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Username Post: argentine gauchos        (Topic#776235)
shaneboyd1
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08-30-06 23:43.12 - Post#1024044    



I picked up one of the mission made argentine hunters. pretty little thing, I have not subjected it to any torture yet because it is almost to shiny to mess up. anyone carried or abused one of these things enough to know how well they hold up? For the price they may be a decent knife to give as gifts or use as a little camp knife.
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Franciscomv
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08-31-06 10:05.18 - Post#1024461    


    In response to shaneboyd1

Hey, as an Argentine and a lover and user of traditional Argentine knives, let me tell you that those Mission knives are aweful. We have excellent custom makers that create excellent quality pieces, but sadly are only known to a few. I mean, for around $80 you can get a top notch hand forged blade, or a custom folder.

I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but this is like real khukris vs tourist khukris. I wouldn't use that Mission knife very hard, and I wouldn't expect to find it hanging from the belt of any Argentine "paisano" (there are no more gauchos) that expects hard work.

They do have a decent fit and finish for their price, and they will work for light utility tasks. If you don't mind, can you tell me how much you paid for it?

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shaneboyd1
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08-31-06 16:47.28 - Post#1024805    


    In response to Franciscomv

I got it for like 18.00 plus shipping. the bidding started at 9.99. like you say the fit and look are tight but the price and feel suggest tourist piece. the sheath is well made double stitched and pretty impressive. At some point I will test the rockwell on it. oh well, now it is another interesting little story piece. how bought some real custom shops?
We are better armed, better trained, better equiped, and by god we have the will to win.
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SilverFoxKnows
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09-01-06 03:14.33 - Post#1025057    


    In response to shaneboyd1

I've got a mission gaucho I picked up on the forums. I've never torture tested it because it's fairly long and thin, doesn't look like it would take too much abuse. I tried it out it in the yard on ivy and small green branches. It worked well enough. Steel doesn't feel that hard, some kind of low end stainless (when I got it I thought it was carbon). I guess I like it for what it is. A low cost way to try out the style. Kinda like buying a Rough Rider to try out new patterns.

Frank
 
Franciscomv
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09-01-06 05:12.35 - Post#1025131    


    In response to SilverFoxKnows

$18 is a good price.

There's a great Spanish speaking forum www.armasblancas.com.ar where you can find some links to quality Argentine makers and see some of their work, as well as some amateur work as well.

Most Argentine makers don't have websites, but another Argentine forum member, mcniac has some digital pictures he took at a knife show we went to. I'll ask him to post them.

If you check the knife gallery here on KF there are some folders by Javier Vogt, a young Argentine maker who just turned pro.
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Edited by Franciscomv on 09-01-06 05:13.54. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
shaneboyd1
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09-01-06 05:27.55 - Post#1025144    


    In response to Franciscomv

I think I will retire mine to bbq duty and gloat to my less than knowlegable friends that I have the prettiest cooking knife.
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