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Thread: The Becker Brother-in-Law: My new JAB Potbelly

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    I guarentee it would own anything Lynn Thompson wanted to stuff full of meat....The Potbelly is like an Alien that burst out of the chest of a BK2 three days ago.

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    I don't own anything Mr. Thompson had put out. Nothing in his lineup makes even my top ten...

    ETA: Ok, that's not entirely true. I do have a Trailhawk.
    Last edited by MikeyJ; 04-25-2012 at 06:42 PM. Reason: Minor retraction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Tanner View Post
    Depends on your amount of choppers. I'm deep on them, for my needs. Otherwise, get the BK4. I probably will sooner or later too...This one is just so unique I had to. There's just nothing common to compare it to. She's got a big ass...thats fo' sho!
    If you don't have one by June, let me know, you can borrow mine. May, it is promised to someone already. I'd like to give the JAB PB a go.

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    Oh yeah, love my Potbelly! Like an axe and a razor had an illegitimate love child. If it make you folks feel any better, my Potbelly thinks she's a Becker. Congrats on the new addition Tanner. By the way, this was the most difficult Ka-Bar/Becker that I've ever stripped. Stuff just didn't want to let go.

    Some Potbelly porn.

    Potbelly 2.jpg IMG-20120412-00119.jpg IMG-20120412-00114.jpg IMG-20120412-00117.jpg

    I've opened up the choil at the ricasso since these pics. It makes for a really nice choke up, on detailed work.
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    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugin View Post
    We go ultra light with 20lbs packs so that we can carry 40lbs of axes, saws, and knives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Tanner View Post
    I guarentee it would own anything Lynn Thompson wanted to stuff full of meat....The Potbelly is like an Alien that burst out of the chest of a BK2 three days ago.
    That potbelly intrigues me, I like choppers with hollow grinds, kbar cutlass is a great chopper, I like to take big bites....is it bad that I like to watch Lynn Thompson chop meat bags??

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    I feel the hollow grind is a unfortunate choice. I would give it a shot....only if it were convexed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Legged Josh View Post
    I feel the hollow grind is a unfortunate choice. I would give it a shot....only if it were convexed.
    Oh ye of little faith. Hollow grind chops like none other....

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    I am curious as to how the handle feels? That design looks like it would either work great for the user or be a total nightmare depending on hand size. I read where you said it was more comfortable with the bigger blade. I wonder how it feels after extended use.

    It does look like it will destroy some wood though. Grats

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    The handle is so different, it's something you just have to feel for yourself.

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    How contoured are the handles? Is there much palm swell?

    I've never shaped micarta before, so I'm wondering how simple it would be to make new scales that match the factory shape if/when I get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMI View Post
    How contoured are the handles? Is there much palm swell?

    I've never shaped micarta before, so I'm wondering how simple it would be to make new scales that match the factory shape if/when I get one.
    I've made several set of scales and knife handles and I can tell you that micarta is tough stuff! But that also means you go slower than G-10 and theres less chance of stuff up so overall I'd say making scales for the Jab Potbelly/Baconmaker are about a 4/10 for fixed blade scale making as theres not much contour on them.

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    Here she is....stripped with an initial polish on the grind. Now, off to the master for her clich treatment....


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    Oh noooo!!!!!

    Attack of the choil. Say what you will, but it feels soooo good.

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    She's looking good Tanner!
    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugin View Post
    We go ultra light with 20lbs packs so that we can carry 40lbs of axes, saws, and knives.

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    Damn! You got LINERS on that thing? Handle wasn't big enough for ya? I'm not big on choils, myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Tanner View Post
    Damn! You got LINERS on that thing? Handle wasn't big enough for ya? I'm not big on choils, myself.
    Yeah, but the difference in width is probably no more than your handle with the wrap. I used super thin kydex. I'm not a choilaholic by no means, but if it suits the blade and more importantly, how I use it, I find value in them. SUch is the case with the Potbelly. For me anyway.
    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugin View Post
    We go ultra light with 20lbs packs so that we can carry 40lbs of axes, saws, and knives.

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    Wow,those PBs look awesome when their naked like that!!

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    PB is a badass blade.

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    You really have to pick one up in your hand to appreciate it. Its like the first time you pick up a BK2 (obviously, this is heavier).

    It is currently under the custodianship of the USPS en route to Pennsylvania for its date with destiny....

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_Tanner View Post
    It is currently under the custodianship of the USPS en route to Pennsylvania for its date with destiny....
    Treat her well, Clich. I'm pumped to see the end result.
    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. - 1 Corinthians 16:13

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugin View Post
    We go ultra light with 20lbs packs so that we can carry 40lbs of axes, saws, and knives.

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