I treated myself to a custom made hunting knife

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I treated myself to a custom made hunting knife

Post by Virginian » 25 Aug 2012, 10:15

I saw this fellow's work on another forum, so I contacted him to make me a knife to my specs. Here's what he came up with and believe it or not, this was the third knife he had ever made. I almost feelguilty using it in the field but I always wanted a nice knife just once in my life. I'm quite sure it will out live me.

The knife is 8 3/4" OAL, O1 tool steel blade, with brass pins and bolster and oak burl. When I ordered it, I asked him to make the blade a thin as possible, think scalpel. I've skinned 27 white tail with it so far and love it. It also came with a hand made sheath that's a basket weave print soaked in wax. I don't wear it much in the field because when I sit down in a deer stand, the sheath is the first thing to dig in. So I leave it at camp till I return, hopefully with some game in tow.

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Post by Virginian » 25 Aug 2012, 10:16

Here's a pic of the sheath.

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Post by Cyberfly » 25 Aug 2012, 10:24

Holy ****! Seriously? Only the third he'd ever made??
I have to ask, how much did he charge, because I'm thinking Xmas.
Is that his name on the blade or does he engrave the buyers name?
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Post by f3rr37 » 25 Aug 2012, 10:51

Beautiful blade...

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Post by Virginian » 25 Aug 2012, 11:04

Cyberfly wrote:Holy ****! Seriously? Only the third he'd ever made??
I have to ask, how much did he charge, because I'm thinking Xmas.
Is that his name on the blade or does he engrave the buyers name?
I ordered from a fellow on rimfirecentral.com. Yes, his name is Gary Dukeman and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Here's a more recent knife he finished. He goes by the name of SQUAWSACH.

http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/sh ... p?t=458802" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I'll pm you what I paid.

Thanks for the kind words.

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Post by Rapier1772 » 25 Aug 2012, 11:32

That is beauty of a blade! I might feel guilty using it in the field also
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Post by Virginian » 25 Aug 2012, 15:08

Thank you but I figure when I'm gone, I'll let the next guy worry about it. ;)

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Post by blueorison » 25 Aug 2012, 15:59

Cyberfly wrote:Holy ****! Seriously? Only the third he'd ever made??
I have to ask, how much did he charge, because I'm thinking Xmas.
Is that his name on the blade or does he engrave the buyers name?
This. Virginian, thanks for sharing that with us.

27 is my favourite number; incidentally, OMYGOODNESS 27 WHITE TAIL HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THIS KNIFE?!

Venison is my favourite common meat.
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Post by Virginian » 25 Aug 2012, 16:47

blueorison wrote:
Cyberfly wrote:Holy ****! Seriously? Only the third he'd ever made??
I have to ask, how much did he charge, because I'm thinking Xmas.
Is that his name on the blade or does he engrave the buyers name?
This. Virginian, thanks for sharing that with us.

27 is my favourite number; incidentally, OMYGOODNESS 27 WHITE TAIL HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THIS KNIFE?!

Venison is my favourite common meat.
Thanks, very kind of you. I've had this knife for about two years, or I should say two deer seasons.

Va is overrun with whitetail so you can pretty much buy as many stamps as you like. 2 each season goes to my fridge and family & friends. The rest go to hunters for the hungry program. I feels good about what I'm doing each season as silly as this sounds.

Eric

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Post by schalacer » 17 Sep 2012, 20:10

beautiful knife i cant believe that its the third knife that he had ever made very impressing..when you look at this knife you will think that this is made by a professional knife maker

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Post by Virginian » 20 Sep 2012, 19:53

schalacer wrote:beautiful knife i cant believe that its the third knife that he had ever made very impressing..when you look at this knife you will think that this is made by a professional knife maker
Thank you for the kind remarks!

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Post by jmz5 » 06 Oct 2012, 08:24

That knife looks amazing. Another venison lover here too! Been known for trading jerky for gold memberships...
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Post by Bax » 06 Oct 2012, 21:20

Very nice

I have been considering ordering from these guys, but you made me reconsider

http://manningcustomknives.com/

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Post by jmz5 » 09 Oct 2012, 03:40

Bax wrote:Very nice

I have been considering ordering from these guys, but you made me reconsider

http://manningcustomknives.com/
Are they still making them even after Ed is gone?
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Post by flyingirish04 » 09 Oct 2012, 08:01

I don't think so.
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Post by Bax » 09 Oct 2012, 08:36

jmz5 wrote:
Bax wrote:Very nice

I have been considering ordering from these guys, but you made me reconsider

http://manningcustomknives.com/
Are they still making them even after Ed is gone?
I actually haven't heard anything in that regard. I bought a knife from them about 5-6 years ago and it was pretty nice. Sadly, I dont know where it is now :(

Did he retire?

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Post by flyingirish04 » 09 Oct 2012, 09:01

Died.
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Post by Blackwater » 05 Jun 2017, 16:11

Wow! What a beautiful knife. I particularly like the utilitarian design - very versatile in the field - plus the choice of handle wood, and the file work. What a beauty! It's said that a thing of beauty is its own excuse for being. I think that applies doubly to really fine and beautiful knives.

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