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mulescj8

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Got my email today this beautiful BarkRiver is heading home to me! I asked for some unique mosaic pins and I wanted some ironwood with some character and I’m not disappointed!
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I picked up 3 Zoe Crist Knives this week also, 2 in ironwood and one in cocobolo these were on closeout and right at half price so I just couldn’t resist0D367B9F-B02D-4FFC-8229-CACA1A2BC693.jpeg29904C40-5C79-44F2-8909-53F23EC41389.jpegCC7BDEFC-1F1A-4AE0-9CE1-145F89BF9C42.jpegCC7BDEFC-1F1A-4AE0-9CE1-145F89BF9C42.jpeg5758E9FD-C378-40E7-AC7B-4638122E8E2D.jpeg27074E65-4C25-4198-B0D8-27C26AC9C672.jpeg
 

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Been a rough week until today and Andrew Karpinski pick me to be the new owner of this one of a kind blade I’m still stoked! Made my day!

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And I found another Zoe Crist with a beautiful ironwood handle This is the only picture I have for now. The wood is beautiful 044FC3E4-321D-4653-9DC3-3BDB1D1DCBD7.jpeg
 
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I need to find pictures, but I've got a hunting knife (doesn't fold) and a Swiss Army knife with a bunch of attachments-- including a mini pen, toothpick, and tweezers. Got it circa 1992 & have a leather case for it. I don't think I've ever taken a photo of it so I'll have to do that during daylight. Lights don't work in this room. :-(
 

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Zoe Crist is know for his “Damascus” type steel billets as well as for his custom knives. He had a major accident in 2013 I think, he was using a pinch roller making a billet of steel and it got his fingers, they fortunately were able to reattach them and he has regained most of his use out of them. He’s also quite an artist and a designer. Interesting fellow and a jack of all trades.

Andrew Karpinski owns and builds beautiful one off custom knives under the Tucker Work Knives name. His mind, eye and handy work is absolutely mind blowing when it comes to custom knives. I think he is one of the premier knife makers in the country. Just my opinion but he has people on a long wait list to get a custom knife.
 

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Picked up this Bark River Bobcat Hunter in Zebra 🦓 wood today. I let the one in ironwood get away last summer and I’ve been watching this one for 9 months, I can’t believe no one has grabbed it so it must be destiny.:huggs:

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I bought myself a birthday present. Admittedly I am a real sucker for multiuse items. so a nice knife with a fire steel and a sharpener in the sheath I was hooked. I was pleasantly surprised. It is heavier, and the blade is more robust than other Mora knives. The sharpener is more course than I care for, but in a pinch it would work. Overall I was pleased.

 

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I bought myself a birthday present. Admittedly I am a real sucker for multiuse items. so a nice knife with a fire steel and a sharpener in the sheath I was hooked. I was pleasantly surprised. It is heavier, and the blade is more robust than other Mora knives. The sharpener is more course than I care for, but in a pinch it would work. Overall I was pleased.

Mora bushcraft knife, that’s a good one. I’ve got one also and it’s definitely a user. Congrats!
 

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I’ve picked up a couple more in the last few months.

I’ve got another one coming from the same guy that made the two with the backward 7 on them. He’s a young guy that is actually hand forging knives, not just cutting a plank out and heat treating it. He’s only been doing it for a short time and is getting better and better with each blade. His name is Tim Ogg of 7forge Knives.
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very nice!
@ mulescj8 thank you! While it is supposed to be heavy. It is balanced so well it actually feels light. I've used it to chop through a 9 inch branch with very little difficulty about like using a good quality hatchet. Looking into getting a sheath that is more rustic. Also plan to get a smaller version for the wife.
 

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I got an email today from boss saying I hadn’t selected my 40 year award at work and since It was a month ago thought I would go ahead and make my pick. There really isn’t a lot of stuff to pick from, a few TVs, rings and watches which I don’t wear. They had a couple of 20vt tool sets which I already have, a pressure washer and a generator made by some company that I never heard of.

Well going back through the stuff I ran across this block and knife set and most places that I’ve priced them were around $800 for the set and it’s something I will get a lot of use out of it.

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Just picked up another knife from the guys at 7forge Knives, they just dropped some on the website to make available to sale so they can expand their equipment. Here is the one I got it’s A2 steel, double red micarta handle with with liners. Check out their website, couple of young men that instead of out partying and getting in trouble they are building knives with their free time and hoping to make it a full time business one day.

