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by kwackster
Tue May 21, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General discussion on blades
Topic: Finetuning a couple of Condors
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: Finetuning a couple of Condors

The hard shouldered V-shaped edge with an apex of +/- 30 degrees inclusive was changed into a soft shouldered convex shaped edge, also with an apex of +/- 30 degrees inclusive, with the help of a bastard file & a smooth file. Going to find out how a filed convex edge holds up in my use. I tried to m...
by kwackster
Mon May 20, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General discussion on blades
Topic: Finetuning a couple of Condors
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: Finetuning a couple of Condors

For me the Cold Steel kukri machete has proven to be very comfortable with it's contoured PVC handle, and even more so with a fuzzy finished surface. The PVC tends to shed most of the fuzzy bits after a few days of chopping, leaving a surface that is very hand friendly and doesn't produce any bliste...
by kwackster
Sun May 19, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: General discussion on blades
Topic: Finetuning a couple of Condors
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: Finetuning a couple of Condors

The Bushcraft Parang now also has a contoured & fuzzy finished handle:

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by kwackster
Sat May 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General discussion on blades
Topic: Finetuning a couple of Condors
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Finetuning a couple of Condors

Currently busy finetuning two Condor choppers, a Bushcraft Parang and an Eco Golok machete. For years i've only used kukri models for trail clearing (a Tora Blades Camping kukri and a Cold Steel Kukri machete) here on the Veluwe, and the plan is to get some hands-on experience using a few other trie...
by kwackster
Thu May 16, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: Vintage French paratrooper dagger
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Vintage French paratrooper dagger

Hi Ian, What would you consider quite expensive ? Where i live these French daggers are very hard to find (in any condition, but especially the well preserved first generation versions like this one), so i just tend to follow the ancient Dutch proverb: "better expensive than not for sale at all". 8)...
by kwackster
Wed May 15, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: Vintage French paratrooper dagger
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Vintage French paratrooper dagger

My latest find is this original first model French paratrooper dagger from the 1950's and/or 1960's. On the steel guard it reads "Poignard de Combat" and "Special Beret Rouge", which translates into something like: "combat poniard for red berets" https://i.postimg.cc/NyLjq0hS/image.jpg https://i.pos...
by kwackster
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Professional kitchen knives
Topic: Takamura R2 gyuto 210 sharpening
Replies: 7
Views: 1711

Re: Takamura R2 gyuto 210 sharpening

The factory edge on this Takamura gyuto was +/- 22.5 degrees inclusive, so yours is most likely comparable.
by kwackster
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General discussion on blades
Topic: Messed up Blade
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Messed up Blade

I would recommend Josh from Razor Edge Knives LLC in Greenville, South Carolina.
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by kwackster
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Professional kitchen knives
Topic: Sabol Brothers gyuto's
Replies: 7
Views: 787

Re: Sabol Brothers gyuto's

There was a bit of a hick-up regarding the knives. After unwrapping the very well packaged parcel, then the individually wrapped knives in their black wooden saya's, and then removing these to inspect the blades, both edges reflected some light on the straight part of the blades, meaning they were a...
by kwackster
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: Al Mar FBI Wild West dagger
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Al Mar FBI Wild West dagger

Vintage FBI Wild West dagger from the late '80's / early '90's. Full tang construction, double hollow ground blade with narrow fuller & stabilized wood handle with brass hardware. Quality like this never goes out of style. https://s1.postimg.cc/6i370wd9l7/Vintage_Al_Mar_FBI_Wild_West_dagger_-_1.jpg ...
by kwackster
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: Hattori 983 Ultra Dagger
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Hattori 983 Ultra Dagger

Hattori 983 Ultra Dagger. Double hollow ground blade with fuller, tapered tang, and polished black linen Micarta handle. https://s1.postimg.cc/3phn3rzapn/Hattori_983_Ultra_Dagger_-_1.jpg https://s1.postimg.cc/198631128r/Hattori_983_Ultra_Dagger_-_2.jpg https://s1.postimg.cc/955oejco8b/Hattori_983_Ul...
by kwackster
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: Anton Wingen Jr. Othello 4375 dagger
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Anton Wingen Jr. Othello 4375 dagger

Vintage Othello (Anton Wingen Jr.) 4375 dagger from the early '80's, complete with leather sheath with steel beltclip on the reverse. The thick blade with ovalized ricasso is most likely made from drop-forged 440C steel, a process that Anton Wingen Jr. used to be famous for in it's day. Handle is po...
by kwackster
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Swords & Daggers
Topic: AG Russell Sting I & II
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: AG Russell Sting I & II

A recent find is this vintage AG Russell Sting II dagger with polished double hollow grind blade & inlayed Coral Rucarta handle panels. Integral one-piece construction made by Solingen manufacturer Anton Wingen Jr. for AG.Russell USA, and the knife pictured is the European version with both logo's o...
by kwackster
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Professional kitchen knives
Topic: Forever Diamond Titanium knives
Replies: 11
Views: 2166

Re: Forever Diamond Titanium knives

Update: I asked Patrick who tested the knife in a commercial kitchen a while ago if he would ever consider buying one of these diamond titanium knives for the retail price they cost, and his answer was no. His two reasons: in hindsight he found the blade a bit too flexible for his specific uses, plu...
by kwackster
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Professional kitchen knives
Topic: Ebay Shun Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Re: Ebay Shun Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife

Kai Shun's VG10 steel knives suffer from chippy edges noticeably more compared to the same VG10 steel as heat treated by Sakai Takayuki and Tojiro.