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nikto 04-24-2016 07:01 PM


gripper 04-24-2016 07:10 PM

Nice! I like that boot knife to the left of the sub-hilt design.

nikto 04-24-2016 07:34 PM

fraid I don't know what a sub hilt is. I just love drop points, stag handles, and sealed bolsters. There was a guy, Lowell? Dowell? who started with half inch thick billets and ground down the blade and the areas for the handle slabs, leaving the cap and hilt full thickness, a one pc sort of deal. Very similar and very beautiful

John in AR 04-25-2016 07:26 AM

[QUOTE=nikto;221812]fraid I don't know what a sub hilt is.
Basically a finger grip on the other side of the index finger from the guard, to give something to pull against just as the guard gives something to push against.

Extreme example:

More subtle example:

I can see the benefit from a grip perspective, but it's not for me personally; especially the more extreme styles on some sheath knives. I like a larger pommel on a large grip to accomplish pretty much the same thing.

gripper 04-25-2016 07:45 AM

I agree. The subtle example is about all that I ever preferred. I see the utility in a point forward or saber Grip,but when I'd switch to an outboard/reverse grip, it gets a bit awkward for me. Beautiful work, though.

John in AR 04-25-2016 09:10 AM

The large pommel I was describing:

The guard keeps your hand where it should be when pushing, and the large pommel does the same thing when pulling. It's one of the reasons I like the Marbles Ideal so much.

Fwiw, my second-favorite woods knife. Has a minor sub-hilt grip, but not as positive as the Ideal's pommel. But the steel is awfully good on it; it's a Fallkniven SK-6, blade is VG-10 outer layers, sandwiched around a cobalt center. It's a phenomenal knife.

I didn't like the goofy black sheath it came in, so I had SavageMade sheaths make one up for me, that carries an EZE-Lap hone in a thin pocket on the back. Great for resharpening in the field:

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