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  1. mrjefe2u

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    It seems like only a year ago (it actually was) that I got on the wait list.

    I think that I have read nearly all of the 300k posts in the Turley section. I have replaced my monitor once because of drool stains from your pictures.

    I am in the next batch and my 2nd knife still shows a ? beside it.

    I need your help.

    I am not a "big knife" fan any more. Most of my knives are 4" or shorter in blade length. I have always been a sucker for a nice neck knives.

    It looks like my 1st knife choice will either be a SR or a Gasconade.

    My second knife choice will either be a Boone's Branch, Arghandab or something else.

    I'm in my early 60's and I have fewer "Bushcraft days" in front of me than I do behind me. Soooooooo,

    Help me pick a good pair of all purpose knives. I need to know pretty quick by the looks of the current batch.

    Winner of the best pair will receive a free shetland pony maybe. Offer not valid in NJ, NY, MA and CA.

    Thanks.
     
  2. J

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    Its up to you of course, but from what you listed, Id get a nice matching Gasconade/Argandahb set with some stabilized wood on em. Im a Micarta guy, because I beat on my blades so much, but if your more of a relaxed woodsman, and dont get out as much as you used to, wood is what Id go with.
     
  3. mrjefe2u

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    I will email you back on the sheaths once I decide on the 2.
     
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    I agree with J - I have a Soldier River and an Arghandab, and I've held/used a Green River, Gasconade, and Mississippi River so far. I love my Soldier River w/pommel plate, but a Gasconade with a pommel plate is where it's at for me (I already have an order in for one as well as a Green River, FWIW).

    The Arghandab is a great small size necker or utility knife to pair with a larger blade, axe, or just for EDC uses if you live somewhere you can carry a belt knife without getting arrested.

    Put the two together and you'd have a really slick matching pair that'd cover all sorts of uses.
     
  5. mrjefe2u

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    Here in West TX we are born with a belt knife and a moustache.
     
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    I haven't used any except for the G.R. that I just picked up. I will say though that, I personally, wouldn't want anything longer for a general purpose bushcraft knife.
    Without having used them I would think a Gasconade and a smaller blade would be a pretty idea set up. But again I have only used the G.R.
    I do like the pommel plates but it does add weight to the back of the knife and pulls the balance point back (if that is an issue).
    I'm also a fan of micarta (the coyote/natural color from Turley looks similar to wood from a short distance) but there is some very strong stabilized stuff out there as well.
     
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  7. Sweeneyguy

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    Well then I will leave you to your torment.....:28:
     
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    HA! :38:

    Mr. Jefe2u - I think you are on a great path. The Gasconade / Arghandab path is pure poetry!! I'm also with J in that I prefer micarta or G-10 for my knives as I'm tough on them....but no matter what you choose - as a pair they'd be sweet!

    Since I recently did get to handle the #25 Mississippi - I can tell you it can make a fan of even the most ardent small knife fan (me!)

    but I hear ya...you get so much more use out of smaller ones - and there's little a smaller knife can't do with a little attitude adjustment and some patience.

    congrats on such "knife-goodness" coming your way so soon! :50:
     
  9. mrjefe2u

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    The knife selection committee is going to make an exception for northern NY and northern CA, but we are not sure where to draw the lines.

    This pair will be known as the Monkey Stomp River collection. :38:
     
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    Movin past the midway point in my sixtys , has me thinking smaller as well. The Gasconade looks like it would fit a pair of worn out old hands just fine.

    Got my eye on the Coopers Creek right now, when I get to the top of Js list, it's decision time.

    Best of luck....Uncas
     
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    The Gasconade is going to be my first choice. The thought process is different when I am trying to pick out two knives instead of one.

    If you like the CC, check out J's pics of his 1917.
     
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    The things I would do to be in the next batch. At this point I think I will find one on the secondary market before 4 years are up. I really dont care which one I get lol I just want one. You sir are a LUCKY MAN!
     
