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Mint chocolate primal/tactical fighter


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This one got picked up by a member of the Hoodlums forum at the local monthly gun show before I could get any decent pictures of it, but I was able to snap this one before handing it over.


This is a light and fast one, though the weight is balanced just forward of the Turk's head knot. After I made this, I thought about it in comparison with the Fairbairn-Sykes as a fighting knife, and I have to say I would much rather carry this pattern if I had been a British commando in WWII. I would make the false edge into a fully sharpened clip and add a double guard for such duty.

This is forged from 5160, triple normalized, triple hardened in canola oil, triple tempered, shaving sharp. The usual. The handle is green paracord for the underlay and black paracord stripped of its core for the overlay and with core intact for the two-strand Turk's head knot. It's been impregnated with Minwax Wood Hardener to make a solid handle.

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Nice work my friend! A buddy just donated a few pieces of metal to the cause but I don’t know how to make a handle for my knives yet so I stuck to the railroad spikes. I have hundreds of feet of paracord but without the Minwax Wood Hardener tip I would never have used it for a handle. Next I am going to make a blade and use paracord as a handle. I just downloaded Lloyd Harding - 100s of Knife Patterns so I have a lot of blade types to experiment with.

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