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Lon Humphrey Pig Sticker 2 - Hogs 0.

Scout Oct 23, 2011

  1. Scout

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    Okay, so thought Id go pick up my new knife and meet the guy who made it.

    Jumped in the Charger and went for a trip to Ohio to say hello to Lon Humphrey.

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    On the way, I had plenty of time to reflect on, how this all came about.

    Bowies
    I was never a big fan of the very short sharply upturned clip on some Bowies, but a while ago I saw a Bowie on a blade forum. It was a real show stopper and was not only beautifully made, but it also had a looong swept clip.

    It blew my socks off and I simply had to know more. The knifemaker was Lon Humphrey. Against my better judgement, as I am really trying to cut down on knives (no pun intended) I wrote Lon and we talked back and forth about the knife design,

    I mentioned, that I would like a Bowie for pig sticking, as I had always wanted to try both owning a hand made knife and to try my hand at hunting hogs with a knife made for the purpose.

    Lon was very nice to talk to all the way through the project. He became all fired up, when I mentioned, that I wanted a blasted low-key no-frills practical knife for sticking hogs.

    I asked, if he would make the knife and Lon readily agreed. I could simply not have asked for a more friendly and competent guy to deal with. Lon always answered very quickly to mails and he was even fine with any stupid questions and design suggestions, that I fired at him.

    Pig Sticker
    We agreed on W2 steel and lines like the Bowie, I had first seen from Lons hand.
    I wanted a swept clip, a guard what I could wrap my finger around, a choil to rest the finger on and a lanyard tube.
    For really bloody work a sub-hilt would have worked fine, but I am not a big fan of sub-hilts, so I went for the wrap-finger-around-guard feature mentioned above.

    Lon initially went for a brass slightly swept "S" guard, but ended up making a "ball" guard out of mild steel.

    Initially, I did not care much for the guard, but after being told about why he made it and after seeing that the design is an old one, it grew on me.

    Further more, Lon mentioned, that he made the two balls on the guard, as one needs a pair when hunting pigs with a knife.

    Now I would not change the guard for anything. I find it very special and nice looking. Further more it works.

    Ohio
    Arriving in Ohio, I drove by Lons house and paid him a visit. Lon is not only friendly via email communication, he is just a great guy to talk to and he could not have been more friendly in person.

    We talked about knives, politics and the world in general. Also went for a meal at Lons local hang-out, which was really nice.

    All in all a great visit and if could not have more fun to pick up a knife in person.

    When seeing the Pig Sticker in attached files in an email, I was bowled over, but handling the Pig Sticker was something else; long slender lethal lines. A great handle and ditto balance.

    Here Lon is posing with the "petite" Pig Sticker!
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    The prize winning Bowie, that started it all is the bottom most one in this pic. Pig Sticker at top for comparison
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    The Pig Sticker is dull, as I wanted it for this one, as the knife is made for pig sticking.

    Pig Sticker has a slightly longer more slender blade - PERFECT for the task at hand!

    I was more than satisfied with the result of Lons work.

    Hogs
    After the lightning visit in Ohio for picking up the Bowie, I drove to Arkansas for some Pig Sticking at the Rolling "R" Ranch in the rolling hills of Zinc, AR.

    The Rolling R outfit is led Dave "Dangerous Dave" Richardson, who in spite of his nickname is one of the most friendly guys, I have ever met. That goes for Terry and the rest of the outfit too for that matter. Jason, Brady, Don - all of you. I can not thank you enough.

    I met up with Dave and the crew an early (very early) morning in order to go hunting for hogs at seven o'clock in the morning.

    Dog will HUNT!
    Driving around on the Rolling R Ranch, a "baying" dog was let out to pick up the scent/track of a hog. Dog got the scent fast and was off in a flash!

    When the alert Rolling R crew determined, that the dog had a pig cornered judging from the pitch of the eager dog barking, another dog was let go.

    This was quite a different dog. I was almost tempted to call it the Devil Dog, when looking at this pic....

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    ....but its just a very good hog hunting dog.

    It was outfitted with a tusk resistant vest and ditto collar, because this dog gets in close and dirty to hold the pig.

    It does that job WELL.... and likes it too.

    After the kill, the dog had to be pried off the pig, as can be seen in this pic.

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    When the second dog was on the pig a third one was let go.

    Very efficient with three dogs holding the pig, though as the pigs have no intention to go silently into the night, they still try to scramble around quite a lot. The super dogs made sure, that they did not go far. One pig had us on a chase, but was eventually cornered by the dogs.

    The kill
    Most of my buddies thought me an idiot for doing this. At the very lest a hog could tear loose of the dogs and do some damage, if nothing else then a broken bone - at worst a ripped artery.

    I was pretty confident moving in on the pig, as it was kept in place by the dogs and even more important, as the quiet confidence of the pros at the Rolling R Ranch crew was somehow transmitted to me.

    My main concern was, in no particular order, to not stick any of the dogs or myself, to not get bitten by the dogs and to not get mauled by a pig.

    The dogs solved all of those questions/concerns above. They were totally focued on the pig and did not at any point snarl or growl at me, so I was very confident, that there would be no problems with the dogs....now the pig, not so much! It was kept occupied with the excellent dogs, who let me in on the action.

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    I managed to sneak up on the pig. Not a mean feat by a 6.4 big(ish) guy BTW.

    The Pig Sticker
    As I have never stuck a knife in anybody or anything, I was surprised by how relatively easy it tuned out to be to kill the pigs.

    I had some notion, that the tough pigs would be hard to stick the knife into. That turned out to not be the case.

