4-1/2" kwaiken in Crucible CPM-S45vn and amboyna

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  1. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Made this lil' guy for myself. It's been ages since I had one to carry, and was planning on just making a quick utilitarian one, but remembered how much I liked the ones I did with nice wood scales under the wrap..


    This one is made of .170" thick Crucible CPM-S45vn, a steel I'm really enjoying using. Seems to take a nice, fine edge, and grinds and finishes quite nicely. The 4-1/2" blade is hollow ground on a 12" wheel, and ground thin because I like them slicey (about .007" before sharpening, give or take).

    The tang has been skeletonized as well as tapered, and then the amboyna scales were applied with epoxy and hidden pins, then ground so that the taper effect of the tang was slightly reversed, providing a slightly thicker butt to aid in retention. Both the tsukaito lace and the turk's head knot have been soaked in resin for durability.

    Overall length is just over 9", and point of balance is at the middle of the turk's head knot. Final weight is 5 ounces.


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    Thanks for looking! It's fun doing these quick little knives in between bigger projects. :D
     
  2. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Beauty!
     
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  3. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Beautiful piece Matt!:)
     
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  4. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    need a little bike mounted scabbard, to defend against mosquitos and murder hornets
     
  5. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    That's a sweet little blade!
     
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  6. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Perfection :thumbsup:
     
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  7. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I agree with Tim. Perfection. A beautiful and functional knife and a great photo, also. Love this style. Mike
     
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  8. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Very nice knife!
     
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  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Super clean buddy
     
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  10. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    That’s another great piece my friend....:cool:

    I recall something similar in Olive Wood?
     
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  11. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider Stuff maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Perfect
     
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  12. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Elegant !

    G2
     
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  13. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Another Beauty !!
     
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  14. Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer

    Aug 15, 2005
    Super clean Matt!
     
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  15. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Gorgeous blade! :thumbsup:
     
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  16. R APPLEBY

    R APPLEBY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 11, 2003
    nicely done, a real beauty
     
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  17. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    you need to carry nowadays :) looks great bud.
     
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  18. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Bladesmith/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 17, 2008
    Super nice. Wood looks great under that wrap.
     
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  19. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    I want to see that overhead shot of the handle growing larger at the butt. Smart.

    Your photo is killer. You are making me squirm... ;)
     
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  20. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005

    It's a subtle thing, for sure, but here goes:


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    Obviously, were the scales left the same thickness, the width would follow the taper of the tang. If you look carefully, you can see that the area just behind the turk's head knot is just slightly thinner than the butt. A tiny thing, but you can feel the effect when you have it in hand - sort of wedges your hand forward, rather than backward, improving grip and retention.
     
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