Finally did something with the blades in this Schmachtenberg Bros. sleeveboard I got last summer.
Squared the ragged end off the broken main, and rounded the back corner off so its not sharp to hold anymore.
Sharpened the pen blade too, and dropped its tip so its below the liners. Could have left it a higher tip, and dropped the kick, but that would have made it impossible to open without cutting a relief in the scale/liner, and I didn’t want to do that on this one, wanted the frame shape left alone.
This knife has a looong history of mods with me. I first got it in late 2005, or early 2006. I think in 2006.
It was the fist traditional pocket knife that I really carried a Lot and worked a Lot. We started building our garage tgat summer and I remember the lighting fast cuts it made opening cement bags… A highly abrasive task that never seemed to phase it.
It is made by Bear MGC, Now Bear and Sons. Its a Damascus steel 4.125″ 2 blade trapper. It was built with brass liners, nickel silver bolsters, and thick swell center burnt stag bone handles.
Within a week I’d ground the stag down to smooth “normal” profile, and retoasted them a light caramel.
Within a couple years, I’d taken it apart to rehandle it in sonething else.
About 10 years later, I had gotten back to it after purchasing another like it that I did in moose stag.
At that pointvid picked out materials, etc along the way, knew what I wanted to do, had just never had the time or gumption to do it.
Finally in 2015, I decided what the heck, and did it.
Ithink I’ve carried it five times since I built it like that. Used less. When I did it, I left it Really thick toward the back, for a tapered fatter grip, which I thought I’d like.
It was OK to grip, but not great, and turned out horrendousto pocket.
The best couple pics at the end of the above posts, that show what I ended up not liking, are these I think.
Aaaannnnddd… where I started this time;
Icarefully sawed slots inthe “pins”(corby bolts!), cranked them apart, and tookthesucker apart. Thankfully I had a hatred for glueingknife scales on, so no trouble there.
Cut and filed the uneven bolsters the same length(damn close)
evened the scales lengths, made spacers for the gap, made/modified pins(bolts) to fit, thinned the scales out.
Looks like I missed pics of cutting, stacking, and installing the fiber spacers. That was tedious but i got them a tight fit.
During, attached together to match the profile, thicknesses easier, blue tape the super glue that together.
Got into some porosity… semi super glue filled after I was done.
Top bolt was the same as the lower when I started, had to lathe them so the shanks were longer. Half this hardware was in the knife when I took it apart. The other half was pirces Id screwed up the first time around that I had to mod/fix.
Made a short brass spacer from a loveless bolt set even shorter for a corby bolt I had that wasn’t long enough to reach through the second liner… spacer is threaded so when its all cranked together its the same support and grip as the corby shaft being longer..
Assembled and had actually sanded the scales too short from the spacers(freaking fine sanding to fit the angles) so I came up with a secret weapon, and filled the gaps.. color even works ok with these scales.
We’ll see how durable it turns out to be.
Assembled and ground the corbys off, still no epoxy in it in case I want to have it apart again someday. (Not likely!!!)
Finish sanded and thinned it some more, hand sanded everything @220, and buffed lightly…
Need a clean buffing wheel, will set that up and buff the bolsters to high gloss… someday. 😉
But for now, she’s done again! Its a lot cleaner of a build now, and friendlier in hand and pocket.
I like it a lot better!! Its a much better grip, still thicker than a single blade trapper would be, it feels like a slightly thick two blade folder, or a thin fixed blade. And it basically disappears in pocket too.
Maybe after about 15 years, I might get to carry it again. 🙂
(Wood filler is the thin tan lines between the bone scales and the first red spacer)
Little post a few days ago mentioned getting this knife back into my travel kit. Goodthing I did! Its actually not been in the truck, but in my lunch/snack box. One day a little while ago, transfering gear to a friends truck to go shooting(target) I grabbed the snack box for a light lunch.
That meant that later I had a sharp single blade thats easier to clean than the twin blade I was pocket carying, when an impromptu bunny hunt came up..
Little fur ball kept getting curious about the sound or something andrunning out into the range (gravel pit) we were using.
He knew I’ve been wanting to rabbit hunt a while, so my buddy said go for it if I wanted. 3rd appearance of the critter, 2nd active stalk I managed to connect before he completely disappeared again.
