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First Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by propane_cooker, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    Well it seems like it took awhile but I have finally completed my first knife. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Hopefully I can make improvements with the next one I make. This knife is made out of O1 and I did the bevel with a file and jig. I left some pretty heavy marks in it that I had a difficult time getting out by sanding. I'm a little disappointed in the appearance of the blade, I spent a lot of time hand sanding and it still didn't turn out with a nice 400 grit satin finish I was hoping for. I used a coffee can forge with a propane torch to get it up past non magnetic, then quenched it in canola oil. I basically draw filed a 20 degree secondary bevel for the edge and then refined and sharpened it with a medium grit and fine grit stone. It was then stropped on leather with no compound, it will shave hair and seems like it keeps an edge pretty well ( carved up some cardboard and hacked away at some 2X4s). The handle is black walnut and it came out really nice, went for a coke bottle style. I sanded it up to 320 and then applied 6 coats of tung oil with fine steel wool in between, then I waxed it with "greenland wax" a mix of beeswax and paraffin wax and hand buffed it. The only thing about the handle is I would have liked it to be a little bit bigger. When I was shaping the steel itself I lost more depth than I wanted. It fits my hand really well but I have smallish hands. I have learned quite a few things doing this knife, one is to start with 80 grit sand paper and get all the file marks out before heat treat. The other is to cut out the knife handle with a little extra material and then grind it back to the pattern. For heat treat I think I may move to using MAP gas to get a little extra heat and will pay closer attention to the temperature of the canola quench oil (just stuck a heated bolt in this time with no thermometer). I have noticed that the blade seems to scratch fairly easily... any thoughts on that? Please feel free to give constructive criticism and any tips for the future. Thanks. (I know the pictures aren't the best, maybe I will take some more in the daylight. Also I know if I sign up for one of the image services I can include the pictures in the post but I just want to stick with google drive for now).

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4dDI1U2FPQXByQmM
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4N3o1eFdiTHpSSlE
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4OVBnZ0dNYXJyS28
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4d1ItMUxBUlRocDQ
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4ZW5wdDVlYldQd3c
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4QkJSV283dFZoQ2s
     
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  2. Olivier L'Heureux

    Olivier L'Heureux New Member

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    This is truly your First Knife ?! Wow... I love the blade style and the whole shaping is really clean. Congrats!
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Love the shape of the handle. The little "horn" upsweep on the end is awesome. Nicely done. Way cleaner than my first ones.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    took a couple tries but, right click select properties and copy/paste URL into picture tag at top of this box.

    Looking pretty good for a first knife, better keep that as a reminder of where you started
     
  5. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    Thanks John. I'll do that from now on for pictures. I kind of got into this knife making thing to make wedding gifts for my two brothers, this one is supposed to go to my younger brother who doesn't have a fixed blade knife. Will eventually try my hand at leather sheath making as well so he has a way to carry it around.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I think it looks pretty damn good for a first knife and people send me a lot photos of their first knives. Not just the finish, but the functionality. Like something that will be useful Good job!

    Dan
     
  7. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Will for your first one that is top notch. Nothing wrong with that knife even if it was your 10th one.
    Nice work.
     
  8. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    very nice job for your first knife!! nice clean lines.
     
  9. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone.
     

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