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My first knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by MarkJeffrey, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. MarkJeffrey

    MarkJeffrey Member

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    Hi everyone, Here is a look at my first knife! I went to a scrap yard and picked up a few things I thought would be handy, including this huuuge I beam cut off that I think was a good find. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started building this forge and beating on this piece of round bar.. I'm happy with the outcome though. I did everything with hand files and sand paper, I'll be upgrading from that stuff for sure. And I'm sure I didn't get it hot enough during heat treating, the quenching part, I just had a small set of torches and keeping the blank hot was a struggle. But it's my first, and I don't claim to know everything.. let alone anything at all compared to knowledge some of you guys have when it comes to steel, but that's what I'm here for, constructive criticism (I can totally take it) and to learn a thing or two.. or a hundred.

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  2. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Now that is a serious chunk of I beam.

    The knife looks great! I'm sure we'll be seeing more and I can't wait.
     
  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    holy ibeams Batman !! that thing is awesome !! good find.........that'll do ya for a long time !!
     
  4. stevebates

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    That looks a lot better than my first knife/letter opener...lol!!! Looks great love the choice in handles is that red amboyna?
     
  5. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Very well done first knife. Congratulations.
     
  6. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Great looking knife.

    As for the heat treating, getting it hot enough all over with a torch can be a real challenge. A better bet for now is to use your forge. Heat the blade to a bright cherry red and quench. After that, a toaster oven (or the kitchen oven, if the blade is really clean with no traces of quenchant left) will do the tempering.
     
  7. MarkJeffrey

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    Thanks for the replies guys, much appreciated. You'll definitely be seeing more from me, I'm working out a plan to make a grinder.. so I might not actually get another knife built for a little while, but I'll keep you posted on the grinder. And speaking of that, are there any good Canadian suppliers to get belts from?

    Mythtaken, thanks I'll use the forge next time for sure. I really don't know why I didn't use it in the first place now that I think about it haha
     
  8. Alexander13

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    Nice work, as someone else who just finished their first, it looks great! As for heat treating the "$50 knife shop" has a lot of great info on the basics and getting starting. Also I've found that the guys on this forum are outstanding went it comes to sharing info and advice so if you get stuck, ask because you'll get very helpful info.
    Cheers and welcome!
     
  9. MarkJeffrey

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    Great, I'll have a look for it Alexander.

    Sorry Steve, meant to reply to that too, I really cant remember what the wood is. I have a bunch of random stuff for wood turning and just wapped a piece off for this handle. That does sound familiar but I really think there might be something else written on that blank. Myrtle burl maybe.. I'll have a look at it tomorrow and see
     
  10. Splash

    Splash New Member

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    Fantastic finds! Especially like the I-beam. Your knife looks great, and good file work is definitely a skill to have no matter what other tools you land up acquiring.

    Maybe be check out KBC tools, or OnlineSupply.ca for belts, you can only get the 1x42" belts at Lee Valley, which I use on their little belt grinder.
     
  11. Bowman

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    Well done. The knife looks great. It's too bad that the HT didn't workout. I'm lookin forward to seeing your next knives.
     
  12. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    Check out skookumrob on here for belts, had great success with the heavier grit belts and his service is top notch

    looks like amboyna burl for your knife scales , nice choice , one of my faves...........less is more in my opinion , really like your knife , nice job !!!
     
  13. MarkJeffrey

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    Thanks again guys! I checked the block I have, It's Madrone Burl
     

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