Surfingringo wrote:Nice work Mick. I grew up way out in the country and I remember "hog killin day" well. Thanks for the memories......
Glad you enjoyed it. Whilst I'm sure Phil Wilson designed the Southfork with larger animals in mind, it certainly was comfortable and efficient to use on the lamb. My Nephew loved using it for scrapping the pig. The more nimble Sprig made scraping around the legs, armpits / groin, ears, and other tighter spots easy.
I'll pass on an observation I made later on that evening when I sharpened both knives. Firstly some background info....both knives have had the edge changed to a convex (personal preference) and sharpening involved stropping them on 2 blocks of 4x2 that have 0.148 inch thick leather glued on the top surface. One block had 3200 grit Micromesh wet/dry stretched across the leather and attached at each end (with a staple gun), the other had 4,000 grit Micromesh as the abrasive. Both knives were then stropped across the surface, starting with the 3200 grit block and finishing with the 4000 grit block.
The Southfork took less than 3 minutes to return to shaving sharp and the sprig took a fraction over 1 1/2 minutes.
IMO Spyderco & Phil deserve to be lauded for the design, steel choice and execution of two superb outdoorsman knives.