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  1. In 1945 the flag was raised on Iwo Jima. On Iwo Jima, site of a strategic air base located between the Mariana Islands and Japan, the Japanese carved out a network of underground fortifications aimed at turning the small volcanic island into a death trap for invading US Marines. When US Marine divisions invaded on February 19, 1945, planners expected a brief campaign. But for more than five weeks, Japanese forces mounted a fierce defense. The Japanese had to be rooted out of caves and other strongholds in merciless close-quarter assaults. The bloodbath horrified Allied military planners and American citizens, who feared a far greater slaughter during an invasion of Japan’s home islands. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the Japanese commander on Iwo Jima, recognized that he could not defeat an American landing. Instead, he planned a long and costly defensive battle to shake American resolve to continue the war and invade the Japanese mainland. The general placed weapons to rain deadly fire on the beaches, but concentrated his forces in the northern part of the island within underground bunkers and gun positions linked by miles of tunnels. This deadly isolationist web of defenses exacted a terrible toll. US Marines immortalized the bloodiest battles on Iwo Jima with names depicting the brutal combat. The battles included “The Meat Grinder,” where nearly 850 Marines died capturing a Japanese stronghold, and “Bloody Gorge,” where Japanese defenders made their final stand. The US landing forces suffered 6,821 killed and 19,217 wounded. Although most in the 20,000-strong Japanese garrison were draftees, they refused to surrender, fighting tenaciously until only a few hundred remained alive to be taken prisoner.
  2. In an effort to bring variety in my knife offerings I watched some YouTube videos and noticed several people were doing this and I though why not? Many of you have seen, used and may know someone that owns an Old Hickory Knife from the Ontario Knife Company. They have been around for nearly 100 years now opening their doors in 1924. Their knives are made in USA from 1095 carbon steel. I have reshaped and added new handles to the old favorites and offer them up here. A combo leather/kydex sheath comes with each one. These are $80 shipped. 1. 5 1/4" blade and OAL 10" This has Alabama live oak handles with Paduak and G10 accents and G10 liners. Pins and lanyard tube are SS. 2. This I reshaped into a Kephart style. blade is 5" and OAL is 9 1/2". It has Orange Agate handles with G10 accents and liners. The pins and lanyard tube are brass. 3. Blade length is 6 3/8" an OAL is 11". It has Bocote handles with G10 Accents and liners. The pins and lanyard tube are SS. Thanks for lookin'!
  3. Get some integrity back in your life. Make your word actually be your word. Be honest with yourself as well as others. Don't be feeble in your quality or character. Everyone believes in something ...whatever it is stand up for yourself....and you don't have to be an ass while doing it. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Think about that as you make your life decisions.
  4. Congratulations on the little one and I hope you get that knee fixed soon.
  5. Like he's gonna starve to death if he misses a meal...or two.
  6. Both are made from a sawmill blade like all the others. There are some imperfections in the blades associated with the sawmill blade itself like all the others I've made. These are however a bit larger that the sawmill blades I usually make. They come with the sheath shown and remain $75 shipped. 1. 4" blade and 8 3/4" overall. Spalted Tamarind handles with brass and G10 accents, brass pins and lanyard tube and black G10 liners. There is some thumb jimping on the spine. 2. SOLD!! 4 1/2" blade and 9 1/2" overall. Yellowheart handles with Tru-Stone and G10 accents, mosaic pins, carbon fiber lanyard tube and black G10 liners. There is some thumb jimping on the spine. Thanks for lookin'!!!
  7. Thanks so much for the kind words. Now I just need this full tang version gone.
  8. Full tang version of the Kabar Fighting Knife. It's 3/16" thick 1084 carbon steel with a black oxide finish. It's got the same 7" long blade as the Kabar but comes in a tad shorter at 11 1/2" in OAL. It has Arizona Sonoran Desert Mesquite handles with G10 accents and liners, brass pins and lanyard tube. The fuller was milled by a TGO member xtriggerman. It comes with the combo buffalo hide/kydex sheath. It's $150 shipped.
  9. I replaced/restored a couple of stacked leather handles on actual Kabar knives in the past few years so between that and you tube I had a clue. It's not difficult but very time consuming and it's a mess. Sanding/shaping leather is terrible compared to most any wood or even G10. The S#@* goes everywhere, clogs files and sandpaper.You constantly have to clean out the files. Tip....you'd better have a workshop/place not inside your clean house if you plan on doing this...your missus will have a fit if you do it inside.
  10. Both made from 5/32" thick 1084 carbon steel which is the same basic thickness as the Kabar. They are the same size with a 7" blade and 12" OAL, have leather stacked handles with guard and pommel. Both come with the combo buffalo hide/kydex sheath shown and have a black oxide treatment. They are $150 each shipped. 1. Basic Kabar shape....fuller was milled by TGO forums own xtriggerman. He did an excellent job by the way. 2. This is a modified Tanto version of the Kabar with the same parts as #1 Thanks for lookin'!

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