Or more accurately, awl the spey?
An acquaintance on a couple forums did this mod a while back to a 4 blade Rough Rider stockman, then a Rough Rider sowbelly.
Made me think at the time that I never use the spey on my Case ’47 pattern stockman, I could do it too.
Then I got this fancy ’18 recently, and had the same idea… Wasn’t sure if the thin blade would end up too weak, and flexy. Then I noticed it’s blades and the ’47s are the same stock thickness.. either way it’d be thin.
Thought I could try it on my older ’18, but if I’m going to be carrying one it’ll probably be the newer one for a while…
So I decided to heck with it, what the hell, why not. 😀
What the hell am I talking about?
Making an awl/punch out of the spey blade!
The two knives for side by side comparison.
It was easy, and worked great! Not my smoothest bevel grind ever, but it’s hard for me to free hand a chisel grind– not used to the deeper angle. But it’ll work! (and does, I tried it!)
Turned out to be very stiff too, it’s thin stock but short and narrow, it has no flex like I was worried about. Should be fine.