    I thought, that the tough pig meat would suck or cling to the knife. It did not. A friend of mine in Florida, who has more intimate knowledge of using a knife, than I will ever have, told me, that the blade sticking in something is most often the matter with bayonets, them being of a very different design.

    The Lon Humphrey Pig Sticker slid into the pig like a ....like a.....well, like a hot knife through butter on a warm summer day.

    With the first pig, I rammed the knife in there with both hands. Not neccesary at all. Just slide the blade in there just behind the front leg from above and at a downward angle. Work it a bit and out the blade goes again. One pig dead very fast.

    On one occasion, I stuck the bone and had another go. The Knife worked PERFECTLY. No resistance at all. It cut through everything and insured a quick kill.

    The ease with which the knife worked leads me to conclude, that Lon has made the perfect Pig Sticker!

    The long slender blade could not have been any better for that kind of work.

    After cleaning the knife, I saw no sign of it having been used for rough work in the field - let alone any signs of damage to the tip from ramming it into bone with both hands, which I did on the first pig before learning, that one did not have to use force at all.

    Second pig was stuck using one hand and all went with the greatest of ease.

    First pig was stuck in the heart, which can not be mistaken. It bleeds a lot.

    First pig

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    Second hog - a boar.

    Some dogs just wont let go!

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    Dave from the Rolling "R" Ranch

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    The guys from the Rolling R crew in their trademark blaze orange hoodies. They often hunt with guys using firearms and wear blaze orange for that. No firearms on this occasion ....and I promised not to throw my knife at them! They still wore their blaze though:bwah:

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    A few more pics

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    Yeah yeah, I know what this looks like, but its just to show the devastating effectiveness of Lons knife

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    One pig hit very cleanly in the heart. A quick death

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    Dealing with Lon was just great. Finally handling the knife was fantastic. Using it for its intended purpose also.

    Hunting with the friendly guys from the Rolling R Ranch was also a most pleasent experience.

    I have seldom met nicer guys than Lon and the guys from the Rolling R.

    All in all a very nice experience - having Lon make a knife, that worked great and trying out the knife hunting with the Rolling R crew.

    I have no connection with neither Lon nor the Rolling R apart from having a knife made and going hunting, so I dont profit from any of this.

    I can only say, that I hope to buy more knives from Lon and to hunt with the Rolling R again.
     
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  2. markandrex

    markandrex Thunderstruck Brigade Member

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    Sounds like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing the story and pictures.
     
  3. Lon Humphrey

    Lon Humphrey Moderator Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    first thank you so much for the pics, and what a great review of one my bowies it was a pleasure making a knife that was going to be used for what God intended a bowie to be used for. Stabbing the the life out of a body!!! i dont know of another maker that has pics like these of his knife doing the gruesome work of dispatching big game!

    it was a pleasure meeting you and you are welcome at my house any time

    Lon
     
  4. bobivxx

    bobivxx Huge member

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    Bad Ass Knives! But now I'm just gonna feel like a big ol pussy until I go hunting with a bowie!!!
     
  5. Bax 40

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    Very good post and pics, and everything you said about Lon is true, I have two of his knives and they are very nice, after reading this I wanta go kill a hog!!


    Larry:demented::demented::demented:
     
  6. coolcassi

    coolcassi Huge member Lady Devil

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    :devil1: This is the best type of advertisement you can get !!! You keep up the good work Babe !! :devilatheart:
     
  7. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Awesome knife! Great post.
     
  8. rscheppmann

    rscheppmann Diabolus ex Occasus Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I love seeing badass knives put to good use!
     
  9. englishmark

    englishmark Wicked Gardener

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    Excellent thread, I bet hunting pigs with dogs and a knife gets the old ticker going a bit.

    Great job on that knife as well Mr Humphrey.
     
  10. Scout

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    Thanks, Lon.
    Well, it was a pleasure using a tool,that was perfectly shaped for the job.
    Also a pleasure meeting you and seeing, where you forge knives.
     
  11. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

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    Very nice. Thanks for posting. Nice knife and hunt.
     
  12. Scout

    Scout Huge member

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    Well, give it a shot....or rather a blade

    (sorry)

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  13. Scout

    Scout Huge member

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    Thank you for taking the time to read the long(-ish) post.

    I went a little overboard, but its hard to disguise my joy over the faaantastic Bowie, that Lon made me.

    It was/is just so dang RIGHT for the purpose!:demented:
     
  14. Glover

    Glover Huge member

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    Awesome read. Sounds like you had a good time.
     
  15. Scout

    Scout Huge member

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    Thanks.

    I sure did!
     
  16. Scout

    Scout Huge member

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    Thanks.
     
  17. elirand

    elirand Israeli Devil

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    Lon, if u really want i can stab tons of things u never seen before with one of ur bowies lol
    fucking awesome knife...
     
  18. fishmonger

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    Very nice

    Hi guys,

    Awesome looking Bowie Lon !we hunt pigs with dogs a lot down here in the rural parts of the country and seeing this thread makes me want to call my mates up the farm and head up to stick some myself! Just something for next time you head out try picking the pig up by one of the back legs and stick him behind the front leg angling forwards instead of straight in through the shoulder couple of pumps up and down on the handle and they are done one shot should sort em out nicely! You will be amazed how quick they give up the ghost.

    Awesome work congrats to you both!

    Jim
     
  19. elirand

    elirand Israeli Devil

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    Lol u guys sure love to stab things... i don't think its even legal in israel to hunt animals lol... tree hug country :manganr::ropeman::manganr:
     
  20. crankitup

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    Thanks for sharing! That is incredible. I bet that was a lot of good eating!
     

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