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A New Design Idea. Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Big Bear, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Big Bear

    Big Bear New Member

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    I had a small piece of O1 left over and I couldn't just sit around and wait till I get more so I tried something a little different. (please excuse my big grubby mitts, a hand model I ain't)

    I guess you'd call this a "tanto" style blade but I'm not sure. I was feeling inspired by Japanese swords. Overall it's about 8" long with ebony scales. Glue clean-up was a pain in the ass, as you can imagine.

    I don't know, it feels pretty comfortable in the hand and the notches along the back really add a lot of thumb grip. I think I'd like to try making one that's about 10 to 15% bigger if I do it again.

    Anyway, it's sharp as hell, that's the main thing I guess.

    Any feedback, constructive criticism would be much appreciated.

    Cheers!
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think it looks great!
     
  3. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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    Something to be said for nice straight lines. Saw the first pic and went "I like that!"
    Looks like a knife that would actually get used. Good general size and it looks like it fits nice.
     
  4. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    I like it! we both recycle like Sanford & Son! :)
    Never trough does scrap pieces away!
     
  5. SoberEdge

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    I like it as well, a good utility blade. Nice work!!
     
  6. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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  7. Grizz Axxemann

    Grizz Axxemann Active Member

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    I'd prefer a thicker, meatier handle, but that's because I have massive mitts. That there though... it just looks good all around. The little bitty scales and overall skinny profile just work.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a nice clean design
     
  9. Big Bear

    Big Bear New Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement. Admittedly the handle is a bit narrow at only 1". My wife says it fits her hand perfectly but, like you, it's a bit small for my paws. I made a template of it scaled up 15% and it's a better fit for me.
     
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  10. Big Bear

    Big Bear New Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your feedback guys. Much appreciated. The impression I'm getting is that the proportions look right, which is great. Time to get some more steel and make a couple more to iron out the kinks and get the scale right. But I think that's gonna have to wait till I get a grinder cause I'm getting sick of all the filing!
     
  11. krash-bang

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    Very nice, I like it. Simple lines, it's beautiful. Really like that soft false edge, must have been hard to get that to go straight.
     
  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    That file work is growing on me. mostly because the fancy stuff is a lot of hard work:whistling and really over done on some knives
     
  13. Big Bear

    Big Bear New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback! I have to admit the false edge was a pain and didn't end up quite as symmetrical as I would have liked. Pretty sure it would be a snap with a grinder. Narrowing down my choices on which one to get.
     

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