“Official” T.Darrah perpetual SET WSK pass-around

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  1. Luchtaine

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    @t.darrah has been an endless source of generosity around here. In addition to that his prompting has nudged some of us further along in our outdoor experiences. His final act of generosity with these perpetual pass-arounds will ensure many more can experience his generosity in the future.

    For all of you who have never handled one of Brian Sargents knives or played with a Tracker/WSK pattern Thom has made this pass-around possible.

    Included is the one and ONLY Sargent WSK and a well made kydex sheath.

    This is quality equipment and deserves a solid effort and reporting by all who end up using it. When your turn is up, please POST A LINK to a trip/review report here.

    The requirements are that you have Supporter status on the forum, have a reasonable established reputation here on the forum, and agree to ship the equipment to the next participant or back to me depending upon where we are in the rotation.

    Each participant can have one month with the knife. The knife will be cleaned and properly sharpened before heading to the next user. In add

    I will run the pass-arounds for six months at a rip. With the first round beginning in July 2018. So each round will have six users and at the end the knife will return to me for a good touch and inspection before heading back out. In addition, each user agrees to ship the knife to the next user insured for $800

    If you’re interested please send me a DM outlining your interest and plans for your time with the knife. I will add to the list based on DM’s not simply I’m in posts in this thread.

    Round one participants:

    1. July - @Tomjones
    2. August - @MT_Fin
    3. September - @IAOutdoors
    4. October - @R Stowe
    5. November - @08H3
    6. December - @adkwalker

    Here are some photos to get you excited!!

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    What's 600 in insurance cost just curious?
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    A few dollars. It’s under a $5 spot if I remember correctly. And that level also automatically makes it signature required which is an additional protection.
     
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    I'll take the July spot if open
     
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    Done as per our PM :dblthumb:
     
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    Excited to be a part of this.
     
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    Throw me in for November brother, that is our deer season and I make a 4 day trip a must!

    PM sent too!
     
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    I will take Sept. if open to non official TP numbered members.
     
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    You’re in!
     
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    So you know the value of that blade is $800.00
     
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    I’ll take August of still available.
     
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    I did not know. I was just guessing at an insurance value. I pretty much assume it can’t be replaced anyway but I’d rather have it insured than not. I can adjust the OP as this level of insurance is generally only a few dollars anyway. Thanks for the info on value :dblthumb:

    May be mute anyway as the USPS lost my Turley insured for $800 and would not pay out for it.
     
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    I have it with me this week on vacation. I’ll be mailing it out when I arrive home over the weekend.
     
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    Enjoy!
     
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    Sent PM ! Give it a good Central Ny winter work out if December is still open.
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    Round 1 is full!! I’ll be shipping either late this week or weekend to get this rolling.
     
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    The SET WSK is in route to the first user!!

    I had a chance to play with it but didn’t really get to put it through too too much. I didn’t take many photos but have some thoughts.

    It’s a big knife. The handle is much larger than my hand. The swell on the end works great for chopping with a loose grip. It’s a great wood processing knife. A bit bulky for fine work. The 1/4 round on the back looks great. It’s sharp and curls as it should. For me it was functionally awkward though. You can’t choke up and hold it by the spine like a regular tracker because when reversed like that you’re holding the blade. Also you have to be careful how you hold the piece you are working or you could easily draw it into your holding hand.

    All in all if you use it enough I am quite sure you can become proficient with it. I didn’t take many photos but this up side down fire was processed completely with the SET WSK. I look forward to what everyone else does with it.

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    This is gonna be good!
     
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    Both cutting edges made quick work of this mess.

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    Kept half of the line the rest I threw away amy the trailhead so it would no longer be a danger.

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    Unfortunate to find this afterwards.
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    Required fire prep shot.

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    Cool shot of some dirty users.

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    Quarter round makes peeling bark all too easy. No pressure required with the chisel grind.

    This is my first rodeo with a knife made by Brian and I am impressed. The handle works well with a forward grip for finer and a rearward grip for snap cuts. The edge was slicey dicey and cut very predictable. My favorite was the quarter round chisel ground. For years I've wondered how one would fair and I was not let down. It's a precision wood carving tool. @Sargent @Calafia666
    More to come...
     
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    @Tomjones out of the gate strong....If only Tom Hanks would have had that in the FedEx box that washed ashore on Castaway....
     
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    I'll be following this thread! This'll be fun. I'm really curious about having a quarter round on the back like that. At first I thought it was a funky gut hook....
     
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    IMG_3432.JPG Used the knife to cut some young alder. I used the quarter round at a 90* to smooth the darts before sanding.
    Paired with a small scandi this knife does everything I need.
     
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    Normally the next ridge line is clearly visible.

