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RJ Hunt 14-Apr-20
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Bugle up 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
BigSkyHntr 15-Apr-20
bowhunter24 15-Apr-20
PECO 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
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Supernaut 15-Apr-20
woodguy65 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
Paul@thefort 15-Apr-20
GhostBird 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
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Scar Finga 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
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itshot 15-Apr-20
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Buffalo1 15-Apr-20
altitude sick 15-Apr-20
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RJ Hunt 15-Apr-20
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LUNG$HOT 15-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 16-Apr-20
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fubar racin 16-Apr-20
Scar Finga 16-Apr-20
ben h 16-Apr-20
RJ Hunt 16-Apr-20
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From: RJ Hunt
14-Apr-20

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I drew this up one morning as a hunting/edc use and figured would make one. Still think the standard drop point I make would be better field user on animals but this has a more durable tip, kinda a hybrid tanto. Is Elmax steel at rc61.5

From: RJ Hunt
14-Apr-20

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This is my standard hunter drop point. They are similar but this has an exposed tang for grip when bloody or wet. Anyhow. Seems my hobby is turning into an obsession. Thanks guys.

From: Bugle up
15-Apr-20
Both great looking knife designs. I would use either one in a heart beat.

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Thanks brother. Hope to use on an elk this year.

From: BigSkyHntr
15-Apr-20
Sweet knives!

From: bowhunter24
15-Apr-20
Yep Robert turning some rc57 as I write this... I like knives and I like your work!

From: PECO
15-Apr-20
Very nice, what is the length of the blade?

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Both are right around 4”. Bh24- If you running Elmax at 57 that will be one tough knife.

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
And thank you. Been a fun journey so far.

From: Supernaut
15-Apr-20
Beautiful knives! I really like the looks of the grip on the first knife pictured.

From: woodguy65
15-Apr-20
Quality work- beautiful knives!

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Thanks gents. The handles I have found for me feel better with natural materials. Stabilized wood are quickly becoming my go to for handles when possible.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Apr-20
Nice! Why the 3 leaf clover? Why not a 4 leaf clover for LUCK? Paul

From: GhostBird
15-Apr-20
Beautiful work.

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Well I didn’t want to be Cliche I guess and I am half Irish so... shamrock it was with three leaf.

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Also thanks for the kind words. It all started a year or so ago with wanting a better knife to use for game. My wife told me to quit complaining about the knives I own and make them myself the way I want them. Most all of my experience with blades come from dressing/cutting game in the field so I try to balance high performance on tissue type cutting with quality that can be handed down.

From: Scar Finga
15-Apr-20
Rob Just made me another beautiful knife, I am going to let him post pictures of it to do it justice!!

He does incredible work and is very affordable IMHO!

Thanks Rob, I love the knife brother!!

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Ah... you got it today. Nice. Glade you like it. I will post up a picture of it. Thanks Scar.

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20

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This is the back country knife I made for Scar Finga

From: itshot
15-Apr-20
nice!

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
I designed to be packable and light yet have enough bulk to grip when working elk/deer in the field for safety.

From: Buffalo1
15-Apr-20
Beautiful work.

15-Apr-20
I love the new blade design

15-Apr-20
Robert, what’s the blade length on your standard drop point? I’d like to order one from you for my father n law He likes a 6” blade on most his knives. Beautiful work your doing! How’s the steel hold a edge?

From: RJ Hunt
15-Apr-20
Wv-hillbilly Pm sent.

I have learned that geometry trumps all in knife making. That said my primary steel of choice is Elmax when ran over rc60 as becomes totally different (in a good way) when ran hard. All aside they hold an edge very well. Entire bull elk should not be a problem

From: willliamtell
15-Apr-20
How does Elmax compare to a carbide like Sv30?

From: LUNG$HOT
15-Apr-20
Daaam RJ! I LOVE the new design. Everything I’ve seen from you so far looks great! Talented individual.

From: RJ Hunt
16-Apr-20
In my opinion Elmax out performs s30v. Now s30v is no slouch (my current knife is s30v) but I can run Elmax (with my heat treat) harder with less chipping and thinner behind the edge than can with s30v.

From: RJ Hunt
16-Apr-20
Thanks lungshot. Much appreciated

From: fubar racin
16-Apr-20
I really like the looks of that knife you made for scar finga! The others are beautiful but just really like that one a lot!

From: Scar Finga
16-Apr-20
FUBAR, RJ did a little "customizing" on mine... Man I can not tell you how much I like this knife!! It became my immediate favorite knife and I bought it for hunting.

It may become my daily carry knife... I am wearing it now, and may continue to! Or I might have him build me a smaller version of this for daily carry!

Rob is just one hell of a craftsman! And, as a bonus, he is just a flat out good guy!

From: ben h
16-Apr-20
Those look fantastic. Curious, about how many man hours goes into one of those?

From: RJ Hunt
16-Apr-20
Is hard to say as each is different and try to do a few at a time. More than likely from start to finish about 20-30 hours if was to break down only work time. I also do all work by hand (minus drill press and belt grinder). So all the grooves are cut with a saw file and sanding done by hand. I do all in my little shop (garage). Thanks guys. Will post a picture of my work space if any so inclined to see.

From: Dude
16-Apr-20
Hey RJ, My son dabbles with knife making and was wondering where you get your fossil ivory from. Thanks in advance.

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20
Was given to me from an old friend who since passed and not sure where to get now. Would prob check with state you live first to make sure ok to use

From: DroptineDC18
17-Apr-20
Wait. You have only been at this a year or so and that is the kind of quality you are pumping out already? Looks like you were born to do this!

From: Bou'bound
17-Apr-20
Pure art wow

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20
Droptine, I do believe there is Divine help wit my this. When I started I had no idea and I asked for help. I know He has supported me the entire way. Thank you all.

17-Apr-20
I'd love to see pictures of your shop. Keep up the great work!

From: TD
17-Apr-20
Pretty cool..... some real skill and talent there.

Love to see pics of anybodies shop but my own! Right now it needs, um, a real cleaning.... starting with a scoop shovel.....

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20
Ha. That’s awesome. Let’s see if can get a picture that doesn’t make look like a pig works there.

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20
So here is my shop.... errr “garage” that I work in. Started out with a home made grinder from a treadmill and eventually was able to buy a professional made one that has water cooler on platen and full attachments. I do all work in house. I use a computer controlled furnace to heat treat. Have a LN2 tank for cryo treating and about 100 different belts for grinding.

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20

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The grinder on the right I made myself. The other I saved up to buy.
RJ Hunt's embedded Photo
The grinder on the right I made myself. The other I saved up to buy.
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I use this oven to heat treat the blades.
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I use this oven to heat treat the blades.

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20

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This is my small drill press, bandsaw and mini mill

From: Bowbender
17-Apr-20
Ok....we've seen the shop, how about a step by step of the process. I'd love to see it!

17-Apr-20
very cool

From: RJ Hunt
17-Apr-20
Let me see what I can do.

From: RJ Hunt
18-Apr-20

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I also play with high carbon steel. This is a pair of 1095 clay hardened blades with a natural hamon. Was a fun project.

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