Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Scray Yard Yard Keeper Edge

I was very fortunate to get a very nice gift from Blade 2007. A friend that lives in Georgia, and was very close to the Blade show was able to attend. He bought me one of the Scrap Yard Knives Yard Keepers, which was a blade show only exclusive.

I had been undecided on whether or not I was going to use it. In order to keep avoiding making that decision I have just been using other knives of similar size.

Then, a user on the Scrap Yard Forums (Horn Dog, also in GA) really re-profiled the edge of his, and put in through a set of tests where the knife performed extremely well. This got me itching to get mine out and do the same.

Just an FYI, this is a short, stout, thick little knife. The blade is approximately 1/4" thick.

First, my sharpening device. I use a variety of gritted belts, leather belts and compounds:

On to the knife edge. I tried to take several angles. It is hard to show in photos:

As a test of sharpness, I made a very QUICK fuzz stick. I know I can do better than this, but this was just done very quickly.


At December 5, 2007 at 4:26 AM , Blogger Mungo said...

That's a nice looking knife - although I've never understood the utility of the area at the base and at the bottom of the blade, it seems like wasted area that could be another half inch of sharp edge? Is it to rest a finger in?

Anyway, cheers, Mungo

At December 5, 2007 at 5:02 PM , Blogger BrianA said...

Yes...the choil. I believe they started on custom knives as a way to aid in fully sharpening the blade. Whether you use a belt sander like I do, or some other method, it does do a great job of giving you full access to the blade when sharpening.

I personally feel every knife should at least have a very small one. For example, if you look at the Busse Game Warden, the choil is way too small to put a finger in, but is great for sharpening.

If the choil is large enough to put your finger in. It drastically changes the feel of the knife. Like "choking up" on it.

There are of course lots of preferences. Some would prefer no choil on small knives, but want them on bigger ones, and vice versa.

I typically prefer micarta handles, like the Swamp Rat Ratmandu, and also really like the choil on that knife too.

At December 11, 2007 at 1:57 PM , Blogger The Suburban Bushwacker said...

That knife looks a lot like a fallkniven F1, how does it compare in price?

At December 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM , Blogger BrianA said...

Hey SBW,

I am not sure on the cost, to be honest. As far as I know, this was never part of a normal offering at the Scrap Yard. It was supposedly sold at Blade 2007 only, and I did not make it. It was a gift also, so I really don't know the price.

I do know that the only way to get them now is to look at the aftermarket (like the exchange at Blade Forums). They are going for more than originally offer for I am sure.


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