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My First Knife

Discussion in 'Other Projects' started by logan_lamothe, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. logan_lamothe

    logan_lamothe New Member

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    For my first knife I thought I would try something like this:
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    Any tips on which steel I could use, will be making it with a small belt grinder and hand files. Any advive on the design would be welcome to, the idea is to make a skinning knife.
     
  2. Nev Dull

    Nev Dull CKM Staff

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    Looks good. What did you use to make the design?
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I confess I've never actually made a fixed blade knife and the closest I get to hunting is looking for leftovers in the back of the fridge. But I like the design of the knife.

    The only thing I can think of to suggest is maybe make the tang longer. You can always shorten it a bit later, but right now it looks like it might be a bit heavy in the front. I think you'll want to have the balance point right around the ricasso. If you make the tang longer than you need, you can play with it until you get the balance just how you want it.

    As for what metal to use, it depends. Are you going to forge the knife or do stock removal? And are you going to do your own heat treating?
     
  4. logan_lamothe

    logan_lamothe New Member

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    For this one stock removal, as for heat treating I will have some one else due it.
     
  5. logan_lamothe

    logan_lamothe New Member

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    Solidworks, makes playing with the profile easy and you can get the centroid to determine the balance point. And I can print it to scale to get a template to trace onto my steel.
     
  6. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    It sounds like a good program. I've considered a cad program before, but I just can't justify the cost for what I'd do with it. I use Sketchup for most of my designs. Some people have used Inkscape too. I have it but haven't gotten into it.
     
  7. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    In that case you can use pretty much anything you want. If you want to keep on a budget, use tool steel (O1, 1095, 5160) They are all pretty easy to work by hand and make nice blades that hold an edge. I use O1 all the time because I like to do my own heat treating in my two-brick forge.

    Tool steel will stain over time and will rust if you don't take care of it. Dry it well after taking it out in the bush and give it a rub down with an oily rag once in a while and you won't have any rust. For stains, a few minutes with some 1500 sandpaper will bring up the mirror finish again.

    If you want to go stainless, try CPM154 or RWL34. They're very popular and easy to work with. If you like a more satin finish, you can try some CPMS30V. (If dwilkes was here instead of off doing renos on his cottage, he could tell you more about S30V. He ordered some of it to try out a while ago.) Just be prepared to spend twice as much or more for your steel if you go with the stainless.
     
  8. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    It looks very much like a couple of beaver skinners I have. The over all length is longer on your pattern. Looks good keep us in the loop. AJ
     

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