First Designs and first metal from the forge.

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by J.E.Hixon, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. J.E.Hixon


    Jun 24, 2016
    Here' the first couple rough drawings of what I want to make, the Upper right is what I will be starting with. The lower left is what I would like to work towards eventually. Please feel free to offer up any suggestions or thoughts you may have. I know nearly nothing about making knives and I am willing to listen to suggestions. I'm Learning alot from the wealth of information on this forum already. My wife is already giving me the stink eye about the time spent reading on the forum.


    Thanks for looking!
  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    The upper knife should be a good start. Make the grind a FFG - full flat grid. That lip along the spine would be hard to do.
  3. Bltien


    Feb 1, 2017
    I agree with Stacy. I'm a beginner and I had the lip along the spine with my first knife. It wasn't as clean as I was hoping for and just ended up causing some unnecessary frustration. My next several knives were full flat grind and I made huge improvements with my grinding in each knife. Now that I feel more confident grinding, I've done a couple knives with that lip that I'm happy with (I wouldn't say perfect though). But it took several knives to get there.
  4. J.E.Hixon


    Jun 24, 2016
    Thank you for the input, I will for sure go for the FFG on the first one. Hoping to get moving on it in the next week or so.

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