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First 2 knives

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Alexander13, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Alexander13

    Alexander13 Member

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    After months of learning, researching and trial and error, I've finished my first 2 knives. Both are stock removal made from old nicholson files, selective quenched using "the $50 knife shop" goop method, and the etched in white vinegar for 24 hrs.

    The first is stabilized reclaimed white oak, with brass pins and a little file work. OAL is 7", blade length 3 5/8".

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    This second knife is pretty much the same, stock removal method, goop edge quenched and vinegar etched. It has a Rosewood handle, stainless pins and a beautiful (my opinion) hamon. OAL is 9 3/4", with a blade length of 5".

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    Both were edge tested using the brass rod method and passed, so hopefully they'll keep a nice edge when fully sharpened. Right now I have done a basic sharpening on them so I could test the edge, but am going to go back and really sharpen them. I also have to make sheaths but that'll come after I finish the Viking KITH knives. Then I have to put my mark on them, which I'm still finalizing.

    Thanks for looking and all comments, criticism or advice are appreciated.
    Joel
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    After months of learning, I'd say you should go to the head of the class. Excellent job on both of them. I like the design of both (though I'm partial to the first) and the fit and finish looks great. I can't find anything in the pictures to criticize.
     
  3. stevebates

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    Looks pretty sweet...Great job!!!
     
  4. Icho-

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    Excellent job on both knives! !
     
  5. shadman

    shadman Member

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    love the look and choice of materials-beautiful lines on both
     
  6. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Well done. I'm a sucker for a hamon.
     
  7. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I'm fan of the second one especially. The hamon looks great, the only suggestion I would make is to maybe do a slightly deeper quench next time just to move the transition a bit farther up the blade away from the edge. There is nothing wrong with that, it just leaves less chance of error or running back into the softer steel after years of use and sharpening.
     
  8. metal99

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    Very well done!
     
  9. Alexander13

    Alexander13 Member

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    Thanks for all the comments guys. A great suggestion Grayzer, that never even crossed my mind, but it's there now. I also wanted to say thanks for all the information and inspiration that everyone's provided, it's been a great help!!
     

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