turtlepwr281 wrote:My thoughts on that design-
The overall blade shape should work well for camp chores, especially with 2-3 inches added to it. 4-5" is great for that.
However, all those sharp corners in the handle are most likely going to become uncomfortable with any extended use. Also the fact that the handle scales don't match up with the tang will add to your discomfort. The false edge on top (not to mention the serrations) will eat up wooden batons, if you're into such camp chores like processing firewood.
Welch wrote:The handle being not flush seemed odd but is actually comfortable in hand. I considered long term use and was also worried if hacking away at branches or something. Where your index finger would lay I was thinking about making it slightly less long, my finger doesn't come nearly that far up. On top of that there will be a flat spot between the finger rest and serrated area allowing for there to be a really nice thick spot that is the same width as the tang for hammering with a wooden baton. It gives me roughly 2 1/2 to 3 inches of flat surface to work with that should be dead center to the blade, so all strikes are center mass.
That's what I had in mind. I kind of am considering asking about making the handle sort of thinner and add ribbing to allow for para-cord to be channeled around the handle. Any thoughts on that? I always liked the idea of having para cord wrapped around the handle for grip and of course as a method for carrying the cord as part of a emergency kit. Ideally even with the para cord taken off it would have a use able handle.
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