Finally attained a personal grail blade

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  1. Reno Lewis

    Reno Lewis Knot-A-Challenge Champion

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    After 11 years, I finally attained the blade which initially spurred my interest in Bushcraft and wilderness living skills.

    The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife.

    Being 11 at the time, I couldn't even come close to affording a Woodlore clone blank, let alone the real deal. So, being the crafty lad I am, I made my own out of a file, some Birch, an angle grinder and a 1x30 belt sander that my neighbor let me borrow.

    The birch scales were attached solely with super glue. I left the file teeth intact under the scales for better adhesion.

    It took me about two weeks of daily work to complete it, and I used that knife and a basic Mora for a couple years before upgrading. It served me well, and I learned a lot while using it.


    Fast forward to a little over a month ago, I finally attained the real deal, this one made by Emberleaf Workshops, and I couldn't be happier.

    Pictured here with my Andy Kirkham O1 crooked knife/Mocotaugan.

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    Here it is pictured next to my rudimentary clone.

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    A short overview in a thunderstorm.




    And the unboxing/first impressions video I did which ended up being entirely too long, with low audio. Watch at your own peril.

     
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    Congrats bud, well deserved. Enjoy it!
     
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    That’s awesome! I used to want one as well. Never did get one. I did buy the Ray Mears signature Mora though. Love the Northern Wilderness series and book.
     
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    Awesome!! How long were you on the wait list for Emberleaf?
     
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    No wait list at all, it's available directly from the Woodlore website so long as it's in stock.

    The gents of Emberleaf certainly know how to make a blade.
     
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    congrats man........but your homemade one is extremely badass
     
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    Awesome stuff. I love the homemade one also
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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