First let me say, Thank you Robert, awesome of you to allow me to get to know this beautiful blade, I have a feeling I will want one in the future.
Thank you again brother, anyone else left in this pass around will love this blade.
Alright, I got the Rancher today but by the time I could get to do anything with it, it was already dark.
So I have some in hand shots and comparison shots next to my Sugar Creek Bushcrafter.
I instantly fell in love with the look and feel of it, just an all around grand blade. It fits my hand in any grip like a glove, amazing fit and finish as well.
The curly maple is absolutely top notch, I tried to get a good picture of it as well but you just can not do that wood any justice online. I have not sharpened it, wanting to see how the edge does on some wood work first.
Enough rambling, here are some pictures, I will get out and use it for some fire craft soon. Large and crappy-ish pictures, I do apologize.
Beautiful curly maple handle, stunning grain.
Comparison next to the Bushcrafter, its larger by a bit, blade and handle wise.
Wonderful control even gripping closer to the blade.
It fills in the hand something perfect even with my small/average sized hands.
Things I like:
Rustic looking with the scale and curly maple scales, perfect.
Tough steel/heat treat and it throws great sparks with the fire steel.
Wonderful leather work as well, does not fall out at all.
Best of all, it feels like a tank, I feel as if I could use this blade all day with no hot spots or cramps in the hand.
Action shots tomorrow, will put it to use getting a fire going with some wood I recently scavenged for my outdoor firepit.