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Swamp Rat and SYKCO Chat

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by Uncle Timbo, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    That's good to know, I avoided the BB13 because I really didn't want a 1/4" hunk of steel that was 13" long. I've tried the monster chopper thing before with a HI kuhkri and besides splitting wood, it was too much for me. Swinging down into stuff was fine, it was the lateral cuts that killed me. I couldn't control it either. 3/16" is the perfect all-around chopping thickness, IMO. Light enough to swing for hours but still sturdy enough to properly abuse. Of course, SR101 is tougher than nails too, so that helps.

    Great working tools. I have one more bigg-ish chopper that isn't a Busse or kin, but the quality is there still. It's very mildly angled kuhkri from GL Drew. Bought it after nearly ripping my arm off with a tram latin machete that was clearly not up to the task of chopping vines (shared them in an earlier post, as thick as a ratweiler). I had the 1311 with me but the darn vines kept rolling off the front. Now that I have the BB13, I bet I could make a mess of those things.

    I think the best part about this hobby is buying stuff and trying it, making memories along the way. Eventually, add some people in there for the camaraderie and it's a time well-spent.

    The beasts after I cleaned them up.
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  2. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Yeah, I was glad they slimmed down the CG's, it's still a lot to handle.

    How well does that Marbles bolo sheath work for the BB13? I've looked at it but never pulled the trigger. Still rocking the tactical cardboard on mine lol.
     
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  3. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    It works reasonably well, but the sheath is longer than stated, or I misread it. It covers up some of the handle but it's better than nothing by a long shot and fits my price range, since the sheaths for these monsters are pretty darn pricey. Takes a lot of material I suppose.

    Here's some pics of that to give you an idea of the sizing. I decided to snap one of the rest of my big chopping tools, sans axes and the basic latin machete. I haven't used the baryonyx machete yet, but I like what I see so far. I'm hoping that is a dedicated vine destroyer, among other things, when packability isn't a concern.
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  4. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Thanks man, that's great info. I'll probably pick one up soon.

    That khukri looks badass btw, and I've eyed the baryonyx for a while too. :)
     
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  5. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    The maker did a fantastic job. It's kind of everything I wish a BK4 was, if you've ever tried on of those. I love the forged look on the flats. It hits really hard but the balance is still pretty decent for repeated blows.

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  6. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Damn you!
    Now I'll have to embark on a search of my Vex! (that's gonna be a bit of a task in my current state of disorder...)

    Jerry, initially if I remember the story right, went to D2 for making after a bike accident and chopping the bike...
    The D2 from the compound is perfectly fine for normal use, Vex was named by many a folk as their skinning knife of choice over the years.

    And just to throw a spanner in the works, there's a newer version of Vex in SR-101, and even a Mini Vex...
     
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  7. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
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  8. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    Those are nice. The neutral handle is a big draw for me. I like some of the Busse flare, but sometimes a nice, simple look and feel a blessing to use. I may need to do some more searching, the deal I was working on earlier fell through last night, and it's a pattern that I think would be nice to have. I see them ever so often so I suppose I just need to wait it out.

    That orange one... Mmmm... I like orange.
     
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  9. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I'm not a fan of G10 on fixed blades, but I thought that I needed to have at least one Swamp Rat with the Swamp Rat KW colors...
     
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  10. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    D2 version...

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  11. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Uncle Timbo took his favorite chopper out today and let her go. The ol girl loves to take big bites and I just let her go and eat all she wanted. More pics to come later.
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    Anybody know what kind of fungi this is?
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  12. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016

    Yes! Good to see you're able to get out and sing her about. How did the shoulder take the abuse? Maybe not as well as the ratweiler but hopefully it's up to the task?

    I like the accessory :thumbsup:. BE approved
     
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  13. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    My shoulder's doing pretty good. I'm glad I had the rotator done late last fall so I could have a decent summer now!
    Here's the glamor shot.

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