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Three sodbusters

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by miso2, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
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  2. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    GEC #73 may be a better comparison to Bullnose .
    I really like the blade shape of #73 and wish Bullnose has it.

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    By the way, these sodbuster knives came with very obtuse and dull edges.
    Is this normal for traditionals?

    In particular, the edge of Bullnose is very obtuse.
    I tried to sharpen the knife with raising the angle this much and still wasn't hitting the apex.

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    The edge angle must be >30 DPS......
     
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  3. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    I agree that the 73 comes with a very satisfying Drop-Point blade, good and pointy. The Queen Country Cousin I have in D2 has a similar type too-will post a pic when I get back home...

    Well, I have to reluctantly say that most American Traditionals often arrive with unsatisfactory edges or not very keen. Lot of people will say that it's part of the allure, putting your own edge on it...but I can't agree, a knife should arrive sharp enough to shave arm hair with no problem ;) Then you can adjust it to taste . The knives I own from France, Italy, Finland(here) China and Japan..nearly always arrive nicely sharp from new-this is how it should be too:eek::cool::cool:
     
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  4. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I don't mind reprofiling the edge, but a nice even edge bevel from the factory at an appropriately (low) angle would make it easier.
    Not a 30 DPS edge......
     
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  5. Hard to say why they chose the stainless over D2, for this particular knife. Purely speculating, maybe it was just an ease-of-manufacturing thing, limiting costs for an SFO. Or, maybe they figured a 'Youth Knife' in a simpler stainless might be less traumatizing to learn how to sharpen, if youths/kids were the targeted recipients of these. 420HC would be a pretty good fit for that. We know how D2 can give full-grown adults fits sometimes, in sharpening it. :D
     
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  6. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Fortunately, this D2 Queen arrived sharp and well honed, so keeping it that way is not difficult.

    Nice thick delrin slabs and excellent F&F compact too.

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  7. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Looks good!
    I should find a genuine D2 Country Cousin.
     
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  8. neal70

    neal70

    Jun 3, 2015
    Those D2 Country Cousins are the stuff dreams are made of! Great post @miso2 ! I have read that at times some knives(and machetes) were left pretty dull so the end user can apply their own edge. I find that a little irritating, especially the bevel conditions you mentioned. One of the things that gained Queen some ill-notoriety. Good bevels make great edges. Keep us, ahem, posted on your opinions man.
    Thanks, Neal
     
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  9. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Reprofiled.

    Before (Left. GEC #73 on the right as a reference).

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    After.

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  10. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Fine job there! :thumbsup:
     
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  11. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Another sodbuster from Bear and Son.

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    Unfortunately, the spring is just so weak.
    Just too bad.

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  12. HFinn

    HFinn

    Sep 6, 2012
    My german sodbuster, Otter Hippekniep.

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  13. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Nice!
    Is it a small one?
    I like the idea of "adjustable" pivot pin.
     
  14. HFinn

    HFinn

    Sep 6, 2012
    No, this is the large one. I bought as a work knife, but has not yeat used to any hard work. You mean adjustable like hammer and anvil adjustable?
     
  15. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Yeah.
    According to the description on a dealer site, they make the pin somewhat accessible for hammering and tightening, as a work knife would need it eventually.
     
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  16. HFinn

    HFinn

    Sep 6, 2012
    I must say that I did not like the plastic handle Case sodbuster. This Otter feels more robust and gives a better grip. It could have a stronger spring, but it has a healthy snap. With the Opinel 9-10 range this can be a real favourite work knife.
     
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  17. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I got two more Case Sodbuster Jr. Pocket Worn (CV and SS).
    The blade centering is bit off in one (CV), but the other is perfect.
    Overall quality is superb in all three.

    All three have hollow ground blades.

    I really like this model...

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    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018
  18. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    No such thing as a bad Soddie style knife no matter the manufacture.

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    GEC
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    Smith & Sons
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