Knives and tools

Monday, 5 Mar 2012

Buck Omni Hunter – Homemade Leather Knife Sheath (prototype)

The factory knife sheath on the Buck Omni Hunter is of lesser quality than the knife itself. One fine Sunday afternoon, I got tired of being bored and decided to make my own sheath. Bear in mind, this is my first attempt at knife sheaths, and only second attempt at leather-craft in general. The end product is just that, a prototype. It is a decent looking sheath, where I learned a few things, which will be improved in second revision. I hope to work on a few more sheaths in the next month, and do a better job for this knife. The next project will be for a Gerber Profile drop point type blade.

  • Belt loop is on the wrong side for me, it is now made for a left-handed carry
  • Retention strap needs to moved down to the index finger choil for better retention
  • Semi-circle indentation needs to be cut, so there is no part of the shiny blade showing
  • Belt loop needs to be moved up towards the butt end of the sheath, above the new position of retention strap


Knives and tools

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Buck Omni Hunter 12 PT with gut hook
Overall length 9.75″
Weight 7.8 oz
Steel material 420HC stainless
Blade length 4″
Nylon sheath

I have gained experience after several trips to the woods, that would not have come any other way.  One of the most used tools is a camp knife.  In the beginning, I thought bigger is better, and started with a Cold Steel GI Tanto.  At first it seemed to make perfect sense: large heavy blade for camp chores, paracord wrapped handle in case it needs to become a spear head, inexpensive, to take abuse, etc.  All these ‘features’ turned out to be useless: large blade is a pain to carry, handle is uncomfortable, cheap steel dull easy, and it looks scary, when you run into other people on the trail.  So… the GI Tanto has been replace with a Buck Omni Hunter 12pt with gut hook.

The Omni Hunter has a large curved handle, made of black Kraton.  It is textured for good grip, and is not slippery even with blood on it.  There are ridges on the top and bottom of the handle to increase traction in all conditions.  A lanyard hole is in the back, you can easily feed 550 cord through it for extra lashing.  This handle is large, even someone with large hands should find it comfortable.  If you have smaller hands, the curve of the handle makes it easy to use in every situation.  It is a full tang knife, as you can through the lanyard hole.


Knives and tools

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

CRKT Vertex drop-point
Overall length 7.25″
Folded length
Weight 3.8 oz
Steel material 8Cr14MoV stainless
Blade length 3.125″
Lock Mechanism
Locking liner

Update 5/31/2011: Just after a few weeks of use the pocket clip has lost most of it’s spring.  I had to use pliers to compress it again, so that the knife would not fall out of my pocket.  This really undermines my good overall opinion about the blade.

After a few years, the time has come to replace the Gerber AR 3.0 with something better.  Specifically, a better blade.  Numerous times I have sharpened my EDC knife, and wished I did not have to do it so often.  The carbon blade sharpens easily, but also dulls easily.

The new CRKT Vertex has a stainless steel blade, similar to AUS-8 steel.  It’s a Chinese steels that gets mostly positive reviews on various internet forums and other sites.  The blade is spring-loaded for one handed operation.  Depress the locking stud and nudge the blade forward, and it springs and locks into place.  Liner lock secures it into place for sure-handed operation.  This blade is extreme hollow ground for smooth penetration into whatever you are cutting.  The drop point version has black Micarta inserts, and the clip point sports cocobolo wood inserts.

Packs and bags

Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010

Swiss Rucksack review

Review coming ASAP, this post is a placeholder for now…

Knives and tools

Friday, 1 Oct 2010

East German AK-47 Bayonet
Length w. Sheath
Knife length
Weight 2.8 oz
Steel material Carbon Steel
Blade length 5.75″
Wire cutter

If you are looking for a cheap knife to throw in your BOB and forget about it, the East German AK-47 Bayonet is a reasonably good solution.  It’s large, it has a built-in wire cutter and a saw.  I realize that the saw is pretty useless, but it’s there nonetheless.  Because this knife was designed to be attached to the AK-47 rife, its handle has a channel and a ring to go around the barrel.  These features are completely useless and inconvenient for anyone not using it with the AK-47 rifle.

The steel is pretty soft and easy to sharpen.  I gave it a brand new 20 degree edge after about half an hour of work with the Smith’s sharpening system.  It’s not as sharp as some of my other knives with better steel, but it will do; especially sitting around inside the BOB, not seeing daily use.  I am sure it will dull easily after chopping branches or digging in the dirt.  But hey, the bayonet was designed for stabbing, not so much for camp chores.

The built-in wire cutters are adequate.  I cut through a 1/8″ nail with a bit of difficulty, after a few smacks of the fist on the knife handle laying on the floor.  If you are planning to cut through a lot of wire, get a dedicated tool – this knife is a pain and kind of dangerous.  The handle is made from bakelite, and seems durable.  The knife would feel a lot more comfortable in the hand with a better designed handle.

After reading this, you may think this is a sub-par knife that does not excel in anything.  This is partially true, and for $50 you can get a great Ka-bar or a Buck Nighthawk.  However, for $15-20, this is a good tool to throw in your bag, and forget about it.

Image quality is not the best today, as I am using and older camera.