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dropkick
2007-10-27, 01:32
I want to make a new belt knife, and I intend to post pictures of how I do it.
However my crappy digital only works well in full sunlight and I can't seem to find the time to work on the knife during the day.

This has been going on for a few weeks.
I'm getting very impatient.

I would buy a disposable camera and then scan the pictures, but my scanner died a while ago and I didn't use it enough to make buying a new one worth while. (I'm also cheap).

I'd buy a new digital camera but I think I'm actually going to get a good one for Christmas this year. (After only 3 years of hints - also see above in parenthesis).

Unless I can find some free daylight time soon though, I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to hold myself back on making the knife. I think I'll get a disposable camera and either borrow a scanner somewhere, or I'll just have to make another knife after X-mas and post that.

dropkick
2007-10-27, 01:59
Just thought I can at least post the drawings** that I'm thinking of basing the knife on.
This was my original idea it is based on the Nessmuk knife and is basically a straight copy of his own drawing of it (Thanks to Hollowdweller for the links).
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-3/1165284/nessmukfromoriginal.jpg
However I was a cook for a long time and the lack of any type of guard or dull protruding edge to keep your hand from sliding onto the cutting edge from the handle makes me nervous. So I drew this skinner and am thinking of using it.
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-3/1165284/skinner.jpg
I may combine the features of the blades or come up with something completely new before I start though, as I have been drawing different designs on the computer almost nightly.




**I added the astricks because I've been making these drawings on the computer (mostly with Paint and Gimp) and so technically I don't know if they count as drawings

dixicritter
2007-10-27, 09:58
Hey dropkick, if you decided to use a disposable camera... they can make you a cd with the digital images on it where you get the film developed. Just so you know. WalMart I know does this, so does Target and most other film processing places these days.

Mutinousdoug
2007-10-27, 17:48
DK,
There is no reason you couldn't include a little guard on the profile of that Nessmuk design. I think there are a few commercially made hunting knives out there that are nothing more than Nessmuks with a guard added to the handle.

Turk
2007-10-28, 15:31
Looks good.
I like the skinner pattern. Much like the classic skinner my dad has.
http://www.grohmannknives.com/images2002/no101sbig.jpg

also if you are not yet comitted. Have you thought much about the
Russell style Canadian belt knife design?

As a cook I think you might appreciate its features.
http://www.grohmannknives.com/images2002/rk1sbig.jpg
http://www.grohmannknives.com/images2002/no2big.jpg
http://www.grohmannknives.com/pages/outdoor.html

Mutinousdoug
2007-10-28, 23:00
I like the Canadian belt knife profile and have three of them: a Russell, an old George Hearter's, and Co. and some off-brand something or other. But I like the shape of the handle of the Skinner Turk pictures and DK shows in his sketch. The circular chord shape of the back of the Canadian knife handle makes a slimy knife hard to hold onto when pushing the blade.
I'm a pretty crude butcher (so take this into account) but I don't care for the up-swept, trailing point of the "skinner" style (and it's clip point cousins) in a fixed blade, and think this is really more of a "Caper" pattern held like a pencil for skinning out the head and feet of a trophy animal. It's also common on a slicer type butcher knife where you may need to poke a hole in a carcass to start parting it out, but it's a bad tool for gutting fish, fowl or meat. If you have a gut hook (?) or a drop point or Nessmuk blade for that, then you are all set.
This is my opinion only and I hope DropKick doesn't take it as criticism of his choice of a knife profile. My pocket knife of choice is a stockman with a clip blade. I'm just stirring the pot here, so to speak.
I made a Nessmuk knife from an Ontario skinner per the directions floating around the internet last year and am pretty happy with it except it's a little big for my needs at 4.25" blade. The "hump" behind the point makes it a little easier to gut an animal without nicking its intestines, something to hold onto when using as a drawknife and something to aim at when batoning.

Hollowdweller
2007-11-05, 17:25
Hey speaking of making blades on this other forum we had a Pukko Building contest where everyone made a blade using a nordic type blade and then we did a poll and crowned a pukko king. Quite a few beauties were done. Check it out.

You'll have to sort thru some small talk but there's some good "in process" pics in this thread

http://ramanon.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48914&page=5

Then here is the voting thread (voting over) with some of the pics of the finished products.

http://ramanon.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50883

blink-1
2007-11-05, 23:17
Hey speaking of making blades on this other forum we had a Pukko Building contest where everyone made a blade using a nordic type blade and then we did a poll and crowned a pukko king. Quite a few beauties were done. Check it out.

You'll have to sort thru some small talk but there's some good "in process" pics in this thread

http://ramanon.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48914&page=5

Then here is the voting thread (voting over) with some of the pics of the finished products.

http://ramanon.com/forum/showthread.php?t=50883



There are some fabulous puukos in that thread. It may have woken my muse. Guess winter won't be so dull afterall.