I made my own favorite fish fillet knife from an old saw blade when I was 12. The high carbon spring steels and saw steels were excellent, almost Solingen quality. Since the blade had a hole and a slot in the butt end, it was easy to make a hardwood handle and put two bolts through it all and grind it smooth. I was just holding it - the blade is more flexible and thinner than most knifes and holds and edge really well. In fact this knife has seriously cut me while camping, which is why I will drag the edge over a rock before taking it camping so that I don't get cut as deeply. There's a reason why I like to fillet with this thin sharp knife - it cuts flesh and bone easily. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
Oh yes - someone refered to melon cutting with a samauri sword. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />You must hold the blade exactlyflat to the trajectory of the blade. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> If it wavers the top falls off the melon. I am still moving the top half over a bit, but at least it stays almost intact. I have a friend who could slice it six ways with no visible movement, after twirling the sword under his arm half a dozen times. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
P.S. I found that trimming the hedge out front with a sword while the neighboorhood kids are playing ball is a good way to earn a little respect. As in, no one will want to mess with you, especially if you're courteous to the worst of them, then they really fear you. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.