Little Girl's Blade


February 2, 2013, 08:58 PM
You never know what to expect when you ask a 10 year old girl what kind of knife she wants.

This was one of my early test designs, hollow ground in W2. My daughter decided she would like it, and I let her pick out a color and handle material.

She settled on black GunKote, Black and Toxic Green G10 laminate handles, and domed stainless pins. Ooookay, whatever you want, gal!

At least the exaggerated guard spur should keep her fingers off of the edge!

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February 2, 2013, 11:22 PM
I'm glad she chose black and green. I'm getting tired of all the "Tactipink" out there. She should enjoy it for years Sam. Well Done!:)

February 3, 2013, 08:01 AM
Your daughter has very good taste....

February 3, 2013, 08:16 AM
Very nice work (not only on the blade, but also in raising a daughter who appreciates such things).


February 3, 2013, 08:28 AM
Very nice.

February 3, 2013, 08:37 AM
Great looking knife.

February 3, 2013, 03:20 PM
New logo? Or is the L for your daughter? Pretty knife!

Dave Markowitz
February 3, 2013, 03:52 PM
Very nice.

February 3, 2013, 04:01 PM
Would you be interested in making another? Maybe I could get my 10th Anniversary THR knife back from my daughter with something like that.

February 3, 2013, 05:12 PM
You are really amazing. Knife maker/artist with a daughter who appreciates your skills.
Consequently must be a great dad! Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us.


February 3, 2013, 05:14 PM
Hey thanks guys! The "L" is her initial. Cut the stencil out of a piece of packing tape. Unfortunately, everyone else around here has initials with loops and such. Not going to be so easy to get those to look right carved out of tape.

I might make some more of something like this someday, though this was sort of a test mule design that evolved on the grinder as I was playing with concepts.

I am planning to finish up a few of the "MK1" blades this evolved out of, later this winter. Hopefully I'll put them up for sale here when I'm done.

I'm glad she chose black and green. I'm getting tired of all the "Tactipink" out there.Ha ha...well. See I had a can of gloss purple Gun Kote all ready for this project, and maybe some white G-10 handles. Figured that would be all girly. She was very polite when she rather directly realigned my plans to what she REALLY wanted. :o

February 3, 2013, 05:32 PM
Still I want a 3" Mirror polish Pocket Bowie with a slim inside pocket clip rig and a handle that just barely pokes out into plain view and I can pull out with a pinch grip . I have a deposit. :)

February 3, 2013, 06:12 PM
Ahhh, yes. Gotta get back into the small pocket blades soon! I know I've been asked several times for a mini-bowie and I think I could make a good one. Just got to clear the current pile off the bench!

February 3, 2013, 07:23 PM
Very nice.
Do you plan to teach her the craft?

February 3, 2013, 07:34 PM
I'll be thrilled to teach all the brood anything they're interested in learning. But I'm a long way from being a teacher at this point. I'm still taking my early steps on the journey.

February 4, 2013, 08:43 PM
I normally just admire the workmanship but dont 'really' want any of the ones shown here. THR 10 yr anniversary knife is the same with. Its neat but...

However.... I really like that one. I like the 'understated-ness' of it.

How long is it?

And... roughly speaking, how much would something like that cost?

February 4, 2013, 08:54 PM
:) Thanks!

It is exactly 8-1/2" long, blade is 7/8" at the base and that guard spur makes the max width about 1-1/4".

Adding up the optional bits (G-10 coating, colored G-10 handles) I'd probably put something like this up for sale at about $90.

February 5, 2013, 08:48 PM
She's got great taste.

February 10, 2013, 07:53 PM
Oh my... I just found out today she named it Orchist! Now I'm honored! :)

February 11, 2013, 12:00 AM
Is it weird that I have the same taste in blades as a 10 year old girl? That is a fantastic looking knife, sir.

February 11, 2013, 05:10 PM
Yep, the girl does have good tastes. Good looking knife and a nice choice of materials.

Fred Fuller
February 14, 2013, 12:02 PM
Is she learning to speak Elvish too? :D Maybe you should work on engraving your blades with runes ...

February 14, 2013, 12:04 PM
Only a few phrases so far. But she uses some of them conversationally because her brothers know them from movie context.

February 14, 2013, 01:02 PM
Oh my... I just found out today she named it Orchist! Now I'm honored!

I need to reread LOTR, I only remember sting and narsil :(

February 14, 2013, 01:09 PM
[/GEEK]Technically, that sword makes its appearance in The Hobbit as one of two ancient elvish blades found in a Troll cave and carried from thenceforth by Thorin Okenshield in his battle to reclaim the lonely mountain from Smaug the dragon. (Orchist aka "the Goblin Cleaver.")

The other sword found at the same time is called Glamdring (The Foe Hammer) claimed by Gandalf the wizard and carried throughout the rest of the Hobbit and LOTR. You might have been thinking of that one. :)


February 14, 2013, 01:59 PM
Damn. And I thought I was being original with the Goblin Cleaver.

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