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Old 05-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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Here is the most recent knife I have been working. Still need to clean up a few scratches on the blade and sharpen it a little more.

OAL just over 7"
1/8" 1080 steel
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Buckeye burl scales.

This blade was really fun to make and I like how it turned out.

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Old 05-28-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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Very nice
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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Beautiful scales
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #4
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Nice work, Aaron! I like that blade.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:03 PM   #5
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Good job!
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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Very nice!
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:11 PM   #7
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Thanks guys! I have some nice redwood burl and some walnut on the way so I should be posting a few more over the next week or so.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:37 PM   #8
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cool shape and AWESOME wood. was it ordered?
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:38 PM   #9
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That is unbelievable!
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:33 AM   #10
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cool shape and AWESOME wood. was it ordered?
Not sure what you mean but if you are asking if I ordered the blade or wood, the answer is no. I took a piece of 1080 flat stock and shaped it into a blade using my 2x72 grinder. I then heat treated it and tempered it. The scales were made from buckeye I got off of Ebay and stabilized myself using Cactus Juice stabilizing resin, a vacuum chamber and a vacuum pump.

I do not condone people adding scales to a blade bought off the internet and calling it custom or handmade. Those blades are made in China and can be had for less than 20 bucks. You can't trust the steel, and you can't trust the "maker" if he is not up front and honest about what he is doing. I have been at this almost two years teaching myself how to make a decent knife using the internet and trial and error.

I have mostly been making knives for family while I build up my skills and every person I am close to now has a knife. I am working on my first batch of knives that I hope to sell so I am going to try and get an associate sponsorship soon.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:42 AM   #11
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Cool knife!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:08 AM   #12
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yeah I was asking if you ordered the wood. Ive seen some like it on some knife sites. I want to get into stabilizing I cut and rip all of my own scales, stabilization would be a step up.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:43 AM   #13
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yeah I was asking if you ordered the wood. Ive seen some like it on some knife sites. I want to get into stabilizing I cut and rip all of my own scales, stabilization would be a step up.
Stabilizing can be pretty basic, as long as you have a vacuum pump. I use a giant mason jar I got from Hobby Lobby. I put a hose barb into the lid and sealed it with JB Weld. I have an old toaster oven I got off of CL I use for curing. The main key to success is using DRY wood. If the moisture content isn't less than 10% you aren't going to have success.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:45 AM   #14
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Nice work Sir!
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:16 PM   #15
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That's another stunner!
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:00 AM   #16
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Thnaks for the tip. always learning.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:56 AM   #17
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Thnaks for the tip. always learning.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I have learned the things I know about knife making solely due to the generosity of others willing to give me tips and help and I surely don't mind passing it forward.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:13 AM   #18
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every person I am close to now has a knife.

I thought we were close does that mean my knife is in the mail .

Great looking blade.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:37 PM   #19
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I thought we were close does that mean my knife is in the mail .

Great looking blade.

Lol! Thanks for all the comments guys!
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:55 PM   #20
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Beautiful!
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