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Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Brad, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    Here is the hardest knife I have done yet. Just under 10" blade of 5160, triple edge quenched. The handle is layered fabric, green, brown, and digital cammo.
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    What do you think
    Brad
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    To quote Crocodile Dundee, "Now THAT'S a knife!"

    It looks like a great competition cutter. I like the slight cant to the handle, which also looks comfortable to hold. I'd love to see a couple more pictures in natural light. I don't think the ones you have do justice to the blade.

    How thick is the blade?
     
  3. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    The knife is 1\4" blade the handle has a slight distal taper. Balance is about 1" in front of the handle. Taking a picture of this thing has been a struggle. I like to take pictures in my backyard, but I can't get my camera to focus on the knife.
     
  4. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    +1 on the outside pics. Take the knife outside around midday on an overcast day and get pics then. If it's a clear day you can use an opaque tummerware tub (the big ones) with a hole cut in it for the camera lens.

    Yes...both ideas were shamelessly stolen from other SKG members.:D
     
  5. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    I try to take all my pictures outside or at least in the light from a window. It's not always an option of course.

    One thing that can really help is decent photo editing software.

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    GIMP works, and it's free.
     
  6. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    Thanks for the photo tips, I need all the help I can get with a camera. I will have to look for a white tub.

    Rob that pic you edited looks much better than mine and just like the knife! Good job.
     
  7. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Shooting photos on an overcast day is definitely the best. You can also use a sheet of white paper held above to diffuse direct sunlight. Printer paper taped to pieces of cardboard also make really good reflectors. You can position them around the knife to get rid of dark shadows. Make sure you've set a low ISO setting (100 is great for outdoors) and use the highest quality setting your camera has. If you have the option, shoot using RAW rather than Jpeg.

    +1 on Gimp. It's great free software and does everything Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can do. (Warning: it takes just as long to learn how to use effectively, too.)
     
  8. Rob Holm

    Rob Holm New Member

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    Glad you approve. All I did was mess with the colour balance a bit.

    +1 on overcast days or a spot with even shadows.
     

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