“Shawn” sent this in…it’s a great example of some of what you can do to customize a knife to make it fit the survival/hunting/shooting skills that you have. Thanks Shawn!
and 2 show the Kabar in and out of the sheath. You’ll already
notice differences, mainly the lanyard coming off the handle.
Picture 3 shows the protractor and sundial on the right side of the blade. The very last picture shows how the sundial works. The protractor is used in a similar fashion. Example: If you want to know how tall a tree is, step away from it, until you are measuring 45 degree’s to the top. Then count your steps back to the tree. That will be how tall the tree is.
Picture 5 is the notch I cut into the top of the blade, to use the gauges. I just use a piece of dental floss (white on black is easy to see), with a crimped fishing weight attached. Hold it in the notch from either side, depending on which gauge you are using.
Picture 6 shows the eyelet I drilled into the top guard. This is used for the gauges, holding the knife up so that your eye is just above the butt of the handle.
Picture 7 shows how I drilled through the handle first to wrap the handle and then to Create the loop.
Picture 8 Shows how I tied off the wrap, before running it through the holes.
Picture 9 Shows the handle wrap. This wrap is 550 grade monofilament. Can be used for traps, snares, multiple uses, and this keeps it handy and ready to go.
Picture 10 shows you how to tell if a handle fits your hand. Your fingers should just touch your palm, or be just slightly off of it. This way your whole hand is gripping the knife. Even with wet hands, you’ll find you have an excellent grip!!
Picture 11 Using the wrist strap, how to hold the handle to use the end as a hatchet. A spinning object goes faster, the farther it is from the center point. This extends the knife out approx another 4.5 inches, you’ll be amazed at how much more torque and speed the end of your knife will have when chopping down small branches, etc.
Picture 12 You can see by using this method, first if I have the wrist strap on during a fight, it can’t be taken away from me, nor can I drop it.
Picture 13 the sharpened edges. I sharpen this section at about a 25 degree angle. This Is great for cutting branches, rope, etc, without undue wear and tear on the edge. It Will last for a long time. Its also the majority of the blade, as it will do most of the work.
Picture 14 the front I taper from 25 degrees down to about 10 degrees. This can and will be sharp enough to shave with, but mainly for skinning, and cleaning game, it’s the part that will come into contact first, open the skin and allow the back working section to enter easier.
Its also the section that in a fight will be the closest to an opponent, so should he try to grab your knife, wrist, or anything else, they’re very likely to lose it.
Picture 15 Also with the handle being wrapped, you can now hang your kabar upside down on a tactical vest or what have you, and it stays in place.
Picture 16 shows the eyelet to both tips. This was done so that if the front tip ever broke, It is still functional. And then the angle at which the gauges are based off of. This is Why they are at an angle to the top of the blade.
The sundial works by measuring the top of the sun, to the horizon. As the world is 360 degrees around, and the world rotates that distance every 24 hours, that means that the sun moves in the sky 15 degrees every hour.
If you measure the top of the horizon, say in this case it came in at 1 hour on your gage, and the top of the sun came in at 3 hours. Then you’d subtract the top of the horizon from the sun measurement, 3-1=2 or 2 hours before sundown. If the horizon is flat, you’d have 3 hours.
Sharpening: I use a 1000 grit wet stone to put a clean fresh edge on it. I do this whenever it is necessary. If I was using it on a daily basis, I’d say no more than 3 or 4 times a year. Right now maybe once a year.
Also the upper back portion of the leather sheath is an excellent strop!! This is why its designed the way it is!!
Again, thanks, Shawn! Shawn wants input on the modifications that he’s done. Are they something you are going to go out and do? Have you done other, similar modifications? Let us know by commenting below.