The FlatHead (ongoing look at new model)

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  1. M.Hatfield

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    First some pictures, this thread will have lots of pictures.....

    Oh and the specs too: 5 inch blade, 10.25 inches overall, with about 4.75 inches of useful handle. This one is in 3/16th 3V which stropped up nicely after working an hour in hard woods.


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    Comments on the design......

    The handle size and shape allow for several grip positions. You can easily use a two finger grip between the first two hollow pins for snap cuts. Also easily able to choke back to the butt of the handle near the rear lanyard hole.

    Chest lever grips and push cutting grips are also vert easy and comfy in about an hour of use.

    For reference, here is the drawing I made and Jared created:

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    More to come as I test and use this awesome tool! :dblthumb:
     
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  3. sweet trav

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    ...the panhandle...and loving it!
    Super nice!

    ...shoulda called it the “Fat Belly” though. :)
     
  4. M.Hatfield

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    There is a story behind the name. To condense the story a little bit.... :D

    The Flathead River in Northwestern Montana is one of my favorite spots in the world. I encourage you and others to learn all they can about that valley and area surrounding. :)
     
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    Very nice, it reminds me of a cross between a Turley and a Simbedia. JMO
     
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    Although that was not the goal.... I will take that as a massive compliment! :dblthumb:
     
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    That is a beautiful knife, wow
     
  8. M.Hatfield

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    And I think it is a new standard model from Jared. Although I think he off on a fishing trip at the moment so only he could speak on the specifics. :)
     
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    Just had to say wow again, I think you have my perfect knife shape. I would want it a little thinner with a natural canvas handle but that is a thing of beauty.
     
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    Ya done well young fellar. joe
     
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    Jared is a fantastic dude to work with. I am very confident he could work with you to get exactly what you wanted, if you wanted. :)

    Tomorrow I am going to post more about the sheath which, while simple, does some neat and unexpected things VERY well.
     
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    Beautiful knife. Prov 27:17
     
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    ...the panhandle...and loving it!
    Im very close to nw montana...will have to get over to that river...great blade! :)
     
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    It looks very well thought out!

    I am old, and this is a flathead for me (the first V8/Ford).

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    Nice one! Look a little like an Ambush Tundra but less Willow leaf to the blade.

    Congrats!
     
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    I do plan on keeping these in my regular lineup, however they will be few and far in between for now. For the time being, it is easiest on a per order basis. @M.Hatfield I love those pictures I'm glad to see you are enjoying the knife!
     
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    It is a worthwhile trip! Pretty close to Glacier National Park and several national forests to explore. Countless other spots to explore in the area. :)

    I will admit I looked at several companies like Bark River to try and understand handle shapes and handle contours better. Thanks for noticing!

    Happy you are enjoying the pictures so far. The day is just cooling off here so more pictures later on tonight as I get chances to enjoy some shade. :cool:
     
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    Awesome knife ! I'm in ! ;)
     
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    And now a look at the sheath and some other general comments on the knife....

    I added a MOLLE lock to best fit my needs.

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    As you can see below, the sheath captures the handle nicely. The handle IS thick right in front of the first pin. This means, the knife locks in nicely.

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    A nice detail though, is a secondary lock to add tension:

    Tension off:
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    Tension on:
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    And lastly, showing how it mounts on webbing of my Hidden Woodsmen Haversack, behind a HPG bottle pocket:

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    Some comments..... :)

    I still want to add a ferro rod loop, which I have ready to mount. A nice lanyard might help more with grips being comfy and safe.

    The sheath and knife weigh about 15 ounces on my scale. The knife alone comes in a bit under 12 ounces. Keep in mind, my specs on weight will likely differ from any future versions. :cool:

    Once I have finished making all the changes to the sheath, might even mount a pouch somehow, I will be sure to update the thread again. Until then, expect photo updates when I can get outdoors in cool weather and put this versatile knife to the test. Anyone have ideas or suggestions of what they would like to see?

    Thanks for looking!
    ~Mike :dblthumb:
     
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    Might stay mounted more or less constantly on my new Prairie Belt from HPG.....

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    That sliding rivet to adjust tension is genius.
    Ima going to have to steal that idea some day.
     
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    That knife attached to all that HPG looks classy.
     
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    Hands are feeling better after a few weeks. Will likely bring this one to Yellowstone with me and report back in September with continued testing. :)
     
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    Served me well out west as a camp kitchen blade. :dblthumb:

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    Misplaced the sheath once or twice so I made sure that would NEVER happen again. ;)

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    Also have an Azewlke drop (kydex leather hybrid) loop on it now. Fits nicely on a variety of belts MUCH better. :cool:

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    More testing outdoors if the temperature ever drops below 80-90 sometime soon here. :confused:
     
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    I love that design. A pronounced belly on a blade is one of my favorite features.

    Also, I agree, the flathead river, and flathead lake are some of the best areas in this country in my humble opinion.
     
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    it looks a little overdone, but that's just my opinion...
     
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    killer name, but needs a mottled finish to look like the catfish. big flatheads do have significant bellies ... :)
     
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    @M.Hatfield I like how your knife turned out. Nice job on the design and congrats to maker for turning it into a gem.
     
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    Thanks everyone! I think an area of the country with no straight lines is decently reflected in the knife design. SO many curves certainly are not for everyone! ;)
     
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