Absolute Proof - its NOT the Knife

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  1. crookedknife

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    OK,OK, I know - I'm probably more guilty than most of you - I have lots of knives. I do get frustrated though at folks who show up to camp with a $1,000. worth of knives and have no clue how to use them. The fact is that SKILL is 95% of the knife equation.
    I have a good friend who was doing research in Siberia when he traded his Leatherman Crunch for this knife. During his stay the knife had made many sled parts, great feather sticks, super-thin shavings for diapers, dispatched and dressed reindeer - you get the point.

    The blade is made of a discarded file, handle and sheath are reindeer, brass strap is spent shell casing, rivets are used nails, and the blade was secured in the handle by melting a spent lead slug and pouring it in the handle hole. All at a cost of absolutely nothing.

    Skill over stuff every time.
     

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    nice blade there! good use of "trash".
     
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    Where can I get one? I'll front the price of the leatherman any day!!!!!
     
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    Same here! Nothing wrong with Leathermans, but this knife is 100% win over that!
     
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    Hmmmm, maybe you could make one - at a cost of nothing. Now that's real bushcraft!
     
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    It may have not cost him anything but it is still a nice knife, no doubt...
     
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    Cool knife. A user no doubt but beautiful in its own way.
     
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    I like it!
     
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    awesome knife

    great post as well.
     
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    "Skill over stuff"

    I like when people get it.
     
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    Stunning blade you have there. I agree as well. I would take an old woodsman with a piece of sharped file over a over someone less experienced wielding a few hundred dollars worth of steal. If it keeps a point and holds an edge it can stay.
     
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    Lately I have purchased a few new knives and this has knocked some sense into me. Looking at my collection (still small by most standards) I need to get back in the bushcraft sense of mind and learn to use mine better! Thanks for the great post!
     
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    So.....so....good. WHY do the things made today look just like a turd by comparison to this homemade blade. maybe its just me.
     
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    I think it is funny how we are as a people.

    Now I like knives and I have lots of production knives.
    The knives I make for myself and friends are made from old circular sawmill blades. L6 steel, about 46 Rockwell.
    I use them for everything and they hold up.
    Not fancy, not made from a whiz bang super steel but they work.
    Oh well that is me I guess
    Just sharing
    Kid
     
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    For the same reason why things like automobiles made in the 1920s and 1930s have more "style" and "class" than what is made today... disposable, consumer-based society I suppose. Some things are made to last a lifetime, and made to be appreciate and to a higher standard, something the makers can be proud of. Nowadays, just pump out 10,000 samples of the same thing the same way and get it sold.

    No soul in something disposable.
     
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    Extremely cool, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Essentially. No.....soul.

    Also going right with that theme are expectations. Funny @kid_couteau youd mention L-6 steel. A buddy of mine Joe Darrah has been making knives/throwing knives of L-6 for 40 years or so. Funny how if you just handed it to people theyd probably LOVE it but if you told them your using a 50 RC blade they would suddenly dismiss the blade probably as its doing the job they need it to do.
     
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    In almost any field of human endeavor, skill trumps toys every time. Great post and an excellent reminder.

    I see the same thing in my business (I am a custom holstermaker by trade, specializing in personal defense concealment gear). People want to spend tons of cash on toys, but will not spend any time/money/effort on getting training & developing skill.

    If I had to team up with someone and endure a week long emergency -like surviving subsequent to a plane crash- I'd much rather partner up with Cody Lundin & his lowly Mora than almost anyone else with their $500 Bigfoot Bush Tool.......
     
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    That knife shows skill just in it's execution. I bet it feels great in-hand too.
     
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    For a lot of uses, I like a low HRC... durable, will roll before chipping, and very simple to put straight again and sharpen when needed. In fact, some of my favorite EDC folders are inexpensive, using 420J2 steel blades.

    Absolutely agree. Also, I thought your name looked/sounded familiar, so I Googled you. Your leatherwork looks amazing! Many many top quality comments and reviews. It looks like our very own @Frankie Dudie even did a YouTube review of your Max Con V holster back in 2015, declaring it "the best concealment holster ever". Impressed by your work.

    I think it fits with Kehpart and Mors' descriptions of what a good knife should be. Everything there that needs to be and nothing that doesn't.
     
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    nice revival of a 2012 thread. I get the spirit of it but honestly, saying the homemade knife is "better" or more "valid" than the Leatherman Crunch is being completely unaware of the concept.

    yeah the knife is cool being homemade, and cheap, and will do some of the things the Leatherman will do, but not all.

    it will obviously do a couple of things better but you'll be a lost ball in tall weeds if for example, you're riding a motorcycle and a rock or root snaps your shift lever off right at the shaft. by clamping the "vice grip" portion of the Leatherman around the remaining shaft, it will allow you to at least shift the transmission to get you home.

    so, is the knife better because it will cut things, or is the Leatherman better because it will do many more things than just cut?..

    it's all about the application. mission drives the gear...
     
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    LOL
    I know Joe
    Hes a buddy of mine
    I did leatherwork for him in the past
    Get him to tell you about his speed rig
     
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    Thank you, sir. I truly appreciate your kind remarks.
     
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    Yep ! That proves it ! :35:


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  25. Medicine maker

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    Convo.
     
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    You did a great job crafting your knife.
     
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    That is a very nice knife, it proves skills matter.
     
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    The fact is that SKILL is 95% of the knife equation .....no no no its all the steel thats what makes a knife only the newest alien steel is any good .....waa waa waa
     
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