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Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by WillSwift, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Great looking knives Dave, the oak leaf carving on the sheaths is excellent.
     
  2. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Sounds like good steel for slipjoint knives!
     
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  3. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Loving that leatherwork Dave (and the knives aren't shabby either)!
     
  4. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks guys!
     
  5. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Check out Instagram link below to see knife builds in progress

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  6. DanF

    DanF KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Apr 17, 2017
    The folder process fascinates me. Folder makers have got to be a little bit Cray-cray (in a good way, you know).
     
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  7. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    It took me a long time to get up the courage to start slip joints. I stopped all fixed blades and turned down all orders to concentrate on learning on how.

    I bought books, video, and gadgets to learn how to make them.

    I literally have completed knives only for things to go drastically wrong and having the shit hit the fan having to chuck blades and knives.

    Everything has to be perfect, there is no fudging with slipjoints like there is on fixed blades

    I expected that and that is part of the learning curve. Now it is a real pleasure and addicting to work on these little machines.

    I now say when I need a rest, I will make a fixed blade again lol
     
  8. Busto

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

    Jul 26, 2011
    Oh Yeah...You got it BAD...Once bitten by the "Slippie" Bug its hard to get it out of your system. Now that you're using Pivot Bushings you can appreciate how smooth a simple pocket knife should function. My "Achilles" are all the wonderful options for scales that I could never use on a working Fixed Blade.
     
  9. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Figuring out and using the pivot bushing has been a game changer. On a couple occasions I would lock up a pivot, due to being a gorilla, and that is a nightmare to get fixed if it can be fixed due to screwing it up trying to get the pin out.

    Peening a pivot can give you an anxiety attack lol. Now with the bushing, while it is fiddly when making the knife, peening the pivot is no longer a problem and comes out smooth as better
     
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  10. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    I just spend half hour on your instagram .Thanks for sharing your way to make slip joint , but now I'm hungry ... and no burrito around here :(
     
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  11. john april

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

    Feb 27, 2006
    yes, adam has come a long way in a short time ! i am sure his fixed blade experience helped pave the way. great grinds, good looking stuff.
     
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  12. Eddie Pollock

    Eddie Pollock

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    Aug 5, 2019
    Sweet! How do you get your name on the spine of the blade? I am a newbee so I do not know alot of the detailing!!!!
     
  13. Carterwhopkins

    Carterwhopkins KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Dec 12, 2012
    This is a 253mm gyuto made of 26C3. This blade has been differentially hardened and tests at 64-65Rc. The blade is 52mm tall and weighs 7.25oz / 206g.

    The handle is gaboon ebony with abalone and nickel-silver spacers and end cap. The saya is also gaboon ebony and has a nickel-silver pin with abalone inlay.

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  14. jwccustom57

    jwccustom57 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Apr 13, 2017
    Wow, CH is a tough act to follow but here's my latest... a smaller chopper in 5160 and chechem, about 9 5/8" OAL. 19-30 1.JPG 19-30 2.JPG
     
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  15. Horsewright

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

    Oct 4, 2011
    Nice knife and great work on the figure carving!
     
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  16. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2019
    Beautuful. Just out of curiosity - why the angled end cap? Looks good, but is not traditional for a wa handle...
     
  17. Carterwhopkins

    Carterwhopkins KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Dec 12, 2012
    Just aesthetic...something different to mix it up. I've made a bunch like this over the years, per customer request...sometimes the back side of the ferrule and spacers are angled also....see image below, coincidentally, another one with abalone. They are more work and require some fixturing to get a good tight glue up...this was a rare case of me doing it for a spec knife, not a customer request.

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  18. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 3, 2019
    Beautiful. On my “learning list” is making those colored multi-part Wa handles. Very impressive work CH!
     
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  19. DrHenley

    DrHenley

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    May 31, 2019
    Next up is a chef's knife in AEB-L I am making for my sister for Christmas. I made several prototypes and adjusted some dimensions and at the bottom is the final prototype. The prototype is flat ground but I decided the blade was too light and also getting it perfectly flat was not worth the work involved, so the first "production" knife has a slight convex grind. Also, the camera angle makes it look like the production knife is shorter than the production knife, but actually it's longer. The tip geometry won't be completed until later. I find that I end up losing some of the tip, so I left it long.

    Three sisters, so I still have two more to make after this one.

    The scales are stabilized spalted oak, finished with bar counter type epoxy finish to make sure it is fully encapsulated and waterproof. Quite striking - the picture doesn't even do it justice.
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    The prototype is 62HRC with a 10 DPS edge and a 15 DPS microbevel. I hope to get the production knife up to that hardness also.

    Push cutting ripe tomatoes? NO PROBLEM!

     
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  20. torqueguy

    torqueguy Pocket Puukko Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

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    Oct 19, 2007
    Pickled Marlin and Ramsfoot fresh off the bench. Love this knife, never carried it because I was afraid of spoiling the shine.

    Then I remembered the casehardening and decided to just use the knife for a few weeks. Spread butter and jam, mayo, sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, salami, cheese, onions, garlic etc. Never washed it, just wiped it off with a little olive oil.

    Not afraid to carry it anymore

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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019
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