Great knife for the task, thin point was easy to control, handle comfortable, good reach, and laser sharp.
Guy that was with me gave a couple ideas and left me to it, so I just basically taught myself to clean/skin a rabbit. He said I did great especially when he found out I’d never cleaned anything but fish before!
Was too hot and tired that night to do the grilling we’d planned, but roast bunny is on the menu soon. Will take pics!
Yeah, backup blades of the same type aren’t my thing. I’m more for multiple blades in different styles, for different tasks. I can see how it would be, as these were originally meant asa skinning blade. Use it till dull, swap blades and keep going without having to change yourway of doing things to compensate for a different blade. But I don’t do that kind of repetitive work that warrants a direct replacement blade. So, yeah.
Ended up with a nice lambsfoot profile. And just about the same length of edge as is onthe sheepsfoot in the stockman.
Usually I do the back or pile side blade for this, but the curve of the frame leaves more accessto the nail nick on the front/mark side blade, than if does the other. So I did the front. The main blade used will be the straight edgeanyway… Might as well make it the mark sideblade, usually considered the “main” blade side.
Slight swedging and blend of spine edges.
Might touch the “peak” on the spine a bit tostraighten the overall look of the blade. Then again I might forget. It doesn’t really need it.
Just a little thought from several weeks ago. Finally got this one back to its proper place, as snack knife in the truck. Its been my favorite for summer saidage and cheese for a few years now! That blade is like a laser. Case Stainless and Yellow Delrin 4.125″ Slimline single blade Trapper.
An older thought line that didn’t het posted here. From mid May 2020. Thinkingabout getting a new knife but unsure… this is the closest I currently have to the form factor ofthe possible new one… this is 4″closed, slim, single blade, slipjoint.
The other is 4.125″ closed, slim, single blade, lockback. Carried this today to see how I might like the other. Not encouraging that this knife rung all the bells in design and concept a couple years ago, but didn’t in application, and I rarely use it. And rarely do I get along with a lockback. I find myself strangely drawn to a Case tribal lock.
Late May 2020; Notreally needing nor using a regular folder these days. At work, and honestly most times not, I carry and use the CRKT Folts Minimalist wharnie. It does 95% of my cutting. Otherwise I’m carying my Kobalt folding utility knife for really dirty stuff, the disposable blades get that duty. And itsuse is rare, I’veactually stopped carrying it every work day. Then, I have been carrying, (but applicable never using) a traditional folder. Sometimes I might carve up cheese and sausage with it. But I do carry a dedicated knife for that in the truck(Case single blade slim 6148 trapper). But, like I say, I’m drawn to the tribal lock right now. Or a bone scaled sodbuster(another pattern that seems perfect but hasnever really clicked for me). If i cary just the CRKT, that gets me a durable work blade, a utility straight edge, and i can not carry the Kobalt. Then I can have a second personal knife on me, for cleaner tasks, and for the option of a curved blade style. Except the tribal is hardly a curved edge, being that spear drop pount thing case maked that I find useless. Not straight enough, and not curved enough. Get the feeling I wouldn’t have it long with out re-profiling, and raising the tip. Meh.
So…I did manage a new knife last month. Something I’ve wanted for a while. They’re pretty rare among the brands that make traditionals, even in vintage models, and extremely rare in contemporary brands.
A mini muskrat. 3-5/8″ or thereabouts stockman frame with twin opposed clip blades.
Case made one until a few years ago. They’re kinda like finding hens teeth and when you do they’re gold plated teeth.
Took a while(couple years actually!) to find a good deal on one I liked.
Supposedly a 2016 model, haven’t run the tang myself yet. Handle is butterscotch corelon. I’ve read that no pins in the scales on composite handles generally means arehandle job, or a contract knife handled outside Case. For Corelon that tends to mean they were handled by Frost. It’s almosta flawless job, extremely good fit and finish, I’d never know Case didn’t do it.
I managed to score it brand new, unused, no box, for $35.
Used Mini Muskrats not in corelon(an expensive material, why I don’t know) tend to be a $70 to $100 proposal.
YES, It was a gift from God! No other way I’d ever get that it that price!