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  • #12446
    SharpDog
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    Here’s my new Hoodlum kit.

     

    My friend Fuad who is the maker for Acre Metalworks has made a few knives for me over the years.  I remember the first time he asked if I wanted to buy a knife, I said “yes, of course” and he asked me “which one” ?  Well, I figured he’s a knife maker and he can choose any knife for himself … so, I eyed the nice stag-handled drop-point hunter on his belt and I said “that one”.  He was a little taken aback but he sold it to me for a good price anyways.

     

    Long story .. made even longer .. I’ve got more and better examples of his work and creativity over the years and this knife is easily the best 4″ knife I own (and I own a bunch) so I figured, it’s time to put it to work (I’ve used it sparingly over the years).  It’s a 512 layer hand-forged high carbon steel damascus with a stag handle and a nice 90 degree spine.

     

    It’s shown below mated to my new Buck Hoodlum which is my second hoodlum over the last few years (the first one is still going strong, I just have OCD so I need a backup to my backup …  8-| ).  I picked the Hoodlum because it is a superb large survival knife as well as a long, light and quick fighting knife.  Just about 50/50 on each or maybe 60 % survival 40% fighting.  A really good mix for my needs.

     

    Also in the kit are DMT coarse and fine 4″ diamond stones and a couple of 5″ magnesium tinder sticks.  I’m in the process of replacing one of the mag sticks with a similarly sized ferro rod.

     

     

     

    Also here are some demonstration videos by the designer Ron Hood:

     

     

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    #12453
    Whirlibird
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    I remember Ron Hood, excellent instructor and a loss to our ’cause’.

    His designs were/are good, although I never liked the finger grooves in the grip area in general.

    #12456
    chester
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    Nice set up SharpDog! I’ve had good luck with ESEE knives.

    #12463
    SharpDog
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    I started with a similar setup a few years back using a Junglas and an ESEE-3.  Then I added an axe and did not need a heavy chopper like the Junglas.  

    The Hoodlum is much more effective a fighter being a whole lot quicker.  Both are good for large knife work such as batonning, machete work, butchery and the like.  Fuad’s knife replaced the ESEE-3 in the kit  (it’s still attached to the Junglas).

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    #12489
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    Very nice set of knife. Fuad your friend makes some beautiful knifes.

    #12520
    Jay
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    It’s shown below mated to my new Buck Hoodlum which is my second hoodlum over the last few years (the first one is still going strong, I just have OCD so I need a backup to my backup …  8-| ).

    I know how that feels :)

    Looks like a great setup you have there and if you like the knife, better get another one now. The sheath that comes with the knife looks awesome too.

    Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")

    #13182
    Frozenthunderbolt
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    I like that Hoodlum – Who is it made by? I’ve got to try find one here in NZ!

    #13198
    SharpDog
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    #13201
    SharpDog
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    You are right, they are starting to sell out.  When I got mine a few weeks ago there were 10 – 12 outlets carrying them but when I just did a search for Frozenthunderbolt I found about half of that.  That’s too bad as it is really an excellent survival knife and an excellent fighter.

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    #13329
    Selco
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    Thanks SharpDog,nice review, and good looking knife!

    @Whirlibird

    I remember Ron Hood, excellent instructor and a loss to our ’cause’.

    I agree with you!

    #14249
    SharpDog
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    As you all know from my comments above, I bought one a few years ago.

    A few months ago I realized it was the best large commercial knife I had ever seen, absolutely great design and materials … So I got another.

    Then I got a bonus at work and I saw there were less available online so I figured I would get the limited edition as a pure knife porn gift.

    So I got one, #172 / 500 just arrived last week. I took one good long look at it and I was amazed at the luster on the blade. This is the closest online picture I found (mine is closeted away in the original packaging to be kept as mint as possible).

    Yesterday I ordered a kydex sheath and I’m improving the kit.  The Limited Edition did not come with a sheath so I’ll put the newer of the original sheaths in the collection with it and the kydex will become my primary.  I’m going to set it up very close to what you see in the thread above but I’ll prolly downgrade the small knife and add Fuad’s in with the LE Hoodlum.  Also the add-on pouch for the fire-steel and sharpeners is bigger so maybe I’ll add a little more kit like tinder and/or a compass.

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    #14261
    SharpDog
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    Oh btw, Buck has discontinued the knife. It is listed at such on their website.

    http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&ProductID=3947

    Now the question becomes … is three enough ?

    Uh Oh, I feel my OCD kicking in …

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    #14263
    SharpDog
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    I just wanted to share one more excellent video on this knife. I think you will find it an excellent review and it kind of commemorates the passing of Ron. Maybe it’s also fitting that his knife is passing as well. At least until Karen can get it going again.

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    #14614
    Whirlibird
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    I’m sure part of the discontinuing of the Knife is the cost, $250 for a production knife?

    But I’d like to think it’s in tribute to Hood himself. I’ll keep thinking that.

    #14618
    SharpDog
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    Oh I got my latest normal edition for $114 to my door from here (forgot where I got the first but it was close to that as well):

    http://www.knifehog.com/buck-hood-hoodlum-knife-0060bksbh-b.html

     

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