    Weekend outing was sabotaged by California's fire season, smoke from the fire outside Yosemite was smothering.

    I was able to harvest some mountain strawberries and some mint for morning brew. The knifes hawksbill was great for cutting plants stem near the ground, made harvesting quicker.
     
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    IMG_3467.JPG Roughed out a dart thrower from some found oak bannister using this knife. Handles like a small hatchet.
    Bill hook was great for smoothing edges. Planning to try some chip carving for the dart groove this week.
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    Just got this bad boy in the mail today. Cannot wait to test this beauty out.
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    First job is going to be sharpening it.
     
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    Getting the hang of the edges on the Sargent WSK.
    The handle shape on this one is spot on with the finger swell. The handle is comfortable in foreword or reverse handle grip.


    Making some shavings on a seasoned piece of hardwood.

    Trying to get the angle down for the chisel ground quarter round.


    The Sargent WSK has a chisel ground quarter round . I find I almost have to lay the side of the blade against the wood as almost a guide to keep the quarter round from biting too deep. I noticed that with a Beck WSK or Tops Tracker you end up with a rounding effect when making curls. The SET WSK ends up with a flat which could come in handy when making certain trap sets.
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    Making a small shaving fire.
     
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    @IAOutdoors good stuff. I can’t wait to try this blade out.
     
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    Primitive bird trap made with the Sargent WSK. Used wood nettle for the cordage. The trigger is a Paiute trigger.
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    A lot of chopping all done by the Sargent WSK
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    Made a baldric rig using an adjustable strap, inner paracord strands, a couple d-rings, and a sail needle. A little front/ handle heavy but someone else can figure something out to alieve that. Thought it would be nice to carry versus carrying in a pack.
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    Last project before shipping the knife off on Monday.
    Splitting and shaping some deer rib bone to make another project.
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    I apologize for lack of posts on this knife with my 20 days with it. We have had monsoon like weather here the last few weeks. For my last project I did a native american primitive halibut fish hook. I tried one of these awhile back with my Sargent M-1 but I choose Oak limb and it would not soften enough to shape even after soaking in water for 3-4 days. I chose a somewhat green hardwood limb this time. Worked great. I am sure a true halibut hook would be much bigger. Deer rib bone barb with wood nettle twisted cordage. Used a SAK awl to bore the hole for the leader to pass through. Split, shaped, and smoothed the barb with the Sargent WSK.
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    WSK shipped with $800.00 insurance to R. Stowe Priority mail.
     
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    Cant wait to use it to process out a North Oklahoma whitetail this season.

    Big deer needs a big blade right?
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    I got the •S• WSK from @IAOutdoors earlier this week. Shaving sharp and ready for action.

    I decided to start off by working on atlatl that’s a hybrid Inuit spear thrower style. I had started it but it had been shelved for a bit.

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    I’m with IAOutdoors, the quarter round takes some getting use to, but once I got the hang of it I made serious lead way on the center groove.

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    To get the hole for the pointer finger I got my bow drill box and sharpened a decent size Cedar spindle.

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    It worked really well. Once I got a good start on the top side I bored the hole with the knife and started on other side.

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    It was working pretty well but dinner was ready. I’ll finish the handle tomorrow and then decide if I’m going with a carved spur or an antler tip.

    More to come...
     
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    Glad to see this getting put through its potential!
     
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    I appreciate the opportunity to handle such a fine tool.

    I took the SET WSK out today on a 4 mile hike. I found plenty of mushrooms but in particular this lion’s mane was a great find!

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    On the way to our turn around point it came up that my buddy has never had sassafras tea so I made a digging stick and found a good root. A quick boil in the Heavy Cover cup from a twig fire in Firebox Nano and we remedied his inexperience. It was good tea and he said he’d make some for his wife on their next hike.

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    My buddy got a pic of my digging stick I’ll get from him and update. I’m hitting the woods this weekend for another day trip, and I’m hoping to do an overnighter with it next weekend before sending it on.
     
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    excellent work all.....nice to see this still going strong!
     
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    SET WSK is on its way to @08H3 with proper insurance and tracking. I have a few more pics to post but I’m heading out for a some off-roading and forest road exploring for the next 4 days. I’ll update this when I return.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more action with this blade and I appreciate everyone that made this Pass Around Happen!
     
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    Checking in. Haven’t seen action in a while. @08H3 I know Nov. was a busy month for you how are you making out? I’m sure @adkwalker is getting itchy to play by now.
     
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    Lol to say the least it was really busy. Write up coming soon with a picture or two. And he'll have tracking by Monday on it :dblthumb:
     
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    Good enough! @adkwalker feel free to bleed into January. Everyone gets a month. Then you can ship to me, I’ll clean her up and reboot another PAR.
     

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