Discussion in 'ESEE® Knives and Gear' started by Paycheck, Sep 9, 2018.
I remember the ffg Jungolo.
Looking forward to the results on the Paycheck.
I'll try to post pics whenever I have internet. We will be on the road, on hikes and camping the entire way to Utah. Plenty of spots to test the blade.
Saw the pics Todd posted on FB the other day - I'm a bit jealous.
Looking forward to some use reports - Todd does nice work, but I'd love to see this come out as a production knife.
That would be nice. O1 is very similar in properties to 1095, so the design should transition well.
Just got the knife. I'm at work, so I left it in the car. The knife looks great, the only thing different is it seems that Todd went with the constant spine thickness instead of distal taper. It feels a little heavier, so I will remove some material from the spine. I'll post pics once I get home.
Took some metal off the spine. Handles better, just wish it was a tad lighter.
How much does it weigh?
No idea, I don't have scales that accurate. It balances well, but it is a hefty blade.
Next to my Junglas for comparison.
That is a short sword!
Sure is. It will definitely be a good chopper, but I think it could stand to lose some weight. A distal taper would help, I think.
I like hefty blades. Use it like it stole something.
That's the plan. All my blades endure domestic abuse. No safe queens in this household lol. Might have a friend take videos, too.
I hear that, I use the sh*t out of my blades. No safe queens.
Otherwise what's the point in having a working knife. Even my Carothers I recently got is seeing hard work. The biggest test for this blade is going to be in the light brush. I need it to be swift enough to handle it well and light enough to not strain my wrist.
you should talk to Jim Bensinger -- he does some of the best forged distal tapers I've handled.
I can guess what you paid for that from Todd, and Jim could probably build one for similar $$$.
since it's your design, there's no worry about copying another maker's work.
this is the spine of one of his Ruination bowies - about 3/8" at the hilt, tapered down to almost nothing at the tip.
this is Jim smiling, holding a custom oversized Jest pattern bolo
better view of one of his bolos - and the fore & aft taper
I might just modify this one. I like tinkering with my blades. Or maybe ask Ben if he would grind it down for me.
So, after giving it enough thought, I decided not to take this blade on the trip. It is a monster chopper, but that's not what I set out to accomplish. I underestimated the scale and the mass of it (Junglas is easier to swing than this knife), so I'll need to trim quite a bit off in order to bring it to what I had in mind. I'm afraid if I take it for a week-long trip, I'll get used to it, and I don't want that to happen.
EDIT: I borrowed a bench grinder from my friend and was able to remove some material from the spine. Feels better, so she's coming with me, after all. If I think it needs some more metal removed, Ben @FortyTwoBlades agreed to help me with that.
Did some work on it this week. Took some metal off the spine and handle, and tried to put a distal taper on it (best I could do with a bench grinder). Handles a lot better, IMO.
Next to the inspirations for the concept: FBF short machete and Junglas.
Great design, great materials. Should be a hard worker.