Knives with a High "Cool Factor" - Post Yours!

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  1. Elwha

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    So I was rummaging through some of my blades this afternoon and thought I'd pull a few out that have a high cool factor. Having a high cool factor is in the eye of the beholder. After a quick scan I came up with 6 and here they are..........

    First 3 (smaller ones.) Top one is an oldie from the relatives in Norway that they gave to my brother back in the 50's. He gave it to me a couple years ago as he never gets out and knows that I will use it. Middle one is a Case 6165 coke bottle that I got recently with the original leather sheath. Really fine knife! Bottom one is a Blind Horse Bushcrafter that I just got and REALLY like. These knives just glide through wood and are very tough. Polished G10 with orange scales.

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    Larger ones. Top one is an old Stiletto butcher knife that I cut down to make a nice belt knife. The handle is exactly as I received it and is what drew me to it. Next is an ESEE 6 that I modded a bit by removing the blade paint and dying the scales dark brown. Also added a grapefruit patina to the whole knife. Bottom one is a VERY cool 60's Buck 119 one-liner that I just got back from Buck where they gave it a "spa" treatment. I had a custom black leather sheath made for this one.

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    Well, there they are are.......

    Show us what you got......if you want. :dblthumb:
     
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    I have several i will add, cool idea! :cool:

    First is a Mora a friend made for me with a Kevlar weave composite handle. Weighs less than 2 ounces.

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    More to come! :)
     
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    I'd post one of Sargents M3's in butterscotch scales if he'd send me one. :p

    Brian?????
     
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    Ordered these directly from the makers YEARS ago. This was before Michael Burch and Brad Southard became backed up with orders.

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    Both were stainless CPM154. The Burch had a Moonglow backspacer too. I really wish i still had these. :(
     
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    Off the top of the pile, a WWII commando handled Ka-Bar...

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    a WWII Shark often used by pilots, with flattened sheath wear, and new blade condition consistant with a flyboy...

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    Autos are always and everywhere cool, especially such as the fishscale used in military and for sure SEAL units...

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    hard to beat a sterile SEAL titanium dive knife of only 140 total, only the first were sterile, lost fast for some reason, and then marked which miraculously slowed losses...but not completely...

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    and then my own commemorative with my old unit markings, among my favorites...

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    Wow, those top 2 are amazing.
     
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    most of what you see on the Shark blade is streaks and dull spots of my wax goop....blade is new....MAY have been tested when first issued, or might be handling, but I think something was quickly shaved/whittled, a few faint angled scratches to one side, only.

    The Ka-Bar was HARD used, the numbers of sandy gouge lines on blade beyond counting, and deeper gouges as metal would leave, and also plenty of sign the spine was hammered, and it is a convex razor.
     
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    Folding military machete. Old, crappy photo:

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    Wow, really different. Never seen one of those.
     
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    My knives just told me it was luuuv at first site...I gotta watch these old wolves. Make sure that one is in by 7.....do NOT take it to the grocery store, my knives say that is the best place to meet women alone.
     
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    Rob 308, the second knife is a Western. mtngunr knows more about them than I do, but I (think) the pattern is either an L46-6 or a G46-6.

    mtngunr has given away knives neater than what most people really want to keep.
     
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    Appreciate the plug, AK, but believe he was referencing an earlier post, the little red/black number, which is a mystery knife to me, as well.....
    The Western those boys were buying, or, more likely their units were buying with discretionary funds, were based on these ads, and fact that Boulder could get knives quickly to the Pacific coast.

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    Any of you guys and gals stumble across that W31 at a flea market or garage sale, rather than immediately think a cool bushcraft knife and commence beating on it, think "down payment on something nice", as it is a rare rare knife.
     
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    I have always liked all the Western Shark knives and have used several over the years in the woods. Definitely have a high cool factor
     
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    My Dad's knife that he carried while in the US Navy during WW2 in the Pacific. He had to go aboard ships that were burning and sinking and help try to save them. If that failed, his job was to strip the radio gear out of them before they sank or blew up.

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    you win.

    everybody just stop posting.

    complete waste of time.
     
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    Never saw one like that. Very cool and very cool history.
     
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    Oh yeah, the classic and very cool bolt knife.
     
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    NVA soldiers knife and belt from Vietnam.

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    A real deal Boker SAC knife
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    Both of these were gifts from some really cool guys.
     
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    "Cool Factor" is not only the knife, but where it's been and what it's done.

