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    initial impressions Svord Von Tempsky Bowie

    a vid of my initial impressions of my recently acquired Svord Von Tempsky Bowie, as well as some pics of my Von Tempsky and my old man's and his Svord Hog Beater. It was a good exercise, to have them side by side. I had a good day talking knives with dad, comparing our collections and showing off each of our various pieces to each other.
    The old man's Von Tempsky is one that has a 5mm spine, mine has a full 7mm, mine is a heavy beast, his is a lot lighter which is to be expected with the way the spine is. His guard is a lot better IMO and I wish mine was like his in this regard.

    The Hog Beater is another awesome, large knife, just in a different configuration to the Von Tempsky. I may have to get a double edged version of one of them down the track myself.







    old mans (top) mine bottom


    spine difference variance is apparent


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    fixed up the camo form on the handle of the Von Tempsky, I originally wrapped it a bit too think, so took off a layer and now have it about what I consider perfect, should work well, just thick enough to dampen vibration and give good grip on the handle, as it stands all I have to do now is replace the sheath.

    The camo form handle mod has really transformed the feel of the knife and it now feels a lot better, hand filling and comfortable, and gives a lot of user confidence. The thumb loop lanyard is mandatory IMO, these big knives must have them on them, too dangerous without one.

    I have taken some more pics, showing different angles and different parts of the knife, so people get to see various parts of these knives, they are an interesting piece that aren't too prevalent around Australia, so most probably haven't seen too many of them around the traps, let alone had the chance to see a pic spread of them or handle one (can't help with that sorry).

    the knife with pared down camo formed handle


    close up of the handle


    the hand ground convex edge


    the guard, quite stout and thick, would work well to block incoming blades


    the clip


    B.W. Baker and Svord logo


    and the blade


    looped up, in hand




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    Nice photos .

    Not a fan of the company they rust far too easily for my liking .

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    the 15n20 (current steel being used by Svord for all their knives as far as I can tell) is a high carbon steel and yes will rust, but is supposed to be really, really tough, even tougher than say 5160 from what I have been able to find out, so I'll keep it oiled up and live with the rust issues. If I keep it oiled up I should not have any issues.

    Though, with that being said the old man has had his Von Tempsky for a decade at least and not had any issues with excessive rusting, nor any issues with his Hog Beater either, though I think they are both in L6 (which is another high carbon steel)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knife mad View Post
    Nice photos .

    Not a fan of the company they rust far too easily for my liking .
    I've had a deluxe drop point hunter for about 6 years or so, which has processed a goodly number of fallow deer - been wiped, put in its sheath and kept on the front of my maxped kodiak in between seasons with no rusting at all - a nice bit of patina is all. Very nice blade - fit and finish not so much, but so what for a working blade ! I have an older VT as well, but have not used it in anger - I find it beautifully balanced for such a big knife ! Shame Bryan's version is not the same as the actual VT, which is believed to be originally a Searles pattern (think Zu Fatboy) as I understand it.

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    I’ve had the same experience in regards to rust with them but I do like the designs.

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    Are the points on the von tempskys rounded off? The ranger knife I once owned from them had a rounded tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dull edge View Post
    I've had a deluxe drop point hunter for about 6 years or so, which has processed a goodly number of fallow deer - been wiped, put in its sheath and kept on the front of my maxped kodiak in between seasons with no rusting at all - a nice bit of patina is all. Very nice blade - fit and finish not so much, but so what for a working blade ! I have an older VT as well, but have not used it in anger - I find it beautifully balanced for such a big knife ! Shame Bryan's version is not the same as the actual VT, which is believed to be originally a Searles pattern (think Zu Fatboy) as I understand it.
    yeah they didn't follow the original pattern very well, which was basically a large butcher's knife/bowie from what I understand, some others will be able to pipe in with more info, still the Von Tempsky is a formidable and interesting piece, if not historically correct.

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    Iíve had the same experience in regards to rust with them but I do like the designs.
    me too, good design overall

    Quote Originally Posted by Hermatic_Knight View Post
    Are the points on the von tempsky's rounded off? The ranger knife I once owned from them had a rounded tip.
    from what I have see, from both examples I have examined. Seems to be a theme, which is OK by me, even round off as it is it still penetrates OK and is robust.
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