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Mors style Bushtool

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by tombear, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. tombear

    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    My mother gave me my 50th Birthday present early so rather than blow it on lots of small things I got a couple of Knife blanks from Bernie Graland and a square foot of 4mm veg tan. The blades arrived yesterday AM and I fettled them and today I cut some scales from a piece of seasoned Yew. I'd just enough 6mm brass tube and rod for the pins and enough 15 min epoxy to get them assembled.

    Anyroad I finished the Woodsman B&T, which is near enough to a Korchanski inspired Bushtool as I could get with the money available. Not perfect but fine for a user. Its had a couple of hours in the linseed oil and I put it back in to do 24hrs.

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    I'll do the sheath when the other blade is finished. That's a Robin Woodcarver full tang.

    ATB

    Tom
     
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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Nicely done Tom, yew really is a nice wood for scales. goodjob
     
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    Nice. Looks a better user than my actual Bernie garland B&T!
     
  4. tombear

    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Cheers folks.

    Got the Woodcarvers handle shaped and it has had a couple of hours in the oil bath, its back in now.

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    The handles quite chunky and fits my hand lovely. you can't see it in the pic but it bulges out a lot in the centre and tapers down quite a lot towards the butt.

    Will do the sheaths when the linseeds cured or whatever it does.

    ATB

    Tom
     
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    lovely.

    I take it Bernie is still about and making knives ?

    where would I find him ?
     
  6. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Nice traditional scandi shaped knife!
    The scales look fantasic. Yew is undervalued.
     
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    Nice looking knives Tom goodjob
     
  8. brancho

    brancho Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    It is a nice knife for sure but it is not Mors style because it is fulltang
     
  9. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Hence not a true Scandi style knife, but well adopted for the new fashion of battoning wood.

    Evolution of Scandi / Mors ?
    :)

    As you know for sure, Mr Kochanski based his design on the utilitarian Mora knife design of old
     
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    There is knives from Scandinavia with full tang with the same bladeform so I doesen't realy gets why that small detail mathers?

    And batoning wood with a knife isn't something that haven't been done before...
     
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    Definite overtones of skookum about it.
    If Garcia had have given mors one like this I'm sure he'd have been happy.
    The man is less fussy about his knives than most of us are. Can't see him quibbling over a description either
     
  12. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Traditionally they were stick tang. Steel was expensive.
    And a full tang is more difficult to be made by a blacksmith.

    Of course, I am talking tradition of a century ago. But kept by most blade makers in scandinavia to present times. Morakniv, and the other makers of trad Mora style knives still do versions of stick tangs

    The batoning became more of a standard practice in late 60’s or so?

    When I was a member in the Scout movement in late 60’s we were taught not to baton but to use a wedge and axe.
    Stick tang knives with a wooden handle ( think Mora Classic) do not like to be batoned.

    But you are right, such a detail does not matter, specially one that might improve the function of the knife!

    No doubt that is why Kochinsky change the classic stick tang design to a full tang.
     
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    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Oh Bernies definitely still trading, made and got to me the two blade blanks in about 5 days from herself ordering.

    I've been a bit busy so only started making the sheaths today..

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    The metal work is well oiled and wrapped in cling film. When the leathers dry ( 4mm veg tan ) I'll unclamp them,.glue and trim the edges with the 3mm spacer that's between them ( Small modelers planes normally used on balsa do a great job reducing the thickness of leather) and stitch them up with waxed 1mm linen thread. If there's plenty of space I may use some copper rivets and washers as well. I've quite a large double boiler loaded with beeswax so I'll dip them in that and give them a good soak with the blades in situ. I've allowed for some shrinkage. I'm not quite sure how best to fit the belt loops to the brass rings.

    I did deviate from the Mors ideal ( and the Skookum I'd have liked if I had the money and the patience waiting for it) In not having a flat plate for hammering on the pommel. The lack of same had been the deal breaker when I first considered getting a blade from Bernie way back when. However I can't actually see a situation where I'd ever use it, would be paranoid about using a hammer with a big metal spike pointing towards my face and finally all my favourite knives have well rounded butt ends that don't dig into my podgy hands.

    ATB

    Tom

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  15. tombear

    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Not got time tonight to get them waxed but I've finished the leather working part. Not my best work ever, I need to get back into practice, but the hot bees wax and some work with a bone slicker will cover up a multitude of sins!

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    I'll replace the paracord with leather thong. The lower sheath I'll be using with a 2.25" belt hence the huge loop.
     
  16. tombear

    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Got them hot wax dipped this AM ( and made a couple more No. 10 sized candles since the wax was liquid anyway ) and have been pulling the knives out periodically to stretch the leather so the fit doesnt get too tight with the shrinkage as the wax cures.

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    Ok not perfect but I'm happy with them and after a few days use I'll forget the bodged bits and they will be banged up anyway.

    Anyroad, Cheers!

    ATB

    Tom
     
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    Nice job with the sheaths! That bushtool looks like a practical allrounder.

    -Emile
     

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