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  1. Ausbrooks

    Assisted Tac and Elk

    Finally finished these 2 assisted openers after long time off getting new shop set up. The tactical has a 4.5" 3/16 D2 blade and don't recommend this big of a blade as first assisted opener project as it is a lot of steel to move and the ball bearings changed to spring design. The TI-Elk one was...
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    Moose BT D2 and Maple Camp

    Moose Bird/Trout - This little bird and trout has perfect balance and length for field use and general utility. It is top quality steel and materials and would be a fine addition to any field kit or collection. Specs: Length: 5.5" blade and 10.25 overall Steel: CMPS90V, RC62, .080 thick, convex...
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    Western G46's

    Restored these two Western G46-6's which may have been WWII Marine issue knives but suspect they are post-war variants as they lack the blood groove that most issue knives had. One was quite rusted so was sand blasted and the other needed a new pommel which was made of 3/16" D2 and fixed broken...
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    Western Vintage Paratroop

    My friend Dennis (Demo) gifted this to me a while back, and finally got around to restoring it (thanks again Dennis). After some research I found out it is a WW2 "shark" knife as it was carried by Naval Aviators. Western made several styles of it but all with the fuller groove. Had to put new...
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    Ti Stag Liner Lock

    Just finished this for my "stock". The Ti and stag is kind of unusual combo but the heat coloring makes it look pretty good I thought. It has a super smooth action, good lockup and easy one hand operation. Specs: 3.75" ATS34 .125 thick rc62 blade, micro-roller bearings, fileworked, heat colored...
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    D2 Nessmuk Hunter

    Just finished this nessmuk that would make a great hunter as it is well balanced and heavy duty and is pretty nice looking for a nessmuk. Spec: 3/16" D2 steel blade, 60rc and cryo treated, 6" sharp and 12" OA length. Rosewood burl scales with moose antler bolsters, bronze spacers, NS pins, SS...
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    D2 Burl Bowie with Sheath

    Just off bench is this D2 bowie that is built for heavy use with a heavier blade and slightly longer handle (4.75") to aid in chopping. Balance point is an inch ahead of guard so has a great forward balance. Point is ground heavier to allow extra durability. Specs: D2 edge-quenched blade with...
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    Stag Hunter that didn't make the cut...

    Here is a hunter that had some "things happen" in building that means I will be keeping it, such as when was welding tang bolt had a bead of weld stick right on egde of ricasso where it contacts guard (its visible) and saw it too late to properly fix oh well I'll use it for now as it's balanced...
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    Ironwood Bowie and Sheath

    Just finished this ironwood bowie that has an ATS34 SS blade and is classy looking while being heavy duty as well and would make a good camp knife or hunter user. It has a medium weight hollow grind and balance point about inch ahead of guard and has a very solid feel. Specs: ATS34 SS blade...
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    Gerber Cohort folder recalled

    Saw in newspaper over weekend that the Gerber Cohort liner lock folder is being recalled- 161,000 knives in US and Canada. Reason stated "The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade, posing a laceration hazard". 6 incidents reported, 2 needing stitches. It is a smaller 3" bladed Chinese...
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    ATS34 Fighter and Sheath

    Just completed this fighter and sheath that is finished out nice and is ground for heavy performance with a slightly heavier edge dimension to use for chopping no problem. It is very well balanced with weight forward and not too heavy. This would make a good all around camper, hunter, and...
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    SOG Scale Mod

    Just finished this order for a set of CF scales on a SOG spec elite. I like the look but it was more of challenge than expected as the countersinks are different size side to side as well as pivot shank and csink. Had to grind custom tooling and mill recess inside for side plate and spring...
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    Buffer PPE

    Ok I finally went and did it. Buffing away on my 3600rpm buffer, was turning the knife around to go at the other side and suddenly the blade was not in my hands and had drawn blood on (3) three limbs- hand gash, point into right thigh and spun down where spine hammered left shin bone. I've...
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    Western Repair and a Pak Bowie

    Here is recent batch of repairs and a Pakistan bowie, all commission work. The hatchet-knife interchangeable combo had a broken spring clip on the one handle which made an SS replacement for it and knife blade had bench grinder marks on it so was a re-grind. The skinner is a model 239 and was in...
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    What is best way to do hidden pivot pin?

    I have always liked the look of hidden pivots on liner locks (just 2 small screws holding bolster on) but did not know how to do it so am asking for tips please. Seems like it would be best to have a pivot screw countersunk into liner under the bolster, but I think some just use a shouldered or...
  16. Ausbrooks

    Stag Bowie and Sheath

    Just finished this stag bowie that would make someone a great "user bowie", as it is 440C and is hollow ground to a high performance thickness that would make short work of big game, and has enough backbone and weight to chop wood. If you want an eye catching knife that is high performance in...
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    Knife Talk is Oldest Communication

    I read an article over weekend in the Denver Post that according to a new study posted in Nature Communication that suggests that the earliest language might have been born out of the need for butchering tools between 1.8 and 2.5 million years ago, when hominids began to craft sharp flakes of...
  18. Ausbrooks

    Restoring an Estwing Hatchet

    This was sent to me for restore so thought would do a WIP as I've done one before and process is pretty much same for me- in fact my very first post to KD was this same hatchet 5 years ago, and can almost lay over the pictures. You can buy a new one of these for $35 but to my benefit, they get...
  19. Ausbrooks

    Micarta Flipper

    Got an order for a natural micarta flipper in shorter version than I usually make with a 3" blade and TI bolster and this is what came up with. Came out pretty good with tips gleaned here from the pros, such as keeping detent low on flippers to get better fire. Specs: 3" ATS34 .135 blade, TI...
  20. Ausbrooks

    Segal Style Chopper

    Wanted to make a knife for a wedding gift for my brother who doesn't hunt but eats nearly as much as I do so made the Segal-inspired kitchen chopper for him. Blade is 6.5" and .225 thick 440C RC62 cold treated and file worked, buckeye burl and blackwood scales, ss corby's and mosaic pin. I have...
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