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New From Toronto

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EzraM, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. EzraM

    EzraM New Member

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    Hi all! Glad to be here.

    I'm a total newbie from Toronto. Only very recently decided to make my first knife (pictured).

    I hope it's okay to post pictures?

    Blade is 01 steel. The scales are oak. I mostly made it just to see if I could.

    I only used a hack saw, loads of sand paper, a coping saw, and a bunch of files, with a home made filing jig. Also hardened and tempered.

    It's not a well balanced blade. The handle is too short for the blade length. And the blade is a bit stabby, if I'm honest.

    It's plenty sharp though. I used a lansky 5 stone system to sharpen it. Sharp enough to shave.

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  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Go Leafs!!! Welcome Ezra. I'd say you're on your way. For a first knife, it looks pretty dang good to me. And, as you said, it will cut so...what else do you really want from a knife? The rest will come with time. I always tell everybody, if you aren't patient or don't want to learn then knife making isn't for you. Years and years... and then.... more years... then possibly.... nope, a few more years... and then you make something that resembles, well..something not that different from your first... just kidding, you'll get there but it does take time. And don't rush it! That was the first lesson I had to learn. I kept trying to pack too much into a single shop session and I made some doozy mistakes. Take your time, think, be safe and the rest will come with practice. And ask these guys lots of questions. I'll help when i can but I'm still really a noob too. The smartest move you've made so far is joining this forum. Lots of help and talent here. Have fun Ezra!!
     
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  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Are you using a Dell laptop as a chopping block? Kinda looks that way..
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to CKM. I think it looks like a decent knife. As ToddR says, if it cuts and stays sharp, it's a success.

    You've already learned a lot from this first knife. You know how to make a blade and make it sharp. And you've learned enough to think critically about the balance and symmetry. That is pretty much the formula for success; you make a knife, you learn from it, and then you make a better one.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Welcome Ezra. I have seen a lot of first knives and yours is certainly among the better ones. I certainly appreciate the effort you put in.


    Dan
     
  6. EzraM

    EzraM New Member

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    Thanks so much for the support! I really appreciate it. This forum seems very informative and I glad to get any input and response. Thanks again! :)

    habks so much
     
  7. EzraM

    EzraM New Member

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    LOL no. But I think I just might! I’m using Linux (Ubuntu) on it, other wise windows 10 would show it to a crawl!

     
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    EzraM New Member

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    That is high praise! I really appreciate that. Thanks!

    Next up are a bushcraft, and skinning for a hunter friend.

     
  9. EzraM

    EzraM New Member

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    Thank you indeed!

    I actually went through breaking down about 20 cardboard boxes (most used for produce) so I could stack and tie them up. Still made a few curls in wood and cut through paper relatively well. No shaving though and tore a phone book page rather than slicing.

    You’re very right I did learn a lot. Freshly sharpened knives are bloody sharp and should be handled with caution. I learned that the hard way.

     
  10. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    A fellow Linux nerd... I'm a RHEL, Fedora, CentOS guy myself... only because i use it so much at work. I do use Ubuntu at home for media servers and the like.
     
  11. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I've tried Ubuntu but I never really got on with it. I prefer CentOS for servers and Fedora for desktops. I did up a Fedora laptop with Gnome for my old mum a couple of years ago and she loved it.
     
  12. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Myth two things... we have to have a chat about IT stuff some time. It sounds like we have more than one common hobby. That is if i'm correct in assuming you're a pc tinkerer/media server builder/spare parts collector/see what you can build but never use it because building it is the fun part anyway - kinda guy. The second is, I'm detecting a bit of English-ness (English-osity, UK-ism..??) in your lingo. Are you from the UK? I have people on my team from the UK. Just curious.
     
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  13. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I am a bit of a hacker (in the old sense of the term), and definitely a spare parts collector (you never know when a 10-year-old sound card will come in handy...) But I always have a practical reason for making things -- well, it seems practical at the time, anyway. If nothing else, it keeps my old brain from liquifying completely. And no, I'm not British, though my family, on my dad's side is. I seem to have inherited or otherwise picked up some of it through osmosis.
     
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    EzraM New Member

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    I wish I could consider myself a Nerd-of-Linux, alas the only reason I have it is because I didn't want to buy a new copy of Windows. Nevertheless, I like it a lot. For my purposes, mostly just internet browsing, word processing, and the like, it's more than enough. I should learn more about it though as I plan to install it on my next laptop.
     
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    It seems like such a waste to throw away pieces of technology that still function. It's like throwing away an old book, really, the information may not be up to date but it still contains knowledge.
     
  16. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    You no longer have to be a total geek or propellor head to enjoy Linux. It's become mainstream enough that anyone can install and use it for everyday computing -- which is just what the creators were hoping for. So don't feel like you're missing out by not being some sort of command-line warrior. It nice to know, though, that if you have more technical needs, the OS has the tools to meet them.

    That! ^^

    Plus there's the option to make some art deco sculptures from those 27 network cards....
     
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    EzraM New Member

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    Hey does anyone know where I can get liner material (like G10) for handles, in Canada? I tried Amazon.com but none ship to Canada. Thoughts?
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    What he said ^^ They are reliable and good.
     
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