Hudson Bay Camp Knife

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  1. Apr 14, 2019 at 5:19 PM #1

    Barry Stewart

    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".

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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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  2. Apr 14, 2019 at 5:39 PM #2

    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?
     
  3. Apr 14, 2019 at 5:54 PM #3

    Barry Stewart

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    Thanks. I used buffalo horn which I believe is consistent with the originals.
     
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