Post Your Old Hickory Mods!!

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  1. Luzster

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    Ok, so after starting my OH modification project(s), I started nosing around on here and a few other sites. Seems that OH modifications is a 'thing' and many, many people do them. I have a thread or two about what I have done and in process of doing, so, I thought, why not start a thread for everyone to post their OH mods??

    I'll kick it off with the one I just finished today. Let's fill the post up with yours!!

    Started with this (7"blade)..

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    Ended up with this...

    Blade is now 5", new scales, forced patina on the blade, and same red marblewood as the fero rod...
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    IF you are going to post, please try to post before and after pics if you can.
     
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    Here is a simple modification I performed. I saw another fella(batmanacw) do it on a different thread here on BCUSA. I just removed 5/16" off the tip and smoothed it out a bit with a file. This change in tip shape has made the knife more useful for cutting vegetables and overall feels more nimble. I really like the drop point.
     
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    Hey mjf, is that a 6" butcher? I think the 6" butcher is the cat's pajamas. Here is mine.

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    Luzster, your 5" butcher turned out awesome. I wish they made a 5"butcher.
     
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    From a 14" butcher
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    And a before & after
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    Looks like @nograveconcern is showin off.... :) Both those are great looking knives my man.
     
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    Thanks! I think 5" is an ideal all-around blade length. IT works great for food/meat prep, wood working, etc. The width on the blade is nice too; not too thick and not to thin. Like the handle you put on your's too.
     
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    I'm currently working on a chopper out of a cleaver. Just needing the time to put on and form the scales. Here's where it sits right now, minus the original scales....
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    @nograveconcern just out of curiosity, why did ya take so much out of the tang on that smaller knife?
     
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    I find they make pretty good butcher knives so I just put some simple micarta on mine and knocked the hump down a little
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    How about green rivers? I just finished the shape on the one and it will get micarta next. It started out as a green river buffalo Skinner
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    Weight. Trying to keep it light and improve balance.
     
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    @rockport ...just my opinion here, but honestly not a big fan of the GR blades. Nothing against the steel, or cutting power or whatnot. Just not a fan of their design. But, to each his own ya know?
     
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    I find that the 2 share quite a few designs with Green River having better steel and more designs.

    Aren't the basic butcher and boning knives designed almost identical? and the Skinner pretty similar as well?

    I botched an old hickory skinner Nessmuk mod recently so I'll be ordering another one soon
     
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    After posting mine I decided to do a little more work on it
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    Great looking knives everyone.
    K Harris it has a 6" blade.
     
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    Here's one I did awhile back. I left the vintage blade alone except for a sharpening. Handle got substantial reshaping, desert ironwood scales and a lanyard tube.

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    I've posted these before but they're the first Old Hickory mods I've done that involved cutting the steel. I included a stock version for a before and after of each knife. You can see slight manufacturing differences since the blades I modified are about 40 years older than the new knives.

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    What to do next? :33:

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    there are some top shelf designs
    good job
     
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    All the GR blades I have seen all have the upturn on them. And the handles are curved up as well. That geometry would make for a great butcher knife for slicing and dicing as your hands would be above the blade as you are cutting/chopping/slicing so your knuckles won't hit the cutting board before the knife makes it through whatever it is you are cutting.

    But, it's just not my thing. Like, there are some folks that love Bowie knives, and some people just don't.

    I just about botched that chopper I was making too. Angle grinder got away from me a little when I was rough cutting the excess off the cleaver. There are still a couple of marks on it but I got most of the 'mistake' out of it.
     
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    I also already have the next two mods I am doing ready to go. I am taking the boning knife and making a 2.5" necker out of it. After that, I am making a bowie knife out of another cleaver. Fortunately....or unfortunately for my bank account, there is a hardware store right down the road that has OH knives and Chicago knives on their shelves.....
     
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    Nice work! I was looking at an Old Hickory cleaver the other day and thinking about possible mods. The thicker blade would be nice. I might have to go back and pick it up.
     
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    They don't all turn up just the skinning knives. They are more expensive usually though.
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    Well done, my man, well done! I like how you set back the cutting edge from the handle a bit and rounded the hump.
     
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    With the renewed interest in these great old tools, and to avoid creating a new thread, I thought I'd bring this one back to the top. I'd also love to see any Forgecraft or similar knife modifications.
    Here's my first Forgecraft mod, began life as this:
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    And now looks like this:
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    Worked on a kephart mod over the weekend, with some found burl and mosaic pins. First one, and I think I might be hooked. Pics forthcoming.
    Dremel cutoff wheel worked great, belt sander flipped over worked great, bench grinder worked great. Drilling out the hardened part of the tang with a hand drill and cobalt bits was brutal. If I had to do the scales again I'd definitely start with a rectangle and cut in half, the way I did it was too hard/complicated... But making the scales from gathered wood made it special.
     
