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First Attempt At Filework

Discussion in 'Filework' started by Eric B, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    hello everyone new here on the forums so thought i would share my first attempt at
    filework. i chose an s pattern and am pretty happy with the way turned out.

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  2. parker

    parker Active Member

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    nice work, the ''S'' are nice and uniform. sharp looking knife ;)
     
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  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    very nice work. my first "S" attempt was more humorous than functional
     
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  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    That looks really good Eric!
     
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  5. ConnorBC

    ConnorBC Active Member

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    Eric B...

    You have file skills! Looks great! :) That blade looks fantastic also!
     
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  6. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks for all the great replies guys!
     
  7. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Very, very nice work Eric...I think I am going to have a go at file work now, thanks for the inspiration!

    Griff.
     
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  8. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    super clean filing Eric. Nice work for sure. I just tried my first couple of attempts at filing a few weeks back. One turned out decent but the other, not so much. You're nailing it first time through. You should be proud.
     
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  9. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks griff and your welcome for the inspiration! hope to see your progress!

    thanks todd!!
     
  10. ConnorBC

    ConnorBC Active Member

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    Makes me want to get using my files again! I really like that blade Eric! It's very well proportioned. Is it your design?
     
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  11. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks connor! no its not my design i got it from dcknives blogspot. there are many templates to chose from plus lots of info as well!
    i hope to see alot more pics in this column soon
     
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  12. ConnorBC

    ConnorBC Active Member

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    I feel like a kid unwrapping gifts every time I see someone post another finished blade! :) I've been without a smithy for too long! I'm anxious for Fall and to get grinding again. Im toying with the idea of putting a wood fireplace in my smithy... My Labs are all dieing to be "shop dogs" and I think having them content in front of the fire might be inspiring! :)

    You chose a nice design to build from. Im a folder guy, but I've found a HUGE new appreciation for fixed blades.
     
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  13. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    i love folding knives too. But, I have to say, I'm very "gun shy" towards them. I had a really bad accident a couple of years back where a locking mechanism on a Gerber folder i had failed and it almost cut through my finger. It didn't make it all the way through the bone so the vital nerves and arteries etc. were saved. But every time i try to use a folder now for any "real" work, i get super nervous. I am determined to make some folders but i don't know that i'll use one anytime soon.

    I guess this really belongs under the Pysch heading on the forum.
     
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  14. ConnorBC

    ConnorBC Active Member

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    I completely understand your being gun shy! I too had the same type of accident many years ago. When I started making folders, I went searching for a strong lock mechanism that wouldn't produce the same injuries as in the past. While searching, I found the Instructional DVD's by Allen Elishewitz on Chris Crawford's website and it changed the way I design and build folders forever. In my opinion, Allen makes THE strongest liner locks available. If you search for his lock testing videos on YouTube, you'll see what I mean. The force he puts on his locks before they fail is amazing! I build my locks this same way and haven't deviated from it. My knife designs have changed, but never the lock. I'm not interested in increasing my "stitch count" any time soon! :roflmao
     
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  15. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Same accident here and basically stay away from folders for any cutting that takes any amount of force, basically use one as a box opener and that's it
     
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  16. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys Connor, John. This is one of those things i can't quite shake. As luck would have it, this cut that almost left me fingerless happened only 3-4 months after I had yet another shop accident. This was a table saw problem and it removed the end of the same finger from the base of the nail up. I was really unnerved by the knife accident because I was still recovering from the table saw incident and it felt like somebody or something really didn't want me to have a right index finger anymore. It really freaked me out. I'm still really interested in creating friction folders. Especially some of the more primitive/historic styles but, I really don't see myself using it. I'm lucky to be where i am with it. I have 80% of the finger, it basically still works (with a few new quirks). I'm an I.T. guy so typing is an essential thing for me. Anyway, there are plenty more people who deal with more serious challenges than me and my silly finger. Thanks for listening, sorry for posting this in the wrong spot (as i said, we need a Psychiatry section, or maybe Counselling : )
     
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  17. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    coming from someone who has cut off 4 fingers right to the 2nd knuckle and having only my index finger reattached,i hope what happened to you doesnt
    stop you from trying new things cause they can be great!!! ive been working on a liner lock folder for a few months now trying to figure out how everything works together and its coming along pretty good,all ive got so far is aluminum handle and a junk piece of steel for a blade with detent in and an accurate
    groove with a 1/8 stop pin in place.
     
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  18. ConnorBC

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    That's awesome Eric! I can't wait to see it! I for one, am super happy you didn't let the digit loss stop you. Your blade work is great!
     
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  19. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Cool man. Don't take this wrong but, your story actually helps me a bit. Some instant perspective is always good. Thanks Eric.
     
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  20. cuatroXcuatro

    cuatroXcuatro Active Member

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    Nice looking wish the picture was bigger so I could get a better look. Had a swiss army knife fold on my finger back in high school, just enough for a couple of stitches. Have carried a leatherman now for years. A few months ago I sent one back because the locking mechanism wasn't holding anymore due to it's wear on the base of the blade. They sent me a new one, so now I have 2 because I couldn't go without one and I had bought a second.
     
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