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Head knife design.

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by JTknives, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    I have been wanting to cut some head knives for a while and now that the cnc is in full swing I think now is the time to get it queued up and in line. I’m Thinking .082 15n20 stock would be a good starting point considering I can thin it out later after heat treat, Or some thin Abel. But I’m not a leather worker so I’m hooking for a good design(s) to draw up. Seams like there are a handful of shapes and sizes. Anyone got any styles thy like?
  2. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
    JT.....Cool idea...There was a discussion not to long ago in "Sheaths and Such" about head knife designs. I recall both Paul Long @sheathmaker and Dave Ferry @Horsewright were big contributors to design thoughts you might post in that Forum for additional ideas and feedback.:thumbsup:
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  3. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
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  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Yeah go a lot thinner. Both Paul and I like .040 or in that neighbor hood. I've become enamored with asymmetrical roundknives as opposed to symmetrical. They are more useful to me and how I work. That thread above that Ken posted will help a lot.

    To show ya how handy these guys are I have three out on my workbench. That way I can grab one from anywhere around the bench. Still the only tool that never gets put away.
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  5. coldsteelburns


    Aug 2, 2010
    Edit: Somehow I missed Ken's post with the link already shared in it. Whoops

    My YoutubeChannel
    ... (Just some older videos of some knives I've made in the past)
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  6. tmerkl


    Jan 8, 2007
    I was just reading that same thread in the sheath section. Downloaded the drawing to make one but if you're going to do a run of them I'll gladly get in line for it.
  7. butcher_block

    butcher_block KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2004
    one i did a while back was also asymmetrical. the buyer was tickeled with it and he shows it off everywhere (helps thats its an integral bolster)

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