…at least on working on the “Project Knife”. Prepping for my upcoming move has just sucked up my time. I’ve been sorting through boxes that may not have been audited since my parents move to NC in 1963… seriously.
The poor knife is just like I left it in the last PK post, but it did get a new suit of clothes. These fit, instead of letting 3/4″ of sharp blade tip poke out of the sheath [and into your pants and leg].
I picked up a cheap sheath off Amazon that turned out be fairly nice. Reasonably decent leather with a machine stamped basketweave, riveted, and sound stitching… and a near perfect fit. [There is a snap strap that is off right now]. I will most likely give this sheath a Lexol rubdown; something I wouldn’t do to a really fine sheath like the BRK ones come with.
Money saved always goes out in another direction… and I did spree on a second Bark River when someone in one of the BRK forums put it up at a price that I could feel OK with [and that all the stuff in those boxes financed thru sales on eBay]. That pretty top knife is a Fox River II “First Production Run” with a Desert Ironwood handle and brass pins, A2 steel. It came without any signs of use or wear, and I’m glad I went for it.
I had wanted a Fox River back when I got the Adventurer nekker last Fall, but the original full run sold out a good while ago, and Mike Stewart hasn’t fitted another run into the very busy Bark River production schedule yet. You can get a Fox that is “magnum” or one that is LT [a lighter/thinner blade] but not a regular II. At 5″ the FR II is an inch bigger than the original FR, which makes it smaller by an inch than the PK Bowie I’m restoring, but larger than the others I have [a Buck 692 and a D.H. Russell Canadian #1 from Grohmann]… so…. imma justifyin’ fillin’ a niche!
Other than that, in a quick message exchange with forum guy who is a well known knife maker, as well as collector, I found out that the Project Knife is actually better than I thought. Under that ugly blade tape-up job, it is convex ground just like the pricy Bark Rivers.