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100 year old Sabatier Integral, 5000 year old Bog Oak (plus extra paring)

Don Nguyen

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Couple of new ones. First up is an old Sabatier blank from a century ago, modernized. I narrowed the profile, got rid of most of the bolster, and did a contemporary hidden tang handle. The handle is figured bog oak with ivory micarta racing stripes. This was the most difficult project I have ever done by far. I thought it would be easy with the blank mostly forged out, but as Devin Thomas said in another forum, it would be easier to start from scratch.


Next is a small, simple paring knife for a friend. He has been the most generous friend, allowing me all the shop time I needed to get these knives done. If not for him, I would not have had many of these knives completed. He doesn't know it's his yet, but soon he will. His favorite steel is ATS-34, so I decided to make this one out of ATS-34 as well; Butch Harner was extremely kind and offered to HT this one free of charge.












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