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Muskrat Man Conversions

Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:57 pm

Got back these two GEC knives I sent to Kaleb back about 4 months ago. The TC Barlow was a Glitter Gold Acrylic and I had him replace it with Amboyna wooden handles. This has such a great warm and smooth feel to the handles and it looks fantastic.
The second one is a GEC 35 Beer and Sausage knife. I had him take off the comb and the fork and convert it to a single blade. I missed out on all the 35 Northwoods so I figured this was a less expensive way to buy a 35 with one blade. The Micarta handles were replaced with burl maple. I thought the colors would pop more than they do. The slabs had more of a green tint that was quite distinct from the brown, but this came out kind of muted, I still like it.
The others are project knives from years past. The top knife is a Paragon fixed blade that I bought as just a blade with unfinished handles. The Boker lockback has the same Amboyna wood that was used on the TC Barlow. The bottom knife is an old Keen Kutter Coffin Jack that was in a Keen Kutter Collection I bought 3 years ago. The main blade was broken and the pen blade had a big nick out of the blade and part of the top of the nail nick was missing. I hunted for parts knives for months to find blades that would work. I just thought this old beauty needed a second chance and MM gave it that.
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Re: Muskrat Man Conversions

Post by Railsplitter » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:09 pm

Good looking knives, Mark. That was a great idea with the B&S #35. That’s one heck of a knife without that comb and with those new covers.
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:23 pm

Thanks Rick. I might be in a camp by myself but I really think the comb and fork were a bad idea. The glitter acrylic looked pretty ugly to me, to be honest. I had no qualms about replacing that.
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Post by herbva » Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:45 pm

Awesome, gorgeous, group of knives there Mark. That Amboyna wood really pops! I may have to find some of that. I have never been a fan of acrylic sparkle, in particular (and I hope I don't offend anyone) that "Gold Stone" that was once so popular. ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Madmarco » Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:16 pm

Absolutely gorgeous knives Mark. Although, as we discussed they are not my style, there's no denying their beauty, and MM did a 1st.-Rate job of restoring them. Can hardly wait to see the 2 he has for me soon! 8)
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Post by doglegg » Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:44 pm

Congrats SSK. Happy for you. Muskrat Man is an artist. ::nod:: ::nod::

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Post by 1967redrider » Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:50 am

Excellent repair work and amazing character in those scales. Sweet looking Keen Kutter too, they all turned out perfectly in my opinion. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by FRJ » Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:59 am

A very good looking group of knives. ::tu::
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:26 am

Thank you guys. I guess it’s pretty apparent that I’m partial to wooden handles. There is just something warm about holding a knife with a wooden handle. The Keen Kutter is some really old tight grain ebony, it was in remarkably great condition especially when you consider how bad the blades were, didn’t require a thing to be done to them. The master blade is short of what it should be, but try to find another one of these old KK coffin jacks to use for parts, haven’t seen one come up yet for sale.
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Post by Dan In MI » Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:38 am

Excellent work by MM. The beer and sausage knife and the Keen Kutter are real srandouts!
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Post by DM11 » Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:22 pm

Excellent ::tu::
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Post by glennbad » Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:38 am

Kaleb does great work, nice stuff!

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Post by QTCut5 » Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:43 am

Muskrat Man does superb work...no doubt about it. Some real fine beauties you got there, mark. Congrats. ::tu::
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Post by Ivoryman » Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:53 am

Sharpnshinyknives wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:57 pm
Got back these two GEC knives I sent to Kaleb back about 4 months ago.
The second one is a GEC 35 Beer and Sausage knife. I had him take off the comb and the fork and convert it to a single blade. I missed out on all the 35 Northwoods so I figured this was a less expensive way to buy a 35 with one blade. The Micarta handles were replaced with burl maple. I thought the colors would pop more than they do. The slabs had more of a green tint that was quite distinct from the brown, but this came out kind of muted, I still like it.




Congrats and kudos for designing that one. Never would have thought of ditching 2 blades and getting a Northwoods. Pretty much so. Good on you and beautiful woods. MuskratMan, kudos on the great work. Really a killer one of a kind now. wow. Love that two toned maple burl. And the Amboyna wood is fabulous too. Gorgeous knives.
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Post by Sharpnshinyknives » Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:48 am

Thanks Dan, David, Glenn, Q and Ivoryman. I’m pretty proud of these.
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Post by TPK » Wed Aug 04, 2021 3:58 pm

:shock: Wow! That TC Barlow steals the show for sure! ::nod:: Awesome! :shock:
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Post by KLJ77 » Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:11 pm

Mark...I can only echo what everyone else has stated. Marvelous rework on those knives, and I give a big Bravo Zulu to MM for awesome work. ::tu:: I really like the looks of the Barlow. That wood is very attractive.
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