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W&SS Extreme Challenge Blade

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Rick Marchand, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Maker of Stuff - Teller of Tales - Master of Jack Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Hey folks!
    Some of you you may have aleardy seen this in Shop Talk... I keep forgetting about posting in Custom Handmade... derp!

    There is an Extreme Survival Blade challenge going on in W&SS. Makers are still hard at work trying to devise a blade to survive a gauntlet of the most ridiculous tasks you could imagine. This is just good clean fun and the guys involved are well aware that their blades are going to see some serious abuse.

    We are also trying to be creative with the tasks.... no vices, cheater bars, 2x4's, manilla rope, or hanging pigs.... lol. The idea is to come up with some survival scenarios(however unlikely) to put these blades to the test.

    Some folks see this type of thing as completely assinine..... Well, all I can say is, THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT!

    I am looking forward to it. Here is my entry piece...

    L-6 (RDS) from Aldo
    .280" thick
    15.75" OA length
    9.5" Cutting edge
    6" Handle
    Shallow convex, almost flat ground.
    Cold chisel tip
    Sharpened "choil" notch for striking ferro rods, scraping arrow shafts, etc
    Hardened pommel plate(5160) for bashing stuff or batoning the knife "chisel-style" using the tip geometry
    Handle is leather backed, hemp wrapped and epoxy soaked.

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  2. Danbo

    Danbo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 28, 1999
    Looks effective!
     
  3. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    Nice chopper Rick.
     
  4. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Rick my man that is awesome :)

    I think your design is very well done purpose wise. No tip to break etc. I am very anxious to see this play out and I am so glad you posted this here.

    High performance cutlery is where it's at for me and I hope a lot of makers step up. I just called one of my favorites for a friendly prodding :)

    Rick you going to Vegas and if so what are you bringing
     
  5. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Rick I could not find it in W&SS please post a link here so we can follow along :)
     
  6. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Maker of Stuff - Teller of Tales - Master of Jack Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Thanks Dave.
    Sorry, Joe. I should have stated that it was in the outdoor gear forum... old habits... It's all W&SS to me still.
     
  7. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    That's very cool but what do you do when you need to make a hole in something, like your belt for instance because in any survival situation you are going to lose weight pretty fast. ;)

    Are you only allowed ONE knife? In that case I would want something with a point, myself.
     
  8. discdoggin

    discdoggin

    407
    Jun 6, 2010
    I could have sworn I saw a point. Yep, there it is! If you look just forward of the ricasso, you'll find the point! Point is I think this thing obliterates everything that gets in it's way! For the leather punch, just chop down something thinner and lighter (from the same challenge) and you have an instant belt sizer! Plus some scrap for arrow and spear tips. Oh, and one less competitor! :eek: Nice work and good luck, Rick!

    DD
     
  9. Doug C

    Doug C

    Mar 15, 2005
    SICK!! :cool:
    Looks like it likes 2 X 4's, too.
    Point or not, I really dig it.

    Doug
     
  10. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Maker of Stuff - Teller of Tales - Master of Jack Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    I agree to a point.(ha, get it?) I just tested the lower tip of my blade on a 10oz scrap and it drilled a beltloop style hole just fine(not the prettiest). I would want a good pont, too... but I'm more interested in seeing this thing bust bricks and chop telephone poles. Who could blame a guy?
     
  11. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    I hear ya. ;) Its an awesome piece. Match it with a little spear point and you would be good to go anywhere on the planet.

    I get around the belt thing by wearing nylon ones like the Wilderness belt. They rock.

     
  12. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    A beautiful tool.
     
  13. Nektarios

    Nektarios

    505
    Jul 6, 2010
    Nice chopper!!!

    NP
     

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