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Rat & Dog stripped, convexed, wearin' new makeup...and a fallen tree!!

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Riverwarrior, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    I live a few miles from a knife maker here on the forums (Bill Akers/Backwoods Custom Knives), so I went over to his shop today and brought a few of my recently stripped Busse-Kin blades (Battle Rat and 711). He hit the blades with a belt, put an "antique finish" on them, and convexed them. But, we just couldn't sit there and admire them........we had to take them out and give them an unrelenting beating of apocalyptic proportions :D

    I decided to solely use the "Battle Rat", so Bill and I switched back and forth smashing away at a decent size tree (he also brought along a blade with no scales just to play with it in the woods). We continued back and forth for a while, until the tree finally toppled over and crashed to the ground. Upon inspecting the Battle Rat, there was NOT one single ding, roll, or chip on the edge. The icing on the cake was taking the BR and slicing right through thin paper after downing the tree. I have to admit, this may not qualify as apocalyptic punishment, but it sure was one of the most fun days I've had in a very long time. Nothin' like Busse family blades to put a huge smile on your face...:thumbup:





    Bill Akers (Backwoods Custom Knives) thrashing away with the Battle Rat:




    The Battle Rat slicing thin paper after downing the tree:
  2. PeterPHWS

    PeterPHWS Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Your mate put a great finish and edge on those blades :thumbup: Nothing like the satisfaction of knowing that your knife has a great edge ;)
  3. Raging Rhino

    Raging Rhino Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    I love the finish on the blades...
    Any info to share on how he does it?
  4. kdstrick

    kdstrick Gold Member Gold Member

    May 27, 2007
    How did you apply the "antique finish"? looks cool...
  5. bigcountry1315


    Aug 3, 2009
    Marc looks like you and Bill had one hell of a good time!!!!
  6. jball1125


    Aug 26, 2011
    Impressive! Thanks for sharing.
  7. drbarnes


    Sep 13, 2010
    I have one of Bills knives with that same antique finish, I believe its a forced patina, but I dont know how he does it.

    Very cool pics! and you are very lucky to live down the street from a talented bladesmith like Bill Akers

  8. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Mike, I had a blast! Funny how thumpin' on a big tree with a big ass blade allows you to forget about the stressors of the day....:thumbup:
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  9. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Bill is one of the most giving individuals I've ever met. He would give you the shirt off his back. He gave up most of his day just to work on my Busse-Kin blades and he wanted nothing in return (little does he know it, but I'm gonna give him one of my Busse Magnum Bear Cubs when they arrive.....:eek:).
  10. Need2Know

    Need2Know Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 31, 2011
    Looks like a fun time.

    I am a fellow KY resident and as soon as time (and opportunity) permit I hope to exercise a few knives myself.

    I agree, that finish on those stripped Bussekin looks very good. I would not mind a single bit if one of my satin Rats was dressed in that attire.
  11. highpointforge


    Jan 6, 2007
    Looks like Archers Etchant to me maybe?
  12. Super X

    Super X

    Sep 16, 2010
    That look's like a Hickory tree! How long to make the cut? Good for the BBQ pit if it's Hickory! Thank's for the pic's!
  13. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Yes, it was Hickory. We traded off chopping about every 5 minutes and the tree finally dropped after about 25 minutes. I'm no spring chicken and I don't have the best chopping technique, but the Battle Rat's combination of weight, thickness, and Res-C handle made it an absolute blast to use. And, I didn't get any blisters while chopping..:thumbup:

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    They look defective

    Better send them to me for proper disposal(over 40 years)

    Man--Those are SWEET!!!!!!!!!!

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