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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wishalot, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Thank you for having me from Eastern Ontario. While I am interested in knives, the craftsmanship of making them is beyond my reach. Lately, however, I have been creating blade shapes of my preference from already homemade knives from Grandfathers' years which involves the steel cutting, re-shaping and rehandling with old broken hickory axe handles, using hand tools. I found this site while checking out knife handle finishes and more than honoured to join. My thanks to all those experts who design, and turn out such beautiful pieces of art and utility.
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to Canadian Knifemaker.

    Don't count yourself out of being a knifemaker. If you have the tools and skills to reshape and rehandle an old blade, you've got the basics for making new ones.
     
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  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Welcome to the group. You may make a knife yet. I was in the same position as you once. I didn't think I had it in me. I was a woodworker but working with metal scared me to death. Now, I'm not great at it but I enjoy it a lot and I can make things that look decent and cut.
     
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  5. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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  6. Wishalot

    Wishalot New Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement, Todd and Myth. I sort of wish I was a way back in years to get interested in this pastime, however, am really enjoying this so far. I still have no comfort level with power tools, but files, hacksaws, etc, work ok, just take a mighty long time. I am nearing completion with my first endeavor - working on a leather sheath, final sharpening, etc,.
     
  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I hear you on that. I can use a 2x72 grinder but I still struggle with making uniform plunge lines and bevels. I'm seriously thinking about making a grinding jig for a file and doing it by hand. I've watched some great Youtube videos on how to do this and, yeah, it seems to work fantastic. Good luck Wish.
     
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    One way to help with the plunge lines is to make a simple clamp on guide. I made one from an old farrier's rasp and some nuts and bolts. I use that to help my eye align the edge of the belt and keep the left and right sides lined up. The belt really doesn't touch the guide so much as it's more of a visual thing. Once your muscle memory gets the hang how the blade is to be held and moved you can choose not to use the guide. I still use it on some style of knives.
     
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  9. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    There are a lot of really good makers who only use hand tools. Despite the time it takes, I still prefer the feel of using files over my belt grinder.
     
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