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Username Post: Roselli Hunter Project        (Topic#940285)
foxhunter
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08-23-14 21:47.31 - Post#2612321    



Hi, guys,
it´s been quite a while ago that I´ve been active here around. However now I am back!

Back in 2012 when I was on a winter hunt with my best friend, he suddenly remembered, it´s been now a decade we´ve been hunting together (in fact we are good friends since schooldays but hunting we did together since 2002). On this occasion he gave me his brandnew Roselli Hunter as a present.





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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 


foxhunter
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08-23-14 21:55.59 - Post#2612324    


    In response to foxhunter

I have been very thankful and fond of this knife, as I often had thought about a Roselli myself.
However what somehow drew me back and away from this knife was it´s handle. It was HUGE.
And in fact - as Mr. Roselli regards his knives primarily as tools - the handle felt in my hand more like a broomstick than what I considered a knife-handle.

There had something to be altered.
But alterations needed to me made in respect of the knife´s geometry and ergonomics to preserve it´s entire character.

After about six months of thinking about it and fondling the knife aganin and again I decided to
1st shorten the handle and
2nd make it slimmer!

The 2nd part was the more complex work as I wanted to keep the primitive wooden "guard" Roselli builds into his hunter knife handle-designs.

When handleing the knife all the time I felt, there was more control when I put my indexfinger ahead of this wooden guard. So I decided to preserve it, slim it down to a kind of a subhilt and consequently follow up by shaping fingergrooves into the huge handle.



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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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08-23-14 22:00.46 - Post#2612325    


    In response to foxhunter

If you take a close look, You will as well notice that I have been trying to include the natural grain pattern of the handle into my modificartion, as far as it´s dimensions are concerned.

Finally after an afternoon of work at the bench this is what came out of the project:








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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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08-23-14 22:13.32 - Post#2612326    


    In response to foxhunter

Finally I guess, it´s been a good idea to modify the knife.

It´s been with me now in the woods on a regular basis during the last two years.

The knifeblade has been altered a bit, too:
I drew the tip a bit dwonwards, in a kind of a Fällkniven H1-tip-style as the original very upswept Roselli Hunter tip was hampering when working on game.
Unfortunately I don´t have any pix of the blade alteration process itself, so I hope by these next pix you can get an impression anyway.

As well, when altering the blade-tip, I reground the entire spine. If you take a close look at Roselli´s blades you can see from which side they are forged into a mold. This results into a bit of an uneven spine geometry: one side is more rounded than the other. After regrinding the spine it resulted into a perfectly squared spine geometry, very suitable on a firesteel.

Needless to say, when I was overworking the blade geometry, there was a nice convex scandi grind applied and finished with a very fine ceramic stone!







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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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08-23-14 22:34.12 - Post#2612327    


    In response to foxhunter

finally the sheath:
I don´t like the original Roselli sheaths.
What I prefer on a scandinavian knife is the typical dangler style sheath.
The original sheath is well-made with a plastic insert which makes the sheath very durable.
However it is bulky.
As well as I am lefthanded it was sooner or later a question of consequence to make me a backsewn scandi sheath wet-fitted to the Roselli Hunter.

Here you can see the outcome.
It´s the knife on top, pictured together with my other favourite woods knives:

From top till down
Roselli Hunter
Fällkniven H1 in selfmade sheath
vintage Helle Viking (the old model with 8cm blade and sheath modified to suit lefthanded use)
selfmade custom Fällkniven WM1/3G
on the right: Fällkniven U2



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Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
foxhunter
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08-23-14 22:41.46 - Post#2612328    


    In response to foxhunter

And what did my dear friend Norbert say, when he saw the outcome:
He bought himself another Roselli Hunter and asked me to modify it in the same style
Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 
Mikael W
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08-23-14 22:52.48 - Post#2612329    


    In response to foxhunter

What a great modification!

Goert, it's good to see You in action again!

You do really good leatherwork and the reasons behind reshaping the tip, is something I fully agree with!


Regards
Mikael


 
tstetz
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08-24-14 03:33.30 - Post#2612345    


    In response to Mikael W

Great looking mod Goert. Very well thought and well executed.
There are some who call me... Tim.

www.woodsmonkey.com


 
pierauspitz
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08-25-14 18:11.07 - Post#2612517    


    In response to foxhunter

Nice one!

Having big hands, I like the original handle, but I'm sure that for slippery jobs, your design must be perfect!
True that Roselli's sheath simply feel "not right". Yours is a beauty!

But what's that rifle there? Wouldn't it be an old, sporterized Swedish Mauser?
 
foxhunter
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09-03-14 09:15.09 - Post#2613032    


    In response to pierauspitz

+1 Pierre
It is a Carl GustafsStads M96 Mauser made in 1910.
I bought the rifle in good condition back in 1988 and used it on the range only as it was too long for the woods and the mil sights ranging from 300 till 2000 meters were not useful at all. Two years ago I decided to modify it in a special way:
barrel shortened from 75 to 45 cm and muzzle recrowned
headspace adjusted
hunting sights installed on rings around the barrel
front swivel on ring round the muzzle for use as trail gun
mil stock reshaped to a left handed sporter
QD scope bases installed
2nd bolt added with bent handle for scope use
Original bolt with straight handle I kept for use with red dot sight as well
Docter red dot sight added as well as S&B 1.5-6x42
Now the rifle still shoots MOA and sees a lot of use in the woods. It has already taken roe, red deer and boar in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Goert.

the sharper your knife - the easier your life!


see you at the Fällkniven forum


 


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