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My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:11:53 PM »
I am heading to the Florida Kracaneuners Pot and Knife Survival Challenge in a couple weeks or so.  I have several knives but I couldn't decide on which one to bring.  So, I decided to build my own.  I wanted a heavier knife that I could use as a chopper/hunter knife (is that my own classification).  I am not sold on a convex edge but I decided to put a very robust convex on this.  I think after the event, I will end up regrinding it and putting a scandivex on it.  My interpretation of scandivex is initially a scandi and then slightly convexing it.  Ultimately, whether I regrind it or not depends on how it performs.  I left a lot of "meat" on the scales because I have feebly large hands.  I have nerve issues in both my hands and a larger handle, definitely, helps me.  I left the forge finish on the knife because I think it looks good.  Usually, when I have a beauty queen type knife, I don't end up using it.  I end up looking at it and that's about it.  So overall, on this particular knife, I put 75% emphasis on getting a beauty finish.  As you can tell if you look hard enough that I left scratches in the scales etc.  This is because, I don't want to be afraid to use it. 
I made the Kydex sheath.  The knife fits snug and won't fall out.  I tried a new technique with the kydex this time and I will be doing this with all my future sheaths.  When I get back and if this thing performs properly, I will reward it with a proper leather sheath and a high gloss handle finish.
Here it is followed by a build along.

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5/32" thick
10" overall
5" blade
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 01:15:17 PM »
Did you noticed it's sister knife in one of the photos?
She's not done yet but will hopefully be done soon with a layered handle that will make stick tang haters want it.   ;)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 01:41:51 PM »
Very nice robust looking knife but based on the pictures it can't be very sharp.... you still had hair on your arm  :lol:

Seriously good work, now I'm eager to see the "stick tang haters" knife completed.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 02:01:59 PM »
I like it.  Looks like a great all round design.  Nice job
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 02:24:43 PM »
Very nice robust looking knife but based on the pictures it can't be very sharp.... you still had hair on your arm  :lol:

Seriously good work, now I'm eager to see the "stick tang haters" knife completed.

No I don't shave my arm hair.  I shave my leg hair.   ;)
Actually, I did the paper shaving test.  It comes out decent (better than I thought for a big thick convex).  It is not designed to be a hair splitter with the robust convex but more of a chopper.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 02:29:33 PM »
Nice Matt.  You should be served well by it down here.   :thumbsup:
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 03:03:50 PM »
Looks good Matt! It should serve you well down here.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 04:02:20 PM »
Great to see a completed M.E.S.H. knife! :thumbsup:


That stick tang will be a fun one to follow too. Thanks for posting some of the progress pics as well. It's always nice to see knives come together like that. Once you make it back from the challenge and polish those scales, that wood is going to look great. ;)

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 04:17:50 PM »
It does look cool! I had an attitude against stick tangs but I've actually used several good ones now and I think my presupposed prejudice was all in my head. Appreciate you posting.

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My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 04:26:00 PM »
Damn it... I'm just not a fan of kydex sheaths.
Other than that it looks fantastic :)

And yes... I am a bit of a traditionalist ;)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 04:43:48 PM »
BH, I'm not a fan of kydex either. I met my friend CSugg for breakfast this morning and he had a bushtool in kydex set up for upside down necker carry. Was one of the coolest rigs I've seen in a while. I'm shopping kydex for my bushtool now. Open minds breed open hearts :)

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 05:02:20 PM »
Can't wait to see how she does. Good job on the design.

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 07:38:12 PM »
Nice looking beast you made, Matt.  Make sure you beat the tar out of it before you head out so you know it'll hold up when you need it.  Now, if you're gonna cheat and bring 550 cord on your sheath, make sure you throw a few more yards on it so you have enough.  LOL.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 07:47:29 PM »
Very nice.  Love the scales. 

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2013, 06:54:06 AM »
Nice looking beast you made, Matt.  Make sure you beat the tar out of it before you head out so you know it'll hold up when you need it.  Now, if you're gonna cheat and bring 550 cord on your sheath, make sure you throw a few more yards on it so you have enough.  LOL.

