Good job Semper, but what's your point?
You say blade length isn't that important for fighting but
it seems to me that it would. I have an old Coleman-western
bowie which I found to be just too damn long and heavy, the
quilllon overly wide as well. I thinned the blade a bit and
shortened it about an 1" 1/2. I also wrapped the wood handle
in leather and it works much, much better. I'm a little guy
(125lbs) so that big honker of a knife was just about useless
for me by virtue of being too heavy. It worked me to death!
Wrapping the handle kept my hand from sliding which was
quite dangerous. Wouldn't want to throw my knife away, especially
in a fight! It goes without saying then that any smooth-handled
knife can be a liability if used with sweaty hands or for any wide
swinging actions like fighting, clearing brush or chopping wood.
If anyone doesn't know the vocabulary of knives this page will
tell you all you need to know - www.jayfisher.com...
That little Shrade model you show is a must for skinning animals,
for everything from deer down in size I have not found a better
knife but I improved mine again by wrapping the handle with
fishing line as any leather would absorb blood. It also gives me
a good length of fishing line if I need it.
Making your own knives is not very difficult, many companies
offer premade blade blanks. If you can't find what you want -
make it! No pricey tools needed either although a belt sander
can cut some time off for you.
A former neighbor of mine, Errett Callahan teaches how to
make stone knives (amongst other items of primitve technology)
and is unsurpassed as a artist or teacher. You can see his work
here - www.errettcallahan.com...
Thought I might throw in some quick rules too:
Never throw your unless it's made for that purpose
Never pry with your knife, the tip is the weakest point
Avoid cutting plastic, metal or cardboard with it - it dulls quickly
Like a firearm, never point it at anyone
For long term storage DO NOT put in sheath, chemicals for
leather can corrode your blade!
Always wipe your blade clean after use. Acids, blood and oils
from your fingers can cause rust.
I've been using, making and engraving knives for many years,
I might get around to posting some of my work.
Again, great work Semper. Starred, Flagged and tagged! Thanks.
[edit on 13-9-2009 by Asktheanimals]