Gone Fishin'

A group devoted to the Angler and the Angler at Heart. 

If the topic has anything to do with fishing, this is the place to post.  Tell us your fishing stories, talk about tackle old and new!  What you like and what you don’t like.  

Bought some new equipment and want to tell us about?  We want to hear about it. 

Thinking about buying a new pole and want to know it if it is worth the money?  Ask up!

Do you collect fishing tackle?  Show it off with pride!

 Any type of angler with any skill level is welcome!  

And as this is I Knife Collector, this is also a place to talk about the knives made, used and collected by anglers!   We especially want to see your fishing knives -- in the tackle box, on display, or in action!

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Thoughts about Custom Rods

Started by Old Guy Dec 11, 2018. 0 Replies

I was reading a discussion here about how pleased a member was with his purchase of a Dobyns rod. He commented that the only thing that bugged him was the placement of the hook keeper which…Continue

Fishing rods I am now using

Started by Peter Creager. Last reply by Peter Creager Dec 11, 2018. 1 Reply

I got some money, so I always liked higher end stuff, sort of you get what you pay for these days. I have all the normal St. Croix,  G.Loomis ,  etc... however I came across a brand named Dobyns.  I…Continue

Fisherman's Knives

Started by horace rogers. Last reply by Charles Sample Apr 18, 2018. 13 Replies

My passion is about fisherman's knives. Hope to meet and talk with others that collect themContinue

Leave it to Cleaver

Started by Tobias Gibson. Last reply by dead_left_knife_guy May 20, 2017. 5 Replies

Picked up two purpose made Fish Cleavers.  On is made by Ka-Bar, the other by Robeson.   I'm not sure if anyone is still making these but they really seemed to be a perfect size for cutting bait fish…Continue

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Comment by Tobias Gibson on June 4, 2017 at 20:52

Went fishing over the week-end. Total bust.   Someone was wondering if Slim Jims worked as bait for Blue Gill.  Can't prove it by me.  But then this week-end was a complete bust!  Nothing was biting on anything.  

On the bright side, I got a new (to me) Fish-Knife in th email on Saturday.   This one is a little hard to find.  It's a Ka-Bar Balisong (Butterfly) Fish-Knife which dates from around 1925-1930.

Pretty cool knife.  As you can see, around 5.5 inches closed and 10.5 inches opened.  It's in pretty good shape, especially for its age.   As far as flipping goes, it can be done but the bail keeps getting in the way when I'm trying to close it.    But what the heck it's a Ka-Bar from the 1920s, its a Balisong, and its a fish-knife.   How cool is that?!?!??!

Comment by Charles Sample on May 30, 2017 at 12:17

I like that idea Tobias!

Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 30, 2017 at 10:38
Russell made a single blade grand-daddy Barlow with a fish scaler spine back in the day. Pretty scarce commodity. I'd also like to see it in a two blade design. I'm going to suggest it to SMKW for the Buck Bill Lowen knives. Can't hurt.
Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 29, 2017 at 8:09
I think both definitions are somewhat useful but it is hard to think of something like a Moose as a pen knife and a peanut as a jack knife. LOL.

Plus, the British and US Navy both referred to ANY folding knife as a Jack.

Comment by Charles Sample on May 28, 2017 at 22:45

Thanks Tobias, I didn't know that.  I have been wondering what to call some  of my knives.  Now I know.

Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 28, 2017 at 22:36
For the record, a trapper is type of jack knife. By definition a jack knife is a knife where all the blades open on one end end. A pen knife is a knife that has blades opening on both ends.

Another definition says any medium or large (over 3") frame knife is a Jack. Any small frame knife is a Pen (3" and under).

So the GEC is a fish knife and a large frame jack.
To be more specific would require knowing if GEC uses that frame on any other knife pattern.
Comment by Syd Carr on May 27, 2017 at 21:21

Well thanks Charles, but I'm not so sure about that, your opinion means a lot to me.

Actually you could probably just call GEC on the phone and ask them, and yes, a Barlow fish knife would be awesome. If I come across one I'll grab it then contact Tobias and ransom it to him.

Comment by Charles Sample on May 27, 2017 at 21:04

Syd, your opinion is without a doubt better than mine.

Tobias, I agree with you on the Barlow.  If I ever see one like that I would have to get it.

Comment by Syd Carr on May 27, 2017 at 20:56

I have a Case Caliber Zytel-handled Trapper that has the same profile, same pin placement, no bolsters, etc, (no lanyard hole though). My understanding of what decides a frame is blade placement and blade size as much as anything else. Long blades on the same end suggests Trapper, if the blade(s) were shorter it would be a Jack, (IMHO).

Comment by Charles Sample on May 27, 2017 at 20:34

Syd, I don't know if I would call it a trapper frame.  Here is a better picture of just it.


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