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I made myself a head knife...

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by anvilring, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
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  2. akguy59

    akguy59

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    Aug 19, 2017
    That looks real nice. I made one myself but I put too short of a handle on it. Did you attach your handle extension with silver solder or by welding?
     
  3. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Neither... I just tapped it into the handle slot. A very tight fit. I'm going to put a brass ferule on it as is done classically w/tools of this sort.
     
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    I think he was asking about the tang extension. It looks welded.
     
  5. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Oh thanks Bill; now I see... yea, I welded it w/hard surface rod. It' just a starter model and I hate wasting saw blade steel. Turned out fairly well though, use wise. This is sooooooooooooo much better that a carpet cutter retractable! Pushing instead of pulling is way cool.
     
  6. butcher_block

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

    Dec 6, 2004
    did an integraal head knife for a trade that i was years behind makinng even was interesting and fun/ challanging build in O1
     
  7. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Cool deal! Nice job. I prefer a shorter handle. I want my index finger right behind the curve of the blade if not riding on it. Gives me better control. For long straight cuts I'll get back on the handle, everything else I'm choked up like in this pic.

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    Commercial knives always had the real long handle so you could cut it down and shape it to your preference. Welcome to the world of push cut! Little live action use.

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  8. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Horsewright... where did you get the red cutting board? And where can I get one of the smaller, more delicate swivel knives that I see you Pros using? The one where the tip is at an angle sort of... like a scalpel?
     
  9. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    You mean a swivel knife for leather carving like these? Horsewright can tell you where to get the good stuff, but you can get basic stuff from TandyLeather.

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  10. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Yes, the bottom one pictured... Where did that come from? I find most things from Tandy to be pretty basic, this looks like a better quality knife.
     
  11. Busto

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

    Jul 26, 2011
  12. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Agreed. Barry King swivel knives are what we use.

    The red cutting board is called Hydroma. It's used in industrial die clicking operations. I forget who I got it from but I just googled it. Really is the only cutting surface that works for me. Those roller mats on the bench I get my roundknife stuck in. Same with the white polys. Hydroma has worked well for me for years now. I keep two on the bench, one for cutting and the other for punching.
     
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  13. Busto

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

    Jul 26, 2011
    That is a "Hydroma" cutting board....Tandy Leather sold them at one time. They are German made and can be ordered from a company in Tennessee(don't remember the company name). The Red ones are for cutting softer materials like leather.
     
  14. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Both are Tandy's. Top is the cheap one shown with flat blade insert. Bottom is their pricier model. You can change out the blade type/shape in any of them. But I really like the look of that Barry King swivel. I need to remember that place. I just haven't purchased any new tools for some time. With limited funds, I've been making what I have make due. My swivel knives are from Tandy, close to 40 years old now.
     
  15. anvilring

    anvilring

    Nov 29, 2000
    Thanks folks!
     
  16. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Ya bet. Just for info most of our tooling stamps are from Barry King too. Its all the wife will use, she does most of our flower carving:

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  17. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    Always enjoy seeing new pics of your work. Especially your wife's tooling/carving.
     
  18. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Good deal thanks. That's her in the blue shirt.
     

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