Western Cutlery Knives

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  1. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    When I was in my 20s I had a Westmark 702 knife. I always carried that knife. At some point the knife came up missing. I always suspected that it was stolen out of my car.
    Westmark was the top of the line knife for Western Cutlery. They were made in Colorado. They aren't made anymore and they are pretty rare around these parts.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Knife_Company
    I've been looking for one for some time but the ones I found online were always pretty well used up and the sheaths were often tore up. I recently found one in perfect condition, new in box! So I bought it (not yet delivered.)
    I have no intention of using or carrying it, I just wanted it because mine was stolen.
    My son was over here yesterday and since he's a gun/knife enthusiast, I told him about the knife and showed him a picture from the ad.
    He said, "Oh, mom has one of those...
    Now I know where my knife went 30 years ago :mad::mad::mad:

    Pics to follow when the knife arrives.
     
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  2. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    That's a good story. I have a decent knife collection myself. Probably have 25
    of all shapes and sizes. Cant wait to see a pic when it comes in.
     
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  3. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I have a 701 still in the box packed away somewhere. That is if a family member didn't steal it. :D
     
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  4. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

  5. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

  6. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    My knife arrived today. It's beauteous. Great craftsmanship.
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  7. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    And as long as you have it a stone will never touch it. :D
     
  8. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    True. :D
    It feels really great in your hand.
    If I was still talking to my ex I'd try to get my old knife back :mad: I'm sure it's long gone.
     
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  9. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    This weekend I'm going to try and dig out my 701. If I find it I'll post a picture.
     
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  10. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I've got a couple of these 119 Buck knives with the special cocobolo wood handles. These have never been sharpened either.
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    And then I've got this '53-'55 Randall Made 12-11 Smithsonian bowie. You can literally shave with this knife. This knife has hacked apart many elk.
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  11. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    For some reason my pix are getting rotated :mad:
     
  12. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    This little pamphlet that came in the box says these knives sold new for $29.95
     
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  13. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Those are some fine knives for sure.
    I've got my USMC K-Bar and the Bayonet that was issued with my M-14 and some others. I'll see if I can find some of that stuff and post pictures
     
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  14. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    That would be cool, I'd like to see them.
     
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  15. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Unfortunately, in L.A. County it is illegal to openly carry or conceal carry a knife over 3" in length.
     
  16. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    These are our Knife carry laws in Florida.

    Limits on Carry
    • You can open carry any knife.
    • Box cutters, multi-tools, and other work knives are legal to carry concealed.
    • In most cases, conceal carry of a common pocket knife with a blade of less than 4 inches is legal.
    • Anything outside of this has not been expressly banned or allowed.
    http://www.knifeup.com/florida-knife-laws-explained/
     
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  17. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    That is gorgeous. That's a serious hand guard on there.
    I like the way the guard hangs out the sheath. I would
    have to at least go prune a small tree with it ! Or at
    a minimum open mail. :)
     
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  18. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    haha ! :XXROFL:


    Don't you know knives are happiest when used!?! ( I kid ....... just a little)
     
  20. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Mine smile at me every time I see them. :confused:
     
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  21. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I bought a knife kit at Woodcraft; I changed the screws that came with the kit to brass pins which makes it easier). I've been working on it this winter (it is harder than I thought). I got the nose shaped before gluing the wood scales to the knife. I just finished sanding the basic shape on a 1" belt sander. Now I'll fine tune the shape with files and hand sanding.

    knife2.jpg
     
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  22. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I'm going to try to buy a used carry condition 702 in a couple of minutes.
     
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  23. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Hell, I missed it. Got outbid by $2.00 :(
     
  24. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    HA!!!!! I just talked on the phone to the guy that I bought the new-in-box 702 from. He's got one more, new in box but with a small scuff on the sheath. I just bought that one, too! :D
    He's a good 'ol boy from Oklahoma.
     
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  25. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    New in-box knife arrived today. It’s an early knife, complete with a registration card in the box! I’m going to sharpen and carry this one.
    I’ll post pics tomorrow. Love this knife.
     
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  26. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    The knife on the right is older and was a display model. Likely made in the early 70s. That is the one that I will sharpen and use.
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  27. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Touched up the edge on one of my Westmarks on Friday night and took it to the track this weekend to cut up the carne asada.
     
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  28. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Which I promptly ate.
     
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  29. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Proud member of Rowdy Nation Contributor

    I am not allowed to play with sharp objects :(
     
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  30. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    My cousin was a skinner. He came over here last weekend when I told him I sharpened one of the Westmark knives. I thought I had it pretty good but he showed me what I was doing wrong and what I could do to correct my mistakes. We use DMT whetstones, freehand.
    He’s a magician. I learned a lot but I’m not even in the same room as my cousin.
    Today I touched it up a bit at his request from yesterday. I’m afraid to screw it up but I think I improved it. It’s an art and I’m learning but you can easily shave with this knife.
    I look forward to learning more.
     
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  31. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I picked up a 3 stone Naniwa wet stone set for my kitchen knives; I still learning how to use them.

    My first knife kit is turning out OK, it has some mistakes. It does have a very nice feel in my hand. I need to clean some finish that got on the blade. I'm going to try an Ulu knife next (which should be easier).

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  32. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    For three days I’ve been sharpening a Chinese POS stainless steel steak knife made from German steel. I’ve folded it over and killed the edge several times but I think I’m finally close. I’m going to test drive it on some BBQ’d 2” boneless pork loin chops.
     
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  33. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    These have always been my go to everyday knives. Kitchen, fish cleaning, bait cutting, cleaning game from squirrels to deer etc. They're inexpensive, well balanced, easy to use and sharpen and Made In The USA. This is a stock photo but is the same type of set that I've always had.

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  34. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Bought a couple of new knives.
    Both Benchmade. The top is a Mini Crooked River and the bottom is a Turret 980. The top one is my EDC and I bought the bottom one just because it's a workhorse and I like it. I actually bought two of the Turrets and gave one to my buddy.
    S30V steel is really a great steel for an EDC.
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  35. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    @Johali
    I ordered some off those Old Hickory knives today for my kitchen.
     
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  36. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I've only seen one of the mini's in person and it's one fine ass piece of craftsmanship.
    I think that you'll like them. They've been my go to all around knives from as far back as I can remember. The company has a helluva military history with bayonets, survival knives etc. Every knife person that I know loves them.
     
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  37. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    My winter project was making a pair of filet knives for a couple fishing buddies. I decided to send them pictures of my progress so they had a better idea how my time I put into their gifts (they have boats - I don't). It is a knife kit from Woodcraft, the wood is padauk and I cut the scales to see how grain would turn out.

    Knife-Filet-2.jpg

    This is how they turned out. They both have some flaws but they turned out alright. They are the second and third knife kits I built.

    Knife-filet-61.jpg
     
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  38. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    That's fine work. Good looking knives.
     
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  39. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I have the third one from the bottom and the top one. They don't look like that now because I have had them for years and sharpening has slimmed them down a bit. I like the fact that you can sharpen them easily.
     
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  40. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I have no idea how many of those that I've worn down to a toothpick size over the years. The middle one is my go to knife for just about everything and the one that I usually wear out.
     
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