Ugly Knife Competition

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  1. Jim L.

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    To quslify, it must be self made, butt ugly, but wonderfully fulfills its requirements.

    Here's my entry. :D

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    Forged from rebar with an OK (not great) spark test.

    Handle made from polyester resin saturated jute, double wrapped with rubber(?) grip tape "capped" with CA glued nylon twine.

    Purpose:
    1). Forge practice with (a) isolating portions of metal being forged, (b) creating different shapes (like a steel try stick).

    2). Making a brush tool.


    Thanks for looking.
     

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    Made from a piece of spring steel. Handle wrapped with jute twine and soaked with Gorilla Glue. It dressed some squirrels, rabbits and a coon, just to see if it would.
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    You mean it must be functional ?
     
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  4. Jim L.

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    Yeppers. It must be functional to some degree. I'll accept educational (must teach a skill or illustrate use) or practicality.
     
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    Would anything with an orange BG on it count?
     
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    I'll play. This was the first knife I made. Was proud of it at the time but I realize how ugly it is. Made from a saw blade with hobby wood oak handles. It will cut and is fully functional.
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  7. Jim L.

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    Ah, understood. No. It must serve a purpose or have educational value (unless you count the purchase as educational).
     
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    H ah hahahaha..

    Great idea for a thread!
     
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    First knife I ever made, I think I was 12-13 years old...
     
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    +1 to This! :35:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    i have to wait to get home
     
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    Here's a couple I made from a discarded concrete cutting blade. The one with the finger hole rides in the truck as a " last ditch " knife, and the other one is my beeswax knife. Both fulfill their challenging roles quite well, lol.
    (The beeswax knife is my official entry since it's uglier than the other one). IMG_20171128_180955.jpg IMG_20180430_094810.jpg
     
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    Agreed. Silk purses being passed off as sows' ears. :)
     
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    Hah! I've seen knives that BOTH of you have created, and in comparison mine look like the product of 7th grade shop class.
    But thank you.
     
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    The mower blade Serechete I just made should qualify as ugly...
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    Seriously every knife in this thread looks totally bad*ss and functional, dunno where you guys are getting this ugly thing from lol.

    Time to get back to work and make some uglier knives!!

    [EDIT] PS when I hear ugly knife, I think this:

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    For your inspiration :dblthumb:
     
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    prybry-

    When I see your knife, I picture Karl Childers killing Doyle Hargraves toward the end of "Sling Blade". A movie I just LOVE, BTW.

    "Gonna need an ambulance. Or a hurst".
     
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    You better call 9 1 1...
     
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    Broken folder turned into a "ahem" fixed-blade. Does this count? Huge style points here :18:

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    Purpose:
    Practice making knife handle
    Re-allocate a broken item
    Life-saving tent peg
     
  21. Jim L.

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    It counts! You "fixed" your folder.:rolleyes: clever.
     
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    I made that thing the otherday... 1525218348783608329647.jpg This.. is what I like to call sometimes.. a... uhh.. umm.. ya..
     
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    It's a kel-rete..
     
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    Ok, this gets my vote just because you saved a serrated blade with that work of art handle...
     
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    I'm taking orders - only a 3 year wait list too :dblthumb:
     
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    AMAZING. These blades are so impsiring!
     
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    My wife told me this one was ugly...does that count?


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    That's a toughy. Personally I like it. It has a rather frontierish quality with a well used (read used well) look and overall patina.

    Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, I'll have to disagree with your wife (don't tell her :27:). I'll differ to the group on this one.
     
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    I had to disagree with her as well. The patina is from kitchen prep so far and letting us rust a bit before wiping it down.

    I’ll keep your secret. She’s feisty

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    Only if you made it. :D
     
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    yes i made it for a chopping competition . then i showed up late. i wanted it to be crude and ugly as a statement
     
  35. Jim L.

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    I'm leaving "judgement' to the group. You gotta tell the story of the chopping comp.! I'd love to hear it
     
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    I's got looks form and function , what more could you ask for ?
     
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    Idk why all non-knife people seem to think a handle wrap essentially equals a shank.
     
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    not story to tell, was going to a hammer in, my dad was suppose to come but he got lost so he went home, i was running late waiting for him, then i stopped to help some ladies change their tire so i got there and they had already finished the chopping competition. standard stuff, chop thru a 2x4, a hanging rope and ping pong balls.
     
  39. Jim L.

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    Good story. Good on ya for helping the ladies.
     
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    Wrapped handles are probably my favoite way to handle a knife. I love the look and the feel is great when done properly. I’d say a good 1/3 of my collection is wrapped handles I’ve done myself

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    I love them I just never seem to have a wrap that looks "primitive". All of mine feel to modern. thats why I love rawhide. It always looks old.
     
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    Here's my two ugly knives. The top is an old bayonet, from '43 by the markings. Usually lives in the barn.... Brazed tubes make up the handle. The bottom is a file knife/bowie I made in high school shop class. Walnut handle, barely provides enough grip to hold. Sharp as all get out still! I keep these around to remind me, and also to re-work later.

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    There's gotta be a story behind those blades.
     
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    I know the bottom one has dressed a few chickens. The top one I acquired around 2000, from a farm I lived/worked on. Owner passed away before I heard any stories.
     
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    Here are my uglies, one is a kitchen knife I tried to make mini, it is now only used to pry sensitive seedlings from plastic trays.

    The other was given, it's a diving knife, designed for assassinating great whites, or at least it looks that way. it is to intense to not get caught and stuck on whatever I am trying to cut, plus has a weight in the handle, not sure why anyone would want their knife to sink to the ocean floor if they were to drop it.

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    In my opinion, I find beauty in any blade. No matter if it's rusty, malformed or bent. If it cuts, it's beautiful! JMHO.

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    Its ugly, but it has done everything I have asked it to do despite having an RC of 52 and only being the thickness of an old handsaw blade. It kind of took away the allure of high priced knives.
     
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    A mora blade I put a drift wood handle on. It’s my fish skinning knife. Pretty comfortable actually. Ugly though.
     
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    Pretty cool knife. It don't matter if there ugly as long as it works for you.
    Prov 27 : 17
     
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    @tashunka witko. I don't know about ugly. Interesting, yes. It kinda looks like you set that blade in hard Belgian chocolate.
     
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