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Bushcraft knife kith

Discussion in '2015 Spring KITH' started by dancom, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    This is a call to all CanadianKnifemaker.ca members, be ye seasoned or be ye newbie.

    We are starting a KITH with a focus on a 'bushcraft style' knife of your own size, materials and specifications. Being that this type of knife is meant to be carried while camping, hiking and general activities out-of-doors, a sheath is also highly desirable. These types of knives also gain respect in simplicity.

    For the uninitiated, a KITH or "Knife In The Hat" is a random draw. Each member who enters a knife will be asked to send that finished knife (via post) to another member who is also participating. The drawing of "knives from the hat" will be of a random generation of the final list. Of course, the 'hat' does not really exist, but is a virtual hat.
    • This KITH is open to all members.
    • Participation is 100% voluntary.
    • One photo of the finished item(s) is to be submitted by the maker to the forum.
    • We'd like to close this KITH on April 30th, 2015. So all photos in before the draw.
    You may also post your photos of work in process so that others may be inspired.

    Again, this is voluntary. Kindly advise in this topic if you'd like to participate. Also, if you need to back out for whatever unforeseen reason, this is completely understandable. As a courtesy, we ask that you let the other participants know that you are out.

    As the coordinator, I will be availing my email address to everyone so that we can collect the mailing addresses of each of the participants. You will be instructed after closing who to send your finished knife to. It would be great if this was kept secret until the recipient gets the knife.

    The hat is HUGE and can hold a lot of knives. Hopefully we fill it up before the end of April!

    Please use this thread for general KITH discussion.

    As in the past, each participant can open a new thread to display/discuss his/her knife.

    All the best!

    Dan
     
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I am in.

    Dan
     
  3. Jim T

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    END of April??? All right! Count me in, Dan, and thanks for taking on the organizing chore for this one!

    Jim T
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Thanks Jim!

    Yes, end of April means that a few more can get in. More makers makes it more fun!

    Dan
     
  5. Roman

    Roman Best Leatherwork Best Build

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    I would like to participate, but right now there is too much on my plate. I will know better by the end of February... Most likely I will.
     
  6. Icho-

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    I'm in. I may even start drawing something up tonight.
     
  7. shadman

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    I am in
    Greg
     
  8. Jim T

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    Well, that's four of us so far. Come on everyone, jump in! Like Dan says, the more the merrier! Doesn't matter if you're a novice or a veteran of the craft. It's all in the name of fun!

    Jim T
     
  9. Grayzer86

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    With a time frame like that, i am in. Finished garage wiring and tied in my sub panel yesterday, lights are up, insulation is and drywall is done, and the heat is on. All thats left is to wire up my new motor and VFD and get back at er. Cant wait. Might even put pencil to paper tonight and see what i come up with for a start.
     
  10. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Ya lots of time to get on it.

    I am reading conflicting reports about being able to strike a fire starter (flint type) with stainless steel.
    Most bushcraft knives I've looked at are high carbon, with very few being stainless.

    Does anyone have any experience using a fire starter on stainless?

    Dan

    P.S. It may also be a nice feature if a fire starter was fitted into the sheath somewhere.
     
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  11. Grayzer86

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    Many say a ferro rod cant be lit with a stainless knife. its not true in reality. A ferro rod can throw sparks from a carbon or stainless knife, a rock, or even a piece of broken glass. Anything harder than the rod will scrape off pieces. Carbon content of the striker has very little to do with it, it just needs to be a sharp corner and harder than the rod. The material has a super low ignition point in small particles so basically anything that can create friction and particles will work
     
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  12. Icho-

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    Good to see you guys getting in on the kith. Hopefully more keep joining. I have a 440c knife that I beat on that I will try on a magnesium fire starter as long as I can find the the fire starter. I was already considering different fire starters and how to attach them..... Many options.
     
  13. Jim T

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    "Most bushcraft knives I've looked at are high carbon..."

    Wait, what? A bushcraft knife is made with high carbon steel? As opposed to stainless steel, I mean? Didn't know that. I was going to use some CPM 154 for my KITH knife. Well, I guess I can always grab that chunk of 01 that's been sitting on my shelf.

    Might be a moot point though, unless I can actually get halfway proficient pulling off a scandi grind. Been practicing on some scrap steel, first using a tool rest and then trying it freehand. I suck in both cases. Getting that grind even and symmetrical on both sides is proving to be a real challenge. Any tips or tricks you guys care to share with a frustrated novice?

    Jim T
     
  14. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Jim, I am going to use some 154CM as well.

    Haha, join the of club of sucking at free-hand grinding. I do my grinding as best as I can free hand, then I get out the files and touch up here and there. It's not perfect, but each time it's getting better.

    Dan
     
  15. Roman

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    Today I received a package from Randal with three blades. Two of them are for puukko knives for customers, but the third... This is something special! Exactly what I wanted, but a bit better... :)

    Guys, I'm so much in! :)
     
  16. dancom

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  17. Jim T

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    Good for you, Roman!
     
  18. Icho-

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    Good to hear Roman! Do we get to see? :)
     
  19. Roman

    Roman Best Leatherwork Best Build

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    Absolutely! When the time comes... :)
     
  20. jeff

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    just posted a pic of what i started I'm in
     

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