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    I didn't realize there was a dedicated thread, so I'll add a pic of mine here, too.
    From a 7" butcher knife. My first time trying anything like this.
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    @MrFixIt , you nailed it with that one! Really nice.
     
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    Thank brother. It's actually an ECKO Forge, but so close that I'd post it again.
    I'm trying to find a picture of the sheath that @SmilinJoe made for it...
     
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    I'm curious about the physical similarities between the Forgecraft knives, Old Hickory, and Ecko blades. They look like they're made by the same people. Anyone know the story here?
     
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    Just a wild guess here but probably because the overall design of these knives are well respected for the intended use...?
     
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    Agreed, but it's the identical forging (?) marks along the top of the blade that seem identical between brands.
     
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    Here's my modified Old Hickory paring knife, the Lil Hick (aka: The Red Nekker)
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    I own all 3 and they are noticeably different when you see and handle them. They each have great characteristics. The Forgecraft are really nice. My favorite small butcher mod is a ECKO Forge puuko that I modded.
     
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    Great job on that FOM. Did you do the sheath?
     
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    Yep. Crude, but effective. Experimented by using the inner twisted strands from 550 cord to sew it.
     
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    Anyone have a list of thicknesses for the old hickory knives? I made something with the 7" but I'd like the next one to be a good bit thicker. Some specs on the web site but they seem sketchy at best, they list .10 as both a 2.5mm and a 3mm.
     
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    I'll be posting here soon....after I finish my Christmas knives. Good work everyone!!
     
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    Redo....didnt settle well with me, to many issues for me. On to round two. Vinegar soaked and ready for scales. 20171231_092607.jpg 20180107_180631.jpg
     
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    So many awesome mods and so much inspiration on this page! I have found my home! I first modded an old hickory slicer when I was about 8 with the help of my grandfather. It had a 7"+ blade and my grandmother said it was too dangerous...so me and papaw went out to the shop and chopped about 4 inches off, reprofiled and sharpened it and I used that knife until I lost it a few years back, broke my heart. Recently I purchased a few of the 3.25" paring knives and have been making some beautiful partial tang knives with some walnut I had lying around. I have a before and after pic of just one of these projects, and since then, I added a lanyard hole and lanyard. I own an old hick cleaver, the huge "cook" knife, multiple paring knives and a forgecraft slicer. I also own my gma's 60+ year old Old hickory slicer, not the one I modded ofcourse, bit i use that one for cooking, still gonna rehandle it eventually. I'm pressed for time now so only a pic or two but I'll be back later to add to this thread and hopefully inspire some more old hickory mods! My pics are of my almost finished modded paring knife next to an untouched one and the other pic is obviously a forced patina blade versus the plain blade I shot for a potential buyer. I epoxied the whole thing and peened the brass pins...this thing is strong! I made a kydex sheath for it, I'll snap a pic later. I really like the old style knife with the modern look of a kydex sheath... such contrast sets it apart. Thanks for all the great info and pics and I look forward to posting again tonight. My next post will be my introduction. Thanks for looking!
     

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    Burl from a walkabout in the woods. If I had to do it over again I would have baked the wood for a while. Handles shrunk a little bit. Not enough to change the grip but definitely enough to stick the pins up a little.
    Heavy apple cider vinegar patina.
    Notice the grind continuing up the curve of the blade. That was a lot of work (5 hours by hand with coarse diamond), but otherwise the angles at the tip were very blunt - no transition from edge to full thickness. I wasn't able to reproduce the slight hollow grind, but it is workable.
     
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    A few more (all Forgecraft): IMG_20180107_101833.jpg IMG_20171226_122245.jpg IMG_20171222_165344.jpg IMG_20171211_190359.jpg
     
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    I've got a couple in the works. The first is a butcher that I'm turning into a belt knife and the other is a 10 inch butcher that I'm making into a Serechete type blade. Old Hickorys are great platform to mess around with. There is so much potential and so little expense.

    My Old Hickory Mod 2.jpg IMG_2446.jpg
     
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    @winter1857
    I agree completely! I can spend $100 + easily on a good 1095 belt knif any day, but old hickory has made it possible to make EXACTLY what I nee for around $20-$40 all included. Not to mention these are truly one off pieces and i love to tell someone i made it myself! I'm loving that serechete type knife up there, I had a similiar design in mind, more cleaver like in a sense though. I actually have an old hick cleaver handles epoxy drying right now. Finish up tomorrow I hope. I'll post pics of course!
     
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    To everyone, though I can tell by most the pics, are you guys atleast epoxying your scales back with the cutler's rivets? I usually pin, peen and epoxy mine, but have had great success with epoxy and the original hardware. Just curious... I don't do much batoning on a usual outing but I have seen the scales of these pop right off with normal force.
     
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    Mine are all pinned and epoxied.
     
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