My prototype is done.

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  1. Paycheck

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    I wanted a knife that would help me bridge a gap between a big knife (good chopper but too slow for light brush) and a short machete (swift but not enough heft to chop efficiently). Hopefully this does it. It's 12" O1 blade, 3/16 ffg with a distal taper. Handle should be long enough to provide good balance.
    It comes with T.M.Hunt workmanship and @Allen Morrison sheath. I mean does it get any better?
    Hoping to get it in time for my next trip. Fingers crossed.

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    That’s awesome. I like it.
     
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    Nice work, very graceful profile. I like it
     
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    Love it. Great design.
     
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    Thanks, guys. I can't wait to see how it handles.
    Jeff, me and Lorenzo were thinking about doing another run of Field Survival Course. If we do, I'll bring this one over as a test.
     
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    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    That needs to be a production knife. Haven't handled it yet but from the looks of it it's a real using knife. Man, you are asking for more punishment? Another Field Survival? You're nuts.
     
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    Great looking knife for sure!
     
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    A little time in the woods with bugs and leeches with no food or sleep ain't never hurt nobody :)
    If you want to, I can send it to you to check it out. I designed it with O1/1095 in mind cause I wasn't sure who was gonna make it, but I knew they were the most common and similar steels.
     
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    Absolutely love the design. Good work!

    You will not be disappointed with Todd's work. I have spent years testing his blades and never had a failure. There is a reason folks used to send blades to him for HT. He has mastered O1 and CPM154. He and @Allen Morrison are top notch fellers.

    This was one of his one off Bolos. Even with the pommel beak it still was comfortable.

     
  10. Paycheck

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    I remember that knife being in the pass-around. It was one of the reasons I wanted Todd to make my prototype.
     
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    Sick looking blade man, congrats. Looks useful indeed.
     
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    Mike and I both are interested in it. When you get a chance I'd like to put my hands on it. May be something we're interested in doing on a production scale. We like big knives that are well thought out. This one looks to be just that.
     
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    That would be great. As soon as I get back from my trip to Utah, I'll send it over to you guys.
     
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    What's the handle made out of?
     
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    Micarta. Not sure what kind, I just asked Todd to use whatever he had in abundance to cut the cost.
     
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    Really nice man. The ESEE Paycheck...sounds expensive, haha.
     
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    Hahaha, that's what I called it. But I'm guessing if it becomes a production knife, they'd give it a more marketable name.
     
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    Can't go wrong with Todd's craftsmanship. He does outstanding work. Built like a tank. I have a Hornet, and a custom Yuma he gifted me with a big handle. I've also used Erik's M18. All incredible knives.
     
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    Blade profile is awesome. Really liking what I see.
     
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    I've only had one of his smaller knives, but I've done my homework. Everybody is always raving about his knives, big or small. That's why I went to him. You can see his touch in the design, the signature slanted ricasso, the handle lines.
    I wanted the blade to be something between a short machete and Junglas. The closest I got to it was when @FortyTwoBlades made me a FFG Condor Jungolo. At that time, Todd was already working on my knife. I've been using that Jungolo, and I like how it performs. The Paycheck will just have a better handle, better steel, and a straighter thinner blade. I'll put it through its paces on the upcoming trip.
     

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