Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Grizzly Adams, May 31, 2012.
I just made new sheath for my TB1...
Awesome work !
Started a little project with the TBT #3 to see how he chops. This is my first TBT. Cut some Madrone for a bow, spindal and trap triggers. Madrone is a nice hard wood, the #3 chopped through it without issue. I was quite pleased to say the least. I'll cut and shape them later this week using just the tracker. Need to find a nice soft piece of spruce or alder for the fire board. Stay tuned for the next set of photos. Really liking this tracker a lot. Very interested to see how this madron works too.
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How exactly did you get your draw-knife section the way it is ?
How exactly did you get your draw-knife section the way it is ?[/QUOTE]
Dremel, with sander attachment, and then lots of hand sanding.
Dremel, with sander attachment, and then lots of hand sanding.[/QUOTE]
And is that portion Hollow round or flat ground?
And is that portion Hollow round or flat ground?[/QUOTE]
- more flat than hollow. I wished I could have taken more meat off of it, but I’d need some better tools.
Thought id post up my new tracker. Not my wear sadly. Im very happy with this. My mind shifts between this knife being very light and feeling almost the same as my wsk. I cant find a single problem with the grind. I see no reason for any profile change. Now I can see how smoothing it out would be better but as far as need- there is none.
Definitely kool having use of the saw. Very unique in pretty much the most multi purpose package ever made. Definitely gives you all the scraping and scoring benefits you could want. Id say any difference I notice is more due to using my own. The upper portion of the handle feels wider on the tops but seriously locks your hand in place. Surprisingly the tops version is wider in the blade than mine.
I wanna really put it through its paces but I love it so far. Ill post the pants later. Switched them out the fancier one sits with the custom and
My old sheath sits with the tops.
- more flat than hollow. I wished I could have taken more meat off of it, but I’d need some better tools.[/QUOTE]
Awesome . Trying to finish my own WSK up , and trying new ways to get things done . Especially with the bevels . Does me good to see that others are going the way of the smaller grinders and simpler tools , albeit a little more work .
Photo from Tracker days past...
Skeet and a few knife challenges during the day....
useless knife thats for sure lol
tracker maintenance is a must. I find a reason to beat this thing up every day. Every day upon return home it gets a razor sharpening, blade washed with nail polish remover and oiled up.
Great write up. Nice harvest!
Im thinking about knocking down and thinning the areas infront and back of the notching teeth. Just to see if i can saw limbs. I wanna trim the christmas tree this year with it. What do yall think?
Hey there folks-
I have been a lurking fan of this thread for a while and have been making my way through all the old posts and enjoying all the great action. Y'all rock! Like many others, I have not been familiar with the tracker style knives, but I'm very interested to learn. I'm new to this party, but hoping there is a little room around the fire here. A while back at a meet up, @Judge let me trace his TB1 after showing us all how well it worked for making a bow drill. @ArmyMacE gave me some good insight into what makes these blades work. Since then I have been working away at making one for my own personal use. Here are some pics of the birth of a new tracker:
Forged from a leaf spring:
getting the touch mark:
Rough grinding the bevels:
Back in the forge for heat treat:
Hopefully this is just the beginning of some great adventures!
more (action) to come, thanks for looking!
Oh, I can NOT wait to see that one finished @Red Yeti! Looks like it’s going to be sweet!
Some backyard grill time...
More in my other thread about the comparisons...
Wild boar's soup.
Lookin' good! Can't wait to see it workin'!
In about 3 weeks I am retiring from Federal Service.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; my rod and my knife, they comfort me.
Tracker Love by Pinebaron posted Nov 7, 2017 at 5:29 PM
It's been a long time coming. The mountains are calling...
Congrats, nice little collection that should serve you well. You can never go wrong with a Tracker, a Glock, or a Randall. Enjoy the Mountains!
Time to post up the pants. I wasnt sure if I had seen this makers work before on this thread or if it is simply close to other people's work. I love the multiple options with this sheath. I usually carry it sortve almost horizontal but place the belt through only one loop. Sorta giving it a katana like draw. Not sure what else to say that hasn't already been said. I could rant about the lack of need for edge rework but ppl know that.
Holding the production version really allows me to see the WORLD of things this knife. The 1/4 thick despite being so thick, feels like a mora if feels so thin.
