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Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by WillSwift, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Justin Schmidt

    Justin Schmidt Schmidt Forge Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 18, 2016
    Finally got some shop time rubberized carbon fiber and AEBL blade
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    If it's not to late I plan on auctioning this off and have all the proceeds go to help CMFTW family out
     
  2. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I realy like those mini-kwaikens.
    If I may sugest a small improvement:
    Use a smaller diametre round file for the sharpening choil. I think that would suit it's elegant lines even better
     
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  3. jweber

    jweber

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    Oct 6, 2016
    I haven't posted in a while. I've been working on some small marking knives for my shop and for my father. Here's the first one I completed. 1095 and an olive wood handle.
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  4. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Finished this little guy this weekend. First time with peened on bolsters & not all that pleased with how they came out, since the outlines of the pins can be seen. I might try silver solder on the next one.

    7-1/4'' OAL
    3/16'' O1 Steel at 61Rc, radiused spine
    Hollow ground bevel (10'' wheel) & swedge (2'' wheel)
    Brass bolsters & African Blackwood handle

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  5. PIndelicato

    PIndelicato KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 16, 2002
  6. rjedoaks

    rjedoaks Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 15, 2009
    3888E8E4-6BDC-40AE-8277-C72C2ACB81F1.jpeg 1585847B-2F58-4418-94ED-D223C4ED772E.jpeg I don’t see to many scandis around here
     
  7. ten-six

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  8. navman

    navman Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 4, 2013
    I saw the rubberized CF for sale, how do you like the material? How different is it from regular CF?
     
  9. GBinGA

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  10. i4Marc

    i4Marc

    Oct 19, 2011
    I forged this blade out a while ago but finally got around to finishing it. It's a pretty basic hunter/skinner. Feels great in the hand and cuts very well.



    Blade Steel: Aldo's 5160, finished to 800X
    Blade Length: 5 & 7/8" to the guard, 5 & 1/4" edge
    Guard: 416SS with black G10 and copper spacers
    Handle: Stabilized Lace Redwood with copper pin
    OAL: 10 & 5/8"
    Sheath: Hand stitched leather with pig skin lining

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  11. rjedoaks

    rjedoaks Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks
    Bone Corian/ orange g10
    GBinGA/ thanks
     
  12. ten-six

    ten-six

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    Mar 11, 2017
    Not real happy with this outcome. The balance of length to blade thickness is wrong and it feels.....cheap? I guess that's the way to put it. I did a lot better with things that I've struggled with like holding angles and curves true to the pattern and keeping grit out of places it doesn't belong. I've got some kind of hamon sort of thing going on and I don't know where it came from. There's also insect damage that I chose to leave in place because I felt like it belonged to the wood (maybe that's the tree hugging hippie in me talking). Alas, experience is gaining the knowledge you need just after you needed it...

    Knife #7, .125" 1080 steel, local black walnut with danish oil, and 3/16" brass pins done with a Horrid Fright belt grinder and hand tools:

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  13. i4Marc

    i4Marc

    Oct 19, 2011
    ten-six,

    I don't think it's so bad. It looks like nice work. To my eye, it seems a little long between the plunge and the front of the handle. But overall it has a nice shape to it and the fit and finish looks great.
     
  14. ten-six

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    Mar 11, 2017
    The scales should be a little higher on the ricasso, no doubt. It looked right when they were roughed in but not after execution. I'll make a specific note of that in my shop notes because it's a problem I've had before.

    In the hand the thickness of the blade versus the overall length just doesn't match up at all. It feels like a big ole bowie handle with skinny little blade sticking out of it....probably because that's what it is. I feel like I should have planned ahead for this issue and ordered thicker steel but the fact is that I simply didn't know until now. So long as I learn from this I consider it a success even if it's not going to end up being my every day carry knife like I had intended.

    Thanks for the kind words!
     
  15. i4Marc

    i4Marc

    Oct 19, 2011
    Every knife is just practice for the next one. You'll nail it next time.
     
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  16. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
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    Adjustable handle for grinding folder blades

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  17. Jesenius

    Jesenius

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    Feb 16, 2016
    Loveless design inspired hunter, redesigned, Elmax @ 60HRc, satin finish, cocobolo wood handle.

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  18. bikedave99

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    Feb 9, 2016
    Ten-six, well if it feels too thin and long maybe its a kitchen knife now?! You could ease down the upswept tip and it would look more the part. If you would indulge my opinion on the overall shape, the top is flat/straight for too long and would benefit from some curve/flow.... unless its a kitchen knife. Well made!
     
  19. ten-six

    ten-six

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    Mar 11, 2017
    I agree with all of your points. I think I'm going to chalk this up as a lesson learned and keep it as is so I have a tangible reminder of those lessons. There's always more steel!
     
  20. Laredian

    Laredian

    140
    May 27, 2013
    I love that knife! Very clean work and elegant design, just awsome.

    Here's a stag hunter I've finished up. My first stag handle, thanks to some advice from some folks on here. It turned out ok I think.

    80CrV2 blade with etched flats and 800grit hand rubbed satin, stag handle with red fiber and bronze spacers and stainless guard and buttcap.

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