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Old 11-06-2017, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default Knife making first try

So after too many episodes of watching Forged in Fire and having some junk raw materials and a dead plum tree for smoker wood I decided to give it a try. I don't have any so called knife making tools or equipment or even a forge. All I got is a WorkSharp knife sharpener, an angle grinder, a 4" benchtop belt sander and a dremel. Electric chainsaw for cutting some slabs out of the dead plum tree for handle material. For metal I had an old lawnmower blade and some rusty files and farriers rasps.
My first knife was an old Sharpfinger design and a paring knife from the lawn mower blade. Then I made an Arkansas Toothpick from an old Nicholson 10" mill file and an old belt for handle wafers with some old harley parts of billet aluminum that shine up real good. Once I got more comfortable I started on the farriers rasps and made a bowie and a skinner. I had to go but some wood for the handles, Desert Ironwood for the Bowie and Bocote for the skinner. The chunk of brass bar to make guards with cost me $20 and I guess maybe I done wore out at least a $100 worth of 4x36 belts on the bench sander and every belt I have for the Worksharp. Anyways it's been fun and a lot of work since I don't have a forge or anvil and everything had to be hand ground which is really hard to do on those old files and rasps. I even tried my hand at file work on the last one, a Skinner. Here they are
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:36 AM   #2
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Awesome, they look great.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:55 AM   #3
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Nice work
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:59 AM   #4
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Wow, those are very cool. Knife making is something I would really like to try.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:04 AM   #5
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I like the file work on the spine. May have to borrow that one.
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:25 AM   #6
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Just think what u could do with a forge. Looks great. Would b proud to have one of those
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:45 AM   #7
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Great job, doesn't look like a first try to me.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:00 AM   #8
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Well I figured if I could kapp arra heads and blades out of rocks this would be easy. It's not! Lots of work but fun.
Handles are the hardest part and take more time it seems.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:04 AM   #9
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nice work
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:06 AM   #10
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Nice looking knives
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Old 11-06-2017, 12:20 PM   #11
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Impressive
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:29 AM   #12
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Knife No 7
This is some 1095 Chromium alloy. Tuffest dang stuff I ever saw. It's from an old Bellota farriers rasp from way back when. The steel is hard all the way thru and not case hardened. Even when annealed it's still harder than times in 1929.
7" blade combo sticker, skinner, chopper, whatever camp knife.
Will have Ironwood scales with brass guard and file work when finished. Haven't decided whether to add a pommel cap. I might just wrap the file work around the butt of the handle.
The nice thing about this metal is it don't rust with all the chromium in it.
80 grit belt seems to grind this steel best.
This one may take a while to finish. Still playing with the idea of a hidden tang and Bocote handle.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:19 AM   #13
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More skill than I have...now get all the right tools and go full blast on making some knives!
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:58 AM   #14
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:57 PM   #15
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Heck yeah. Those look good!!

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Old 11-08-2017, 01:04 PM   #16
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Those are some awesome looking knives...
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:07 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tx_Wader View Post
More skill than I have...now get all the right tools and go full blast on making some knives!
That's about $50k that I don't have to spare
Double wheel hollow grinder is about $14k by itself.
Real good belt grinders are about $3k plus attachments are extra $250-300 ea.


A little file work started and brass guard this am.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:15 PM   #18
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Looking good
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:27 AM   #19
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Scales and pins epoxied and waiting to cure. Maybe grind and sand to shape tomorrow. Too cold for epoxy to set quickly. Used Brownell's dark brown epoxy dye so it matches the wood color because that's all the color I had left.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:55 PM   #20
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Little brother to the Bowie No. 7 knife.
So, the epoxy set faster than I expected and I spent a couple of hours grinding away on the Ironwood. Bout finished except for some touch up here and there.
I'm disappointed in the looks of the handle but it feels good in hand and fits well.
This 1095 alloy sharpens easy and holds an edge really well. Still shaving after a 2x4 chop test and not a single dull spot.
I guess I'm about done knife making for a while at least til my thumb heals.
Beside knife making is dangerous when you don't know what you doin.
Those 4 stitches came from making the skinner last week.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:55 PM   #21
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Great job
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:59 PM   #22
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They look great!
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:36 AM   #23
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Final touch. Had to make a sheath for No. 7.
Plain wrapper as I don't have any leather working tools except a knife and sewing awl.
Gonna rest a while and see if I can fight off this addiction.
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:43 AM   #24
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Good job.Nice knife. It's look better than my first try
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:42 AM   #25
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Seems you have a talent for knife making Sir. Good looking working knives !
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:31 AM   #27
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It ain't over yet.
Here are the twins. Going to try and make a matched pair of caping/skinners.
Decided to help myself by making a bevel grinding jig fixture. Pretty simple really and works good as long as the platen is stable and don't wiggle. The Aluminum platen is junk and would work better if it was steel so the grinding fixture would slide easier. These are both from a single 17" Heller Big Hoof rasp that is 1095 and very hard thru and thru.
FYI, this stuff is addicting
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:44 PM   #28
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Handle scales shaped out and pins fitted. Now all I got to do is go find me some of that Mosiac stuff. Meanwhile I can work on some filework. The twins are almost ready for epoxy and final handle shaping. Cutting edge is 3.5". Should be enough for small work.
Being retired what else I gonna do? Chase wimmin?
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:47 PM   #29
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That show is entertaining for sure. Good lookin blades you got there sir
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:14 AM   #30
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Finished up the Twins and got first coat of Teak Oil on the handles. They ain't perfect but the best I could do with the junk tools I have to work with. Some day I will have me one of them fancy grinding belts with all the big rubber wheels and other fancy doo dads.
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