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    Like most people on ths forum,I am by virtue of my interests, a collector of knives.Most have just accumalated over the years in a quest for a decent bushcraft tool.
    Having read the forum and with consideration to my needs i decided to make tthe required tool myself. Ha Ha Ha.
    I decided on a flat ground knife,spearpoint blade of about 80 to 100mm long,with a full length tang.
    That was the easy bit.
    I was given an old skinning knife with an antler handle, stick tang and aluminium pommel. None of which were attatched to each other. The blade was in poor shape too.It had been used as a pry bar and was 6 inches long with an upswept type skinning blade, but at least it was flat ground!
    I borrowed a bench grinder and after hours of deliberating,dubious use of a grinder and a new sandvik file later i achieved the desired blade shape.
    next i re attatched the handle.i removed the finger guard and turned the tube of antler 'upside down' so the bulk of the handle was above the cutting edge. this added to the comfort of useing it.
    Just as I thought the end was in site, I read the forum about removing the secondary bevel on skandi blades.!
    OUT CAME THE OIL STONE. cheers Martin :-x
    2 weekends of ginding and bottle of oil later.
    I now have a knife that is not beautiful, but beautifully functional. i have a bald left forarm and now intend to make the sheath.unless, of course there is anything else i missed.......
    I'll try and post a picture when I've finished if anyone is interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacker bob
    I'll try and post a picture when I've finished if anyone is interested
    Please do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacker bob
    OUT CAME THE OIL STONE. cheers Martin :-x
    2 weekends of ginding and bottle of oil later.
    I now have a knife that is not beautiful, but beautifully functional. i have a bald left forarm and now intend to make the sheath.unless, of course there is anything else i missed.......
    I'll try and post a picture when I've finished if anyone is interested
    Yes please on the picture. It doesnt *have* to have a zero bevel for it to be a good working knife, but whether it is or not will determine how you use it and sharpen it. There is a big debate surrounding the zero bevel or not issue. Personally, I love it for working with wood, whittling, or whatever. Once the bevel is there, I also find it a very easy edge to maintain. In fact the easiest of the knives I own. I believe others feel the same. But there are other solutions. Full convex grind is very popular and makes for a ferrociously sharp knife, but again, personally, I find the edge much more difficult (compared to a flat grind) to maintain. Horses for courses.

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    Heres the picture.The sheath is 4mm bridle leather and was a sod to sew, but is a good snug fit.

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    Very nice, looks like a worker.:-D

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