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Old 08-10-2018, 12:05 PM   #1
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I bought myself a knife.

You know the life of a world famous polisher, right? I mean, girls, girls, girls. Champagne. Parties. Staying up until 5:30PM...

Well, I've fallen in love with little knives. If I can't cut myself out of harm's way by now I had better turn in my slurry. Well, yeah, I still have the Kimber, but Hornady Critical Defense is like 1.35 per cartridge!

I especially like little fixed blades. They almost draw themselves, the carbon steel ones can slice through sushi and sashimi as quick as Chuck can remove a sliver--now.

(That's an inside joke between our esteemed moderator and his togishi).

The problem has always been the choil. Usually they only appear on handmade knives, like the Coye. It's a small thing, easy to reproduce, and it makes polishing easier. If you have three knives waiting, and one belongs to the best veterinarian on the hemisphere, it slows you up.

(A choil is a little round divot right in front of the handle, cut into the edge).

So I started my research and found the knife I had been searching for. It's made by TOPS (as all the good stuff is) and it comes with its own sheath AND they cut a choil!

Should be here next week. You don't even have to use slurry on 1095 steel, but I might try. Even at 400,000 grit you can shave a sleeping pit-bull, which I would love to see. Not actually do, just see it...

Edit: Ignore the price, I didn't pay anything near that!

https://www.topsknives.com/little-bugger
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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Looks like a box cutter with a bad attitude. Cute lil bugger...
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Looks like a box cutter with a bad attitude. Cute lil bugger...
Oh, wait until I polish it!

Today I used a little knife. I had some loose threads on the rim of my pants cuff, and I pulled the Spline out of my front jeans pocket, snapped it open and got the threads, and had the knife folded before my wife noticed the alterations.

I am also lucky enough to have a Bradford Guardian 3 in 3V steel and a leather sheath. But I doubt I'll skin a rhinoceros this afternoon. Just threads and food for this boy.

(I also have a Bradford Guardian 4 in 3V steel, but I doubt I'll skin a running rhinoceros today, either...)

I also must recommend the TOPS C.A.T, series. They come in any shape and color you want. Shine 'em up and you can do surgery.
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I like it, I may have to get one for myself.
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Whew -- that visualization of shaving a pit bull. Huh.
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Oh, wait until I polish it!

Today I used a little knife. I had some loose threads on the rim of my pants cuff, and I pulled the Spline out of my front jeans pocket, snapped it open and got the threads, and had the knife folded before my wife noticed the alterations.

I am also lucky enough to have a Bradford Guardian 3 in 3V steel and a leather sheath. But I doubt I'll skin a rhinoceros this afternoon. Just threads and food for this boy.

(I also have a Bradford Guardian 4 in 3V steel, but I doubt I'll skin a running rhinoceros today, either...)

I also must recommend the TOPS C.A.T, series. They come in any shape and color you want. Shine 'em up and you can do surgery.


Thats a folder?


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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Thats a folder?


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No John it's a sheath knife.
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Old 08-13-2018, 06:50 AM   #8
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Actually, it will be an exciting week. Not only am I polishing a Barge for personal use, but I'm getting two fixed blade knives from Blue Ridge which are not spoken for--technically mine, as well. Tee-hee

Yikes, I put the 600 white Nubatama on the Barge and the thing is already dangerous to touch. Can you imagine the slurry?
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Old 08-14-2018, 08:36 AM   #9
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Finished my Barge

Yeah, I had to straighten the left bevel, but the knife has been polished, the lock is perfect and the choil is round.

I slipped it through a piece of newsprint like it wasn't even there.

I know, I know, I have three serrated NTOs, three Splines, and three S35VN Kizers. However, everyone but me had a Barge--and seeing how one has come back twice for re-polishing, trust me, these are successful working knives. They don't sit on shelves.

As I've stated, this knife is the favorite of serious preppers and women. One prepper magazine did a full rear page ad on the knife, using the biggest galoot I've seen shaving strips off a big limb to start a campfire.

For me, it's the knuckle-draggin' features. One end has a thick prying attachment, and all of the fasteners are bigger and stouter than on any folder you can name. It's not going to break.

More to the 'point,' this blade got toasty with remarkably little polishing. It's a slicer!

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I love BOTH Barges of mine!!! Thank you Chico!!
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