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This is my collection of knives I made for my use. I did not have the second one from the top very long, someone wanted it more than me. :D The top one is my competition knife. check out www.bladesports.org for more info on the competitions. Once again I like answering questions
 

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The bottom two knives are my EDC knives. Second from bottom is on my belt and the bottom one is in my pocket. The middle knife is my hunting knife that I made at the end of deer season this year after I cleaned a deer with my work knife and realized that I did not have a hunting knife out of CPM-M4 and well I had to fix that. I did not harvest any more deer this year but did use it on another guys deer for testing purposes, worked pretty good.
 

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Interesting blade design for a competition knife. I know some competitors like Ed shemp and Steve Schwarzer. Do you think that blade will hold up to small trees like it does rope. If so how much would you charge to build one?
 

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The competition knife specs are:
10" Blade
15" OAL
2" wide
The steel is CPM-M4 @ 60-62 Hrc
Trees are no match for this knife. I cut two 2X4s, a 1", 1.5", and 2" rope, a 3/4" hardwood dowel and an assortment of things at every cut. After every cut the knife will still slice newspaper and shave hair.
As far as prices I have not sold a competition knife yet. Prices will depend on steel (CPM-M4 or 5160) and whether or not you special order one or buy one that I have retired from competition. For example a new 5160 will run about $350. A new M4 will run about $600. The price difference is because of cost of steel and difficulty of working (sawing, grinding, and finishing). Used knife will depend on knife cannot quote prices on these. Also, keep in mind that the comp. knives I use start at 3/8" thickness. Alot of guys use 5/16" material. The ones I have to sell that are used are mostly 5/16", just recently started using the 3/8".
Hunter size knives are $150.
Caper sizes are $100-125.
Field knife (2nd from top in pic) in M4 will run $375, less in 5160.
All prices are include G-10 or rubber handles. Special requests or additions will affect price.
 

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Interesting blade design for a competition knife. I know some competitors like Ed shemp and Steve Schwarzer. Do you think that blade will hold up to small trees like it does rope. If so how much would you charge to build one?
Rbelote where are you from? Didn't see it in your profile. Always ready to talk blades. Reason I'm asking if you are close and interested we can set up to let you try out a comp. knife. Or at least a demo.
 

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I am in Smithdale, Ms. I am a student of Bram Frank, he is a philipino/modern knife instructor out of tampa florida. I started training with one of his first students in college and now I travel to tampa to train with him. I know more about using a knife them about making them. I can go train with John davis or shemp or schwarzer, but I dont have the time. They are a little far away. I would like to meet up sometime, when my life gets alittle less busy.
 

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Big D im new on the forum, but my dad bought a knife from you, we live in polkville....Not sure if that rings a bell with you or not, but all i hear out of his mouth is about that knife he got from you. I work overseas in china and have been on dad about getn a knife from you, do you have any pics of what you have for sale? If not i'd like to meet up with you when i get home. I think i can pick out what i want by the pics and have dad bring you the money, if i dont like it, i'll buy another until i get what im looking for. Thanks!
clint smithhart
 

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I have pics of a lot of the knives I have built on my Flickr page, link in signature line. As Hammer stated I will have several for sale next weekend at the gun show. What size range are you interested in. And what will be the primary use of it so I can recommend a steel.

Your Dad told me some about what you do. Very interesting process to say the least.

Thanks for the interest.
Donavon
 

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I did alot of thinking about what i wanted today, this was after i wrote you of course. I want a knife to skin deer with, blade no longer than 5'' and not too big of a knife either, i just dont care for a large knife i guess you could say. I also want another work knife that can stand up to me using it for something everyday. I go through several cheap knives on every trip here. I just want two good knives........im a firm believer that you get what you pay for, so i want the best! Dad seems to think i need to wait and meet you, come look at what you have and then choose....im impatient and hate waiting, haha.
 

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I like the Arc handle hunter knife, think that would make a great skinning knife, like the wood looking handle. I think the work knife needs some type of rubber grip on the handle because my hands are usually greasy or covered in hyd oil. The work knife needs to have a little size to it, i'll be using it to cut rope, hyd hose, pushlock hose, etc.....and occasionally be used to pry stuff with. This knife needs to be tough as nails and bullet proof because it will be used!
 
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