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07-02-2009, 12:08   #1
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The Ultimate Irish Hunting Knife

A challenge for you ...

Some of you may have seen THIS THREAD . Well from the general comments it seems that we have varied tastes when it comes to hunting knives in Ireland. From my own experiences I have found that knife styles vary from country to country and climate to climate. Take your typical Bowie knife it's a style well liked in the Western World but not so popular in Japan or the East where the Tanto or kukri are more in favour also if you look at the Scandinavians they have their own take on knife making.

Which brings me to this point and question. Why don't we have our own knife? I mean a knife that is the ultimate Irish hunting knife, one designed for our climate, that reflects our heritage. A knife that is a real User and a knife that you would be proud to carry and showcase as "The Ultimate Irish Hunting Knife"

Ok so a proposal then ...

I suggest that YOU the Hunters, Users, design the ultimate knife.

I will help by asking a series of questions regarding shape, style, material etc. We could vote on each section or question finally narrowing the whole thing down to the final design. Once the design has been voted on and approved I will build the knife.

I will document the build and post a photo diary here.

Now comes the nice part.....

Each person who participates in the design thread is entered into a Raffle. I will draw a name from a hat at the end of the build and the winner will receive the original knife.


Are you guys up for this ?

If so let me know by reply to this thread

Some rules will obviously have to apply and if we are to go ahead with this I'll clarify these later. First thing though is to see if there is enough interest in the build and whether it's worth bothering with.

So .... over to you
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07-02-2009, 13:15   #2
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fair play davy ,and a nice bit of marketing on your behalf .
may i ask the first few questions ,
fixed blade or folder .
with new knife laws on the way blade length is a factor ,my preference is about 3.5-4 inch s no more.
going to sharp point for dispatching a deer ,by severing the spinal cord at the base on the head .from my experience death is instant for the animal.

thanks for the link jw
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07-02-2009, 13:40   #3
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Count me in on thisas well.
JW
Well done that man for pointing out the correct[albeit somwhat risky]way of using a knife to dispatch a deer.
What did you hear about blade length being an issue??Seeing that if you are out deer stalking that is more than enough "good reason" to carry a knife.Or shooting,or fishing.
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I' d be interested in that Davy.
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I' d be interested in that Davy.

+ 1. always been a fan of good quality knives, have a few Marttiini knives great blades my father has one for 41 years its like an extension of his arm he has used it for everything.

Nice web site to davy fair play to you ..
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Count me in on thisas well.
JW
Well done that man for pointing out the correct[albeit somwhat risky]way of using a knife to dispatch a deer.
What did you hear about blade length being an issue??Seeing that if you are out deer stalking that is more than enough "good reason" to carry a knife.Or shooting,or fishing.
45 ,mostly carry a buck 110 folder .its neet ,inconspicuas and ticks all the boxes for me so much so i wore the blade out.
i seen it on the news there is going to be a new knife directive shortly .
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Thanks for the interest so far guys If we get a few more bodies interested in helping out I think it will be a fascinating project.

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may i ask the first few questions ,
fixed blade or folder .
I think it best if I ask the questions, I propose this as I have a series of questions that I ask myself and clients whilst doing commisions. I've done it many many times. There is an order to it, I don't know why, but there is, and the method generally works.

Doing a group commission, well it's not going to be easy, we will I'm sure have many varied opinions and ideas but by using a democratic approach and voting each step I think we can work through it and hopefully will come out the other end with a knife that anyone of you would be proud to own.

Fixed blade or folder, Blade length, Steel Composition, Grind Style, Handle Material and style , Fixtures & Fittings, Sheath options etc. there is a mine field of choices to be made.

I am the maker but you are the designers this is your commission.

My wife says I'm mad to take this on and that I'll regret it. I think it's the biggest challenge I've given myself yet. I like challenges I think ...

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Count me in
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id love to help man problem is im only shooting bout 2 year dont deer stalk mostly phesant an a bit of rabbit shooting hoping to get a gun for foxing some time soon but just bought a new house so thats on the long fingure but ill be keeping a keen eye on things hope it goes well
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Davvy,
To save some time and debate.Why not do both designs ?Fixed and folder?Then both camps can compare merits of both designs ,and it cuts out the time wasting immortal arguement of fixed v folder.
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just seen this
think its a great idea
fair play to you davy count me in

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Davvy,
To save some time and debate.Why not do both designs ?Fixed and folder?Then both camps can compare merits of both designs ,and it cuts out the time wasting immortal arguement of fixed v folder.
Hi 45 ,yes design is every thing untill you use a knife in the field you dont know how it is going to work .
my knife has a job just a job. i dont wake up in the nite to look at it
its sharp and works im happy .
you like ur knifes you collect them ,there of interest to you and its a hobby for want of a better word sorry ,that could take you all over the world and is most interesting .
i have watched many times on diso channel the making of a samurai sword and i would love to have one as its most lightly the finest blade made. old style .
i think davy has a problem unless decisions are made early . i have a hand made knife that does not work for me .
the blade is to thick, to wide at the point .it is wrong for me .ie i dont use it often and thats my fault not knowing enough about what i want at the time .
davy has some lovely looking knifes . this will be interesting
. my no one knife is the ole buck 110 folder .
whats ur s 45 regards jw

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Ya, I'll have a look. There is always a need for a good knife.

My brother was given a gift of a (real) Gurka knife by one of his staff who was a Gurka. I'm incredibly jealous....

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07-02-2009, 22:26   #14
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Count me in too davy .
I use a 3.5 inch fixed blade EKA for nearly everything I do but I also carry a swiss army knife that I got as a present 9 years ago and i reckon i've used it every day since.
The blades have been sharpened so much they are basicly worn out to about 8mm deep.
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07-02-2009, 22:40   #15
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I love anything thats hand crafted, gives it more autenticity best of luck Davy and count me in , I must get all my knives together and see which is my favourite , tend to leave one in each hunting jacket and always carry a swiss multi purpose.
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