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My first knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by v8stang289, May 14, 2013.

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  1. v8stang289

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    I've been thinking about trying my hand at knife making for a while now, but the heat treating was scaring me off. After a ton of reading and researching I finally bit the bullet and got started.

    It's made out of 1084 steel and has maple scales. It's not perfect but I think it turned out pretty good for my first try. It was also my first try at sheath making, It's a little rough but is functional.

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    ^ This is just a stock pic from the place I got the steel from, Not the same piece but it looked pretty much identical

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    After using a hack saw, files, and bench grinder to get it into shape

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    Blade partially filed/sharpened, and pin holes drilled. Ready for heat treating.

    For some reason I didn't take any more pictures until I was done. I thought I had a couple more but either I deleted them or I didn't take them to begin with.

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    Finished Product.
     
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    The knife alongside my Kimber with the grips made from the same maple.
     
  3. OptimusPrime

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    I think it looks great. Good job.
     
  4. Chevelle SS

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    Nice job! So when are you taking orders?:D
     
  5. MaterDei

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    Great job. Hard to believe it's your first.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments. It's definitely my first. I started with an idea and just kept at it going slow and taking my time. It evolved as I went, partially to cover up mistakes or slips when grinding etc. The camera covers up some of the imperfections but honestly it turned out better than I thought it would.
     
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    Good job.

    Now you have to put it through some cutting tests and let us know how it performs.
     
  8. Sam Cade

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    I am pretty dang impressed.

    The first knife I made looked like something that one of the extras in The Roadwarrior would wield....unfortunately, so did the last knife I made. :D
     
  9. Valkman

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    That's a real nice job for a first knife - I'm too embarrassed to show mine it's so bad!
     
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    knife

    How many hours do you have into completing the Knife? VERY nice Job!!!!
     
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    Wish my first was as nice!
     
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    Nice! Looks like an effective bushcraft blade to me.
     
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    Thanks guys. roninrlm, I'm not really sure how many hours I have in it as I didn't really keep track of the time. I started working on it in mid-April and worked on it in my spare time up until a few days ago.
     
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    Very nice looking blade, especially for your first time.....

    Conspiracy theory time: OP is secretly a master sword smith.... And while this may very well be the first knife he's made, he's been making swords for years :D
     
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    Haha, I wish M-Cameron. The camera and reflection of the blade hide the imperfections. In person you can see the sanding scratches and marks that I didn't get polished out
     
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    Good blade shape- hope it works as good as it looks.

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    This is my second attempt at knife making. It's made from 1084 steel like the first, but is a little larger. Blade length is just shy of 5 inches and the scales are from the same maple as the first. I made the sheath differently this time and I like it better than the first one. I only had it finished for about 24 hours before my Grandpa claimed it. He been putting it to good use though and its holding up well. I've got a couple more in progress and one more on paper.

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    I love the shape of the first one. It would be a fine shape for a kitchen knife, of thinner steel of course.

    It looks like an awesome practical field knife, though.

    Very handsomely done!
     
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    Got a chance to use the first knife today, I shot a whitetail doe this morning and used it for about half of the skinning. It worked well and I like the blade profile. The handle is a bit small which led to my hand cramping a bit, so I switched back to my old gator to finish it up. Overall it worked pretty well.
     
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    Both are nice, looked like almost curved as a pig skinner. Ive been a meat cutter for many year's my father worked the stock yard's of chi. town back when. Funny u say G, gator, as I've found it to be my go to as I have a large inventory of Knifes grinders , and slicer. I'd be proud! Nice Dude!
     
  21. Valkman

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    That's how we learn to make knives! Something that looks great may not work so well in use. Keep at it!
     
  22. GLOOB

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    Great looking knives, but I wonder if the primary grind isn't a little thick for a knife? That first one looks like an axe. :)
     
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