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

  1. Nick Curtis

    Nick Curtis

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    Dec 23, 2019
    How thick do you make the wood inbetween the blade and magnet? Do you have any issues with the knife not sticking well or with the wood coming loose?
     
  2. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    I make this afternoon this small knife for one old women ,neighbors . She will use it for aplle and things like that .It is 1.2mm HSS steel , hollow grind ,very thin on edge and scary sharp.Now i wonder should i give it this knife ? I m afraid that she will cut fingers ..........? I promised her I'd make her a knife, now I don't know what to do ?
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  3. Storm W

    Storm W

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    Feb 19, 2019
    I haven't made many knives for awhile. Since I moved I haven't been able to use my oven so the knives I have made are mostly ground out of old failures. These are far from perfect but they have pretty handles. The spalted maple was made by @weo and it looks great. If anyone has some pointers about how to improve these I would love to hear them. The handles were cut to shape several years ago and I think I have improved but I would still enjoy feedback on these.

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  4. FredyCro

    FredyCro Basic Member Basic Member

    667
    Jan 11, 2019
    Last two times I sharpened knifes for friends they both cut themselves. I always warn people that they are sharp.

    I would warn the lady that the knife is sharp, if she still cooks she will appreciate that great little knife a lot. My mom cooks every day and uses ONLY a small pairing knife like that. She uses a lot of multi tools for chopping these days but back in the day that small knife was everything she used (I think she is afraid of the big knives but doesn't want to admit it).

    Both look like simple, well executed designs to me. Good job :)
     
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  5. Nick-D

    Nick-D

    86
    Apr 17, 2017
    Finally got a bit of time in the shop, been hard between knee surgery, crazy work and all sorts of extra curriculars.
    Pretty happy with the end result of this, started out from a scrap piece of 1095 which I decided to do a learn build on with the expectation that it would likely end up in the reject pile.
    First (intentional) hamon, first makers mark with the new DIY etcher, full zero grind on thin stock, definately a lazer!
    Simple black g10 handle, hidden pins and micarta liners.

    Bit of a hybrid between a bunka and K tip, will be a fine work user in my kitchen.
    Feedback and advice as always welcome.
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  6. Nick-D

    Nick-D

    86
    Apr 17, 2017
    Look good to me!

    THe handle proportions are nicer (at least to my eye) on the first knife, the second has a bit much belly IMO. Im betting it fits the hand well though. Lovely pieces of timber on both!
     
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  7. Storm W

    Storm W

    635
    Feb 19, 2019
    It didn't have as much belly but I was worried that there wasn't enough inset from the blade, especially since I didn't do a plunge grind. I don't know how to deal with that short of making the blade wider.

    The wood was great. I hope someday @weo is able to make more. He was super generous when I was buying it from him and he did a great job. Everyone who has a knife with it loves it. I have one family member who wanted it instead of redwood burl.
     
  8. Storm W

    Storm W

    635
    Feb 19, 2019
    The blade style isn't my thing but I lean more to European style blades. I like the cool hamon and I love the handle shape. It's kinda like what I like for my handles but yours is much better. Nice knife!
     
  9. Blackdirt cowboy

    Blackdirt cowboy

    283
    Oct 29, 2015
    Took delivery of this bad boy today.

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  10. HSC ///

    HSC ///

    Nov 7, 2012
    Recent work

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  11. FredyCro

    FredyCro Basic Member Basic Member

    667
    Jan 11, 2019
    You really work on a serious pace! All on point, but your wrought iron San Mais are really nice.
     
  12. HSC ///

    HSC ///

    Nov 7, 2012
    18 knives made in February... not all sold. It’s a record for me. I worked every day except for two days to visit my daughter

    it’s not the best way and I need better balance but I’m on a mission
     
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  13. TheEdge01

    TheEdge01

    Apr 3, 2015
    Here’s a drop point hunter im finishing up. It has a 15N20 carbon steel blade, Purple Heart scales, black micarta liners, and copper hardware.
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  14. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    A good friend asked me to carve up a coin to commemorate his kitty, Opie...I was happy to oblige :) (even though the reason is sad:()

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  15. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

    676
    Jun 15, 2012
    I'm working on this pretty beefy A8 Mod blade. 150 mm long, 4.4 mm at the spine. First of its kind for me.
    How thin would you make a blade like this at the edge before sharpening?
    It's supposed to be some heavy duty kind of survivalish knife...
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  16. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Cool idea preserving the coin date.

    I made a lot of extra cash back in the 70's and 80's hand engraving 100 year old "Potty Dollars" from old seated liberty coins. Back then the old worn coins were worth about $2, but once undressed, brought about $40-50. Sometimes I would engrave the whole surface with the bathroom wall with wallpaper, a picture on the wall, and a window with trees outside. Those brought $75.
    I won't describe what some engravers did with the eagle on the back.
    A good engraver could also have fun with a walking liberty dollar.
    If anyone doesn't know about potty dollars, just google images of potty dollars. Most are pretty plain, but some can get downright artistic.
     
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  17. DeadboxHero

    DeadboxHero KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 22, 2014
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  18. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I've seen those Stacy, I'll have to pick some up when silver prices calm down again. Some of the crazy coin carving these days...little mechanisms and stuff, really amazing.
     
  19. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
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  20. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wanna see some crazy coin carving? Look up Shaun Hughes Engraving on YouTube. He's pretty good.
     
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