Show off your fixed blades!

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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by zzyzzogeton » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:51 pm

Yeah Steve, it's certainly different. And works well, too. The patent was issued in 1976 and the tool went on the market in California in August 1977. I came back from my first WestPac cruise in January 1978 and bought it in February 1978 the first time I walked into a California dive shop - I already knew I wanted to try lobster and abalone fishing. It was pricey for back then, about $20 as I remember it. The other ab-irons were only $8 or $9, but I could immediately see the usefulness of the tool.

They came in black and orange. I went orange for visibility.

They are rarely seen outside the west coast, since that's the only place that has abalone in the US. Anyone who has one most likely lived in California in the late 70s or early 80s.

There was no sheath. You carried it in you abalone/lobster bag or used a lanyard around your wrist. You could also take a # of lead off your weight belt. :mrgreen:

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Post by steve99f » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:45 am

That would explain why I've not seen one over on this side. Very briefly held a diving certification but discovered I couldn't clear my ears but with great difficulty and gave it up. One open water dive was enough to know.

Just googled abalone. Didn't realise the amount of regulation.
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Post by zzyzzogeton » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:14 am

They used to be regulated only as to size, time of year and quantity in possession.

They are currently prohibited from being collected through at least the 2021 season all along the US Pacific coast.

The problem seems to have started back around 2013 (probably before that) when a virus hit the sea stars (aka starfish) populations along the Pacific coast. Especially hard hit were the sunflower sea stars started, the primary predator on the purple sea urchin. That allowed the purple sea urchin population to skyrocket, since sea stars were the primary predator of the sea urchins. The urchins destroyed the giant kelp forests that the abalone fed on.

In reality, the prohibition will be decades, since first the sea stars need to be re-established so that the sea urchins can be brought under control enough to allow the kelp beds to regrow, and then the abalone population will have to re-establish itself and grow to harvestable size - that will take 10 to 15 years by itself.

In 2018, scuba divers removed over 1.2 million sea urchins in certain areas in an attempt to lower the urchin population enough to allow the kelp beds to begin regenerating in those areas. The removed sea urchins are crushed and composted. There are also plans being developed to breed surviving sea stars to replenish the population, based on the theory that the survivors have a resistance to whatever disease killed most of them off.

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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by steve99f » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:20 pm

I didn't realize that was happening, thanks zzy.
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Post by knife7knut » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:06 pm

Well I finally picked up my G.C.Co. Buffalo Hunter from the antique shop.Ten inch long blade with a long sharpened false edge similar in shape to a Woodcraft pattern.Two piece buffalo(cow?)horn handle and aluminum pommel.Sheath is marked Edge Brand and the blade has a number 349 stamped in the pile side.Some slight surface rust which is removing nicely and a small chip in the pile side handle which I think I can fill.Cost me $55 which I don't think was too bad a price.
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Post by sunknife » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 pm

Thought I would try a GEC fixed blade knife so got this H10 with antiqued cherry wood handles earlier this week. Picked this one because at 7" oal it fell within a size range I didn't have. Made an attempt at antiquing the leather with some dye, rubbed some gray dye and black powdered earth pigment into the handle to darken it some and forced a patina on the blade with mustard. Had to personalize it. :D
I like the blade size, shape and how thin it is. I feel like the handle would feel better in my hand if it were just a 1/4' longer and a 1/4" taller (spine to belly that is, not thicker). I'll put it to use though camping and hunting.
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Post by Quick Steel » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:32 pm

Congratulations Greg. Very handsome. And with your personalization this knife is going to "speak" to you more fully with the passage of time.
I'm expressing that awkwardly but you know what I mean. Well done. ::tu::
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Post by kootenay joe » Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:56 am

Ray, that is a big knife, the Buffalo Hunter. Looks like a Gutmann marking so a good quality knife. $55 for a knife with a 10" blade in that good condition is almost a steal.
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Post by knife7knut » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:11 am

kootenay joe wrote:Ray, that is a big knife, the Buffalo Hunter. Looks like a Gutmann marking so a good quality knife. $55 for a knife with a 10" blade in that good condition is almost a steal.
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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by sunknife » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:57 am

Quick Steel wrote:Congratulations Greg. Very handsome. And with your personalization this knife is going to "speak" to you more fully with the passage of time.
I'm expressing that awkwardly but you know what I mean. Well done. ::tu::
Gotcha QS, I know what you mean. :lol: I'll take it camping in a few weeks and hopefully after I get some honest use out of it the knife and I will bond. :lol:
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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by Quick Steel » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:24 am

Yes, bond is precisely the word. ::tu::
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Post by mrwatch » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:30 pm

anyone recognize this one? Sheath say's BOWDEAN HIDE WORKS, MONTANA. NOT SURE WHAT THE HANDLE IS AND on The sheath is a tooth, not hollow for a root. blade is 4 1/8th and 8 7/8th overall. snake over hand made and possibly a ram or big horn sheep.
Thanks, Bob
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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by kootenay joe » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:38 pm

Hey Bob, need a picture, eh !
And Ray, Wow ! i just saw your large British Hoffritz Bowie. Need to be a strong younger man to pack this one around.
You find Great knives, almost every week ! ::woot::
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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by mrwatch » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:56 pm

mrwatch wrote:anyone recognize this one? Sheath say's BOWDEAN HIDE WORKS, MONTANA. NOT SURE WHAT THE HANDLE IS AND on The sheath is a tooth, not hollow for a root. blade is 4 1/8th and 8 7/8th overall. snake over hand made and possibly a ram or big horn sheep.
Thanks, Bob
just found this, online auction. June 2014. Group - Category
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Lead Bob Schopp Knife and Bodean Sheath Helena, MT This
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This lot shows two knives made by Bob Schopp of Helena, Montana. The knives are in a Bodean Hide Works Hand Crafted in Montana leather sheath that is hand made and tooled. The knives both have stag horn handles and brass hilts. This is marked with the coiled rattle snake logo.
blade forums, The late Bob Schopp and Jay Dean of Bodean hide woks.

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Re: Show off your fixed blades!

Post by doglegg » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:06 pm

Mr W. that is an exceptional knife. What great looks. Very well done. Glad you have it. ::nod:: ::tu::

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