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My First Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by parker, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. parker

    parker Active Member

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    man what an experience this was building! I have learned so much on this first one and so much more to learn but what a blast it was making it.
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  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Nice looking knife. Also, nice looking shop! Have you found our shop pics section? I'd love to take a peek at those giant tool boxes you got. (it feels like i'm cyber stalking you for your tools - kinda weird)
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I forgot that the site was re-orged. The shop pics section is under "All and Sundry", "Maker Talk" then on page two there's a "shop pics" thread. No pressure, and i don't mean to be so covetous about your shop. I just have the thing for seeing how other people organize and work in their shops.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Nice knife and looking real good for a first one, if it is handle heavy then on the next one taper the tang so it is half as thick at the end and you should be nearly perfect balance or slightly blade heavy
     
  5. parker

    parker Active Member

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    haha ToddR ill take a few and add then on there for ya ;) its nice having both my home tools and my trade tools at home but hoping to change companies soon at they don't supply the tools like this one does I like using my own however haha.

    john noon that's a great tip thanks it is on the handle heaver side lol I did manage to drill some hole but has afraid to compromise the strength as I'm new and wasn't to sure so that's a great way to send the knife to boot camp thanks
    -- can I add more holes like smaller ones possibly as well?

    and thanks guys for the help

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  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I like to taper between 30% to 50% and for some with smaller handles the taper is almost not visible but it helps with balance all the same.

    It is one of those things you need to get a feel for or be like me and they balance without a seconds thought, never understood it myself.
    You can do more smaller holes or a few bigger ones and if you follow best practices from Beam construction only remove material in the middle third so as not too adversely affect overall strength also leave the last 10% basically solid other than holes for securing the bolsters and pommel.
     
  7. parker

    parker Active Member

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    Hey Todd. I posted a couple pics but they are really small for some reason. Didn't have them posted on Facebook so used photobucket for the first time. Let me know if they turned out on your pc.
     
  8. parker

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    Ok I'll have to give that a try next time. The 01 I bought was on the thick side so this should help thanks. Gonna try 1/8 next time I think as well
     
  9. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I can see them fine. Nice open space. Im having a hard time keeping mine uncluttered like yours. Funny but its the only place im a stickler for organization.
     
  10. parker

    parker Active Member

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    Haha ya I inhareted a bit of my fathers ocd but you can eat of the floors in his wood shop so mines far from that haha
     
  11. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Nice work specially for the first one
     
  12. parker

    parker Active Member

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    Thanks. I'm addicted now haha can't wait to start at the next one.
     
  13. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I think you did very well for your first knife. (believe me I see a dozen first knives a month)
    Did you use Dymondwood or make your own scales?

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  14. parker

    parker Active Member

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    Thanks. I used dumondwood scales that where 10" long and 1.5" wide. I cut into two 5" pcs glued together and did the rough cut, sanding and lay out. Then glued them on
     
  15. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

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    Looks great, and I hope you've been bitten by the bug
     
  16. parker

    parker Active Member

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    Yup haha aready done my second sencond knife like this one and a forged rail spike haha
     
  17. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

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    Happy to hear!

    I'll be having a go at forging a rail spike this year myself, should be fun! It'll be my first attempt at forging.
     
  18. parker

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    It's a lot of fun. I watched more vids and now kinda grasp the whole moving of the steel a bit better with these spikes. Working it out with the cross peen first. I'm still learning my self haha
     
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  19. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

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    A coworker gave me a nice chunk of rail so I'll be using that as my anvil and seeing what I come up with. I'm actually really looking forward to it!
     

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