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#6295367 - 08/05/18 09:57 PM Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Taking my time this go. Bevelling is tricky. Size and hand feel/comfort feel good. Hopefully I can manage heat treating and a decent set of scales...
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#6295403 - 08/06/18 12:10 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
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Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 5967
Loc: Iowa
I never cared for that style of knife for anything on skinning raccoons, but I do like hand made knives and it looks like you're off to a good start on that one. I've never attempted one myself. Is this blade forged or ground into shape? I keep watching "forged in fire", I may have to give it try someday. Good job.
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#6295405 - 08/06/18 12:16 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
Meathunter1978 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/15
Posts: 358
Loc: Roanoke, VA
Slydogx here's one I've been working on for a fellow trapper.
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#6295407 - 08/06/18 12:18 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: ~ADC~]
swift4me Offline
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Registered: 07/13/10
Posts: 1666
Loc: American In the Pyrenees; Fran...
Not being critical, but it looks like you have a low spot in the contour of the blade. Maybe just the photo. Good luck with the heat treating. I just did my first one from scratch a few months ago and I got it cherry red in the wood stove then quenched in canola oil. After that 2 hours at 400 degrees in the oven.

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#6295409 - 08/06/18 12:25 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
ADC, the knife is ground from a lawnmower blade. The only forging was done by a friend who flattened the billet for me.
Swift, the low spot is actually on purpose...I am trying to create a "belly" at the edge leading in to the opening cut. My theory is that it will prevent the vlade getting hung up by the longer fur during a sweeping money cut motion. I am far from a high numbers coon guy but hope to trap and put up 100 for the first time this year. Most I've done before is 35.
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#6295410 - 08/06/18 12:26 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Meathunter, that's a beauty knife there. I don't think I'm at that level yet lol
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#6295412 - 08/06/18 01:15 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
Meathunter1978 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/15
Posts: 358
Loc: Roanoke, VA
Lol. I've only been making knives for around two years. So it still takes time and planning. Some of my pieces turn out some don't. You've got a good start. A little tip use a dremel for your bevel it's a lot quicker.
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#6295580 - 08/06/18 09:32 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
So, I re-read my original thread where I picked up some great tips from Tom cat (thanks again!)...I think I am on track for some success.
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#6295588 - 08/06/18 09:39 AM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
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Registered: 12/31/06
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Loc: Minnesota
Looks good!
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#6298655 - 08/10/18 12:26 PM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: 330-Trapper]
swift4me Offline
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Registered: 07/13/10
Posts: 1666
Loc: American In the Pyrenees; Fran...
Thanks for the explanation about the blade shape. It makes sense.

Good luck.

Pete

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#6298692 - 08/10/18 02:18 PM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Well, tried to finish this up last night and I'm pretty sure I botched it LOL.
I'm going to regrind this blank to something else and then cut a new one from my remaining material.
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#6298707 - 08/10/18 03:07 PM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 14669
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
I doubt you'll be able to harden that lawn mower blade steel to anything approaching hard. It's likely only cold/hot rolled steel.
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#6298738 - 08/10/18 03:56 PM Re: Coon skinner knife...2nd attempt [Re: slydogx]
slydogx Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 1294
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Big Bob, I am starting off with lawn mower blades and other scrap because I am sure my first few ain't gonna be worth a hill of beans anyhow LOL. After checking the price/availability on high carbon and tool steel I decided to do some "prototyping" with cheap steel first.

Glad I did, because if there are mistakes to be made, I have been making them.

One thing I am finding surprisingly challenging is properly fitting and shaping handles. I also find that I prefer the look of a metal bolster on a knife handle and I haven't quite sorted out how to accomplish that yet either.

But that is the beauty of trapping... it has given me cause (excuses) to branch out and learn new skills in order to enhance my trapping experiences. I have had to brush up on several woodworking, metal working and welding. Also, gotta be a good carp fisherman (free bait)
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