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Just Finished My Second Ever Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by bobbybirds, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Hey all!

    So I just finished my second knife ever. I must say that even though there are a ton of mistakes, I am thoroughly enjoying the learning curve! I used a pattern from Mr. Comeau''s blog (fantstic blog sir! Thanks for all the work you do puttiing it out there...), although with all my screw ups it does not really look like I am sure he intended, however I am pleased as punch! As per your blog rules sir, I will buy you some beers one day.

    Anyways, here it is. I made it out of 1/8th thick 1095 carbon steel with cocobolo scales and orange G10 .030 spacers. My picture taking abilities leave a lot to be desired so it doesn't do the orange streaks in the wood combinbed with the spacer colour balance justice, but it looks great in person! Take my word for it... Haha!



    Anyhow, any comments positive or negative will be greatly appreciated! I can always use some sound advice...



    Bob



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  2. Icho-

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    That turned out great! Is the sheath next? ☺
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    looking good, was wondering what that wood would look like finished.
     
  4. Putterer

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    Great job on number 2 Bob. Can't see any mistakes from where I'm sitting, so don't worry about it and move on to knife number three with your improved skills.

    Cheers.
    Gary.
     
  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Thanks all!

    The plunge lines are killing me. I just can't seem to get them in clean and crisp. I imagine it is just practice but I want to do it well now! Lol!

    I wish I was better at taking pics. The colour variances in the wood are fantastic! That cocobolo polishes up so smooth and warm it is ridiculous... I was quite please with the subtle pop the orange liners give against the orange streaks in the wood...
     
  6. John Noon

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    same problem with my first grinding job which led eventually to back to back angle iron for holding the blade. Best part is any angle is easy to do and stops can be set up on your grinder so both sides are identical.
     
  7. John Noon

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    For your camera try setting it to SCN (scene) and night scene. if a flash is normally needed this setting will let you shoot without it and the resulting washout of colors. tried it on a fillet knife and results are pretty good. hardest part for me is not getting the camera in the blades reflection
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  8. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Thanks! I will try that...
     
  9. dancom

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    Bob,

    I think it looks great. You did a good job finishing especially around the handle.

    A pattern is a good place to start to work on getting other things right and not have to worry too much about the overall shape. I like the variation you put into it.

    The secondary bevel edge looks like it needs to be set yet, or maybe just looks like that. Once you get the edge on it try it out. Well heat treated 1095 is capable of being stropped to a wicked sharpness.

    Good work!

    Dan
     
  10. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    The only thing still to do is the secondary bevel and sharpen... Good eye! Lol

    I can sharpen quite well already so that is one are I am not sweating. Thanks for the kind words!
     
  11. Roman

    Roman Best Leatherwork Best Build

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    This is really nice knife especially for the second try.
     
  12. krash-bang

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    That's one sleek looking knife, good work!
     
  13. poppa bear

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    Looks great keep up the good work
     

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