Skeleton key questions

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Ok guys, I love the skeleton key, I have a few. They are however all different thicknesses. I have a custom shop that is as thick as my anorexic b4. Then I have a steel coated blade that is .187" stock then coated. So one is twice as thick as the other. I just happened to have them both in my hand and also noticed that the grinds are different from one side to the other. One side is hollow ground the other is flat or slightly full convex, it's difficult to tell.

I know Aussie Andy loves this blade but not too many others mention it. I think it's the best blade.

Any help on this would be appreciated. I'll get some pics up later on
 

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That is what I used to collect before I found a smaller Busse :)

I think at my top I had 16 or 18 ?

There where basically 2 thicknesses

the older ones where thicker with a deep hollow grind.

Newer ones were a lot thinner.

In Fact the One Andy has used to be mine :) Love to get it back some day Andy hint hint :)

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I have been curious about this as well.
Dave which configuration did you prefer?

Seems like I read a Jerry post in which he said the deep hollow ground was an evolution of the knife to improve the cutting ability (at the expense of strength) of the otherwise very stout thick and low height design. I am possibly wrong, but I thought the flat grinds were first? I would love some profile shots of the the flat and hollow together, also any user thoughts on which they prefer. Last question, the ones with the custom shop logo, what design are they?
 
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If Mr. Brown ever lets one slip from his compound I'd be on it in a flash.
The SK is one I've always admired.
 

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The skeleton key is high on my list.

For clarification, what are the two thicknesses?
Edit - Found it. Looks like .120" for the ffg and .190" for what should have the hollow grind.
Would be interesting to hear if all the .190" tk have a different grind per side or not.

Does anyone know the factory costs of each thickness? Mainly curious if one version greatly differed from the other.

Love that quarter stab pic
 
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Gravelface

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My SK is one of my longest running users. Probably the most handy little hollow ground slice pork I have. I don't recall the exact price, but believe somewhere around 90-100 for original price. .194 with coating.


 
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That is what I used to collect before I found a smaller Busse :)

I think at my top I had 16 or 18 ?

There where basically 2 thicknesses

the older ones where thicker with a deep hollow grind.

Newer ones were a lot thinner.

In Fact the One Andy has used to be mine :) Love to get it back some day Andy hint hint :)

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..... that would be the one.... ;)

Here it is in Tasmainia..



New Zealand...



And Mozambique...



...and it will go back to NZ hunting with me next year.... ;) Though I may need to knock up a new sheath for it as that one (same one and same cord) is not hanging on as well as I would like now (at least 10 years of use I see, so no complaining at all).

Dave, it does however only have one other potential home... !!
 
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..... that would be the one.... ;)

...and it will go back to NZ hunting with me next year.... ;) Though I may need to knock up a new sheath for it as that one (same one and same cord) is not hanging on as well as I would like now (at least 10 years of use I see, so no complaining at all).

Dave, it does however only have one other potential home... !!

send it in and pay shipping I will make it a new sheath for free..................yeah thats it send it in for the free sheath :) I need it because with the coating removed from the quarters it would fit funny yep that is it . So send her in only take 6 to 9 months for the sheath and shipping ;)
 
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send it in and pay shipping I will make it a new sheath for free..................yeah thats it send it in for the free sheath :) I need it because with the coating removed from the quarters it would fit funny yep that is it . So send her in only take 6 to 9 months for the sheath and shipping ;)




I smell Hoggery afoot!
Good thing he didn't Oink at least Andy!
 

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send it in and pay shipping I will make it a new sheath for free..................yeah thats it send it in for the free sheath :) I need it because with the coating removed from the quarters it would fit funny yep that is it . So send her in only take 6 to 9 months for the sheath and shipping ;)
..... yes...see...I was just wrapping it up and heading for the post office and then....veeeeery quietly.....very very quietly....a little voice in the back of my head simply said..... OINK .... ;) :eek:
 

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I got lucky and scored an older .194
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With a nice Necker sheath from Mr. Brown:
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I agree, I LOVE the Skeleton Key :thumbup: , and I hope we see them make it into Operation 2 weeks!!!!!
 

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Does anyone know the factory costs of each thickness? Mainly curious if one version greatly differed from the other.

I thought they were the same price.

$97 back in 2005, with an official thickness of 3/16". Click here and scroll down past the AK-47 stuff.

There was also an offer with "deep dish hollow grinds" and "very fine edges," also for $97. See here.

And the 2003 "Desert Skeleton Keys," also $97 (unless you bought 4, then $87). See here.

But they weren't all the same price after all. Back before Jerry knew what to call them, it was $67 for the coated version and $127 for satin. Check out the Name the Knife Contest from way back in 2002. (The winner was anounced here.)
 
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Wow, I forgot about the aluminum handles and miss those prices. :)
 

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I thought they were the same price.

$97 back in 2005, with an official thickness of 3/16". Click here and scroll down past the AK-47 stuff.

There was also an offer with "deep dish hollow grinds" and "very fine edges," also for $97. See here.

And the 2003 "Desert Skeleton Keys," also $97 (unless you bought 4, then $87). See here.

But they weren't all the same price after all. Back before Jerry knew what to call them, it was $67 for the coated version and $127 for satin. Check out the Name the Knife Contest from way back in 2002. (The winner was anounced here.)

Hell of a post.

Good info there.

Thanks.
 
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