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Is the hole in the handle for a finger, does your pinkie go through?
The strap is a nice touch, I love the edge that leather gives. That would save me from using the back of my belt.
 
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I need to get a rawhide dog treat for the haft binding. It’s a visual pun. Get it?
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I can’t find any deer poo for my Indian glue but I found some rabbit droppings. They eat mostly fiber so I’ll give it a try.View attachment 151972
Wah! I almost got the rabbit poo on a salad. I had them drying on a paper towel on a paper plate by the wood stove. My wife came downstairs for lunch and thought they were capers. She was going to make a salad. I told her I didn’t want e coli for lunch. She said some stuff, including “you never cease to amaze me”.
 
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Not sure what rat chee is. Sorry
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Another casualty:

So today would be my dads birthday. He passed in 2010. I text my wife “I wonder if he’ll give me a sign”. One minute later he threw his drill press (that has knife blade clamped to it) at me while I was working on a bike.

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Then a few minutes later:

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Bled threw two bandages. Third one is holding so far.

Thanks dad. Not sure what that was all about.


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I don't think at this point my camper will be finished before this challenge ends, plus the custom forge I ordered won't be here for another 3 or 4 weeks.
Rather than drive 25 miles to use someone else's forge, I'll just wait.

So I may not forge something, but don't count me out yet. An idea popped in my head, so I might make something from something.
 
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Another attempt at the tiny blade wrap, this time with old boot laces. Is NOS a thing for footwear?
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It is better, but I'm still not happy with it. See that loop right at the spot where you put your thumb in a pinch grip? The critical one, that looks like it is loose? It is loose.
I've got a strip of neon green paracord that I might try next, but I like the toughness of the boot lace. It also has a more primitive, sinewy look, which doesn't match the look of the blade.
 
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Another attempt at the tiny blade wrap, this time with old boot laces. Is NOS a thing for footwear?
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It is better, but I'm still not happy with it. See that loop right at the spot where you put your thumb in a pinch grip? The critical one, that looks like it is loose? It is loose.
I've got a strip of neon green paracord that I might try next, but I like the toughness of the boot lace. It also has a more primitive, sinewy look, which doesn't match the look of the blade.
Get yourself some flat cord and shark skin
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Also stumbled across this, I never seen it before. You could give it a try.
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Get yourself some flat cord and shark skin
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Also stumbled across this, I never seen it before. You could give it a try.
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Yes, both of those techniques are firmly within both my budget and skill level :rolleyes:
But you've got me curious. How is that leather attached to the handle? A wrap over top? That would serve to fill in the grooves on the edge of the tang, which is causing me troubles galore
 

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He's saying "Put that bike down and work on your knife. March 17 is the half way point!"

ya, ya, ya, you're probably right. I will try to finish it. I'm back and forth with ideas. I need to get to doing, not thinking.
 
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Yes, both of those techniques are firmly within both my budget and skill level :rolleyes:
But you've got me curious. How is that leather attached to the handle? A wrap over top? That would serve to fill in the grooves on the edge of the tang, which is causing me troubles galore
It's probably glued in place. A bit messy to insert tab a into slot b, but that's all I can think of. Though you could wrap over it, would probably hold fine.
 
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Modified a Western when I was 13-14 for gutting, stag handle is one my Pepaw started and I finished, the Damascus Skinner was made by Joe Farkas.
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