An easy deer to remember

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by Rob Rock, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Rob Rock

    Rob Rock Fawn

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    An early trailcam shot before youth season. Not many folks would be impressed with this buck.
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    The buck suited a 9 year old boy during the early youth season just fine. Backstraps for the holidays and jerky after Thanksgiving. On Christmas morning, a wide eyed youth retold the story of his first buck to family and friends. Showed off his Christmas present too !
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    Ready for next year's buck for sure !
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    I ran out of time before Parkerizing both blades, didn't think the dual sheath would be in by Christmas but it was and all worked out. I didn't need to gift wrap it, he recognized the antlers immediately.
     
  2. JR PORTER

    JR PORTER 6 pointer

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    About the size of my first deer about 38 years ago, but I wasn't a young kid at 28 yrs old, still remember it well just as he will, the bigger ones will follow. Still that's the best size for eating. To me that's a great first buck, and I'm sure he'll cherish those knives forever.
     
  3. forager

    forager 8 pointer

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    Well crafted! Did you do the work yourself?!
     
  4. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Those look really nice. That seems to be a pretty typical "Grindstone buck"
     
  5. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

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    Heck that would be a booner for grindstone... its actually got horns both sides .. and look alike.
     
  6. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

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    Congrats to the young man...and dad for turning a memory into even more.
     
  7. wv67

    wv67 6 pointer

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    Congrats to the young man , and way to go dad you did awesome preserving the memories of his first deer
     
  8. Farrier85

    Farrier85 10 pointer

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    Dad of the year. That’s freakin awesome man
     
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  9. rlb165

    rlb165 10 pointer

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    This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while. Congratulations!
     
  10. bondhu

    bondhu 10 pointer

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    Congrats to the young man and way to go dad
     
  11. childersb24

    childersb24 6 pointer

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    Congrats to him knives look great
     
  12. Drahts

    Drahts 8 pointer

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    Congrats to him and #1 Dad hat for you, that is awesome! Great job!
     
  13. Rob Rock

    Rob Rock Fawn

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    Forager, thank you for your positive comment !
    I must humbly report that my skills are limited and the Christmas gift was assembled from purchased components (except for the antler of course).

    The leather sheath: MARBLES Brown LEATHER Double Belt Sheath Fits 3" & 5.5" Blade Knives New! MR420 $ 7.50
    Typical blades: Lot of 2 Clip point Stainless Steel Knife Making Supplies Blade Blank $17.50
    Careful drilling and epoxy. All supplies available from popular auction sites.

    I envy those folks with true knife making skills.
     
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  14. forager

    forager 8 pointer

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    How far back in the handle does the tang of the blade go?

    Here are a couple of tips for future projects:

    As an extra precaution, I score the tang with a cutting wheel on a rotary tool to give it more surface area for the epoxy to stick to. With that same cutting wheel, create a vertical notch about 1/8 to 1/4 inch in depth in the handle where the base of the blade meets the handle. This will help fix the blade in the desired position, and give the knife strength if you are twisting or prying with it. Here is a pic.

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    The knife in this picture has held up well over the years and has been used in a number of situations.

    Hopefully there will be more antler available for you in the future, and this will create a father/son tradition that can be passed to your grandchildren and theirs as well!

    Good luck!
     
  15. Rob Rock

    Rob Rock Fawn

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    Forager, Thanks for the tips ! (I wish I had thought of grinding notches or serrations into the tang). I think in practice, I had to trim the tang on at least one blade simply because the antler was fairly skinny. If the epoxy doesn't hold I'll provide some serrations or notches for a better grip on the steel tang. 20180228_084649[1].jpg I had to trim the tang on at least one blade simply because the antler was fairly skinny. If the epoxy doesn't hold I'll provide some serrations or notches for a better grip on the steel tang. Since the tang is "stepped" I was able to grind an inset into the antler at the end for a bit of torque protection. These small antlers got thin pretty quickly though.

    TO ALL: Thanks so much for the congratulations, 'likes' and kind words. What a nice welcome to the forum !
    Thanks again.
     
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