First Folder

Discussion in 'Knife Maker's Gallery' started by richtrix, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. richtrix

    richtrix Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    Made my first folder.......It's an old pattern slipjoint. Half stop 2.5" blade, 5.875" overall. 1/8" O1 blade and back spring, .040 brass liners, Nickel bolsters and pins, rosewood scales. I found out that folders are what I like making. My head is buzzing with ideas now that I know I can do it. I have plans to make a few more of this pattern for sale then on to something different. Comments either way welcome...........Richie

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  2. Remyrw


    Jun 17, 2010
    An instant classic, very nice. I really like how it's got a bit of the texture in the wood but not too much and not a dirty and worn look. The same with the blade. I looks like something an old time craftsman would make for someone rather than a machine made super polished precision machined within a zillionth of an inch type design, but without being rough or lacking in elegance and quality.
  3. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Very nice!

    Looks very complicated to make!
  4. richtrix

    richtrix Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    Thanks Jonathan.........Went to your website....I really like your cord wraped / temper line knives, that drone Necker is a cool design also. I've probably got 20 hours in that little folder but I expect I'll get faster after I make a few more.
  5. Atlas Knife Company

    Atlas Knife Company

    Feb 16, 2010
    Did you find it was easier to make than you were led to believe? I was real discouraged by a few makers who said they were too difficult and I should wait a long time before I made one. Do you wish you had tried sooner?

    PS: Very nice, very classy looking. My second will be a linerlock of very similar design.
  6. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Beautifull, completely my style.
    Hard te beleve it is your 1st
  7. flystagg


    Jun 4, 2010
    great fit and finish
  8. richtrix

    richtrix Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    Thanks for the comments guys...
  9. J. Hoover

    J. Hoover

    Jul 2, 2006
    I handled this one and looked on for short period while Rich was fitting everything up. It's a super nice little slip joint, well made with good walk and talk action. The back spring is flush in all three blade positions. I told him I was jealous, great job Rich.
  10. forex


    Jun 15, 2006
    Looks nice; simple and traditional but stylish too. I just fixed a slipjoint (blade replacement) for a mate so I know how good that is! Mine doesn't walk and talk like that and I already had most everything to build it so I can vouch for what a smashing effort that is for a first go. Keep them comin!
  11. artmichalek


    Jul 20, 2008
    I love that pattern, but 1/8" seems seriously stout for such a small knife. How does it cut?
  12. jbrackett


    Aug 4, 2009
    Looks really good. Look forward to seeing more.
  13. richtrix

    richtrix Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    I was afraid I might get this question....Haven't even put an edge on it yet.......I was a little worried about using 1/8" stock but with the grind going all the way to the top it looks like it will be just fine for everyday use, maybe not for whittlin'......I do like a stout knife though.
  14. J. Hoover

    J. Hoover

    Jul 2, 2006
    This one is going to cut just fine, blade/grind geometry is spot on. It will be just perfect for a whittler , strong enough to take the abuse. Which is something you don't find in most manufactered pocket knives of this size. A lot of sunday go to meeting knives this size are only good for cleaning your fingernails, opening a box, or light cutting. This one is good for all that and a lot more.
  15. Jim Adams Customs

    Jim Adams Customs Banned BANNED

    Jun 23, 2008
    Very nice. Great fit and finish. I love the way it came together.
  16. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    My 2nd comment but I keep looking at your knife.
    It just does *something* to me.
    I think it is the best looking custom knife I've seen in quite a while.
    The only thing I don't like is the nailnick. I like the shape, but it deserves a finer finish IMHO
  17. richtrix

    richtrix Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    Hengelo, Thanks for your comments.....I see what you mean, but the macro lense makes it look different than the naked eye...It's hard to make everyone happy. Some folks like for the nail nick to be dark and it was just easier to leave it that way:) I could clean it up if a customer preferred it. Richie
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  18. indian4


    Oct 8, 2009
    I love old-style patterns like that. I think you nailed it. I think this is the first slipjoint I've seen in O1. I love its performance, but it'll take alot of diligent maintenance to keep a folder from gettign some rust spots in the nooks and crannies. 1/8" stock is probably a little bit of overkill, but with a nice edge I'm sure it will cut fine. Nothing wrong with a good stout tool steel slipjoint. :thumbup::thumbup:
  19. sharpeknives


    Jan 13, 2006
    Really nice for #1. Looks like you have been doing them for years.
  20. VCM3

    VCM3 Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 26, 2005
    Hey Richie,If that is your first slipjoint :thumbup:...Please put me on your list,to make a knife :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
    -Vince :)

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