New Knife in the works... This time, less "shank-ish"


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BRad704
October 13, 2010, 11:26 AM
Everyone that has seen my first knife has said "that'd be a good little skinner", and everyone that has seen my second knife has said "nice prison shank", so I wanted my third knife to be #1 more substantial, and #2 less shanky...

This is still a work in progress, but the sheath is done, and the blade is shaped but still needs to be sanded and polished and then handled... The cord wrap is just so I can handle it for now. I already have a piece of zebrawood and stabilized walnut for the scales.

I wanted to try a couple of different things at one time on the sheath, that's why it seems a little "busy"...

Let me know what you think.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TK5B2dosTbI/AAAAAAAABpA/uUbFbYc0f60/s912/2010-10-07%2016.53.19_Memphis_Tennessee_US.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TK5B_OBTpCI/AAAAAAAABpI/wwE1AciGmJs/s720/2010-10-07%2016.52.24_Memphis_Tennessee_US.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TK5CDvfFMgI/AAAAAAAABpM/dwtXOgwqHoI/s912/2010-10-07%2016.51.55_Memphis_Tennessee_US.jpg

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zhyla
October 13, 2010, 02:32 PM
Very cool, that will look nice with the zebrano once it is polished.

The back edge looks a little boring/straight. Maybe you need some kind of hook or teeth back there? Just thinking out loud.

jahwarrior
October 13, 2010, 02:57 PM
that's a pretty sweet knife. i'd love to see it with a real handle, like stacked leather. i disagree about the spine; sawteeth belong on a saw. and that sheath is BEAUTIFUL.

BRad704
October 13, 2010, 03:12 PM
I'm with Jah on the saw teeth... I've never been a fan of those. What I DO like is the knurled thumb rest, but with an all around guard, that would be silly here... I also dont like gut-hooks on knives... So this one MIGHT get some light filework, but its not very likely.

Not a fan of stacked leather either... the zebra wood is actually a pen-blank, so it will be horizontal for the upper 3/4", and then most of the handle will be the walnut. I think it will have a nice effect, but we'll see... *fingers crossed*

bikerdoc
October 13, 2010, 05:37 PM
Nice indeed!

Piraticalbob
October 13, 2010, 06:18 PM
The blade shape resembles a shortened version of the old military 1918 bolo knife. Handsome so far, will look much better with real handle scales.

messerist
October 13, 2010, 08:37 PM
You are on your way to a horrible addiction. Have fun!:) p.s. your work is getting better for sure.

Gunfighter123
October 13, 2010, 08:39 PM
Very cool ---- now if it would just be about 6" more blade length !!! LOL

Can't make EVERYONE happy ???

BRad704
October 14, 2010, 10:26 AM
One day Gunfighter... One day... :)


I actually got to hang out with Jim Adams (BlackToeKnives) and his wife for a few hours last night, and they are both awesome people. I can see how part of the addiction to knife making is about meeting people, almost as much as making stuff...

Anyway, Jim brought up the idea of making some lockbacks that would actually be USED as my Christmas presents and I am starting to like that idea more and more. You will certainly see more ACT's in the future, but maybe not in groups of 3... :)

Unistat
October 14, 2010, 01:32 PM
YES! I'm trying to convince my dad to make me a knife with almost the same blade pattern. Very nice.

BRad704
October 14, 2010, 02:32 PM
Ummm.... I think you got it backwards... :) YOU should be making a knife for HIM...

Unistat
October 14, 2010, 08:11 PM
I am a historian, he is a millwright. You tell me, who is gonna make a better knife? :)

BRad704
October 15, 2010, 11:18 AM
Then you two need to collaborate on it, and you can make sure it is historically accurate, and he can do the technical work... That could make a good team.

Here's how my "ACT" is going be until I figure out something else to try out on it... (like silver wire inlay ;) ) BTW, I made the holster also. It had a light basket weave pattern on the sides, but it faded out during wet-forming.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TLhRgu0x5gI/AAAAAAAABqY/OpXnGU-Ncr4/s912/2010-10-14%2021.14.03.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TLhRwfOiI8I/AAAAAAAABqg/cFeKnLGDQlk/s912/2010-10-14%2021.13.43.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_6ce8QbxRhf4/TLhTNHmS6KI/AAAAAAAABqo/KjusZU2Fx64/s912/2010-10-14%2021.13.19.jpg

JShirley
October 15, 2010, 11:27 AM
Neat little mini-bolo.

You have a future as a sheath-maker. Seriously.

BRad704
October 15, 2010, 12:35 PM
Thanks J... That means a lot coming from admins who see all sorts of stuff everyday!

I love the leather work, almost more than the knifemaking. I think I will be making knives, just to have an excuse to make the sheath. :) And I already had someone ask me about making a sheath for a knife that their grandfather brought back from WWII... Talk about an honor!

Valkman
October 15, 2010, 06:20 PM
Nice job - I like the knife but the sheath work is amazing!

BRad704
October 15, 2010, 06:31 PM
:) It is always great to hear that. I think I have handled and looked at this one so much that it seems like no big deal and I am sorta tired of it and want to make another one now.

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