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Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10906

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X is the only flat spot.

any suggestions?
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10907

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I think you have three choices: clamp it on the "x", clamp it near the "x", or clamp on the other side of the "x". =) Have you tried clamping it to see how it would grab?

IIRC that blade is 1/4" thick in that area, so on the floating clamp side, you might want to adjust the arm setting outward a degree or two more, unless you have a angle cube.
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10911

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Thick---yes in deed it is.
Clamps pretty tight
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10912

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I clamped mine on the flat spot and did a bit of work that gave me a keen edge but I was not able to work without scratching the dickens out of the blade because of its narrow, dihedral shape. I had a similar problem with my Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger. Perhaps Clay will have a suggestion.

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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10914

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Kudos if you can do it, and it can be done to a point... but I just don't think daggers are really meant to be sharpened. It's not their purpose in life. :side:
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10924

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it turned out kinda nice and not overly sharp.
thanks everyone for the tips.
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10925

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Sorry Curtis, but the Fairbairn-Sykes knife and the Gerber knives similar do indeed require and edge. You wouldn't think so at first glance, but these knives are often used to deliver slicing attacks for which an edge is absolutely necessary. If you study knife fighting as taught by the military, you will see that this action is often used against an enemy who exposes and arm or a leg that is vulnerable to such slicing swings of the blade. I won't go into the gruesome details, but there is nothing nice about attacking and killing with a knife. Much as I love my two fighting knives, their use gives me the shivers. Think about it for a minute and you will agree I am sure that a dagger without a sharp edge is not as good a weapon as one with. Colonel Fairbairn, the inventor of this fine knife wrote the book on the use of this knife...you can still get it. Get Tough is the book.

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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10929

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Hey Leo:

You're right... guess I should stick to my rule of don't talk about what you don't have. :oops: Funny thing is, after looking up the Gerber dagger, I actually have one that is similar to it. I also have a ZT boot dagger, that has a decent profile, and can take a pretty good edge.

I guess I was thinking of the thick "novelty" style daggers that people buy and then want it to whittle air. (Not implying that this is what the OP wanted... just what popped in my head when I replied). So, my bad.

BTW, it looks like you can read GET TOUGH right online.

Thanks for setting me straight. As penance, I'm going to go sharpen the Gerber style dagger I have. ;)
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10930

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tuffybraithwaite wrote:
it turned out kinda nice and not overly sharp.
thanks everyone for the tips.
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I'd be curious what settings you used on your knife. Thanks!
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Re: Old Gerber dagger 1 year 3 months ago #10931

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Curtis
LOL! It's just that I am an old coot who learned all this stuff back just after the Korean War. My first love as a teen was the F/S Commando knife. My friend and I owned several surplus ones each and we practiced throwing them until we were pretty good and Fairbairn was our hero. His Get Tough book only has about 4 pages of stuff on using the knife, but really all the rest is not too important. Ten years in the Algonquin Regiment Reserves also taught a lot about hand to hand combat including the use of knives as weapons. It was OK when it was a rubber knife and nobody really got hurt. Reality knife fighting is something I'd rather not think about let alone do.
Keep your dagger sharp!

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