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First knife that isn't a test

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by running bird, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. running bird

    running bird

    Sep 29, 2015
    For about 2 years now I've been making knives (if you can even call them all that, they were all basically test), I've spent my time practicing forging, grinding, HT, and shaping handles. Most of my test knives where simple blade shapes that would be roughly finished (sometimes without handles), sharpened, then abused to failure, unless they didn't fail. But recently a friend from work asked me to make him a knife for an up coming camping trip. So he drew out the knife he wanted and I let him pick the blade material and wood. Sales content removed. I'm used to making a half way decent knife then deciding to just keep it for myself ( this is only a hobby for me right now so I'm not worried about things like that, I'm still learning).

    The knife: https://imgur.com/a/olkBQ

    Length: 6- 1/2"
    Blade length: 3- 1/8"
    Blade thickness: 1/16th"
    Handle thickness: 3/8th "
    Handle material: mahagony
    Steel: L6
    Hardness: 58rc
    Weight: ~5oz

    Any comments or criticism is welcome, I still need to practice and I want some opinions

    It's a pretty good feel when you finish a knife and know someone is going to put it to good use. I already have another project lined up, my woodshop teacher saw some mokume billets I was working on and asked me to make him a set of mokume spoons for his daughter.

    Thanks for looking,
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 7, 2016
  2. J.Newman


    Sep 30, 2016
    I like it. fantastic job, running bird!

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    The knife came out good.

    I removed the sales comments. Discussion of sales, selling, prices, etc. is a privilege of a Knifemaker membership level and above.
  4. running bird

    running bird

    Sep 29, 2015
    Thanks for the feed back guys
  5. redsquid2

    redsquid2 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    I like that a lot. Thin is in, and light weight is good, in my book. At 1/16", I would find that knife very useful on a backpacking adventure.

    Congratulations on getting started with mokume. That is something I have never even touched, and I am 53 years old. If you are in high school, you have many years of creative work ahead.
  6. running bird

    running bird

    Sep 29, 2015
    Thank you sir.

    Mokume isn't as difficult as it seems in my opinion and is definetly a lot of fun to make. I use brass, copper, and nickel sheets.

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