Hollow Handle Knives and Other Classics (All Randalls Qualify)

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  1. RocketmanDane

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    Maybe I missed it BUT what are the brands of the top and bottom knife in the picture?
     
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    CRK.
     
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    IMG_2373.JPG My newest.
     
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    That's my jam there.
     
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    Yeah. That is the @Sam Wilson prototype SAFE. Really like it so far, especially with the micarta underlay that changes the ergos significantly if you don't like round stuff. Steel plated cap is literally like a hammer.
     
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    Nice. The micarta is a neat addition. Is that something pretty limited to the Wilson hollow handles?
     
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    As far as I know, @Sam Wilson was the first. The guy lives and breathes this stuff and tests his gear extensively.
     
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    His designs have an obvious focus on functionality. Nothing seems to be extraneous.
     
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    Got my first hollow handle knife. Boker Apparo via Bushy.

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    Cool. Wrap that with some bank line from @5col or inner tube and it is a fine knife.
     
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    That is exactly it. I love the Rambo and Commando/Predators knives, probably more than the next guy, but my focus is on making high performance knives that also have a hollow handle. On the smaller ones I prefer an even smaller guard, but the guard like on the SAFE prototype there is what most guys have ordered.

    All the extra grind lines and big double lug guards look cool and certainly have their place, but a full flat grind, thin edge paired with good heat treat and appropriate edge angle make for a knife that is a very effective cutter, which is what I use a knife for. Having built-in storage is a plus.

    Thanks for the compliments DJ and Rick. I need to post here more often.
     
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    @Sam Wilson I agree totally. While I understand the appeal of stylized blades, I think the best form of style comes from the maker's particular interpretation of what's functional.
     
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    Yes please post more of your work.
     
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    Here are a couple. The orange handled SAFE knife I like a lot (the larger one on the left) because I took the guard down to almost as small as it can be. For pure function and what is necessary/useful for most situations in the wild, this is a great combo in my opinion.

    CPM 154 blade, thin grind, steel plated buttcap, and pouch on the sheath give this setup a lot of capability. The only thing I would add is the "micarta" contouring to the handle. But this set was for a customer and didn't have it. The P.A.C.Knife on the right of it was a prototype and now has a slightly fuller blade, like the one in green below it.

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    Closeup of the steel plated buttcap. The idea behind this was to keep the lightweight aluminum for the buttcap but have a steel surface for pounding so that the aluminum wouldn't get destroyed. All steel buttcaps are very heavy and throw the balance of the knife off, in my opinion.

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    The current version of the P.A.C.Knife (Pack And Camp Knife):

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    And finally an SSII (S.A.F.E. System II), the larger brother to the S.A.F.E. Knife - Survival Adventure Field and Exploration Knife:

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    I'll post some more in the future, I don't want to sink DJ' s thread with a bunch of my pics. Hope you like them.

    Sam Wilson
     
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    I am really liking your style.
     
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    I really like the larger SAFE as well. That's an excellent grind.
     
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    Whats the outer diameter of the grip on the safe knife, sir?
     
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    Thank you, Rick.


    Thank you, they're all based on a 1" outside diameter tube. The PACKnife has an aluminum tube, although steel is optional, and all the others use a steel tube. The "micarta" layer adds right around 1/16" to the handle, with a slight swell where your fingers wrap around.

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