What are you looking for in the perfect knife...

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    Mostly finished, the rivets are just laid in there. Going to need another sanding from 220 to 1500 and there were a couple of voids in the epoxy...but aside form that, it just needs to sit and oxidize for a few weeks to bring the purple back, then lacquer.
     
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    That's looking very nice indeed!
     
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    Thanks. It is turning more purple every day.
     
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    Of course, now I'm not nearly as captivated with the blade shape as I was when I started. Time to reprofile.

    Played around with a couple designs...

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    ...but decided to clone a Svord 677.

    Marked and cut with the dremel...

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    ...and cleaned up with a bastard file. I like this drop style point for a skinner. Like the Nessmuk, Kephart and Grohmann #1, it allows for an anterior pelt cut that limits the risk of perforating the abdominal cavity.


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    (Video of skinning operation, viewer discretion advised, skip to 3:45)...




    All done...with Svord 677 and before & after...

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    Uh, is this the 'first knife of the arsenal in your van' type of question or 'your first knife in the boyscouts' type thing. If it's the second I'd say a fold out boyscout's knife. If it's the first please tell us you don't like the deathshead moth.
     
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    Good question. Different knife designs are purpose specific. If you're a sailor, a sheepsfoot blade might be your perfect knife. If you're a small game hunter, a Canadian Belt Knife might be your perfect knife. If you're into camping, your perfect knife might be a compromise between a good vegetable slicer, rope cutter and tinder maker, like a Buck 119 Special or 192 Vanguard. Do you need a pocket knife or a fixed blade? Full tang? Do you need a knife design for a work related activity? Do you need rust resistence of an alphabet steel, 440C or AUS 8...or will a carbon steel like 1095 or O1 serve your purpose? Then you have edge retention vs ease of sharpening.

    Lots of variables, so likely each individual has a very personalized perfect knife.
     
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    Sheath time-

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