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Offline Bearhunter

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As some of you know, a few months ago I bought a GREEN RIVER 'sheath knife' blank.
I wanted a good OLD and dear knife making friend of mine to put elk antler scales on it for me.
I also 'commissioned' him to make me a duplicate of this case knife...



I love the knife, but hate the SS that CASE uses these days!

He's in his 70's and starting to slow down some, so he won't be able to do this much longer!
The ELK antler he hunts and finds himself in the forest around here.

Here are the results...

First up is the CASE duplicate with ELK antler scales. The blade is from an old circular sawmill blade, with custom sheath...















And now the GREEN RIVER...















These obviously have sentimental value to me because an old friend of mine made them for me, and it doesn't hurt that they're pretty too ;)

Thanks for looking :)
« Last Edit: June 08, 2013, 09:23:20 PM by Bearhunter »
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Very, very nice, BH.  Those are some heirloom blades right there!   :thumbsup:
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Those are bada$$ BH.  antler just looks great on a knife.  That's awesome that they're from a friend too and the antler is from local woods.  I think you have yourself some fine heirlooms and users. 
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Thanks fellows :)
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Well, it's been a while since you bought those blanks and I was wondering if we were ever going to see them dressed up with the elk horn scales. ???     It was worth the wait! 8).    His interpretation of the Case is just excellent, too!   You made a good choice!
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Thanks Wolfy :)

He really liked that GREEN RIVER blank. I think he wanted to keep it :D

He kept talking about how he really liked the steel in it and that he couldn't believe that it only cost 10 bucks.

And your right, it did take awhile, but they're finally done now.
It can take some time to get together and get things worked out up here. Especially during the winter and then throughout spring melt off.

I am very happy with how they both turned out 8)

We talked about doing some file work on the spine up towards the point on the drop point.
I told him to let me play with it first and decided then.
I'm still on the fence, but kinda leaning towards some.
What do you fellows think :shrug:
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Wow. Those don't suck at all. Nice woeks.
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Those are bada$$ BH.  antler just looks great on a knife.  That's awesome that they're from a friend too and the antler is from local woods.  I think you have yourself some fine heirlooms and users.

Elk antler or Stag, has always been my favorite looking knife handle(s).
Sure some of the wood, micarta and canvas handles can be beautiful too. But to my eye, nothing can compare to antler done right 8)
Plus I like the way it feels in the hand. It just feels 'natural' ;)
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Love it! Great looking knives. Hows bone with blood?

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Love it! Great looking knives. Hows bone with blood?

I don't find it to be a problem :shrug:
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Very cool, Bear Hunter.  Me likey :).   I really like the first one that is going to be a great knife to use  in the field and kitchen.  The hump in the handle is so comfy looking I think.  I have made a few with that hump design and it just feels great.

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Awesome!

I really like the wy that they turned out!

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Love it! Great looking knives. Hows bone with blood?
LC, if you want to see how elk antler mellows and gains real-life patina from "the mud, the blood & the beer" try going to eBay and doing a search for 'Ruana Knife'.  Old Rudy pretty much used elk antler, exclusively, in the inserts of his cast aluminum handles over the years.   His older knives with honest patina from years of use in the field seem to be the ones that bring the highest bids.   Interestingly enough, 'drawer-queens' of the same models, often times don't bring as many frogskins. ???
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Very cool, Bear Hunter.  Me likey :).   I really like the first one that is going to be a great knife to use  in the field and kitchen.  The hump in the handle is so comfy looking I think.  I have made a few with that hump design and it just feels great.

Awesome knives man.

Bryan

Thanks fellows :)

And yes Brian it IS very comfortable.
That's why I wanted him to duplicate that CASE with better steel and of course elk antler  ;)
I have always and still think that that CASE was the most comfortable and best feeling knife that I have ever used.
It just 'feels right' in my hand. The design just fits my hand perfectly and maneuvers wonderfully.  I have great control with it. It is as an extension to my hand and wrist.
I have skinned and field dressed a couple of deer and an elk with that knife, but it just doesn't hold an edge in the field good enough for my liking so I basically just put it away and moved on.
Now I hope Pat's interpretation of the CASE will solve that problem, plus its a lot prettier :)
Before he made the 'Elk Hunter' (that's what I have named it) for me, I showed him how I liked to hold and handle the CASE so that he could visualize what I really wanted.
It also doesn't hurt that he has made hundreds of knives for hunters and has also skinned and dressed dozens upon dozens of elk and deer along with several moose and many bears.

So I guess you could say that it is truly a 'custom knife' built just to my liking 8)

I still haven't decided about the file work though ???
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Love it! Great looking knives. Hows bone with blood?
LC, if you want to see how elk antler mellows and gains real-life patina from "the mud, the blood & the beer" try going to eBay and doing a search for 'Ruana Knife'.  Old Rudy pretty much used elk antler, exclusively, in the inserts of his cast aluminum handles over the years.   His older knives with honest patina from years of use in the field seem to be the ones that bring the highest bids.   Interestingly enough, 'drawer-queens' of the same models, often times don't bring as many frogskins. ???

Wolfy... you just had to go and do it again didn't ya :pissed: :P

I think one of those might have to be my next one, but it will be awhile!
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yer friend done a real nice job!...reckon those will serve you well for years to come...woods
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This is the fellow that made them...

http://dfcurran.com/HornHunting/artist.html

It's an older article.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2013, 01:36:03 PM by Bearhunter »
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yer friend done a real nice job!...reckon those will serve you well for years to come...woods

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Man, both of those are awesome. That GR came out just perfect!

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those are both great looking knives.  I bet you get many years service from them.   :)

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Thanks Wolfy :)

He really liked that GREEN RIVER blank. I think he wanted to keep it :D

He kept talking about how he really liked the steel in it and that he couldn't believe that it only cost 10 bucks.

And your right, it did take awhile, but they're finally done now.
It can take some time to get together and get things worked out up here. Especially during the winter and then throughout spring melt off.

I am very happy with how they both turned out 8)

We talked about doing some file work on the spine up towards the point on the drop point.
I told him to let me play with it first and decided then.
I'm still on the fence, but kinda leaning towards some.

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What do you fellows think :shrug:
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