Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

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Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

Post by Storm Crow » Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:21 pm

This one was forged for the Blade Show, but came back to Texas with me. It ended up going to a customer who has bad luck with poisonous snakes, and when he saw pictures said it would be perfect for the inevitable ophidian encounters whenever he is outdoors.

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It's forged from 5160, with a blade 12" long. The handle is two layers of paracord over leather, all impregnated with marine epoxy.

The Kydex sheath has slots for straps, allowing a quasi-traditional horizontal carry on a belt.

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I also shot a little cutting video before it left the shop.

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Post by jaowens76 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:28 pm

I can see I need to sell more insurance. As usual another great knife. I am looking forward to the end of the year when in theory I can have you start one for me.

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Post by Asymetryczna » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:49 pm

I like the form and finish of all his blades. There is a space on the side of my hunting pack just waiting for me to place an order.
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Post by Jeriah » Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:22 pm

That's gorgeous. I'm more of a snake hugger than a snake killer, but it looks like a good tool for the job. Incidentally, rattlesnakes aren't poisonous, they're venomous. I know it's a silly semantic difference but it is as meaningful as "clip vs. magazine" and plenty of folk get up in arms about that. There's actually a really cool video that not only explains the difference but has lots of other cool information in it as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJ4_xRfxpA

I need to buy one of your blades. Not sure what kind yet, but probably something wasteland-ish aesthetically.
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Post by The Twizzler » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:11 pm

Point 1- I like the knife it looks awesome.

Point 2- Why would you use a knife to kill a venomous snake. I mean that is waaaay to close. If you are gonna get that close why not just go cheap.

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Total cost $6.00
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Re: Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

Post by Storm Crow » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:23 pm

Thanks, guys!

Twizzler - It's not like this guy seeks them out to duel. He has fun things happen like be fishing in the middle of a river only to look down and see a fat cottonmouth sunning itself across his bare feet. And coming back from walking his dog to find one on the wall next to the gate of his apartment complex. So, it's something that he can have with his gear when he's forced into a confrontation, and it's quicker than a hammer or tomahawk (which he often carries).

Personally, my weapon of choice going up a snake is a field hoe, long-handled shovel, or a billhook (brush ax, ditch bank blade, Kaiser blade, whatever your preferred term may be).
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Re: Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

Post by Towanda » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:08 am

My great-grandfather killed rattlesnakes with his bare hands. He'd grab a snake by the tail before it had time to coil up and crack it like a whip, breaking its spine.

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Re: Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

Post by Squidi » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:50 am

Storm Crow wrote: Personally, my weapon of choice going up a snake is a field hoe, long-handled shovel, or a billhook (brush ax, ditch bank blade, Kaiser blade, whatever your preferred term may be).
some folks call it something else...
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Re: Primal/tactical snake killer o-tanto

Post by The Twizzler » Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:11 pm

No, I like my idea better. He uses it to duel with snakes.
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