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First Post First Knife

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Charlie, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie New Member

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    Hello everybody,

    I've been lurking through the forum for a while now and figured I might as well sign up. It seems like there is a lot of friendly knowledge here. I decided to take a crack at making a knife but I wanted to keep my budget at about $0 for my first one. I had a couple of files and a good selection of sandpaper. I made the handle scales out of some rags and resin that was left over from a previous project. And used my old charcoal smoker to anneal and heat treat. I thought it turned out ok for a first attempt, my wife thinks I am a psycho who wasted a perfectly good weekend in the garage making something I don't need. How does it look to you guys? Point out anything that I should improve on my next attempt.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Trying to do this on my phone and not sure I'm posting images property.
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Welcome Charlie,

    You've caught the knifemaking bug!

    :eek: Lurking in knifemaking forums is a sure fire sign you are going to slide down the slippery slope that has lead us, yes every one of us, here to this...


    Try imgr, photobucket, google images, or any cloud storage to store your images. Once uploaded you can link to them back here and we can see them.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dan
     
  3. Charlie

    Charlie New Member

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    Thanks for the help. Sorry about my crappy photography skills.
     
  4. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    Very nice first knife and welcome to the forum. Lots of knowledge around here and the people are great. Looking forward to number two.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    For a first knife I'd say well done! I can't think of a better use for an old file. The shape of the handle looks comfortable and like it will stay firmly in the hand when used hard. The blade geometry appears to be good. How does it perform?

    Use it to butter some toast and see if the wife looks at you like you're from outer space! LOL

    Dan
     
  6. Prevenge

    Prevenge Member

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    I approve! Welcome fellow lurker and good job on the knife. Its a dandy first and the fact you made your own scales is very cool. I think they look great and your pins are nice and beefy. The blade looks good too ...only thing i might have done different would have been to bring the plunge lines back toward the handle a tad but that is just my personal preference and purely cosmetic.

    I am sure your wife will come around...but if not then do you really need that kind of negativity in your life? Haha just kidding.
     
  7. Charlie

    Charlie New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it. The beefy pins I harvested from a paint roller handle.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    another pin material from salvage is the colored fiberglass rods from kits.
     
  9. Prevenge

    Prevenge Member

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    Kits? What kinda kits John? I am all about that salvage haha
     
  10. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Apparently the small kites for kids and some larger ones have fiberglass rods. Only ever saw black myself but there are several colors available

    auto correct or fat fingered Kites
     
  11. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I got a large supply of stainless 1/8" pin stock from a set of fondue forks at the Salvation Army for $2.
     
  12. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Well that is a mighty fine first knife sir! Good job!
     
  13. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Well done on your first knife. You made your own scales as well. Way to go and welcome to the forum.
     
  14. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Really well done, Charlie, especially since you were relying a lot on good old elbow grease as opposed to mechanical grinders like a lot of others use. For the record, my wife also viewed my knifemaking hobby with a bit of trepidation at first. I saw myself making tools that could be put to good use. She saw weapons being built in the garage. Then I made her a couple of kitchen knives and now she's my biggest supporter.

    Where do you call home, Charlie?

    Jim T
     
  15. Charlie

    Charlie New Member

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    Thanks for the positive responses! Caledonia Ontario is my hometown.
     
  16. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    Welcome Charlie, great job neighbour, I'm in Hamilton
     
  17. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Very nice will done .Make the next one for your wife .
     
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