Anyone think of any other neat ways to use a cross carry sheath?
Caleb Cox- your's is a spittin' image of the infamous Hunted prop shot.
Here's what I made for mine after looking at tons of sheaths for the tracker and combining what I thought were the best features of each. Lots of carry options and it's even ambidextrous.
I did a step by step follow along thread on the build. Here's a link if anyone would like to see it.
Here's the thread on all the mods I did to my tracker as well if anyone would like to see it.
BTW I forgot to say the belt loop swivels and can be snapped fully out of the way of the blade. Neat feature most dont put it.
I didn’t want to play in the rain w... so working on some small stuff.
I have one of each, and then some.
I really like the 3, I think it's a really handy size.
Wow, l didn't know you could get all that stuff as a take out order... talk about convenience! Sweet!
Takeout Bamboo shoots
I have to agree with you and FieldcraftLTC. I,ve got a Randall, a Treeman, a couple of Al Mars, and a Bravo one. The T3 is moving to the Top of the rotation list. Looking forward to a sheath for it from J leather. looking forward to working it this weekend.
Look I made a new bed for my knife!
Started working on a bow and fire board today in between chores with the purpose of learning how to work the T3. Worked in the barn due to rain. Made a baton, split the a large maple log and carved the board using the curve for chipping and draw knife for carving. Roughed in a couple of holes for the spindal with the tip and saw for notches. Have a softer piece of cedar to play with later. Peeled the bark off of the madrone for the bow. Tied it off with some 55 cord to get a bit of a curve in it while it seasons. Got a couple of tracker bites during the process! Saved the shavings for a primitively fire when I get more time. The maple was hard, the knife held an edge without issue and split the wood without issue. Cleaned it and stropped it afterwards for a nice shaving sharp edge. Found a nice hard growth on a dead tree during a walk afterwards, drying it out for tinder Trial. I'll cut a spindal next and start a fire with all of the fixes show here. Have a great evening. Loving this knife!
@Raven67 my tbt1 splits way better after i stripped the powder coat and blued it. Way more tracker maintenance though. Which is relaxing
Thanks Simplejack, I'll bet it does. I imagine that stripping it reduced a lot of the friction while making it easier to clean. Maintenance is always relaxing. I'll leave mine as is for now. It splits really good. I've wondered if some of the reprofiling being done would effect the heat treating of the edge, seems like an interesting mod. The154cm is really performing nicely. It's tuff and holds an edge really well, strops up nicely after use too. The coating will eventually wear off on the edge grind profiles with sharpening, resulting in a nicer edge over time. I'm pretty impressed so far.
Hello all, been looking through this forum for about a month now. All the knowledge from everyone here is just amazing. Hope to see more action and contribute myself. So here i go LOL! just some photo from veteran day weekend in the San Bernardino mountains (Idyllwild Mountain) Here's my Ed Martin WTK along with TBT 010.
Just here making sticks into smaller sticks, for some friction fire practice.
@Hmongol Welcome to the crazy!
Let’s see more of that Martin WTK!!
@ArmyMacE thanks. Will diffentily be taking that bad boy out and giving it a good beating.
Tracker build update:
Has this ever happened to any of you?
I left the tracker overnight to cool the tempering oven, and the next day, in there I found his little buddy! Some kind of tracker magic going on I guess. I don't know what is going on there...
So I made up some micarta using some burlap from a coffee bag. It was really light colored, we'll see how it looks when it's finished up. Kind of testing that material out...
Cleaning up the bevels:
Here's the scales attached, and roughed out. I'm leaving some of the tang on the big one sticking out on the end with an oversize thong hole. The idea is to have an added scraper shape on the butt and the hole can be used as an arrow wrench or other tool function, we'll see. I'll post a better pic of that later.
I'm shaping the handles to fit now and I can't wait to give them a try out.
Thanks for looking.
Dang @Red Yeti those are looking sexy!
Loving the idea of the arrow wrench in the handle!
@ArmyMacE and @Judge Thanks guys! They have a great feel in the hand already, the big one is just begging to cleave into something...the little one feels like it wants to do some surgery...
Once you hear them speaking to you, telling you what they want, there's no going back!
Welcome to the club!
Those are going to be sweet!