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Picked up another 7forge knife, the guys sent me a 25% off code for a knife of my choice. They said it was a thank you for helping promote their business. I was shocked and honored that they would do that. This one has firedog micarta scales. I can’t remember the steel at the moment but I will get it later.

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I’m not sure I can compare them, Tactical Edge is cut from bar stock to shape and they are hand finished. 7forge is hand forged and shaped from a a piece of bar stock. Heat treat seems good for both knives. Both the fit and finish is good, Tactical edge probably little better fit but that is years of experience vs a year experience, balance is better on the tactical edge but they are fairly close. Tactical edge does an acid etched finish vs 7forge does a polished finish. Tactical edge builds more of a smaller neck knife/defensive knife Or a very large Bowie style vs 7forge builds more of a bushcraft/ hunting/skinning style knife but both do customs. Honestly it’s kind of like comparing two cast iron skillets, both will do the job, both are black, both cook the same way. It’s personal preference which one you grab. Most of my tactical edge knives are either smaller and are designed to be a defensive style knife that you can use daily and conceal easily vs the 7forge blades I have are all in the 4-6 range and I would consider more of hunting, kitchen drop point style of knife that your probably only going to carry if your out in the woods hunting or fishing. Both are great knives, both are good carbon Steel blades that take a good edge, both are sharp . So it basically boils down to what you want to do with them. Black lab vs Golden lab different. Lol! I like both and I will use both.
 
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Tim at 7forge will make pretty much anything you want and he has a pretty quick turn around time. That’s definitely one advantage of working with someone fairly new compared to a Established blade smith that is booked up for 12-18 months at a time. Give Tim a holler and tell him JC sent you over. He will give you a far price on his work. One thing I didn’t touch on above is the sheaths, tactical edge includes a kydex sheath with every knife. 7 forge charges about $20 bucks for a simple dangler style taco sheath, Tim does fit them to the handle for retention and they work fine. If you want to make your own sheath he will usually knock a little off. I don’t think you will go wrong with either one. Both are good guys and both put out a good product.
 

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This blade is a little thinner than the other one and I haven’t gotten to use this one yet but this one feels so good in my hand, it’s light and great balance, I can see this one becoming a favorite very quickly. I think they called this one the ranger model and it seems like it will be a slicer.
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Here is a little closer to comparison I did for you these two blades are pretty close Tactical Edges EDC Bowie in green in 1095 steel. 7Forge’s Camp knife with firedog micarta, A2 steel. These are two different styles and two different steels. B174037F-D502-440B-A48C-F8923D34BCF1.jpeg2B98C26E-C5CE-40EA-B9B9-35E1C138C788.jpegBE33CA25-5375-46F2-AB26-FC9950B6FC99.jpeg7E8A754F-C8F7-4448-81D7-806421DC80A3.jpeg
 

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Both are great knives and I wouldn’t be hesitant to grab either one if I need a heavier blade knife. I am going to mention to Tim about taking the handle material down a little where the guard area would sit, I think it’s a little thick for the micarta handles, I don’t notice it as much in the wood handles, Tim is open to suggestions and that tells me he cares about his craft. This picture shows the what I’m talking about.8A8021B8-69BA-4242-BE05-F51BC3AD8478.jpeg
 

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Here are the various knives I’ve accumulated from 7forge. A few are A2 steel, one in 1095 and a couple in 80crv2, trying to keep the smaller one away from my wife so she don’t claim it. Lol
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Got a mail call on these two this morning. This one is a Bark River Classic Clip Point Hunter with Desert Ironwood and custom sheath. It’s used but has never been used. I picked this up from a guy that rehandles knives and he was on the fence about selling it. These are hard to find so I nudge him a bit. Lol
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This second one is made by Quickhatch Knives out of Idaho and I had actually forgot about this one, he only did a couple of theses and one had green handles and he did this one with black handles for me and he’s booked way up on custom builds and he told me that it would probably be 3 months, he moved, then the virus hit and he had a little issue with getting some of his materials. This one is 01 tool steel and it’s razor sharp. It’s small and light weight. Perfect size for EDC. I would have to measure it but I think the blade is about 3.5” long. Feels really nice in the hand.
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