Old Hickory vs Green River

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    For fun I modified an Old Hickory butcher knife into a Kephart style knife and liked it so I thought I gamble on a Green River hunter, and I like it too.

    Both are workable with some DIY’ing.

    I found the blade on the green river too long, and the old hickory handle needs to be a bit thicker.

    I chopped the green river blade down to 4.25”. This just turned out that way as I kept grinding until it looked and felt appropriate. It’s slicing paper pretty well but I’m I’ll convex it more over time as I sharpen it.

    Since both are project knives I’d recommend the green river because it has the thicker handle and to me both need work done to the blade.


    Not too exciting but still fun.

    I’ll take some pics tomorrow when it’s daylight but if you guys have pics please post them!
     
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    I prefer the Green River as a "outdoors knife". I think of the Old Hickory's as kitchen knives that can be modded into fine outdoor knives.
     
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    Both are solid choices.
    Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
     
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    Funny, I prefer the Green River Hunter with the 6 inch blade as a stand alone belt knife; I relegate the 5 inch version to a bag knife on my muzzle loading shooting bag.
     
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    This thread needs pictures desperately.
     
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    [​IMG]

    It fits in my old grohman boat knife sheath that I've been saving for the last 25 years so this completes it!
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    Between the two I'll take the green river, and I'll save the old hickory for a rehandle project for my son.
     
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    I have and use both green river and old hickory.

    I have a full set for butcher work with several extra 7 inch old hickory knives. I have the green river hunter and a Skinner by them.

    A lot of people still like thicker blades, but both of these knife makers have given me wonderful use in tools.

    My ideal would be a 7 inch old hickory made with their steel but at 3/32" thick. (Just a hair under 1/8")

    I have thicker knives and some I like some I have pretty much stopped using.

    The bk 17 at 5/32 is about as thick as I want unless I move up to the BK 9, That is a beast of a heavy duty knife.

    My favorite "big knife" is my bill bagwell bowie, a 13" monster that cuts like a razor blade.
     
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    Ive got the 6" and carry it on my belt for hunting season. Holds an edge for a looooong time
     
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    Yeah!! nice job on both, but the green river blade is definitely the winner imho
     
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    I have found the current Old Hickory knives to be pretty soft, even by my standards. Green River seems to have a better temper. I have an old Old Hickory knife here, but I haven't had a chance to mess with it yet, so I don't know how it compares.
     
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    Big fan of Green River blades
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    I have a Green River sheep skinner in my future as a project. Watching.
     
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    99AD1DA3-8D72-4988-98F6-7F2DEBD2290A.jpeg 5123B10E-178C-47FE-B3E4-0527A9EEA4D3.jpeg They’re both great knife companies. Here are a couple Green River pics.
     
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    Those Green Rivers are nice looking blades. Might need to track one of those down myself...
     
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    The carbon steel GR blades seem noticeably harder than the OH blades that I've modified. The 7" OH is 5/64" (.08") vs 3/32" (.095") of the GR 6" and 8" butcher blades.

    I've taken a liking to the 4" GR "steak" or "utility" blade. They are 1/16" thick, but seem stiff for the length, hollow ground, and hold an edge better than the OH butcher blades. On my list of mods is to make one of these into a 2.5-3" EDC, with either a drop point or maybe something between a sheeps foot and wharncliffe.
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    For a thicker, stiffer, harder HC blade than OH, try a 12" or longer Ontario machete.
     
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    I agree on the hardness. The puzzling point for me is that the last OH I modded has chopped thru 3" dried orange tree limb and never flinched. I guess I got the edge geometry close.
    Regards
     
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