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New Hunting Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Marc Liss, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    I just completed this swept blade hunting knife today and I'm very very happy with it. My goal was to create a very ergonomic knife with clean, flowing lines. I always want my knives to feel like a natural extension of the hands and I really try and limit abrupt angles. I spent a good amount of time sketching out the profile lines of this blade before beginning.

    During the actual making the biggest challenge for me was the plunge lines as I have been having trouble getting them as clean as I'd like. Fortunately I recently picked up some J-flex belts from Tru-Grit and they did the trick when it came to softly getting into the plunges and sweeping them back gradually.

    I used Cocobolo for the handle with OD green G10 for the bolsters. The pins are natural micarta. I wanted to keep the colours somewhat muted and earthy and they came out looking exactly how I'd hoped.

    All things considered this one was of my cleanest, most efficient builds to date...but I did have my butt clenched the whole time. Whew!

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    That's really cool! Love the pins. Looks like good old electrical Micarta. Sweet!
     
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  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    very nice workmanship and color balance, two pointy edges up :roflmao
     
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  4. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Thanks! I just check out your site. Beautiful stuff! Your kitchen knives are fine pieces of work.
     
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  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Very nice sir! I do have one question/comment... As I have yet to work with it I do not really know, but does micarta like this have almost a grain direction similar to wood? I justnask because in the top photo it appears like the pins have grain running in different directions. If it is the case my only thought would he to try and line up the direction during assembly. That said, it may just be the way it looks in the pic?
     
  6. Marc Liss

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    You hit the nail on the head there. They do have a "grain" to them and yes they are not all lined up. I saw that only after polishing them though which is the tricky part. When I cut the pins from the stock their ends are all ragged and you cant see the grain direction. I guess in the future I'll have to polish the ends of the pins a bit before assembly.
     
  7. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Very nice! Clean lines, beautiful combination of handle material. That is a great looking knife.
     
  8. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Thank you sir! The lines are the aspect I am most proud of, but Im glad the colours panned out too. :)
     
  9. Simon Lefebvre

    Simon Lefebvre New Member

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    As a beggining knife-maker, this build is truly inspiring to me. Beautiful!
     
  10. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Hey thanks Simon. I'm glad to hear it! Persistence and patience.
     
  11. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Nice effort Marc. Your choice of materials is awesome.
     
  12. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Thanks Rick. I am quite pleased with how the Cocobolo and G10 paired with each other.
     
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    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    This is probably one of the nicest combos of handle/bolster/pins that i have seen. Everything ties together so well. The handle finishing is also very very well done. The sort of satin finish it shows is beautiful especially on the selected materials and looks far better than if the same materials had been polished and buffed to death. Beautifully done
     
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  14. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Hey thanks! I appreciate that. I definitely am big on the satin finish. I don't own a buffer and I'm okay with that for now. I feel like you can do a lot with sandpaper and some polishing pads.
     
  15. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Nice work. I like the choice of materials, design and execution.
     
  16. Marc Liss

    Marc Liss New Member

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    Thank you sir.
     

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