There's a couple of good video reviews on the Bark River version, if I run across them again I'll post a link,  this thread was intended to be about the Tracker styled "big knife", but wasn't meant to exclude other styles of large knives.
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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by imnukensc on Yesterday at 08:57:52 PM »
Since this seems to have turned into a TBT thread instead of a big knife thread, I just thought I'd throw out that Bark River also makes a Tracker or Trakker as they call it.  Both Knives Ship Free and DLT Trading have them.  About $325. 
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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 07:53:25 PM »
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."  8)


-attributed to H.L. Mencken
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General Discussion / Re: All your good American made stuffs.
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 07:44:40 PM »
Moe, you might enjoy seeing THE FOUNDER, starring Michael Keaton.  It is the story of Ray Kroc's purchasing and ROBOTICIZING the McDonald's fast food industry in its infancy AND screwing the two McDonald brothers out of any and all royalties he had promised them for the already franchised businesses they had worked so hard to create. >:D

  I like Romance movies,  If I want to see people screwing other people and getting screwed themselves, murder, mayhem, and other forms of mischief all I have to do is watch cable news, or tune in to the Vikings.  (grin) 

Now I get it......you love living in your own fantasy world! :lol:
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General Discussion / Re: All your good American made stuffs.
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 07:26:08 PM »
Moe, you might enjoy seeing THE FOUNDER, starring Michael Keaton.  It is the story of Ray Kroc's purchasing and ROBOTICIZING the McDonald's fast food industry in its infancy AND screwing the two McDonald brothers out of any and all royalties he had promised them for the already franchised businesses they had worked so hard to create. >:D

  I like Romance movies,  If I want to see people screwing other people and getting screwed themselves, murder, mayhem, and other forms of mischief all I have to do is watch cable news, or tune in to the Vikings.  (grin) 
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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 07:11:21 PM »
No 'corn squeezings' for this dude.....it dulls the senses!  :P     I was merely counting up all of the different sharpening devices you listed in post #17 that were necessary to sharpen all the convex, flat and sabre grinds, specialized notches, saw teeth, etc. present on these 'one-tool-fits-none' abominations that many of the copycat makers put out there for our amusement. 8)     If you enjoy yours, I am happy!  :banana: :rofl:

  I counted two,  sand paper for the blades edge and a diamond hone for the quarter round step,  the Work Sharp sharpener would work ok with the tool sharpening device,  but the sandpaper/mouse pad and hone are simple, quick, and do a good job.
 
  If you were counting the steps to thin the profile on the Tom Brown Tracker then yes there's more work that needs to be done initially to get it from good to great, but once done it's as simple as any other knife to sharpen,  A Tops TB Tracker sells for $200.00,  a couple of hours invested into it turns it into a great survival knife,  or you can order a Dave Beck Tracker for upwards of a thousand dollars and get one with the custom work already done, Scott Gosman's Trackers are few and far between, the last one I saw for sale was on the blade forum about a year ago and sold for $700.00 used.
 Personally the customs are way too rich for my blood, had this one not come about in a trade I'd never be inclined to spend that kind of money on one,  but knowing what I know now I might be tempted to buy a Tops Tracker and modify it,  I might still do it if one comes my way for short money,  it would be a neat winter project. 
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General Discussion / Re: All your good American made stuffs.
« Last post by xj35s on Yesterday at 07:10:03 PM »
The last dairy I worked on before becoming a truck driver had 9 Latino employees. Mexican, Guatemalan, and Honduran. I can tell you they all would bend over backwards to get the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and had a very high moral standard. The kind of people you could rely on. One of them offered my wife money for sex. The others straightened him out right quick, for me, and he apologized. He was ashamed for a long time after that.

These are the things our children should be thinking and doing. Anyway, I'm glad I never had Kids.

I agree. Too many coming in and many are not as described above. They can get in legally but it's expensive for them and time consuming.


Yo Estoy no tienne problemas con mi amigos del sol.
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General Discussion / Re: All your good American made stuffs.
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 06:58:59 PM »
Either we will be a country of laws and control our borders, or we won't.  My vote is for a country of laws and controling our borders.
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Self-Made Knives / Re: What Do You Do If.....
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 06:56:48 PM »
I have thought about fat wood for scales but, assumed they would be too sappy. How did you finish the wood and was it possible to stabilize the scales?
You can't really stabilize the fatwood.  After sanding, I coated them with Minwax Wood Hardener to prevent sticky and stinky.
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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 06:34:58 PM »
Your Tracker Moe, and LGM's BK I can imagine are better choppers than my leuku. Not chopping "good enough" has been my problem with all big knives. (Speaking to the criticism given to Trackers). I think I can do all the same things with ia Leuku as with all the specialized areas on the Tracker. There should be a definite performance gap on my end- why I asked for the vid. I can find my own, but maybe the hosts I see, happen to not offer the best demonstration.

I'm trying to find a track to follow to get the thinking going. If I think of accidentally getting into a survival situation without being hurt, it would probably need to be in a fairly decent chunk of wilderness; otherwise I should be able to walk to a road. Now if I was to go bushwacking way into the boonies I've never had the confidence or desire to rely on any sort of single survival knife. Which is not to say I haven't gone trekking in the style of 20th c. Backpacker using only a sak Pioneer.

If I just want to go camping or hunting for a few days I could do it with only a knife. Except I like it to be easier and just so. The GB mini is not axe enough and I need to make a new roselli haft to know for sure how much over weight the trio is v. One big knife.

  I had a GB Mini and came to the same conclusion,  I sold it and picked up a GB wildlife hatchet, it's a much more versatile tool,  one of my buds has the new BG Outdoor hatchet, the head is right in between the Mini and the Wildlife hatchet size and weight wise but with a slightly longer handle than the wildlife hatchet,  it also lighter than the wildlife hatchet at just a few ounces over a pound, It works way above it's weight class.
  My regular tool load out is usually a fixed blade with a 4"~ 4-1/2" blade, a Bacho styled folding saw, a small hatchet or hawk, a slip joint pocket knife,  and there's a SAK Farmer in the first aid kits in both my ready to go packs.
  If I'm going to be doing any shelter work or camp project I take my Small Forest axe or boy's axe and buck saw.   

  As far as carrying a large knife with the idea of using it as a chopper,  I'm not a fan,  which is why I'm not generally into big knives,  the thing that makes the Tracker an exception is it's ability to do a variety of other tasks and do them handley,  it's a good chopper for wrist size pieces or smaller, I haven't tried it on larger dia. sized limbs but imagine it would be more work than it's worth.
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