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Lady's and gentleman’s when we decided to make first knife - we are beginners! We have a lot of questions; unknown things, tips and tricks! I start my first knives and that’s why I decided to start this group! Professionals are invited!

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whats the best way to achieve a good and symmetrical primary grind?

Started by Nick Arsenault. Last reply by Alexander Noot May 5. 15 Replies

whats the best way to achieve a good and symmetrical primary grind?  i have several tools at my disposal (bench grinder, sanders, hand held grinders, chop saw) and a friend with an old school milling machine... is there  a way to get a good…Continue

How to keep forging after a heart attack

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 30. 3 Replies

Again, Thank you all for the prayers.  Donnie is feeling better but wears out pretty quick.  Doesn't have the authorization to be playing with the forge or hammer yet so our friend Tate came by the last few days to be "the hammer man"…Continue

Tags: help, Forging

What steel to use?

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 25. 18 Replies

This is not going to be a steel snob topic, but I will research and list all the steel alloys that pique my interest. I invite you to do the same about your preferences. I am going to start off by saying that I prefer a carbon steel like D2, but…Continue

Tags: steels, Blade

Absolute Cheapskate Way to Start Making Knives

Started by John McCain. Last reply by Chris Sievert Mar 25. 8 Replies

Fledgling knifemaker Scott Jones (Jonesy) put this out on the web years ago and  it has been reproduced on numerous sites since then-It helped trigger my knife making mania ages ago-  This used to be available as a PDF on the web, but is no longer…Continue

Self taught trick to making pins like this-

Started by John McCain. Last reply by Chris Sievert Mar 25. 4 Replies

This is stabilised Malachite stone and brass,for example.As this is a 1/4…Continue

First Fixed Blade Project

Started by Smiling-Knife. Last reply by Chris Sievert Mar 25. 62 Replies

I'm assembling my first fixed blade knife. I bought a blade and few other bits. So far,  I've cut the leather and spacer material for the handle. I have the first third or so loosely fitted on the tang. Will post an update on progress…Continue

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Comment by Alexander Noot on May 11, 2015 at 2:25

Doesn't look half bad there. What's the handle material on that one?

Comment by Jan Carter on May 10, 2015 at 17:31

Donnies first attempt at forging a boot knife.  This one was a very old potato rake at one time

Comment by Bob Robinson on April 15, 2015 at 7:58
Jan, I really enjoyed that picture of Donnie's work. The handle slabs are nice with the red liners.
Comment by Tom Peterson on April 15, 2015 at 7:51

Jan,

I agree with Alexander! It is always nice to see work done by other makers. It would be fun if more people would post their work.

Tell Donnie that I admire his knife! It's hard to tell from the picture what the condition of the spring was when he started but it looks to me like it was almost too far gone. Obviously, I have a lot to learn! Like I said great looking knife!


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Comment by Alexander Noot on April 15, 2015 at 6:35

Jan, you really should show more of Donnies pieces in here. I'd enjoy that.

Comment by Jan Carter on April 14, 2015 at 21:37

Yes Michael, one he did this week

Comment by Michael Squier on April 14, 2015 at 20:13

Thats cool Jan, is that one of your husbands?

Comment by Jan Carter on April 14, 2015 at 16:08

Michael,

The rusty piece in this is the other half of the buggy spring this knife was last week

Comment by Jan Carter on April 13, 2015 at 13:20

A lot of automotive springs, both leaf and coil, can be 5160, coils usually 1095. That doesn't mean they all are.  I have heard that a leaf spring quenches best in oil VS water.  The slower cool seems to work best

Comment by Tom Peterson on April 13, 2015 at 8:44

I seem to recall Wayne Goddard talking about this in one of his books. Some are great for knifemaking and some not so much. My Goddard books are buried under a mountain of knives and Blade & Knive's Illustrated magazines or I would look for them.

 
 
 

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