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TexasRed
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Good Stag vs Bad?

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What does desirable Stag look like? I think all stag looks pretty good, but hear people talking about great stag and even sometimes poor stag. No referring to the stag rotting, talking about the cut and aesthetics.
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I like my stag with lots of texture and rich color. Shaved stag is a waste of good stag poor color and no texture as in the shaving brush below.
Here are a few examples:
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Here is some good stag for ya. He is a selection of fish, check out the top one, a 21" Giovanni Del Tin Damascus Fish. Amazing how how he sculpted the stag to transition into the nickel silver rear bolster the way he did. (Giovanni also built the matching wood handled fish).

Bad stag in my book is anything that has been so shaved as to remove most or all character.
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Hi David,
Your fish are fabulous!
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Interesting comments. I had liked shaved or white stag for a long time. I was never a big fan of bumpy stag. I know alot of people are.
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Obviously, I didn't buy these 11" Frank B picklocks because I loved the stag. Not sure exactly how I feel about the whiter one. Must have been a rough piece to shave it that much...

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There is no such thing as good or bad. Its a personal preference.
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Sure there’s personal preference but there’s definitely some great and some crap out there.

My preference (on a pocket knife) is that both sides must be matched in shape and texture. Smooth or gnarly, don’t care. Fat in the middle or bowed, don’t care. I want to see that at least some effort was made to match the pieces. I understand that it’s not always possible but it’s better when done that way as opposed to just slapping two completely different shape and texture pieces on a knife.
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Jules I like that shaved one !
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Jules....that regular guard picklock, is it stamped Frank B or Stiletto Italy?
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Erik131065 wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:25 pm Jules....that regular guard picklock, is it stamped Frank B or Stiletto Italy?
I believe that’s Stiletto over Italy Erik.
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I love those fish also'
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This 13" swinguard is one of my favorites. It is impossible to convey by a mere photograph how massive this thing is -- it is very heavily built and weighs 388 grams. For contrast, I just weighed an ordinary 13" switch (acrylic scales; fixed guards) and it clocks in at just over 177 grams.

One of the (many) reasons that I like this knife is the staghorn scales. They have nice, even ridges and a decent amount of "popcorn" -- the little knurls and bumps. The deployment button is shaped like a shield and flush-mounted into the stag with extreme precision.

To me, shaved stag looks barren and provides no visual texture. It also makes no statement about workmanship; anybody with a draw-knife can shave stag down to nothing. Compare something like that with the exquisite workmanship evident in this piece. As has been stated, everyone has their own taste and there is no "right" or "wrong" -- but I feel that there is a world of difference between advanced craftsmanship and just hacking a slab of staghorn down to zero detail.
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This stag is much nicer then some i have seen'
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