    Top: My father's Fairbairn/Sykes that he carried throughout Europe during WWll
    Center: Camillus Mod 5679 L36 made for the Emergency Sustenance Kit
    Bottom: Western USN Shark

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    -John
     
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    My Delica 4
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    While I hope to soon have an Ultratech like the one posted above by @mtngunr , for now I offer these:
    First up, a pair from Nathan Carothers.
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    Next, my last custom folder, a collaboration between the late Kit Carson, his son Jody, and at the time son in law Mike Obenauf. Aptly named the CO2. This one is #17.
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    Some VERY cool knives guys. I really like the oldies and here are 2 more, a CASE butcher knife and a Western folding hunter. I'm having a sheath made for the CASE and on the look-out for a sheath for the folder.

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    Dang I aint got any cool knives!!

    Some of these sure are.

    Larry
     
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    Picked this up this past weekend; A family friend was moving out of her up north home (after having sold it o my wife's aunt and uncle), this was her late husband's that was just hanging out in the garage. Certainly has seen a lot of use. Anyone know what it may be? If it had more blade left, I'd clean it up and use it!

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    Hey Bax, I think you have a boatload of VERY cool knives. :dblthumb: I've seen quite a few. And then, of course, there's all your cool axes but that's another thread..........
     
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    Larry...every knife you own is cool. And the "cool factor" is enhanced simply by someone knowing that it was handled by the world renowned Bax 40 :rolleyes::35:

    -John
     
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    The Dark Timber 1911 Elite was a bit of a grail knife for me. Sometimes the knives we covet the most lose their appeal when in hand. Not this one. I still think it enormously cool.
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    Totally agree, and hey Bax, can you post a couple pics of your favs, maybe an oldie and a newby?
     
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    Yup when I get home tonight, chasin crooks this morning!
     
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    Go get em, Bax!
     
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    Wow, what a cutter and beautiful too
     
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    I have always thought 110's and 112's were the best looking knives ever since the early 70's when I first saw them. I still feel that way.
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    This one came as a complete surprise to me nearly 10 years ago.

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    Goes without saying that it stays in my collection forever.

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    Obscure Russian maker.
     
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    knives 016 - Copy.jpg M Hatfield if you did the amount of work it takes to be a Eagle Scout you certainly deserved a great knife like that!! Here are some of mine I think are cool and the top Randall is the old one , early 60s been on every hunt since!
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    That top Randall has lots of history, you can tell. Fine blades Bax.
     
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    Certainly great to see lots of history. Thank you @Bax 40
     
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    Some of my faves.

    I made these.

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    I modified this one.

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    I bought this from a former member, who carved the handle. Coolest Mora #2 I ever saw!

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    This was given to me by my great uncle, an Air Force (Army Air Corps) pilot from the end of WWII through Viet Nam. It was his issued knife.

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    Precisely. Everybody here should be posting every knife they own, because for one reason or another, they thought it VERY cool.

    I had been wanting a honkin' big more conventional blade design 3V knife which I could (barely) afford, to see if w√ľnderstahl diaminite sprinkled with magic pixie dust could hang with best grade forged. So far, this one is, both as for edge retention, and deep shearing bite.

    A really sloppy factory version by Bark River of a really fine design by Eric Hansen, SFG Ret. and his FOBOS line. A tribute to design and steel it works so well despite workmanship. Am keeping in mind just a bar of this steel and the supplied sheath would set me back $200...

    What's cool? It's a 9" chopper with chef knife razor edge and point which handles nearly as a fighter. A modern large bowie in function, but much trimmer.

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    Hi all,

    My (Custom/one of a kind) Brian Efros Canadian (style) Belt Knife : [​IMG]

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    What is the bottom knife in the top photo? @mtngunr

    Love the clean lines of that one especially. :)
     
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    That is one of ABS MS VJ McCrackin's knives. He is in his 70s, still forging, and cranks out these working grade knives of leaf spring in various sizes. He lives in north MO, normally travels only to shows just across state line in IL for larger market.

    He can be reached by phone, delivery often in only a couple of weeks, and he'd asking $350-$400 for that knife depending on show and leather tooling desired. His sheaths are lovely as desired. He leaves a very visible temper line along edge.

    Will post better photos tomorrow if desired.
     
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    My brother bought a car from a guy off of Craigs List and he found this Frost Cutlery Rescue Folder under the seat. I have never seen anything like this. It just grabs and cuts through everything I tried to cut with it. IMGA0194.JPG
     
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