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#5721117 - 04/28/15 11:07 PM Hunting knife
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This is my Gamemaster model hunting knife. The woods is a atabalized Maple, grown, cut and stabilized by Pete Crowl.
I did the Damascus and the engraving. 5 Inch blade. I think I made it last year for a client. He seemed happy with it.
Pete's wood is a bit high cost but he always has the best spalted wood. He does his own spalting, watches each tree to get it just right and does a great job stabilizing it so you get the best, in my opinion of course. Pete's too.




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#5721177 - 04/29/15 12:56 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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very nice
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#5721302 - 04/29/15 07:24 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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How in the $#$# can you get a tree to spalt? That's a new one on me; I guess that's something I have to read about. laugh Spalted lumber is my choice in woods even over burl it just has that certain flair. I have tons of spalted lumber I've bought over the years that is worthless. After milling most of it there was less than 5% spalting in it. That's a nice piece of wood on that hunter Jerry; I paid quite a bit for some scales several years ago for a custom knife, good spalted lumber is not cheap. BTW; nice engraving brother.
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#5721381 - 04/29/15 08:22 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Beautiful piece Jerry. That is some pretty maple. up
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#5721954 - 04/29/15 01:18 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Jank, I checked with Pete a bit ago. He does not have any for sale at this time.
He cuts the tree in about 20 inches length, does some stuff to it and covers it with leaves. This year they had a bad dry spell so the woods he had set up did not spalt. Mother nature at work.

He has some ready to start setting up now so it will be next year before he has more. Its a shame cause I sure did want some. I only have one piece of Hackberry he had worked up from last year. I have never used it before but I will sometime this year. He really prefers the maple because the sugars in it.
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#5722163 - 04/29/15 02:53 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Originally Posted By: Jerry Fisk
Jank, I checked with Pete a bit ago. He does not have any for sale at this time.
He cuts the tree in about 20 inches length, does some stuff to it and covers it with leaves. This year they had a bad dry spell so the woods he had set up did not spalt. Mother nature at work.

He has some ready to start setting up now so it will be next year before he has more. Its a shame cause I sure did want some. I only have one piece of Hackberry he had worked up from last year. I have never used it before but I will sometime this year. He really prefers the maple because the sugars in it.


Thanks for the info Jerry; I guess it's true. You do learn something new everyday. Good piece of information.
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#5722201 - 04/29/15 03:10 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Jank, just a little piece of information, spalting is the early stages of rot. If you catch right, you can dry it, stabalize it, and have a pretty piece of wood. Let it go just a bit too long and it's worthless. Catching it at the right time is an art not a science.
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#5722367 - 04/29/15 04:27 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Did not know this! Dang - Jerry's knives are so nice you come away smarter just lookin at em!
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#5723148 - 04/30/15 06:54 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: chopsknives]
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Did not know this! Dang - Jerry's knives are so nice you come away smarter just lookin at em!


roflmao Now that's funny!
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#5723540 - 04/30/15 10:41 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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very nice!!

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#5726611 - 05/02/15 07:31 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Very nice work sir up

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#5739876 - 05/12/15 01:13 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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My gosh, that's a real Arkansas beauty Mr. Fisk.

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#5746165 - 05/15/15 10:30 PM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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beautiful knife sir.

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#5746382 - 05/16/15 08:32 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: Jerry Fisk]
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Yup, wait too long and the spalted wood will eventually be worthless. I have, I think, still got some beautifully spalted Pecan. I was gonna use some of it this past week, but it was too far gone. There may be a board or two left. I wish I knew how to stabilize it.

If someone wants some of that spalted pecan, let me know. I can go look in the barn.

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#5746613 - 05/16/15 11:24 AM Re: Hunting knife [Re: 603Country]
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Yup, wait too long and the spalted wood will eventually be worthless. I have, I think, still got some beautifully spalted Pecan. I was gonna use some of it this past week, but it was too far gone. There may be a board or two left. I wish I knew how to stabilize it.

If someone wants some of that spalted pecan, let me know. I can go look in the barn.

My understanding is that to stop the deterioration you need to get the moisture content real low. The spalted wood I've seen used in furniture has all been kiln dried.
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