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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Ha ha I get the feeling he was helping a newbie out, you already said how good the Mercator is
    I think he's changed his mind and the Mercator is not quite as good as he first thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    I think he's changed his mind and the Mercator is not quite as good as he first thought.
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    If you are young and fit pretty much anything that holds a bit of an edge will work. As you get older and the joints dont work as they used to the handle becomes as important as the blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terryf View Post
    Always great to see new guys joining the clan

    I have a deal for you - a custom Sandt Blades hunter:

    Steel: N690
    OAL: 225mm
    Blade length: 105mm
    Blade thickness: 3.2mm
    Bolsters: stainless 304
    Weight: 147 grams
    Handle: African hardwood with red liners
    Sheath: leather right handed


    Retail: $350

    You can have it for $100 with one condition - you post some photos for us of your next hunt.
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    That's a good thing dude.
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    hey still a relative newbie myself, I only have my Mercator Folder, surely doesn't hurt to ask
    but hey if I have given you 2 @Gibo and @berg243 some entertainment then all good

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    Have had to dress out a white tail with a syderco dragonfly (blade length.... 57mm) it worked would I do it again, not if I had too.

    Another option is the vitronox kitchen knives, they come razor sharp and last ok and I think they are cheaper than the bahco. They are a thin blade so risk of snapping is there.

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    For a first knife go with the Bahco. Good blade shape ( not as good as Nga makes ) and not too long which is very important while you learn how to use it and a fluoro handle so you don't loose it in the dark and can see it when it ends up in the kitchen sink with the other dishes. Throw away the sheath that comes with it and make one out of Polyurethane pipe (AKA Alkathene). Cut a piece 50mm longer than the knife. Heat it in the oven on a piece of plywood or similar that wont concentrate the heat on the contact surface like metal - until soft enough to shape. Then put the knife in leaving only about 30mm of the handle showing, mark it and form a belt loop ( two vertical cuts 8mm apart & 50mm long ) then clamp the sheath with two blocks of wood in a vise to cool. Once cool cut a slot to release the handle a little - the finished sheath should grip the knife handle with slight spring tension. Leave the bottom of the pipe sheath open so that crap falls out - it is much longer than the blade so you cant get knife stuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyb View Post
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    got anymore at that deal ? pm me if you do ?
    nah sorry mate, one time deal for the OP - can't sell everything at 60% below cost but you're right, can't hurt to ask!!
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    Bahco are a great knife for the money but for a beginner they are real bastards to sharpen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moa Hunter View Post
    For a first knife go with the Bahco. Good blade shape ( not as good as Nga makes ) and not too long which is very important while you learn how to use it and a fluoro handle so you don't loose it in the dark and can see it when it ends up in the kitchen sink with the other dishes. Throw away the sheath that comes with it and make one out of Polyurethane pipe (AKA Alkathene). Cut a piece 50mm longer than the knife. Heat it in the oven on a piece of plywood or similar that wont concentrate the heat on the contact surface like metal - until soft enough to shape. Then put the knife in leaving only about 30mm of the handle showing, mark it and form a belt loop ( two vertical cuts 8mm apart & 50mm long ) then clamp the sheath with two blocks of wood in a vise to cool. Once cool cut a slot to release the handle a little - the finished sheath should grip the knife handle with slight spring tension. Leave the bottom of the pipe sheath open so that crap falls out - it is much longer than the blade so you cant get knife stuck.
    Got any photos to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Bahco are a great knife for the money but for a beginner they are real bastards to sharpen
    They do 'take a steel' very well - a med / course which is a big help on the hill. Those really hard blade knives need stoned.
    The knife that you bought off Nga has the very best blade shape that I have seen Ryan. How does it actually go ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by terryf View Post
    nah sorry mate, one time deal for the OP - can't sell everything at 60% below cost but you're right, can't hurt to ask!!
    @terryf sweet as mate, as mentioned I have a Mercator and it is more than up to the task, I don't need another blade but for that kind of deal it would be one of those nice to have but not necessary to have .
    I appreciate it was a 1 off offer to the O.P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moa Hunter View Post
    They do 'take a steel' very well - a med / course which is a big help on the hill. Those really hard blade knives need stoned.
    The knife that you bought off Nga has the very best blade shape that I have seen Ryan. How does it actually go ??
    Its a brilliant knife, holds an excellent edge and is easy to touch up. The shape is a brilliant allrounder, it skins and bones very well and sits well in the hand. Im very happy with it and think it wont be replaced anytime soon
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    ..........shit where did that go?

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    Was into fixed blades now folding knives as it won’t get lost in my main pack pocket or daybag.

 

 

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