Vildmark Custom Order Thread!

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  1. Osprey Knife & Tool

    Osprey Knife & Tool Moderator Moderator

    Jun 4, 2014


    I appreciate the yucky weather photos as much as the beautiful day shots, the little drops of rain on the blade can be annoying but for the viewer, I think most would agree adds character and depth to the photo. I thank you for taking the time out of your day to take a few photos and post them up for us to gander at. I sure do enjoy looking at them!








    Christian, that Koa like you said has alot going on. I take photos of Koa alot and kind it one of the most challenging woods to photograph. I think you did a mighty fine job though. I really like how the opposing pin materials contrast with each other and the wood. Thank you for sharing with us.



    I agree with all of this, the website has been a work in progress, usually at the end of the day when I get home and am caught up I will jump on and tweak the site as well as add material. I will work on adding this stuff as I find the time. I agree we need to hook Danny up with a Vildmark. I am a huge fan of his photography.


    Thats pretty cool!! I'm going to have to save this picture! Thank you for taking and sharing. I can only imagine the looks you got. If you where caught in the act. LOL

    I will get you hooked up Big Deal Bob!

    Thank you for putting the word out, and the compliments, I appreciate it.
     
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  2. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    To say that I'm pleased with how this knife turned out would be a gross understatement. Chris did an absolutely outstanding job on material selection, aesthetic design, heat treat, finish, sharpening... just everything! It's appearance, however, is only part of the story.

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    The Vildmark design is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Every time I pick it up, I'm struck by how comfortable the handle feels and how well it fits my hand. The balance is very neutral making the knife feel nimble and controllable. It feels substantial in my hand without being uncomfortably large. The handle is curvier (see spine shots) and fuller than my other OKTs.

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    Without question, I love the taper at the front of the handle. Some knife makers grind out a "thumb scallop", but the Vildmark's taper has no such arc; it's flat from top to bottom. I prefer this over a "scallop" since it provides more flexibility and doesn't direct your thumb to the center. The angle of the taper is just right for a more comfortable, positive pinch grip, and gets your thumb a bit closer to the face of the blade, which, at least to me, feels like it provides more control.

    To try this baby out, I started with a little feather sticking, and the Vildmark makes it easy. After doing that a few minutes, I switched to a Warthog to try the same, and I was surprised at how much narrower the Warthog's handle felt. Not that either knife's handle felt bad or uncomfortable, just the size difference was very apparent. I've always liked the Warthog's handle, and still do, but it wasn't until this comparison that I realized how much wider the Vildmark's handle is -- and it is in the width, rather than height. A Fiddleback Bush Hermit, in comparison, has a much taller handle than most. The Vildmark's extra width comes in the center of the handle in it's palm swell -- again very curvy. It fills my hand nicely and probably helps prevent hand cramps and fatigue during long sessions.

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    The Vildmark did exceptionally well cutting notches. I was able to easily do detailed work, and it felt like I had a lot of control for a knife of this size.

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    Speaking of size, at 3.85 inches, the Vildmark isn't a small knife, but it's blade is still a tad short to comfortably baton the material I typically start with (honestly, I should use an axe for those anyway). Once those first couple of splits are done or by using narrower material, though, the Vildmark works great. Having said this, I think the Vildmark is the perfect size for most things you'd want to do with it. As I said above, it's quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

    The Vildmark held its edge perfectly though all of this.

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  3. Oyster

    Oyster

    Aug 2, 2011
    @RobbieB : Awesome! :thumbsup::thumbsup: (Giving this a mere “like” wouldn’t be/feel right)
     
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  4. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    Thank you sir!
     
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  5. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Fantastic photos and write-up @RobbieB ! That is a handsome Vildmark. I like your choice of handle combo. It sounds like overall the Vildmark checks all the right boxes for you. It's nice when all elements of a plan come together. :thumbsup:

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  6. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    @RobbieB if this knife ever goes on the move, please hit me up. It might just hit the sweet spot for me as well.
     
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  7. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    Will do BDB.
     
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