Friday, 11 February 2011

Bushcraft Knife Regrind

Knife After Regrind
A little while ago i sent one of my knives off to Adam at JLT Knives for a regrind, the knife in question is the A Wright & Son Bushcraft knife, now i bought this knife a long while back because it fitted my budget at the time and it was what i wanted because i fell into the "it's gotta be a Woodlore Style" trap, live and learn i guess?.

At the time i was happy with my purchase, but over a fairly short period of time i noticed that in use it would never keep it's edge for long at all, so it got relegated to the cupboard, to cut a long story short i was talking to Adam and asked if he could regrind it for me, to which he agreed, so off it went in the post.

I got the knife back today from Adam, and man o man what a difference, he has deepened the grind and therefore the bevel is now at a longer shallower angle and this thing now slices a treat.

In essence the knife is not a bad tool but it has always been let down by a poor grind,  I found out by doing  some research   (that i should had done before i bought it) and by talking to people, that the main reason the knife never kept it's edge was down to the narrow grind depth and very steep bevel, something which i later discovered has been discussed about this knife on various forums the world over before, if you do a Google search you will find it, i had an opportunity this afternoon to do some quick tests on the regrind and wow what a difference, this knife now throws feather sticks like no mans business, something it never did before, the knife is now a pleasure to use and not like using a sun hardened dog turd as it used to be.

Knife Before Regrind
This knife has been slagged off by many many people before for it's poor grind and shoddy build quality (apart from the grind i never had a problem with mine), especially by a number of, lets call them Bushcraft Snobs over here in the UK, who believe that unless you have a pukka Alan Wood Woodlore, you might as well use a butter knife.

It was quite funny a long time back, there was an argument brewing about the depth of the Ricasso the A Wright knife how big and unacceptable it was, truth be known, the Ricasso on mine, even before Adam reground the blade was smaller than the Ricasso on my Woodlore and one of my Shing's, so i took a photo to prove it, Umm that went down like a lead balloon, shut a few of the so called "Elite" up though.

Just thought i make a public show of appreciation to Adam for doing this for me - really appreciate it mate.

7 comments:

  1. I have one of those, Mark. Like yours it sat in a drawer for a long time for the same reasons. I also am not too keen on the handle shape and have been meaning to re-handle it for ages. I was discouraged to put the efforts in when I didn't get on with the knife but this seems like the way forward. Never had a problem with the ricasso on ine either but the rosewood scales expand and shrink something terrible. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. cheers mate, funny isnt it?, the scales on mine as solid as a rock and have not budged a mm since i bought the knife, I will be using this knife all the time now, well at least for a little while to see if the regrind has done the trick and made this into a useable tool at last.

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  4. HI there mate.

    Great post. I know what you mean about snobs. Thing is they never use their bloody woodlore and instead look at them lovingly under the bed covers with a torch.

    To them bushcraft is anything donw outdoors with loads of kit even if it is taking the dog for a walk and a shite.

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  5. Kepis,

    Sorry to hark back to this older post but is the knife a flat scandi or do you have a microbevel on it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Graeme

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