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    One month with the Tuff

    First off this isn't a formal review or anything, just some pictures I've taken with cell phone when time was permitted.

    Day 1 in the backyard getting some sunlight, fits nicely in my hand choked up.

    Getting acquainted with a few friends.

    It works ok at spreading, obviously not ideal.

    Doing some cardboard cutting to see how well it cut. Did fine for my tasks a few pieces it bound up a bit but nothing extra hard. Held an edge well during all of this also.

    Reloading some 45-70


    "Slicing" up some onion.

    Cutting into one of the last pears on the tree this year out at the farm.

    Spending some time in the tree line.

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    Had to do some light de-limbing, went out with a buddy and only had 2 knives so figured time to test out the Tuff.

    Secondary knife that I let my buddy use with the Tuff.

    Got a little dirty

    A few comparison shot's with a friend's zt350



    Blade and beer shot.

    Spending some time by a warm fire.
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    An early morning in the tree line.


    Time to clean up some squirrels, took a bit of a learning curve compared to the southfork I had been using.



    Getting some energy.

    Believe it or not if you try really hard relatively thin slices are possible, not easy but possible.


    Diced up some onion and cut some back straps into medallions.

    Excuse the fine china plate.
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    Laying down in the field.

    Spending quality time with the 17 HMR checking for squirrels.

    Helped cube some potatoes, mushrooms were pre sliced.

    Chopping up some green onion.

    Popping out some shims on an old door frame.

    Getting to know the 45-70 out in the field.

    Hanging out on a haybale waiting for a deer to show up.

    Spaghetti squash meet Tuff.

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    Time for first incision.

    Making a crooked line.

    Success.

    Scooping out the innards.

    All done and ready to eat.



    Conclusion:
    The knife has done very well for basic day to day tasks, its done a lot more than pictured. Yes it's a larger knife but I found it quite easy to carry, it does take up some pocket space though. Any questions/comments/concerns are welcome. Thanks for looking.
    -Ryan
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    Nice pics. Very enjoyable to check out. Makes me kind of want one.
    - best wishes, Jazz.

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    Great pics! Makes me feel like I was right there

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    awesome pictures! thanks for sharing!
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    I didn't see any hanging deer yet! Post some of the skinning/carving process! It looks like the Tuff would be an excellent skinning knife! Thankyou for the beautiful pictures!

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    These are the best type of reviews imho: real world use and pics. Now I want one too.
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    Thanks for sharing!! Looks like a great time was had by all!! John
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    I will find a way to grab one of these sooner than I had planned now! Great review

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    Great pictures! I don't have any good ones of my Tuff yet (It's currently having a custom scale and backspacer made up), but I'll definitely need to grab some. It definitely carries better than you'd expect given how robust it is, both in size and weight. The size made me a bit unsure regarding carrying it, but it's grown on me to the point where I'll deal with it regardless..."Tuff love" at first I guess lol.
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    -> Branden

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    The handle was only able to cut the hemp when 10,000 metric tons of force was applied

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    Kinda surprised I haven't seen a regrind on one of these yet.

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    The existing grind is super cool though...especially with the fuller cut into the sides of the blade...and the grind marks of the tapered part are at a different angle to the grind on the vertical surfaces of the blade...makes a really cool effect. I wouldn't want to change the grind personally.
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    -> Branden

    Quote Originally Posted by paladin View Post
    The handle was only able to cut the hemp when 10,000 metric tons of force was applied

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    I just mean to make a better slicer. That fuller is deep enough you could do a lot of grinding and it would still be there.

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    True, but then you wouldn't be able to pry as well with the tip, and the general "robust-ness" of the blade is the main selling point of the knife for me anyways. My Tuff will stay "Tuff". I wonder how many more times the word "Tuff" will be used as a pun in this thread lol.
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    -> Branden

    Quote Originally Posted by paladin View Post
    The handle was only able to cut the hemp when 10,000 metric tons of force was applied

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil D View Post
    Kinda surprised I haven't seen a regrind on one of these yet.
    I'd really like to see one then probably willing to have it done to mine.


    Thanks for all the comments guys, haven't gotten ahold of a deer yet to test the knife out on gutting/skinning/quartering/deboning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil D View Post
    Kinda surprised I haven't seen a regrind on one of these yet.
    Quote Originally Posted by 78lilred View Post
    I'd really like to see one then probably willing to have it done to mine.
    The only work I have seen done is a full convexing of the edge.
    This is something I will probably lean towards and completely do away with the secondary bevel.

    Great review and pictures. Thank you.
    I love my Tuff. It may well be my favorite folder of all time.
    The Vallotton gets a little more 'fondle time', but the Tuff is the one to take into the fray.
    Neither is my first choice for pocketable EDC carry, but in a backpack or belt sheath, I feel very well prepared for any tasks requiring an exceptionally overbuilt, sharp knife.

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    I've seen some people work the tip down quite a bit which is understanderstandable, very beefy knife but it's kicked everything else out of pocket. I usually go running back to my GB as primary carry after a few days with other knives. Tried to find a deer with it this morning, still no luck in that department.

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