First knife

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by RenTracy, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. RenTracy


    Jul 12, 2015

    I've been lurking around here for a while now. Just soaking up all the information I can. Thanks to everyone here I finally finished my first knife. I've learned a lot.

    Here's the knife:
    Aldo's 1084 heated in my diy gas forge to a bit past non magnetic and quenched in canola
    Tempered twice at 450
    7 1/2" overall with 3" blade 1/8" thick by 3/4" wide
    Rosewood scales set with peened copper pins and 1/4" copper tube and finished with linseed oil
    Sharpened at 17 degrees with Lansky system

    I know there are many things I can improve on next time. I left the edge way too thick before heat treat. The edge is thicker toward the plunge. I should add a slight bevel at the front edge of the scales. I think it would look more balanced with about 1/4" longer blade and a slight curve to the spine from the drop point to the back of the handle.

    I had fun with this one and have a couple more in the works. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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

    Aug 20, 2004
    Welcome to Shop Talk. Nice first knife. Finish looks excellent. Perhaps the handle is a tad long and thin, but the "hour glass" flow looks nice. Looking forward to seeing your next one.
  3. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I think that is a very elegant looking knife.
    (go make more:))
  4. RenTracy


    Jul 12, 2015
    Thanks guys! It's a lot of work with only files and sandpaper but I had fun. Maybe later on I'll be able to pick up a grinder.
  5. kuraki

    kuraki Fimbulvetr Knifeworks

    Jun 17, 2016
    That is a clean looking knife. Superb first try. No one will ever see my first knife, even though I still have it :D
  6. wdtorque


    May 29, 2010
    Well done. You self critiques are about all it needs IMHO. Very nice work. Dozier
  7. bikedave99


    Feb 9, 2016
    Shoot Ren, that is beautiful first knife! I've only made two myself, but pretty sure I made the exact same mistakes as you and my process was identical. I'm with Stacy, the handle is long, but it is so shapely I like it!

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