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    This website reminds me of trying to pick the 2nd knife to go with the Gasconade.

    It depends on which way the wind is blowing this day.

    http://hint.fm/wind/
     
  14. Iz

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    Haha. You still have a couple three weeks to decide, brother.
    That's a cool map by the way.
     
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    I had a hell of a time deciding my first two orders through Iz. I chose the 17 Coopers Creek and the 01 Blackwater.
    I could not take my eyes off either one so I went with both on two different orders.

    The Blackwater reminded me of my uncles hunting blade from when I was young that I knew I had to get one on the list.
    Same for the Coopers Creek, it looked like a perfect interpretation of kepharts design and I know that handle shape works well for me, can not go wrong there.

    I think you are on the right path with your choices, the Gasconade is a fine lookin blade.

    -Brandon
     
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    Checks in the mail
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    I'll get it down
    When I get my Turley


    The 3 Bears:

    "Beartooth"- Antique bone G-10 Dogwood. Full height grind. It slices, it dices, it makes Julienne fries. My special occasion belt knife. Church, weddings, funerals and when asked to sing at the opry.

    "Bearclaw"- Coyote/earth Gasconade. Varied height grind. Mount it to the hood of the pickup and it will point you to the woods. This will be my woods knife.

    I kept them both simple. No lanyard holes or pommel plates. No smackie my Turlies.

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19378&page=184

    Here is the 3rd bear:

    "Baby Bear"- When I gather wood for a fire, she will bring me sticks and pine cones. She is 15 months old now.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64332470@N05/6492824043/in/photostream

    Thanks Iz.
     
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    Congrats man. Well worth the wait.
     
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    sounds like you are happy with your decision, congrats bro!!
     
  19. Iz

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    Thank you, Larry. I hope you like them when you get them in hand and that they last you and yours for generations to come.....and when singing at the opry.:dblthumb:
     
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    Epilogue: (fancy word)

    The knives are here. These were the right two knives for me.

    Gasconade & Dogwood. YKMV (your knives may vary)

    They fit my hand perfectly. I now can do a two-fisted monkey stomp.

    Sharper than a serpent's tooth-- Barney Fife

    Now it's time to get on another list for the sheaths.

    In case you didn't know, Iz makes a really fine knife.

    It was well worth the wait.

    Thanks Iz.
     
  21. Iz

    Iz MEMBER of a BANNED Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    Thank you, Larry. I'm glad you like the knives, my friend.
    It was a pleasure working with you.
     
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    Outstanding Larry, glad your dreams came true.....Uncas
     
  23. mrjefe2u

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    We spent last week in southern NM but not near the Gila Wilderness fire.

    Thanks to Iz for posting the pics in the next post.

    #1 Here is the group pic where I introduced the Dogwood and Gasconade to a few of their newest best friends:

    #2 Official bushcraft tree stump pic:

    #3 Handle comparison, I have med/lg hands: First stains on the Dogwood were from slicing a pineapple for the trip:

    #4 Correct stance for the Two-handed monkey stomp:
     
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  24. Iz

    Iz MEMBER of a BANNED Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    Here you go, bro.

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    Thanks for the great pics, L. :dblthumb:
     
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    2 Turley's 2 Gossmans and a ESEE ! Classic!
     
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    Some of you know that I like to buy and give away knives. I am on a one-in-one-out plan that keeps my inventory a little more under control during my autumn years.

    We have a friend near the place we go to who is a chef, woodworker, downhill skier and mountain biker in his spare time. Since I recently got the Turley Twins, I gave him a Benchmade Nim Cub II and an Izula II for his son (novice knife maker who is legally blind).

    I bought that Junglas (hoon-glas), when I read about some hotel landscapers in Bermuda who trimmed shrubs with a small machete. It works if you keep it sharp and practice your swing.

    Also, apologies to Cody for not having his Adventure Sworn Carver in the photo.

    If I do another give-away on the forum, I am getting down to some really nice ones.
     

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