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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Quote Originally Posted by CorditeCrazy View Post
    I have always likes the look of our indigenous, red, long horn
    You are quite correct, it is a shame these Afrikaner oxen is starting to fade away to become part of a long gone era...

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Gert, as a complete neophyte on the subject of oxen, are horns a necessary prerequisite or can polled cattle be used too?

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Quote Originally Posted by Patocazador View Post
    Gert, as a complete neophyte on the subject of oxen, are horns a necessary prerequisite or can polled cattle be used too?
    No, horns are not a prerequisite for oxen to be acceptable as oxen. The Afrikaner oxen was a symbol of the Voortrekker trek era where they used Afrikaner oxen since they were adapt to any harsh environment and were big , strong and tough..It is much easier to use Percheron horses since they are easier to work with and are really strong...but only Afrikaner oxen /indigenous cattle was available in those times...so the tradition continuous... it is a grand sight to see when twelve fully grown Afrikaner oxen are pulling a freight ox wagon




    Imagine you have twelve of these oxen in front of an ox wagon..

    Here is a photo or two of the Percheron horses..

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Members, commenced getting all my camping gear and camp kitchen gear together and started packing for the hunt.... I will be as usual do a feedback in photos and writing about our adventure...

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Working to complete these items before the hunt...ball peen hammer with spring steel inserted..still need to forge weld with borax...

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    I completed putting together my hunting camp knife...I only need to do the finishing on this knife.

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    I like that blade as well as the antler handle. Are the 'rustic' indentations (pitting) man-made or the result of rusting in the metal beforehand?

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Quote Originally Posted by Patocazador View Post
    I like that blade as well as the antler handle. Are the 'rustic' indentations (pitting) man-made or the result of rusting in the metal beforehand?
    Good to hear from you Patocazador, no, I made those indents with a hammer to give it a full forging look...this is a leaf spring steel...I used to make this blade. The antler horn really give it som nice touches...

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gert Odendaal View Post
    Good to hear from you Patocazador, no, I made those indents with a hammer to give it a full forging look...this is a leaf spring steel...I used to make this blade. The antler horn really give it som nice touches...

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    Default Re: 1883 Black Powder Hunt at Weltevreden Farm (2018)

    Spend some time to make a sheath for my hunting camp knife. Will upload photos of the complete sheath...

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