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First Blank And Bevel Done

Discussion in 'Working the Steel' started by SDMay, May 12, 2016.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Really! Everyone is their own most critical judge.

    Go through the whole process. Layout, cut, grind, drill, sand, heat treat, sand, pin some scales on it, sharpen and test it. Don't try to make an art knife. Make a solid user.

    In testing your blade you will learn a lot. How the handle feels, how it sharpens, where you get a hot spot or a blister when using it hard, how well the geometry slices, how well it stays sharp.

    Good old 1084 is like $1 an inch. Think of it as school supplies. ;)

    Dan
     
  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    cool. Thanks a ton. I really appreciate the input. I'm off to search for some school supplies. Some 1084, some pin material and a Star Wars lunch box. (maybe Battlestar Galactica... it's a toss up)
     
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  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Definitely Babylon 5.
     
  4. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    You can make a knife that everyone will be in awe at how nice it is. But YOU will still see all the flaws in it. I think it's a knifemaker's thing.

    Keep at it, you're doing fine.
     
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  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Dude... Even the best knife makers in the world only see the flaws in their work! lol! Go for it man... It doesn't have to look perfect to cut like a knife. Better to get at it than not!
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    go for it, it is the best way forward. and we all see the flaws in our own stuff like a elephant in a field of daisys
     
  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    hit home depot or other hardware store for brass rod to use as pins.
    Lumber yard for small pieces of hardwood and pick up a drying oil like boiled linseed or other antique oil finish along with minwax for the first few knives.

    Cheaper this way and still fully functional. Heck I used 1/4" wood dowel on a handle in 1990 or there about and the knife is still going strong today. Actually pictures of it here somewhere
     
  8. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    I have yet to finish my first knife since our weather has been so up and down and I am working outside but I think that you are ready to go. Yours is much better than mine and I am at sanding for heat treat. You always will see stuff that is wrong that others don't. Also for what you are spending on your mild steel you could have enough for a true blade. Jump in, make some mistakes. I put my first aside as I was trying to get done for the KITH. It is ground to thin and the shape doesn't look all that good but I will finish it and out it to use in My kitchen.

    Long story short, listen to the guys that have done this and get some steel and go for it!!
     
  9. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have a display case of knives that won't leave home. Not one is perfect by any means but tried lots of different styles of blade and sheath, improved lots making them and they are functional if sharpened.

    Each has been tried out including chopping firewood with a fillet knife. Could have sold the fancy steam punk knife a dozen times over, smart man would make more but then it would not be as unique.
     

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