Homemade Tracker/WSK-ish Knife and test.

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  1. GrowlingBear

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    Recently, I won a Case cleaver on ebay with intentions of making something out of it. I picked it up for $13 shipped. I don't know how old it is, but it had some wear-and-tear and a good patina. After seeing all the threads about Tracker knives and Knatchets 'n' such, I decided to convert the cleaver into something along those lines. Here's what it looked like before the mayhem began:
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    I first tried to cut it with a hacksaw, but the old Case XX just laughed at it. So I had to use my angle grinder with carbide wheel and then 80 grit overlapping flap wheel. This is the pattern and the rough cut:
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    Here it is after the clean-up and convexing. The handle scales are wenge. Let me tell ya, this wood is HARD. I wore out two sanding belts shaping this stuff.
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    This is the finished product. Well, mostly finished anyway. I may tweak and fiddle with a few things before I call 'er done. I want to seal the open grain with some super glue or something, and maybe add a little more contour to the handle, but we'll see.

    Specs:
    Blade length: 6-1/4 in.
    Overall length: 11-3/4 in.
    Blade height: 2-1/4 in.
    Thickness: 3/16 in.

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    I gave it a quick test today after work. I only had a little light left so I couldn't do too much. I found a couple of pieces of unidentified wood - possibly alder but not sure. The log is about 7 inches thick. It was too thick to baton through, so I chopped at it for a couple minutes. I only went half way through to save time, but I was impressed at how well it actually chopped. It even went through a couple of knots with ease, and no chips or rolls on the edge.
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    Since I couldn't baton through the log, I decided to split the baton instead. I swung the knife into one end of the wood and smacked the other end against the log. The knife aligned itself at an angle after a couple whacks, and then proceeded to stay like that until the wood was in two.
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    The blade dulled a bit so it was no longer shaving sharp, but it still chopped perfectly. There were no chips, dings, rolls, or rough spots on the edge - it can easily be restored with just a strop. The cool thing about the little corner in the edge is that it doesn't dull with the outer edge when chopping or splitting, so I could still make shavings:
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    After only a short review, I don't know how well it will hold up in the long run. I really like it and I will use it on my next camping trip to try different tasks. I still need to make a sheath for it this weekend. I'll post pics when it's done.

    I blame Mr. Black, OneLeggedJosh, and the rest of the "Tracker Pack", for making me want one of these knives. It ain't the original, only a reasonable facsimile, but I dig it for sure. Thanks guys!
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  2. 556mp

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    Great job!! That looks freakin awesome! I love wenge wood too. My favorite.
     
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    bad ass! well done sir!! i really like the clip point.... got the wheels turning for sure!
     
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    That is awesome. I love the end result.
     
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    That is awesome.. especially the price.. I would probably consider buying something like that.. ahem, ahem.. ;)
     
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    :dblthumb: Once again brother, well done! You have a real talent sir!
     
  7. Trekon86

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    I have a cleaver mod that sorta stalled me...dang thing is either too hard to grind or too soft to hold an edge...but mebbe I can cut it down a bit and do something similar!

    A fella on the forums a couple years back posted a nice brace of cleaver mods he did for a fella in Alaska...
    PMZ
     
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    NICE!!
     
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    Really nice work!
     
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    I dig it. I deem it Franken-Tracker.
     
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    That turned out pretty darn cool. Nice work.
     
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    I need sheath ideas for this thing. Anyone have custom sheaths for their trackers or knatchets?
     
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    Great job! I am amazed. You did a fine job right there!
     
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    Saw a teaser pic in the Daily Doing of Bushcrafters thread, glad you made this thread I was super curious to how it turned out. It looks stunning, really digging the look of the grind almost like a two tone silver effect.

    For the sheath, J Williams did one for OLJ that turned out really nice (All of J's work is top notch).

    Here is the thread with pics of it.

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=39367&highlight=tracker+sheath
     
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    Cool job on that - I like it.
     
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    That is Great Brother!
    M/BK
     
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    Awesome. After seeing that, making a PSK knife out of an Old Hick seems like something I might be able to tackle!
     
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    Awesome job!
     
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    That is way cool. Good job
     
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    When you grind that much metal off the knife, do you have to worry about it heating up to the point that it can affect the temper? And, if so, how do you prevent it?
     
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    Well done! Did you fill-in the center hole with epoxy?


    Edit: If there's a waterjet available in your area, it cold-cuts through anything.
     
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    It took some time to complete. The trick is to go slowly. I clamped the blade to the table and made a couple of passes with the cutting disc or the sanding wheel, and then unclamped and quenched it in water. I used a quick tighten/release bar clamp so it moved a little smoother, but it still took a long time. After the profile was shaped I filed and sanded the convex bevel. I quenched frequently during the sanding (1" and 4" belt sanders). Hope this helps out.


    Yes, the holes were filled with epoxy. I had to enlarge the two outer holes a bit to fit the 3/16" brass rod and any voids were filled with epoxy.
     
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    I can't tell you how inpressed I am with this, great job. You should get into modding old hicks I bet you would do a heck of a job.
     
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    That is freakin awesome! great job. I love the case XX on the side too.
     
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    I really dig this blade. You did a great job with this Mod
     
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    Sweet refurb job! Excellent work! Thanks for sharing that one - now I have more ideas (not necessarily a good thing!) ;D

    Sky
     
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    Resurrection!

    Bring this beast back out for a while!

    Nice work! I dig it!

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    You can certainly both affect and destroy the temper of a knife trying to grind fast. You MUST work slowly and its very common to dip the knife in water after possibly only one or two passes. Slow is the only way to do it.
     
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