Rosvall's Tactical Baby Food Utensils

sniperboy

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A while back I posted a review of some of Rosvall's interesting G10 tactical plastic party knives at:

http://www.bladeforums.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/002565.html

with pics at:

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~soo/bounty/rosg10.jpg

I then JUST received two more cute little pieces from Rosvall.
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as some of you might know I own quite a bit of his custom made jewelry, and am also a scrimshaw student of his. He has a very talented gentleman in many aspects both in his skill and artistry, not to mention an all around nice guy you can just get alogn with and love to talk to. As I mentioned in my review before I am happy to hear that he is breakign into knives.

The first little trinket he sent me is:

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~soo/bounty/forgesheath.jpg

Check it out? Purty isn't it?? 4 3/4" oal with a 1.5" sharpened edge, figured walnut sheath which looks to be a single piece of carved wood. The blade was 1/4" bronze rod, heat and beat in a 'thing' as Rosvall mentioned, wrapped the handle with some smaller diameter forged bronze wire.

the neck sheath hangs and carried well but I am just not used to such thick sheaths on my neck (well I'd better get used to it if I plan to carry my RJ kozuka soon). the sheath is smoothed and carved out excellently and wrapped and braided in a japanese inspired (?) 'twist'fashion and then epoxied together onto the sheath. What you can't see as well is the green semi precious (?) bead on the other side of te sheath that seals the wrap.

A very interesting artistic statement indeed especially the 'wrapped handle' the thumb ramp, pinky hook and the beefy wrap make for a surprisingly very comfortable grip on the knife. While not razor sharp since there were no bevels ground on the blade this knife works well with precise paper cuts (coupons and the like) as well as gutting open cardboard boxes.. Hmm nemessiiiissss...
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(uhm anyways)

I have not extensively tested the said blade, but plan to do so in th e next few days. This piece is indeed a nice little knife that deviates from the norm and is a statement in itself.

Not to be taken lightly Rosvall also sent me a second piece:

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~soo/bounty/defclaw1.jpg

made of g10 like his other plastic party knife this knife is chisel ground from thick g10 stock. it is equally comfortable in a natural forhand and backhand grip but I feel that Rosvall should have made the slope on the hawksbill part of the knife a little longer (or just made the handle longer) for my thumb cause if I choke up on either thumb ramp (hook or spike) I tend to cover the blade on the butt end of the knife with the botto of my fist.

that being said the grind lines of the blades are smoothly and excellently done - being a g10 knife it will not hold a razor edge but is damn good for one last ditch jab or tear.

The handle is also very comfortable with every bump and smoothened curve well thought out for retention and comfort. The finish is also not taken lightly as there is no sharp edges to get in the way for a stable grip.

I am glad Rosvall is continuing with this venture in to knives and coming from a very artistic bacground at times you can be sure his knives are lookers with a different flare and from what I see they perform too.


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S.,
I also have one of Mr.Rosvalls G10 beauties
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It's the hawkbill like the one in the second pic above, bottom knife.
I have a REAL problem designing small knives like that and REALLY, REALLY like his design. It fits my big mits perfectly!! I've already let Richard know that I want to RIP OFF his design and make myself one in steel. (I'll probably make him one also)
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..... Afer I finish our first project!!
I think his designs in stainless damascus would be outrageous, anyone second my opinion?? Maybe this will twist his arm a little??
Neil


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Thanks again for the kind words.If you have as much fun using them as I do making them then it works out great. And guess what? Due in large part to both of you encouraging me, I just finished my first steel knife. O-1 steel, Wharncliffe blade, figured walnut handle. Had way too much fun on this project, am probably hooked.
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I'll let you know how it performs.
 
an update on the testing - I just used the said tactical baby food utensils on some cardboard and the 'skullcrusher' is holding up. .the geometry really give t both stength and sharpness - tomorrow I am eating some chicken and I will try it on some real flesh to see how it really performs.. I am afraid of the outcomes. very cool secret agent toys.. I also saw the pis of those steel neck knives
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very exciting.

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an update on the tactical baby food utensils
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after some testing even pseudo live testing on some chicken breasts really amazed me. THe first review is on Rosvall's new G10 knife with the hookbill claw and spike combination. ALbeit a little too small for my hands (I have to use a sabre grip to use the hook and quickly change to natural grip (since the meat of the butt of my palm covers the spike) to use the spike in a skullcrusher strike)

The chicken didn't stand a chance - nice semi clean rips (if there was such a thign as a clean rip
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) thru the meat by the hook with no damage and stabs with the spike - think of the surprise damage this could do as a last ditch persuasive tool.

By far may I be so bold to say that this is the best g10 knife design I have seen both in fucntion and craftsmanship. The thick g10 and small arcs give this a workable yet strong edge, and the spike is brilliant and strong.

the comfort of the knife is also first rate as I mentioned it is really comfotable in the hand with smooth chamfered edges. the finger indexing and palm swell is well placed too.

overall a g10 knife is not used for slashing as it's been proved many times. Rosvall has made me realize the true potential of a g10 knife is for ripping and spiking.

I have also contnued testing his forged knife.. despite the fact that I liek his sheath as well as his idea of copper wrap material the knife did not last very long and was reduced to a letter opener. I have suggested to grind a second bevel to retain sharpness for a longer period of time. Still a novel item but not for long term use.

Soon I'll be reviewing an evilwharnchiffe in steel.. oh boy oh boy!!

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