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    Stalking knife

    Like many of you have a shed load of knives that I've used in the past from Buck folders to expensive custom jobs. I have had George Trout make me 5 to my designs, another by W C Davis, and another by Arno Bernard, also some expensive Puma and Falravin jobbies, I like knifes. I've made several myself, and now have an Aly mini grinder, a two wheel buffer, and a Clarke mill/lathe and have knocked up several blades myself, however the best knife I ever had and LOST, was by the late Harry Boden, a model he called the "Sika", this went with me to Scotland 8 times and Africa once, then I lost it somewhere and despite looking for it over a 10 year period, have never found it. I am currently having three blades made for me of my own design similar to Harry's Sika by Ian Burns, a maker on British Blades, Ian goes under the name of Tatsumi and has made some lovely knives, he will make me a knife based on my design of a 4" modified spear point, of 22mm depth max, this is more than enough to spike/cut around the anus of all our deer with a modified loveless handle, and also one with a handle that has a finger notch as the Sika Had, ALL will have proper finger guards, not merely a notch cut into the blade between handle and the choil to serve as a finger guard. I really looking forward to making up the two blades he has made, and getting and using the third one he wanted to make to see the finished design, will post when I have then, but as I leave for the states next Tuesday for 5 weeks with a mate and hunting contacts out there it may be some time. deerwarden

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    Very nice indeed - looking forward to seeing the results.

    Ian/Tatsumi's work looks absolutely top notch: Knife examples | I. R. B Custom Knives and leather goods

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    If you are going to the USA, buy one there, for something different. There are so many super knife makers, and many of them mostly known regionally, or to discriminating collectors who have discovered them early. A lot of the knives, in nice leather, are less than $150.00 US. Post some photos of what you like best.

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    Already done that with George trout, James Sponaugle, and A G Russell in the past B4 we were hit with huge import duties and tax's, we now have to pay upon entry into the U.K. I had a bad issue with Gilbert Norfleet who took $200 from me but did not supply a knife for 15 months, loads of excuses including illness of his mother then himself. I then found out there were several others who had not got their knives either, as I paid by credit card and had all the e-mails to hand I got a full refund, looked a nice copies of the loveless design. Play at home now, but no disrespect to the other makers out there in the USA as James supplied me a great knife after the above bad experience. Southern, George Trout has built me some great knives, some in 20 and 30 twist damasteel with lovely embossed sheave's, these will be left to my grandchildren as they can only increase in value, Ian's work is first class, his attention to detail on my designs and input has enhanced them, he is very professional and pro-active, these will be workers unless I again think they are too good to use, that's why he's doing me blades only as well for me to put the handles and guards on myself. deerwarden

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    Still got My Harry Boden Sika bought 10 plus years ago. Lovely Knife!

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    What a shame that governments cannot discriminate between Red China dumping millions of cheap knives made by slave labor into our markets, from individual craftsmen selling something which is unique, and perhaps made to order for an individual customer, who may not buy anything instead. Every government has way more money than they need, but never as much as they want, to the end of bleeding the economies into a standstill.

    George Trout makes beautiful knives of great steel. I have been dealing with A.G. Russell since his catalog was a photocopy list of his personal inventory of mostly second-hand knives. He has been a great champion of the craft, and the manufacturers. We just lost a great one here a few years ago, George Herron. It's a shame when second-rate makers try to charge too much, or take down payments and have to be pestered to deliver.

    One of Herron's better protege's:
    Wayne Hendrix Handmade Knives | A.G. Russell Knives

    www.agrussell.com › Knives



    Last edited by Southern; 22-04-2014 at 21:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suffolk stalker View Post
    Still got My Harry Boden Sika bought 10 plus years ago. Lovely Knife!
    Bugger, I lost mine in Suffolk, that hurts to know at times I'm near another one, does it have ivory micarta handles I don't want to know I've moved on. deerwarden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    What a shame that governments cannot discriminate between Red China dumping millions of cheap knives made by slave labor into our markets, from individual craftsmen selling something which is unique, and perhaps made to order for an individual customer, who may not buy anything instead. Every government has way more money than they need, but never as much as they want, to the end of bleeding the economies into a standstill.

    George Trout makes beautiful knives of great steel. I have been dealing with A.G. Russell since his catalog was a photocopy list of his personal inventory of mostly second-hand knives. He has been a great champion of the craft, and the manufacturers. We just lost a great one here a few years ago, George Herron. It's a shame when second-rate makers try to charge too much, or take down payments and have to be pestered to deliver.

    One of Herron's better protege's:
    Wayne Hendrix Handmade Knives | A.G. Russell Knives

    www.agrussell.com › Knives
    Man alive, they're not underpriced now though...! Recently I bought a Puukko 'Ahti' absolutely great forty quids worth of knife. For my previous thirty years stalking I've used the same two knives. Both inexpensive & both have served well. ATB
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    I used to have one of Harry Boden's Bowie knives years ago, made from 1/4 inch D2

    I used my uncle's Joel Bolden model 1 last time I was in Canada and it's a joy in all respects.

    Great shape, comfortable handle, thin D2 blade with a full flat grind and distal tapered to a fine tip.

    Thin and sharp = great combination

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    Quote Originally Posted by .30-06 View Post
    I used to have one of Harry Boden's Bowie knives years ago, made from 1/4 inch D2

    I used my uncle's Joel Bolden model 1 last time I was in Canada and it's a joy in all respects.

    Great shape, comfortable handle, thin D2 blade with a full flat grind and distal tapered to a fine tip.

    Thin and sharp = great combination
    That's what I've ordered in a high grade stainless steel, only needs to cut/penetrate flesh for field gralloch, when back at vehicle I always carry a 6" larder knife and steel/saw to split breastbone/dull a blade etc, you don't need a thick blade or a deep bellied blade for our field dressing. deerwarden

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