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Hello from chilly Sioux Lookout

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bushdriver, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Hello all!

    i am currently living in sioux lookout working as a pilot. I enjoy the outdoors and taking up new hobbies (you can see where this is going). I am interested in learning to make my own knives and hopefully pas some along to friends and family.

    i have not made a knife yet. I am planning to start with a utility design, likely of 1084. I will need to buy some files and other tools but I am fortunate enough to have access to some tools in our hangar.

    I am am happy to listen to all the advice I can get. Current edc is a kabar usmc, partially serrated blade and a leatherman sidekick.

    looks like the crowd on here is super helpful and it doesn't hurt that it's local. My first question; is there a canadian store (with an online presence) that you would recommend for files?

    thank you everyone,
    Ty
     
  2. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Welcome Type. Can't wait to see what you come up with for you first knife and the others to follow. Feel free to ask away if you have any questions. As for files you can probably go to a local hardware store or even Canadian tire. I'm assuming the closest to you is Kenora. Been there once and didn't want to leave. .. Kenora that is not Canadian tire. Lol. Others may have info about online suppliers for files since I just get them locally.
     
  3. Nor'easter

    Nor'easter New Member

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    Hello and welcome.

    For files, most hardware stores stock sub par steel for their files, mostly mexico, braszil, portugal, or other foreign lands.
    Lee Valley has Swiss Grobet files that are nice. As you are in the bush a bit, you might try looking at chainsaw or forestry supply shops. They carry files for chainsaws and axes. Probably find some Sandvik swedish stuff if you are lucky. Vintage Nicholson files are nicce but getting harder to find. They are now made in mexico.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=69904&cat=1,43072,43089

     
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  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to the forums, Bushdriver. Hopefully some of the knives you see here will help warm your heart, if not your feet. A kabar is an interesting choice for an EDC. I considered a bowie once for a couple of minutes, but I thought it might not go over well in a corporate environment ;)

    As Nor'easter said, get some good files if you can. They'll cut nicer and last longer. That said, using the cheaper ones and replacing them more often works just fine too. I've used both and they all get the job done.
     
  5. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    I am very fortunate that my "corporate environment" is trees, lakes, and moose, 1000-8000' in the air:cool:
     
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  7. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Awesome, thank you for the info gentleman!

    Does anyone know if there are any places in canada to get a decent set of arkansas bench stones? I've found a bunch in the states but I prefer to shop canadian if I can. It seems like selection is very slim on our side of the border for anything of decent size.

    rob, I haven't browsed the site in depth yet but am I remembering correctly that you also sell bar stock?
     
  8. skookumrob

    skookumrob New Member

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    Yes we sell 0-1 Flat Stock and drill rod... most seem to prefer the "Generic" as it is cheaper and the quality is good, and there is Starrett brand as well. Thanks for taking a look!
     
  9. Hunterbow Smithy

    Hunterbow Smithy New Member

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    Hi Bushdriver,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Since you are looking for files it is probably safe to assume that your first knife will be stock removal method? So other than files, you are going to need a quench medium when you heat treat your knife and possibly a file guide to assist you in getting the shoulders square where the guard butts up to; unless you are doing a full tang knife without a guard. If you are going to use 1084 for your material then you can use veterinary Mineral Oil to heat treat with. Should be available at most tack shops or agricultural supply stores. Also, if I may make a suggestion, you should get a copy of "The $50 Knife Shop" or "The Wonder of Knife Making" both by Wayne Goddard. I purchased mine from S.I.R. in Winnipeg for about $20 each. Good luck with your project!

    BTW - I am from Dryden and my parents are retired there. Dad is (was) a bush pilot for many years with Wilderness Air in Vermillion Bay.
     
  10. Ryan Ladurantaye

    Ryan Ladurantaye Active Member

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    If you are looking for some different water stones try lee valley. They have a decent selection. I've got my eye on a few. ..... Ah the ever growing want list! Best of luck with your first.
     
  11. Bushdriver

    Bushdriver New Member

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    Thank you for the advice guys!

    Smithy; I I'm planning to use the stock removal method. I have 3 pieces of steel ordered, a piece of O1 that I want to try a straight razor with and two 1084 for general outdoors knives. Depending on how long shaping takes I might also try putting together a basic forge or else I will sent these ones away. Eventually I do plan to do my own heat treat.

    i will look into those books! I know the $50 shop is on iTunes but I don't think the other one is. I'm currently living in a travel trailer until the lady moves up in the spring so most of my work will be done after hours at the hangar.

    Too cool about your old man, such a small world all of these hobbies of ours create! I work at slate falls airways here in the sioux.

    I've also picked up a couple different files. Can't wait to start shaping some metal
     

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