Although, the 550 is on the sheath it won't be used on the challenge.  ;)

And I won't have a chance to use it before the meet up.  I am sending it to FL today so that I don't have to worry about it on the airlines.  It will be a 100% blind field test on this.   ;)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2013, 07:24:46 AM »
That bad boy's a brute! Awesome! Well done.

I hope it gives you many years of good service!

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2013, 09:52:42 AM »
Nice work! I hope it serves you well!
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 12:03:01 PM »
Nice work, Matt! Looks like a beast!

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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 12:38:08 PM »
SA-WEET Matt!!  Those are some purdy scales too!!  What kind are they?  I'm digging this and can't wait to hear your report!  That was a good idea to ship it down there, good thinking...that would absolutely suck to get there and find out your knife didn't!

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2013, 06:04:56 PM »
It's a nice 'toy', Matt, but to paraphrase Sheriff Brody,"You're gon'na need a bigger knife", if you plan on taking part in THE GREAT BURMESE PYTHON HUNT this weekend.  I just read that over 400 people have already signed up for the great massacre in the Everglades on Saturday :drool:

Time for all you guys to put a shavin' edge on your biggest custom head-loppers and M-Tech Bowies, donn your loincloths and head for the 'glades :hail:

Oh yeah, we need photos :banana: :cheers:
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2013, 09:09:54 PM »
nice job man.

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2013, 09:54:25 AM »
Looks great Matt! Nice work.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2013, 10:13:21 AM »
Nice job Matt. Make sure she's good and sharp. You'll need it if you're planning on going out with those guys.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2013, 06:22:25 PM »
Way COOL!
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2013, 07:43:51 PM »
I don't know how I missed this one until now. I love the shape of the blade and those scales are great with all the curves. It would look nice in leather like all things curvy.  O:-)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2013, 11:50:50 PM »
looks good brother :D we will put it through its paces, of that I have no doubt. Looking forward to seeing it, and you for that matter ;)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2013, 06:10:51 AM »
looks good brother :D we will put it through its paces, of that I have no doubt. Looking forward to seeing it, and you for that matter ;)

Thanks and likewise.  It will be nice to meet you and all the rest attending.

I left a heavy heavy convex edge on it and I am second guessing myself now.  I haven't tested it out at all and I am starting to think if I should have made it a little better for slicing than chopping.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2013, 09:07:22 AM »
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2013, 04:46:20 PM »
NICE! See you this weekend. Peace
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2013, 05:15:43 PM »
Man we are gonna have a blast. It's great that we will have a good number attending. To suffer in numbers is great! Just kidding Matt bring shorts to you it will be hot! See ya Friday and safe travels. If you run into trouble feel free to PM or call.

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2013, 07:41:36 PM »
Swamp, how many are coming on the trip?
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« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2013, 01:14:57 AM »
Swamp, how many are coming on the trip?

last count I heard was 12!
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2013, 09:17:23 PM »
So how was the trip, how did the knife work?
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2013, 02:50:53 PM »
The knife did all right.  I left a heavy duty convex on it but I should have thinned it out and made it a little more for slicing.  The flora down there is way different than up here in Illinois.  I was planning on batoning logs etc and in actuality needed it to bite into palm leaves (fromms???).

I mentioned that I was going to give it a face lift once I got it back to IL.  I just got it back.  My Dad only took 4 months or so to send it to me.  :P (I didn't want to take it on the plane)
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2013, 04:04:19 PM »
Here is my personal user cleaned up a little and a slight polish all around.  I thinned out the convex a bit and polished the edge.  It is now slicing paper over and over again.  (Thanks Bryan for the sharpening pointers).

It is the knife on the top.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2013, 06:27:31 PM »
Wow Matt that thing looks sweet!

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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2013, 09:10:03 PM »
Thanks, Swamp.  I think it looks better than when I had the forge finish on it down in FL.
It's also a whole heck of a lot sharper, too.
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Re: My New Personal User Made for the Pot and Knife Challenge
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2013, 03:38:42 AM »
Can't believe I missed this one until now! :-[ You have some skills Matt!!! :) They look Great! :cheers:
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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2013, 08:48:37 AM »
Thanks for the compliments.  I don't know how pretty they are compared to most of the other guys who make knives on here but they will cut at least.
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