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Pocket chopper

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:27 pm

I don't know about you, but from the first time I saw a pocket chopper I wanted one. SMKW has Marbles and Rough Rider pocket choppers, both Chinese made; because of this I elected to make my own. Sundog and I have a communal box of POS knives that contains everything that we receive from the exchanges as well as other things we pick up over the course of the year. Recently I was looking in the box for a parts knife that may have had a blade that I could use when I came upon a Case folding hunter that has been residing there for several years. After looking it over, I decided to go with a rebuild with possibly making a new blade to replace the original clip blade. Someone had modified the clip blade which was heavily resharpened, and ground an edge on the backside to make it into a double edge folding dagger. Only one problem with this, with both edges sharpened, even when the blade is folded shut, there is a sharp edge exposed that can cut you when trying to reach into a pocket or sheath for use. Then it was like one of those deals where a light bulb appears over your head. I was going to make the replacement blade a chopper. 1095 bar stock was used for the blank which was cut out and then the edge put on it with the file jig. The heat treating was done as usual for 1095 steel and the blade fit into the Case XX USA 65 frame. I know what you are saying, "that is not a real practical thing". Does not matter, I think they are cool and I always wanted one. That over rides everything. Also some of you may be saying, "how can you carry such a monstrosity?" It fits real nice into the plier pocket on the brand of carpenters jeans I have. There also may be a segment that thinks this is blasphemy to turn a Case knife into a pocket chopper. I can only remind that it only takes a few minutes to remove the chopper blade and install a clip blade if I find one. I had some suitable stag in the handle material box, so that was what I went with. The end result is outrageous looking, but I like it. Maybe this will start a craze among you knife mechanics. lol
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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by cody6268 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:07 pm

Looks really cool! I can see a lot of stuff it would be practical for.


I have a little Utica hatchet from one of those boy's hunting knife sets (unfortunately, not the knife or sheath--as the hatchet was found together with "full-size axes almost a decade ago), and for smaller cutting jobs and removing limbs from smaller branches, it does a great job. And did I mention it fits great in my pliers pocket as well? I need to rehandle it, as the plastic handle is broken, and grind a thinner edge on it, as it's somewhat blunt. It's surprising these existed long before the trend of tiny pocket-size hatchets caught on in more recent years.

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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by rea1eye » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:23 pm

Really cool. It is amazing what you mechanics do with a knife.

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Post by doglegg » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:45 pm

OC you are both creative and imaginative . And well executed. ::tu::

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Post by Reverand » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:25 pm

I love it!
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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by Sundog Knives » Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:24 am

Olde Cutler, that looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see it in person. When you mentioned at the shop you were going for a customized pocket chopper I thought what the heck is that?! Turned out great, nice choice for stag handles.

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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by royal0014 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:47 am

Well, that's different . . .

One small critique though; you needed a little less curvature in the cutting edge,
so that that outside corner would have tucked into the handle when closed.
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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:00 pm

royal0014 wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:47 am
Well, that's different . . .

One small critique though; you needed a little less curvature in the cutting edge,
so that that outside corner would have tucked into the handle when closed.
JMHO
It's a compromise, if the cutting edge was straighter, then the inside corner would hit the spring first. As it is the outer corner just makes it into the handle and is not exposed. It's a different geometry than with a conventional blade, and some experimentation was done with a cardboard blade to reach the final shape. See close up below.
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Post by 1967redrider » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:37 pm

Most excellent work, OC! ::tu:: ::tu::
Pocket, fixed, machete, axe, it's all good!

You're going to look awfully silly with that knife sticking out of your @#$. -Clint Eastwood, High Plains Drifter

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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by royal0014 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:50 pm

OLDE CUTLER wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:00 pm
It's a compromise,
::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Captain O » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:33 pm

I'm impressed! This is something that, evidently, was well thought out and properly executed. What a handy camping tool! All it needs is a properly dyed sheath and snap! Excelsior! ::hmm:: ::handshake:: ::tu:: 8)

What's not to like?
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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by glennbad » Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:54 pm

I love your imagination! I would have never thought of doing something like that. Very cool, and looks good too!

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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:34 pm

Thanks to all for your comments. Now on to the next big thing, maybe a Barlow meat cleaver. lol
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Post by OLDE CUTLER » Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:13 pm

I stopped in to see Sundog this morning and handed him the pocket chopper for him to examine. He coonfingered, chickeneyed, drooled on it and spoke 3 words. "I want one"! lol
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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by Sundog Knives » Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:05 pm

Actually four words: “Is this for sale?”

Upon hearing OC’s response in the negative: “I WANT ONE!!”

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Post by 1967redrider » Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:39 pm

OC- if we send you a -65 SAB, what would you charge for this custom work? Or is it even something you would consider doing? Thanks!

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Re: Pocket chopper

Post by Meridian_Mike » Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:44 pm

WOW.... what an amazing transformation!

Great work!

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