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Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 10:29:29 PM »
One of the fun things with this hobby is learning new techniques, even if they are not adopted.
I only have one large knife and don't really know how to use it well.
It was a British MOD 4 survival knife.
I hated the handle and I found that the steep single bevel didn't chop well. It actually did care somewhat well for a knife that size.
Anyway, I removed the slabs, cut off the protrusion at the bottom of the handle and installed pretty nice rosewood slabs with 1/8" brass pins.
I was inspired by the Tracker's dual grind so I then proceeded to thin and convex the forward 4" of the blade. I kept about 2" near the handle with the original scandi grind.
I did all that and used it a few times to prove that the convex edge chopped better and then I lost interest and put it away.
Perhaps I should did it out again and do some learning.

Those sound like good mods for the MOD4. I've seen pictures of old ones and the handle looks more friendly than what new ones appear to come with- chamfered and a bit blocky. We're the old models user modified I don't know. Protrusion? Do you mean at the pommel end? Did you remove it completely? 
DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: propane kiln WIP
« Last post by Yellowyak on Yesterday at 08:13:54 PM »
From Hayshaker:

DIY and Homemade Gear / propane kiln WIP
« Last post by hayshaker on Yesterday at 05:52:18 PM »
well i looked into a eletric klin and the cheapest one
well the cost was too much,  so i've decided to build a propane
kiln or furnace if you will. will post a photo asap. of my progress.
i've already done some work on it today.
Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by hayshaker on Yesterday at 05:39:38 PM »
hey moe, as for the trackers i posted them some time ago in the
self made knife section.under some of my new knives i believe.
Food and Cooking / Re: Titanium cooksets?
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 10:18:36 AM »
I finally sprung for a titanium set early this year. I went with the Snow Peak 900. The lid doubles as a small fry pan and I've fried spam, eggs, etc. in it a few times. An MSR Pocket Rocket, fuel canister, lighter, sponge, etc. nest inside the cup/lid combo.

It's about $50 and I spent more than that trying to find something I liked before I bought this set. Wish I'd bought it sooner. 
Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 08:53:34 AM »
Thanks, wsdstan. Merry Christmas to you, too.

I've enjoyed this thread but haven't chimed in yet. I've never tried a Tracker style knife but I've thought about giving this Dave McIntyre machete mod a try. It's sorta Tracker-ish and big knife related but not custom knife related.
Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 08:36:34 AM »
Thanks Sarge, always great to hear from you about what it going one with the project.  Merry Christmas.
Food and Cooking / Re: Titanium cooksets?
« Last post by Mannlicher on Yesterday at 08:35:33 AM »
some 15 years ago, I picked up a MSR .8 Ltr Titan Ti pot with lid.  It has gone across America,  helped with food prep in all sorts of conditions, and is in as good shape now, as it was new.  I don't know if there is a better product extant for my needs.  My MSR Pocket Rocket stove and a canister of fuel nest inside.
Custom Knives / Re: Big knives revisited
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 06:42:13 AM »
I am still patiently waiting for information on my Kephart from Sarge.

I hear you too, wolfy. I haven't been around the campfire much lately. I've been finishing up some prior commitments so I can resume Operation Kephart (and maybe then HBK).
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