Hudson Bay Camp Knife

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  1. Apr 14, 2019 #1

    Barry Stewart

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    I have always liked the looks of the Hudson Bay camp knife (aka buffalo knife or chiefs knife). I know they were made some time after the western fur trade era but its one of those knifes that just grabs me for some reason. I decided to try and make one out of an old butcher knife I acquired. It is not to scale of an original with a much thinner blade and tang but I tried to recreate the overall look and handle construction. Blade length 7 1/4" and handle length 4 5/8".

    [​IMG]IMG_2179 by Barry Fowlie, on Flickr

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    I annealed the original blade in order to hack saw and file it, then re-heat treated it. Now I need to make a sheath for it. Any sheath style suggestions would be welcomed. I have done quite a few of the riveted sheaths a la AJ Miller and would like to try something different. Thanks for looking.
     
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    brawny man

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    Turned out very nice. I like that style too. Making me want to do the same on some of the old knives I have. What type of material did you use on the handle scales?
     
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    Barry Stewart

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    Thanks. I used buffalo horn which I believe is consistent with the originals.
     
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    Your project turned out VERY nice ! :cool:
     
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    I like it ! Nice work... :)
     
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    Barry Stewart

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    Thanks for the kind words gentlemen. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I recently acquired some 1/4 inch 1075 and 1095 and am looking forward to making a couple more from scratch that will be closer to original scale.
     
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    That is a treasure. Your brass work is super. I have delved into knives myself but just tool steel not forging. Made a folder from tool steel and scrap brass with rosewood panels inlet knives.jpg ted 1/8" I am better with handles. The top is a bayonet blade that had no handle and the second was a bayonet cut for a skinner. The folder is a razor but tool steel does not like blood.
     
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    Barry Stewart

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    I finished up a sheath for the Hudson Bay knife. It is heavy veg tan dyed with vinegaroon and secured with brass rivets. It has a standard type belt loop on the back or can be worn tucked in the belt and secured with the buckskin wang. It is definitely a very late western fur trade outfit but I figure it might be well suited when I carry a percussion rifle. Thanks for looking any feed back will be appreciated.

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