Russell Green River Blades. Post ‘em up

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  1. JohnP

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    I have gotten interested in Russell Green River blades lately, have gone back through the forum and read quite a bit about them. It’s a shame most of the photos no longer display. Greed sucks. At any rate, it seems they are pretty descent knives for a good price so I ordered a couple of bare blades, a sheep skinner and a belt blade. I started working on the sheep skinner first.

    It looked like this when I got it. Razor sharp, too.
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    I don’t like not having a place for my index finger, so I filed just a little bit off. I used Osage orange scales and bare copper ground wire for pins. I left the pins sticking out just a tiny bit and peened them for a mechanical bond as well as being expoxied.
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    The more I worked with this knife the more I thought it would be a great kitchen knife. With that in mind, I used only mineral oil and Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner on the handles. I normally force a patina with mustard or a potato, but decided to let nature run its course with this one. There’s nothing special about this knife, but I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out.

    I haven’t deployed it yet, I’m still just sitting and fondling it, but I imagine it chopping onions, jalapeños, BBQ brisket, scooping it all onto a bun. Yeah, I think this is gonna be a great kitchen knife. I’m gonna go ahead and make a leather sheath for it, in case it sees double duty.

    Thanks for looking and reading.

    JohnP
     
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  2. K Harris

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    Nicely Done! I never tire of looking at Green River Works projects. Maybe some of the members can re-post their old photos in this thread? Here are a few I have done.

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    Fine looking work young fellars. That's a tireless design. joe
     
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    done quite a few through the years - photos show some 1st gen w rivets to others w pins , belt sander etc
     

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    The longer one was a Sheep Skinner (4-1/2")...the other is made from a Buffalo Skinner (4")

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    Camp/Fish knife - Re-modeled tip and handle...toasted Osage Orange handle.

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  7. K Harris

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    That 4215 and it's sheath speak to me Spork! So, how do you "toast" the scales without causing the epoxy to go soft and the scales separate from the tang? I have failed twice at this.
     
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    P7220432.JPG P7220438.JPG P7220430.JPG Here's a couple I did a while back: 4215 with walnut from the neighbors tree:
     
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    Butane torch (like the culinary ones)...tip of flame and move fast...it doesn't take much.
     
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    Here's one I did with a stag handle. I used their boning blade, shortened a bit with a drop point.

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    That is sweet Roamer! I think that might be the first modified GRW boning knife I have seen.
     
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    I thank everyone for posting. Mighty nice looking knives, for sure.

    JohnP
     
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    one knife was all the mountain men had

    a RUSSELL GREEN RIVER a hawk and a hawkin big bore were the average

    those bois d' arc scales are FINE

    and i love the riveted sheath
     
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    Here are two steak knives I handled for my daughter. Osage orange and black G-10. [​IMG]
     
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    Nice. I like the little 2212. Thin flat grind but broad and thick enough at the spine to be a bit stiff. There's a guy who usually has them cheap on ebay, but he lists them as "Dexter Russell 10311 Factory New". Knifecorral is the seller. I just bought his last 2 for $21.32 delivered.

    The Russell wide, stiff boning knives with the Beech handle have a nice blade profile. #s 1375, 1376, 1377 & 1378. Lengths from 5" to 8".

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    Here's a couple in Black Walnut

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    I just finished this one, a 4215, belt knife. I used rosewood for scales and bare copper ground wire for pins.

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    Modding and putting handles on these GR blades is addictive and tons of fun. I ordered four more this morning. I need to make some sheaths, too.

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    After working with both GR and OH blades, the GR are noticeably harder. I wish they were thicker (both), but they are very inexpensive, workable, basic blades.
     
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    The green river skinner blades are thicker than the rest.
     
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    Great classic knives!
     

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    Great knives, & a great post!
     
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    I have one a maker handled for me in Desert ironwood, a little slick, so I want to increase traction by putting some lines / cross hatchingwith a dremel or saw, but I have not yet since I did not want to mess it up.
     
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    Here are couple of modified GRW knives. The first is a 2212 that was modified into a Seeds-Ke-De pattern, and the second is a 4215 with 1/2" bobbed off the tip.

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    I just finished a couple of GR paring knives for my bride of forty years. The top one has red oak scales, maple on the bottom one.

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    This one is a bit different. It started life as an abused Russell GRW 10" chef knife. The tip was broken, the blade was badly bent and there was more than the average average amount of corrosion under the scales. The blade is 3 1/4" and the handle is 3 3/4". Scales are hickory with copper pins. The sheath is now saddle stitched with rawhide bootlace rather than how it appears in the photos. I still need to work on the convex a bit.

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    Just recently came across this one, not quite sure how I want to proceed with it yet....



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    Unless the handle is loose, just clean it up some and use it as is.
     
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    I finished this sheep skinner yesterday. I’ve been saving the ironwood for 3-4 years, finally decided to go ahead and use it.

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    Howdy JohnP and K Harris! PMs sent to each!
     
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    The first one should be a 4215 with the tip bobbed down a touch.

    The other photo has two buffalo skinners. One is cut down and the other stock.

    The sheathes are home made attempts.
     
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    I bought this blade from TOTW several years back thinking it would make for a good patch knife. After seeing the photo with the pair scaled with osage, I decided it was time. IMG_1582.JPG
    The blade is listed as a paring knife at TOTW, but I've seen it listed as a steak knife or utility knife. Its a 4" .065" stainless, and hollow ground. I ran it across the stones and then stropped it to scalpel sharp. The spine makes awesome sparks with fire steel! I need to get another to shorten for use as a featherweight EDC.
     
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