My prototype is done.

Discussion in 'ESEE® Knives and Gear' started by Paycheck, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. The Warrior

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    I remember the ffg Jungolo.

    Looking forward to the results on the Paycheck.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    That would be nice. O1 is very similar in properties to 1095, so the design should transition well.
     
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    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.
     
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    Took some metal off the spine. Handles better, just wish it was a tad lighter. thumbnail1.jpg thumbnail (2).jpg
     
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    How much does it weigh?
     
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    No idea, I don't have scales that accurate. It balances well, but it is a hefty blade.
    Next to my Junglas for comparison.


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    That is a short sword!
     
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    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.
     
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    I like hefty blades. Use it like it stole something.
     
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    That's the plan. All my blades endure domestic abuse. No safe queens in this household lol. Might have a friend take videos, too.
     
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    I hear that, I use the sh*t out of my blades. No safe queens.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
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    this is Jim smiling, holding a custom oversized Jest pattern bolo
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    better view of one of his bolos - and the fore & aft taper
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  17. Paycheck

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    I might just modify this one. I like tinkering with my blades. Or maybe ask Ben if he would grind it down for me.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
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    Next to the inspirations for the concept: FBF short machete and Junglas.
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    Great design, great materials. Should be a hard worker.
     
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