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    Thumbs up Bark River Golok review ( and Backyard tour )

    Not the latest model, but one I use every spring.
    The backyard-


    and
    The golok- probably my most used and favorite big knife.



    Some of the problems-

    Not gonna mess w/ this one- thats what exfoliant is for.

    My back bedroom window- I planted this so as not to have to worry about the neighbors looking in. Unfortunately it does TOO good of a job.

    Close up

    The solution.


    I did nothing but make sure I had a decent technique and flicked my wrist- even w/ stuff over an inch thick. No problems whatsover- This is the knife that convince me that a convex edge was the real deal.

    Another problem-

    My back fence which gets difficult to mow w/ the brush and trees around.


    Closer look-



    Still no problem and no large sweeping swing. Just a flick.



    Im sure this doesnt surprise Mike- but it did me when I first got it.

    also
    My partner-
    This is Tracer- my next door neighbors dog-
    My neighbor is an 84 year old widow, who got the dog for her husband about 1 year before he died. Tracer is a little more than she can handle, so I spend as much time w/ him as I can.


    He is fierce-



    err, well, hes a cool dog anyways. He is my best bud since I dont have a dog (yet) and we only have stupid cats in the house.

    Flick of the wrist-

    Damned impressive. I am a convert, I think you could safely say.


    Good bit of damage for so little effort.


    A few more notes-
    The looks of this thing- fit and finish wise are a 9. Hard to get a better looker, the antique ivory w/ mosaic pins are a classic combo.

    The handle has a great grip. swelled just right at the pommel so if you had to take a big swing, it wouldnt slip. Very imp. for this kinda knife.

    Lastly, I know that last year I took this camping w/ me and I wailed on logs for firewood. Alot of hardwoods, and I THINK I sharpened it after that trip but Im not sure. But either way, it really holds an edge well.
    Anyways, hope you get something outta this post.

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    I gotta concur in the Golok. I got mine from Vinosaur and the knife is just a wood eating machine. I emailed Mike and told him a point on this instead of the blunt end and the Visigoth in me would go on a rampage - it's a wonderfully efficient cutter and chopper of all things woodlike, meatlike and sliced thru a beercan so cleanly the cut looked surgical.
    I do need to send mine to Mike to have the handle rivets replaced, since one of them keeps working its way east in the handle, but outside of that, I've got no complaints at all.
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    Benny... I can't believe this thread only got one reply...

    Since I first saw this thread... the Golok went to the top of my list.... difficult to find them in the UK though.

    Now... after a couple of "Items wanted" posts... I have a black Micarta Golok on the way to me. (Thanks again Bardster)

    Lookin forward to testing this one out.


    Thanks for the great review Benny.

    Cheers.
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    thread title edited! I was certain I had replied to this, apologies oh great Messenger!


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    Great review, nice looking dog! (The golok ain't to shabby either!)


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    That was a great review. I feel your pain about the poison ivy. I look at that stuff and break out.

    I need to look at getting one of those.
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    When I first saw this, I thought you had overswung with the golok.

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    Nice! Gota love that Golok!:spin:
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    Got one on my radar for the damn brush and vines while ATV'ing. Was using a machete, put I like the thought of being able to pry in an emergency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soup_monger View Post
    Benny... I can't believe this thread only got one reply...

    Since I first saw this thread... the Golok went to the top of my list.... difficult to find them in the UK though.

    Now... after a couple of "Items wanted" posts... I have a black Micarta Golok on the way to me. (Thanks again Bardster)

    Lookin forward to testing this one out.


    Thanks for the great review Benny.

    Cheers.
    I just know I am going to regret selling it Good job Mike is making some more this year

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    It's gone to a good home Bardster.


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    Nice review and pics of the Golok (and a puppy). I haven't had the chance to use mine yet, but threads like this make me wish I had a backyard reason to do so RIGHT NOW.

    Ah well. I'll live vicariously until then.

    Rock on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soup_monger View Post
    It's gone to a good home Bardster.

    Thing is i want to know is how your going to 'soup it'

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    The Golok just arrived this morning.... it looks different from Benny's though.

    The spine one this one tapers just after half way to the tip....

    Was there different versions?

    Or are Benny's photos playin tricks on me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soup_monger View Post
    Was there different versions?

    Or are Benny's photos playin tricks on me?
    I believe there was a normal (thick spine) and latter performance ground (tapered spine) versions.

    Im sure Mike will confirm

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