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Old 03-21-2008, 07:50 AM
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ambidextrous makers

Hello Mr. Robertson. I recently purchased your book "Custom Knives Buying Guide" which I found to be very helpful. On page 69 you made reference to the choil area and how it should be symmetrical when made by an ambidextrous maker. As a new maker with only a few years experience under my belt I am not exactly sure where or what the choil is. I have seen the term used to describe a finger notch in front of or behind a guard as in "finger choil", also a small notch at the very back of the edge that aids in sharpening, and a few other areas of the knife. Or, are you describing what some makers call the plunge area of the grind, just forward of the ricasso ?

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Old 04-18-2008, 11:43 AM
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:12 AM
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OK......... does anyone else know what area of the knife Mr. Robertson might be referring to ?? Thanks for any help you can provide


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Old 04-19-2008, 10:46 AM
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- Choil

The choil is an unsharpened section of the blade. If a guard is present, the choil will be in front of the guard on the blade itself. The choil is often used as a way to choke up on the blade for close-in work. The index finger is placed in the choil, and this close proximity to the edge allows for greater control. In addition, the choil is just in front of where the blade itself becomes part of the handle, an area often prone to breakage due to the blade-handle juncture. The choil leaves this area at full thickness and thus stronger. (KnifeArt.com)

My curiosity was piqued.....did a google search....found this.

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Old 04-20-2008, 09:03 AM
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Thanks for the reply Mike. That's in line with my understanding of the definition of "choil" also. My question is how does this relate to being able to determine whether or not a maker is "ambidextrous" .


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maybe use google for words "ambidextrous" and "symmetrical" ??
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