So I've never been a fan of the muskrat pattern - 2 identical blades never made much sense to me (I guess I wouldn't know a trap line if I stumbled over one). But I'm a tinkerer and I've always been a fan of the wharncliffe blade. I'm always frustrated by how difficult it is to find a Case pattern that lends itself to reshaping into a wharnie (the trapper is a perfect example - the long spey blade would be perfect to reshape into a wharncliffe, but the nail nick is way too far forward).
So, recently I was perusing eBay, irritated at the sheer number of muskrats that are always on there & I noticed the nail nicks are on opposite sides - lightbulb goes off. I enlarged a picture of the blade & it looks like there just might be enough meat to reshape into a wharncliffe. So I figured I'd take a chance & give it a shot.
Took my time on the disk sander and low and behold it worked out great - I give you the ... Wharnrat (note the 2nd picture where I roughed out the shape with a marker)
pffffft that's not a knife ......... now THAT'S a knife !! Crocodile Dundee
Looks like you made your own Hawbaker (well, pretty close) and saved a LOT of money in doing so - Cool! OH
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Nice job! The knife you've made is similar to a pattern popularized by Stanley Hawbaker for sale by his trappers supply company. https://books.google.com/books?id=LL_7w ... on&f=false. Several companies have made the pattern. Hawbaker contracted with Case to make the pattern for his company, calls it the "Hawbaker Special".
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