What's up for 2011?

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Yo, guys. I've got few plans for 2011 (besides filling orders) and Lord willing I'll get some of them done.
Here's some ideas I have floating around in my skull.....they're lonely inside that empty space.:p

This one is in the works as we speak. It's based on the Randall 10-3. The differences are: mine will be 3/16" where Randall's is 1/8", my handle is about 4 1/4" and the blade is 4". The Randall is a 3" blade and around a 3 1/2" handle I think. Randall's is stainless mine will be o-1. Mine will have a false top grind (so I can batton it) where Randall's is sharp.
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I'd like to do one based on the Randall fireman's knife. On mine I'll reduce (maybe remove) the guard and make it from 3/16" (Randall's is 1/4").
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And in keeping with the theme, I might build a knife based on the Randall "full tang". I'm not sure though, you'll see why in a minute.
This one has been around since the 70's, it used to be a non catalog knife I think so they are rare. The one pictured below Gary Randall built for his son.
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Does that look familiar to anyone? How about if you remove the guard and the finger relief?


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I see a woodlore. With a varied convex grind in 3/16" I think it would sing. But the Soldier River is similar just a lot larger. So this one may not get done.

The last thing , which is very tentative, that I'd like to try is an axe. A small axe probably closer to a hatchet in size. I'll let you know more on that as it develops.

Hope you guys find something there that gets your pulse up a little. I'm looking forward to these and I've got a couple more up my sleeve that I'll leave as a surprise if I get to them this year.
Thanks for looking,
Iz
 
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I love the looks of that 10-3. Might have to change my next order..........or jsut make another!
 
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An axe! You build a forge and not let anyone know? Or you plan on doing it soild O-1? Man that has my interest peaking. 19 or 20" haft would be awesome!
 
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An axe! You build a forge and not let anyone know? Or you plan on doing it soild O-1? Man that has my interest peaking. 19 or 20" haft would be awesome!

I've got a sneaky little plan to do it without having to break out the hammers. It might not work though so don't anybody get their hopes up.:eek:
It'll likely be shorter than 19". Not sure yet, I have to make a prototype and do some testing.
psst. 5160
Iz
 
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Skab and J,
First of all thanks for the kind words. Second of all, Lord willing there will be two of the 10-3 prototypes in the next batch.:thumbup:
Iz
 
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Iz, I would like to see your version of the firemans knife . I really like that model the size and design, but but the Randall is way to expensive for real firefighter to carry. maybe as a grail.
 
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