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The School Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by BigUglyMan, May 2, 2018.

  1. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    This design is the knife that my Dad first made while he went to Ray Fehler's knifemaking course which is really what started me down this dark path. A fellow cowboy from Alberta saw the previous husband and wife knives and asked to see some patterns. Patterns, well, I am well stocked with patterns! So I sent him a photo that matched his request and laid out some handle material. I think he chose pretty well, though I'm likely biased!

    My frustration of not knowing exactly what the handle material is didn't hurt his feelings at all. Stainless bolsters were in the offing though I did screw up and use Nickel Silver pins instead of 416. In the end I think the pins, despite their slight colour difference and slight reading, look pretty good. The bolster, when butted against the handle material at 90 degrees, looked like hell. In fact, that might have been charitable. But when a 45 degree angle was applied I think they turned out quite nicely. Normally I would have used a spacer at the spine, but I'm actually glad that I didn't.

    So, overall, I'm quite pleased with myself on this. And I'm quite happy that I was able to use what, to the outside world is just another Loveless-esque drop point, is actually the knife that, a dozen or so years ago, started my family into knifemaking.

    So the stats... Mystery burl handle, O1 steel satin finished, 416 Bolster and pins (with nickel silver pins in the bolster because I'm a moron). If you think you recognize the mystery burl, please feel free to let me know!

    Oh, you probably want photos.
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Nice job on the clean scarf joints. Looks real tidy. Sorry can't help on the mystery wood. Looks delicious though.

    Dan
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    WOW!! That is a beaut!! I like everything about that knife. Love the shape of the handle, the type of wood (whatever it is), and the blade geometry. Only thing missing is a choil ( joking, joking... i read your feelings on choils.. : )
     
  4. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I told the purchaser before I even got to gluing it up that I thought he might be out of luck...I liked the knife so much I might have kept it!
     

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