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Mini Cleaver Set Underway

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by bobbybirds, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    My friend who owns Champion Tattoo in Edmonton approached me a while ago about making him and his entire crew a mini knife, all the same, and I am not sure if you all remember but I had trouble coming up with something and in the end made a prototype mini cleaver. Well they all loved it so we decided to ahead!

    I made a blank up exactly how I wanted it and gave it to a machinist buddy of mine to cut in a tattoo style shop name and in the end to save a bit of money and time, he cut out the basic blanks for me. I was torn on doing this but I figured as my tattoo shop buddy wanted them all identical and I hate wasting steel, it made sense to let him CNC the blanks out from my original. I know it is cheating but let's face it. With stock removal, the art is in the design and bevelling and not in the hacksaw... Please don't hate!! Haha!

    Anyhow, as soon as the new grinder is set up (I am soooo antsy!!!) I am going to start beveling. Anyway, here are a few shots. Let me know what you think!

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  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Anytime you make several knives the best way is to CNC the profile or at least bolts all the blanks together and sand to the same profile. The old adage work smarter not harder applies here.
     
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  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    They look great Bob. Looking forward to seeing the finished products.

    Dan
     
  4. John Noon

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    okay the holes need to be filled :) sitting here staring thinking para-chord, or glow in the dark plastic or birds eye maple and use a dowel cutter to take out individual eyes.
    The individual plugs would be proud of the blade about a 1/8" with a rounded profile and highly polished.

    Sometimes I think of a dozen handles before getting a single piece cut.
     
  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I am going to do a more traditional wood handle. Probably am going to do all different species though. Just the fact these are mini cleavers is way outside my usual personal asthetic preferences... I don't think I could mentally process funking out the handles/scales at this point in my knife making journey! Lol!
     
  6. John Noon

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    Don't blame you at all, right now I have two knives without handles and hundreds of ideas that I know are way to fancy for me too finish nicely.

    Have to keep reminding myself "baby steps"
     
  7. Grouch

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    Nice design BB
    Just curious, How thick are the blanks?
    Frank
     
  8. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I went with 3/32nd 1095 steel for these...
     
  9. Slannesh

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    Saw these on your Instagram yesterday I think.

    Looks cool! Looking forward to the finished product.
     

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