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Can't say why, but in the last year or so I've become infatuated with the Nessmuk style blade. I inquired in that regards to a number of makers. So far Gene is the only one that took me serious.

In conversation I asked if he would consider undertaking to make a combo Nessmuk set. IIRC, Mr. Ingram said that that he had not made a Nessmuk style blade before. I texted a picture of a RW Loveless Modified Nessmuk. Well fast forward a couple months and we talked again. He indicated he would like to make the combo but wanted it to be his interpretation of a Nessmuk. I told him to have at it. My only two stipulations were that I wanted A2 steel for the blade and that these were not to be "frilly", but rather a working set. The rest was up to him. Well I got this combo set in the mail last Saturday. To say the least I am ecstatic. The Desert Ironwood is one of my fav's and was a total surprise.





















could not wait to employ them. No hoglets to skin so, next best thing, smoked St. Louis style pork ribs for slicing!






I'm jazzed!


ya!


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Do you see any advantage to that style blade in skinning, or is it just the look that appealed to you?

I'm a fan of desert ironwood myself.
 
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Yep I need one of those from Gene, damn you GW!
 
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Beautiful knives, Gw. I particularly like the tapered tangs. I got a nessmuk blade about six months and it's become one of favorite knives. It is great for cooking and eating a steak. The key is that the blade has to be thin. My handle is Snakewood. The only thing I would change is that I got mine in A2, also. Since I use it so much around food, I think I would prefer a stainless steel. On the other hand, some people like the patina a high carbon steel like A2 develops.
 
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Charles,

I've become enamored of the Nessmuk blade profile and did not have one, so yes, the blade profile was a significant factor.

I do skin quite a few animals and I much prefer a "skinner" profile" for its "belly". I also cape quite a bit and with a "clip point" type blade one is much more likely to pierce a cape.

I figure that the combo is pretty much a do anything set. The A2 is easily resharpened and is resistant to chipping should I want to baton or use the Nessmuck in similar fashion as a cleaver. The companion knife will do duty as a boning knife! I figure they will work great in the kitchen as well as in camp.






the top two knifes are skinners.

the third down is a modified canadian/yukon belt knife. The maker, Gary Dukeman, AKA Squawsatch Knives, caled his Oklahoma
Belt knife.

a couple Nessmuk style blades I've blanked out from Russel green river skinners, which one day I may handle with African Blackwood



an Ontario Knife Co. Old Hicory skinner.


and a Dexter Cleaver.





I'm having a cleaver made out of A2 for hacking bone and making pork chops.

ya!


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He did a good job. The Nessmuck is my favorite style blade to use in the field.


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JF, as I commented, the nessmuck is becoming my favorite knife. One has to ask, what would make a knife better, by simply adding a hump to the blade? That doesn't make any sense, but upon closer consideration, I think that the hump allows you to see where the blade is cutting. I have big meat hooks. The truth of the matter is that if I use a smaller blade, one that is more nimble, I simply can't see the blade when it is cutting. With the nessmuk, I can see the hump of the blade, thus where the blade is cutting
 
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Thanks! Strangely I do not have anything in that blade style at the moment. Hmmm.....
 
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Hmm, I wasn't familiar with that blade pattern before. I bet that's a very useful multi-purpose blade for breaking down and skinning critters. Please do report back on its performance after you've knocked down and parted out a few hogs.


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DesertRam, I encourage to look into this blade. I think you will like it. Google the story of its history. Pretty interesting stuff
 
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DesertRam, I encourage to look into this blade. I think you will like it. Google the story of its history. Pretty interesting stuff


I did, thanks. Interesting character. I ended up with a decent factory knife recently, but am still on the lookout for a good custom. I think I'd be content with a blade of this design.


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