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Short field review of a Tim Olt knife #14164044 09/29/19
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A Loveless Drop Point Hunter in CPM M4 with ebony scales that very recently arrived.
Many of you no doubt have knives by Tim and are familiar. This is my first, and I hope not my last.

The knife arrived fiercely sharp. Felt good in hand and I was anxious to see how the edge might hold up in real use. This morning I used it to cape and quarter a small bull Roosevelt elk. It was an absolute pleasure, the knife moving almost effortlessly through hide and meat. When I got home I again used it to clean up all prior cuts on the quarters and the rest (backstraps, tenders, neck meat, etc).

Knife is still sharp! Not quite as eager as when it first arrived, but sharp enough I wouldn't hesitate to use it again right now on another critter. In fact, we're going out for deer this evening and I plan to bring it again without touching it up.

Thanks Tim!

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As you so astutely acknowledged, my friend Tim makes an awesome knife! I too have one of these Loveless style drop point knives. Had him use the Black Buffalo horn for the scales....just a pleasure to use.....

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Nice got any action pics??


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Originally Posted by Judman
Nice got any action pics??

Ditto

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Judman, Lightning

No, unfortunately, I didn't think to take any of the little bull, dang it

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Copy that, I used to think all knives were created equal, boy what a dummy I was!! Haha

Something to be said for a properly heat treated, custom blade by some good ol gristle in the USA 🇺🇸... ie; Hammond, Olt, Howe, and Ingram...


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Re: Short field review of a Tim Olt knife [Re: longarm] #14167113 09/30/19
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Judman,

To be clear, the bull wasn't mine. I had previously encouraged a buddy to put in with me for a unit I am very familiar with. He did and drew the tag... But I wasn't so lucky. So the day before he and I hiked to all the places I have seen elk hide in this unit and finally found them in the last place we looked, about an hour and a half before dark. Sent him in solo the next morning to that spot, as I went for deer in another (and saw nothing).
This is his first elk. When he called to say he had one down I told him to gut it and I would come help with the rest. That's when I got to use the knife. His was trash, to be honest, and so I did all the cutting after he had gutted it.

I'm enjoying learning about nice knives. I have a few handfulls of them now from the makers we all know. Nothing like the extensive collections of GW, Stick, MCH, etc .. but I'm getting there.

One thing that is fascinating me is that I'm finding it's not always the ones you THOUGHT would perform best that actually do. 'Edge geometry', steel, weight/balance, etc make for some surprises, even within knives from the same maker.

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Copy that, you in Oregon ain’tcha?


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Yep

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I have several knives I use for processing game, and my Tim Olt Semi-spear point is my favorite by far. Mine is in 154CM and it will definitely get the job done. Recommend them highly. I'd like one in M-4, maybe next time.

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I think that is the only one I have done in that pattern.
Probably should do more, but so many options...........


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Re: Short field review of a Tim Olt knife [Re: longarm] #14169042 10/01/19
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Originally Posted by longarm
Judman,

To be clear, the bull wasn't mine. I had previously encouraged a buddy to put in with me for a unit I am very familiar with. He did and drew the tag... But I wasn't so lucky. So the day before he and I hiked to all the places I have seen elk hide in this unit and finally found them in the last place we looked, about an hour and a half before dark. Sent him in solo the next morning to that spot, as I went for deer in another (and saw nothing).
This is his first elk. When he called to say he had one down I told him to gut it and I would come help with the rest. That's when I got to use the knife. His was trash, to be honest, and so I did all the cutting after he had gutted it.

I'm enjoying learning about nice knives. I have a few handfulls of them now from the makers we all know. Nothing like the extensive collections of GW, Stick, MCH, etc .. but I'm getting there.

One thing that is fascinating me is that I'm finding it's not always the ones you THOUGHT would perform best that actually do. 'Edge geometry', steel, weight/balance, etc make for some surprises, even within knives from the same maker.


Geometry, Heat Treat, Edge Finish trumps all! Most of the popular makers on here don't grind enough! Their BTE is, we'll just say leaves a lot to be desired.


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---"Geometry, Heat Treat, Edge Finish trumps all!"

I think most of this crowd is getting to see that point, but still tooo many think the magic is all in the steel alone.


---"Most of the popular makers on here don't grind enough!"

The first custom I bought (40+ years ago) acquired a chip in the edge much to my surprise and dismay.
Probably as much my fault as blade failure, but.......
So, that probably played at least a partial role in my first blades.
I tended to leave the cutting edge toooo thick from the bevel grind.

A couple years back, I started going thinner with the material at the cutting edge and it sure helps with the
sharpness of the cutting edge -----and I have not heard of anyone having any chipping.
Of course they probably use the knife in a more proper manner than I did 40 years ago,

Should anyone have one of my knives that they would like the blade thinned down a bit, I would be happy to do
that if you ship it to me.
No charge for the work and I will pay for the return shipping.

Thanks
Tim


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Re: Short field review of a Tim Olt knife [Re: michiganroadkill] #14171878 10/02/19
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Originally Posted by michiganroadkill

---"Geometry, Heat Treat, Edge Finish trumps all!"

I think most of this crowd is getting to see that point, but still tooo many think the magic is all in the steel alone.


---"Most of the popular makers on here don't grind enough!"

The first custom I bought (40+ years ago) acquired a chip in the edge much to my surprise and dismay.
Probably as much my fault as blade failure, but.......
So, that probably played at least a partial role in my first blades.
I tended to leave the cutting edge toooo thick from the bevel grind.

A couple years back, I started going thinner with the material at the cutting edge and it sure helps with the
sharpness of the cutting edge -----and I have not heard of anyone having any chipping.
Of course they probably use the knife in a more proper manner than I did 40 years ago,

Should anyone have one of my knives that they would like the blade thinned down a bit, I would be happy to do
that if you ship it to me.
No charge for the work and I will pay for the return shipping.

Thanks
Tim


Tim I hope you did not think that my reply was aimed at you. I was responding to longarm and It was more a general statement and not aimed at you or anyone in particular.

I agree with your replied with. Going thin means needing to know how to use your knife. There are applications where a stout blade is desired. Knowing the limitations of a knife is required.


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No offense taken. Just letting out some steam on my own learning curve.
I look at some of the knives I have kept and ask myself if I was trying to replace a crow bar or hatchet?????

I am serious about thinning some down if requested.

I have also dropped from usually sharpening at 24 degrees down to 21 degrees.

I do not do a lot of knives, but try to learn and get better as I go.

Cut on.

Tim


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Hey Tim, used one of your knives last week in the Wyoming field. It was the smaller of the set you made for me and does have a thicker grind but worked just fine. I love that knife and use it on most of my hunts. The edge on the S30V holds up great and the handle and edge geometry work for me.


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I whittled one of similar shape out of M4 for myself. Planning on using carbon fiber for scales when the
heat treat batch gets back and I get caught up with the orders for 24hr guys.
I will be a little sister to a Gentlemans Hunter of same steel and handle scales.


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Tim, my friend, you are a class act! Can't wait for the Skinner to arrive to match my Loveless drop point!

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Blades are out in a queue for heat treatment at Bos H.T.

When I get them back I will start first with finish grinding.
Then mounting and soldering a bunch of guards.

I probably will do assembly as small groups by model.

When 95% done, they will go out to Doug for leather sheaths.

When back with sheaths, I will do finish work and start notification of near ready to ship.
That is still a ways off, so hold tight.

Thanks
Tim

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