My latest knife.


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mole
August 5, 2008, 11:58 AM
I finished this up yesterday. Dacite blade with a Chinese Privet handle. The only modern tool used was my EDC shown in the picture. I used my EDC to widen the middle of the kerf in the hande for the lens shape of the blade because I got tired of breaking stone flakes. It's got a nice serrated edge that will really saw.

Overall view
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z239/borwish/DSCF0388.jpg

Lens shape of the blade
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z239/borwish/DSCF0398.jpg

Side view. I boogered up the tip as you can see. I don't don't know wheather to try to correct it or leave well enough alone.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z239/borwish/DSCF0392.jpg

mole

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Carl Levitian
August 5, 2008, 12:48 PM
That is absolutly cool!

I wish I had better knapping skills. great being able to make what you need from natures materials.

CWL
August 5, 2008, 01:09 PM
That's frickin' sweet!

I wish I had the skills to knap my own blades.

Tom Krein
August 5, 2008, 01:16 PM
Looks good to me!

Tom

TimboKhan
August 5, 2008, 01:45 PM
Most impressive. Just my opinion, but I would leave well enough alone. I doubt that primitive knives were ever perfect, so realistically, I think that the flaw is probably accurate to what Gak had to deal with. I mean, I know some of the old knapped stuff is fairly amazing, but the reality is that when your whacking off pieces of rock with another piece of rock, it's awfully hard to get it perfect.

hso
August 5, 2008, 03:32 PM
Excellent!

Valkman
August 5, 2008, 05:05 PM
I like that!

Eleven Mike
August 5, 2008, 06:19 PM
Did you send it to Paul Bos for heat treat?

theotherwaldo
August 5, 2008, 06:43 PM
Remember, anything you don't like on your stone blade will just go away when you refresh the edge.

It's like getting a brand new knife!

John G
August 5, 2008, 06:52 PM
Very pretty, nice work!

vicdotcom
August 5, 2008, 07:47 PM
I love it. A piece of artwork :) One question though, what is the cordage made of? Is it sinew? Or monofilament fishing line?

Just asking beacause mono will snap pretty easy if damaged.

But overall I would leave it alone also , it looks great.

mole
August 5, 2008, 10:18 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys. I looks like the general opinion is to leave it alone, so after the sinew cures for a day or two more I'll cover the sinew with pine pitch and call it done.

Eleven Mike, I don't think he does stone.:neener: We did some last weekend and it took two days for the stone to cool enough to work with.:what:

vicdotcom, the wrapping is whitetail backstrap sinew soaked in hide glue. If you look closely you will see some small grooves cut into the blade and the top of the handle. (I've never seen grooves in a handle before, but it seems like a logical thing to do.) When sinew that has been soaked in hide glue dries, it shrinks and pulls itself tighter. The sharp edge of the blade has been ground off where the wrapping goes. I don't think it's going anywhere.

Thanks,
mole

Eric Draven
August 5, 2008, 10:32 PM
Great work sir. Knapping is a great SKILL indeed. I say SKILL cuz its actually very very hard to do with any amount of skill. I tried knapping once...I dont think Ive been that frustrated and dejected since. :)

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 5, 2008, 10:41 PM
Ugh. Sharp. Stick. Good!

Wolfman_556
August 5, 2008, 10:52 PM
Looks great!

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