Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by derickm, Mar 13, 2014.
Here's something new I'm thinking about making out of D2. Let me know what you think.
I'm not sure about the 2 different grinds on the edge... I don't understand the use of this type of grinding.
The serrations on top are quite useless, the sawing motion will be stopped by the piece just aside the serrations. Should let go one or the other...
These type of handle are generally uncomfortable for most users except the one that made it with his own hand mesurement, if it's for someone else make sure his hands will fit the handle. Sharp angles on handles are quickly a pain if the knife is used with force.
Thanks Fred! The reason for the two grinds was I wanted a thinner edge for cutting while i could use the seconded one for things like batoning and having a thicker edge. I haven't put too much thought into the handles yet. And the serrations are basically just for looks so far, I have never come across a use for serrations on top of a knife. Thanks for the input!
Ok, great, thanks for the explanations on the 2 grinds, it is surely useful for that kind of use.
For the serrations, they can be useful too, but I think you could get better sawing performance if there are more of it.
If you want to do batoning your handle has to be the more comfortable possible
Maybe I will try to add more serrations and see how it looks and the comfy handle i think will definitely be trial and error.
Here is the newest version I think
One thing to note about serrations is that they are a stress riser that can help a crack start under hard use. Also if you baton against them it will chew up the baton and probably damage the teeth. My last point on serrations that unless they are executed perfectly, and evenly spaced, they are mostly useless and look terrible. I do not intend to discourage you at all, just giving my two cents. For the handle I would probably do a palm swell rather than finger grooves, but that's just because I typically find finger grooves annoying in use.
D2 would be an ok choice as it hold an edge for a long time, but isn't known as a particularly tough steel. Depending how much batoning and abuse it gets this may or may not be an issue. If you aren't super worried about it being stainless, there are a few choices that would be great. 3V, 5160, 80CrV2, would all be great choices as well, and probably cheaper than D2 as well.
I think this looks Evil, Wicked, Mean and nasty but, I also think you'll have to make a choice between saw and baton like Grayzer stated. Either way is still killer design. Have a look at some of Randall made knives. They have been doing finger grooves longer than I've been alive and are still making them. All a matter of personal preference. Again, with or without finger grooves I like it. D2 is a difficult steel to get the heat treatment just right. It's a fairly involved process. Check it out on the interweb. I agree with Grayzer, there are some other choices out there that are less troublesome to heat treat. I'm a fan of 5160 my self. Cheap, tough, easy to heat treat and holds a pretty good edge. What's not to like
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