The Bog Oak Chronicles

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  1. LostViking

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    I think we need a place to show off our Ancient Bog Oak handled knives and tools.
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    In today’s modern world.
    Wood is sometimes shunned as a handle material. G-10 and Micarta lay claim to durable and longer lasting materials. While I am in no way taking anything away from Micarta of G-10.

    When was the last time you saw a piece of two or three thousand year old Micarta?
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    And would it look this good?

    It may just be me. But I find something very special about a knife handled with wood that is a 1,000 years older than Julius Caesar.

    So if you have any, want one, or just want to discuss Ancient Bog Oak. Here is your place.

    I only own two. A Casstrom Woodsman, designed by Roger Harrington. And a custom handled Enzo Trapper. Both very cool knives in their own right.

    They would be great knives with any handle material. But I feel the Bog Oak takes them to another level.

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    Bog Oak is my all time favorite! @ARPILOT has a nice AA Forge he should post!
     
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    If ever you grow tired...

    Love Michael's work, actually, more than one Michael's work, (B#^r)

    Love the combination.
     
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    Referring to the above
     
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    I like Bog Oak also I have 3 knives that wear it...this is my Adventure Sworn Mountaineer with Bog Oak and Copper bolts...:42:

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    That is beautiful!
     
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    Also beautiful!
     
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    Bog oak is beautiful. I wish I'd taken the opportunity to snag a bog oak walking stick years ago.
     
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    I want a bog oak handled knife. It's literally the only organic scale material I would consider (I'm a dyed in the wool micarta guy).
    That AA Forge above is the cat's pajamas.
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    Having a knife handle that is older than most religions has intrigued me for a long time. Still havent snagged one yet.
     
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    @roadend

    I saw this one in the Beer and Blades section and thought it was spectacular.

    Bog Oak, Antler and Copper just seem to belong together. All ancient materials.
     
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    Totally agree.

    A handle from wood that grew a thousand years before Christ walked the earth does get one to thinking.
     
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    Another great combo of Copper and Bog Oak!

    I have the same lighter. It has served me well for many years. It hangs on a hook by the front door. Next to my flashlight and a ferro rod.
     
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    The black bog oak with the orange liners really highlights both. A combo I hadn’t thought of.

    Turley?? Or someone else??
     
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    02ADCF57-9097-49D3-9240-8F2C7E255C1F.jpeg My favorite combo. It’s a Wilderness spirit predator
     
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    IMG_3230 - 2.jpg I finally got outside and took a proper glamour shot of my wife's bog oak and mahogany puukko.
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    Outstanding in every way! Antler, bog oak and copper are an amazing combination.
     
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    8DDEF6C8-4CA7-413E-BAD5-C8A30220E92B.jpeg My bog oak Half Sun Walker
     
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    Beautiful Half Sun. Wow..he really does nice work.
     
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    That may be the best looking Enzo I have ever seen!
    Both of these knives are outstanding though.
     
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    Thanks everyone. @Stringer not sure if I will ever grow tired of this knife. I asked Michael to make a bog oak, antler and copper bolster puukko and this was the result. @Michael Presnell creates some beautiful knifes. The two I have come with me on every trip.

    All these bog oak knives are amazing. Someday I will get another in my collection.
     
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    Most of you must have seen my Bogdan Aurochs by now... carbon dated German bog oak, dated to 10,000 years old. That's the year 8,000BC folks... man had JUST begun to cultivate barley and wheat (beer making soon to follow), humans were only partly neolithic, stone age level tech. Pottery wheels weren't even invented yet.

    It looks somewhat chocolate brown in this first photo from Bogdan, but is more deep deep brown, almost black.

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    This is more real-life accurate:
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    how does one know if ancient bog oak is, indeed, ancient bog oak? serious question ...
     
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    Generally it'll be known where it was procured first of all, which would by definition have to be from a bog. Literally, they haul multi-ton tree trunks out of bogs using heavy equipment... Usually (almost always?) there will also be radiocarbon dating to approximate (within a few hundred years usually) the age of the wood.
     
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    Another question: does bog oak need stabilizing, or any other special care?
     
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    From what I can tell it needs to be stabilized. I hear it can be soft otherwise. So far I haven’t had any issues with mine. I have gotten it wet plenty of times with no shrinking issues
     
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    My research shows that it depends on the age of the wood.... in the older examples say 5k years+, it has mostly self-stabilized due to mineral replacement (the beginnings of fossilization) and being impregnated by various other chemicals while being preserved in the bog (much like the "bog people" whose bodies are recovered after many many millennia).

    While in the younger (relative) bog wood, yes it does/should be stabilized.

    No special care that I have found, other than keeping it clean. You can rub it down with the usual mineral or linseed oil, tung oil.. if you like. Sometimes it'll take in a bit, again, depending on how old it is and whether the wood fibers are already saturated with 8000 year old compounds or not.
     
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    Here is my Randall Model 8-4" Bird & Trout wearing 8,000 year old Irish Bog Oak...when I bought the wood for this knife it came with a COA showing it had been carbon dated to be 8,000 years old...I had it stabilized and had a RMK Dealer send it to the Randall Shop to be used in building this knife.:42:
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    That blade shape (hell the whole knife) is absolutely stunning and incredibly practical. Love that!
     
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    If the Yde Girl had a knife, obviously it would be in bog oak.
     
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    Love that wood.. Awesome looking stuff..
     
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    Yes, I left it next to a stick once to get some water. Come back and son of a gun if it wasn’t turned into a feather stick.
     
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    Tony Harding made these for me a few years ago.

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    Great thread, I didn't know much about bog oak. Thanks!
     
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    Those are beautiful. Bushcraft Barton uses one of those I think.
     
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    Almost forgot about this one...I commissioned a forum member to forge me a Otzi style knife and I sent him some Irish Bog Oak for the handle.....it turned out amazing.:42: IMG_1866_zpsvfvrgjmc.jpg
     
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    Oh man bog oak is on my short list of materials to try.

    It’s tough though as there are a lot of scammers out there.

    That Randall is amazing
     
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    Very classy knives guys, all of them! I've worked with bog oak a time or two and it was no fun. I've got a chunk a good friend that has since passed away gave me that's dated 3,410 yrs old. I've been saving it for something extra special to remember my friend and his gift by.
     
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    Interesting... Got any pics of it? Have you done any thinking about what that extra special something will be?
     
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    I don't but I'd be happy to get one for you. I've thought about it a little but not too much. Losing that friend was a painful experience for me, he was senselessly killed by his step grandson. He was one of the most kind and generous people I had ever met and he was somewhat of a father figure to me. It would have to be something really special to use it on.
     
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    Here ya go brother. He sent it thinking I'd make a tobacco pipe or one of my cigar pipes from it. He was always sending me some kind of gift, he was a one of a kind friend! The majority of the Dr. Grabow pipes in my collection were gifts from Ed. He was that way with everyone he knew, always giving of his time, knowledge and any way he could help a person.

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    It's a pipe that's in the shape of a cigar. Similar to the Briar Cigars that are available.

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