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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 Jan Carter Mar 25. 13 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

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

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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

How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Feb 23. 4 Replies

How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw BladeMaking a knife is a satisfying project on a number of levels. You’re creating a fundamental tool — one of the first tools ever…Continue

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Comment by Jan Carter on March 25, 2015 at 8:48

Nice Alexander!  Welcome to the world of stabilized wood, nothing better for me.  Stag is high end and hard to come by for the good stuff.  The woods are affordable and easier to work with.  The varieties are endless


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Comment by Alexander Noot on March 25, 2015 at 8:39

So these are just about finished :-) I'm really starting to love stabilised woods.

Comment by Tom Peterson on March 23, 2015 at 18:24

Chris, thanks for the pointers. I had planned on using 1/4" mosaic pins mostly and maybe some tubing with flared ends. If I do small pins I will drill them as needed either before or after heat treat. I just didn't have carbide bits in the larger sizes so I elected to drill my big holes up front. I may do some Corby's or Loveless bolts too. I kind of do whatever strikes my fancy at the time. If I decide to go with small pins I will drill them undersize as you suggested then hand auger the holes before I pein the pins.


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Comment by Chris Sievert on March 21, 2015 at 20:18

Nice work Tom. What size diameter pins are you using? The holes in the tangs seem rather large for pins. I found that the pins for a handle for me work best at just about 0.001-0.009 (a few Thousandths of an inch) smaller than the hole in the tang. The more space around the pin against epoxy rather than metal is more chance for the Pin to Fail holding the Scales. Epoxy or any Adhesive should never be the Primary means of Handle Attachment. That is why pin holes through the Tang should be as close to the Diameter of pin as possible so when the Pin is hammered it makes a Metal to Metal bond with the tang.

Comment by Tom Peterson on February 26, 2015 at 13:43

Thanks Jan! Maybe if I live another 50 years I may get to be good at this! I wish that I could interface with other makers - preferably nearby - to learn from them. Learning is soooo slow when it's by trial and error and from making mistakes first! I did run into a couple of guys at the Gator Knife Club show recently over in Lakeland (the first real knife show that I have attended). I'm hoping to get together with one or more of them to help speed up my learning curve! I have a bunch more knives sketched out but have been somewhat limited by funds to buy steel, etc. to start on more knives. Plus I really am trying to stay focused and not start too many new projects until I get this batch of knives off to HT. I'll start the next batch while this one is getting tempered. I've got a big box full of exotic woods, another with micartas and different colors of G10 just waiting for the right knives and I've been collecting (my wife would say hoarding) leather and exotic leathers such as elephant, sting ray, ostrich shin, crocodile and cape buffalo for when I get to that point with this batch of knives and subsequent ones. I'm hoping to get set up to etch my logo on my blades as well as do Kydex sheaths fairly soon. All in due time...hopefully!

Comment by Jan Carter on February 26, 2015 at 12:51

Tom, 

WOW have you come a long way!  These are not only looking good but I like the diversity!

Comment by Tom Peterson on February 26, 2015 at 9:37

Hey Alexander,

I had them all ground to about 220 grit or so I believe and did hand sanding higher but then decided to drill holes in handles to lighten them up and allow epoxy to flow from side to side. Drilling the holes left some burrs that I knocked down with a file so the handles still are a bit rough in places. I will probably block sand them by hand again before I send them off to heat treat. I still have some work to do on the stick tang blanks and the two big knives that still have the paper patterns on them before sending off to HT too. Thanks for your comments.


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Comment by Alexander Noot on February 26, 2015 at 4:01

They look good to me. On some of em the finish looks a bit rough. But I suspect that's mostly the light or something.

All in all everything looks fine and clean.

Comment by Tom Peterson on February 25, 2015 at 11:40

Forgot to ask - any comments? I'd appreciate any constructive criticism from any of you more experienced folks.  I've learned just about everything on my own from trial and error (lots of errors) and hopefully learning from my mistakes! Thanks in advance!

Comment by Tom Peterson on February 23, 2015 at 12:07

I haven't been able to devote as much time as I'd like to finishing the batch of knives that I'm working on to send to heat treat. I did spend a small fortune on Cobalt bits and drilled out epoxy bridge holes/lightening holes recently and this past weekend I spent several hours putting thumb notches on most of these knives (after these pictures were taken). Thankfully my thumb notches are improving markedly but unfortunately everything that I seem to learn I learn from making mistakes first! Oh well, those lessons aren't soon forgotten...Someday I will actually put handles on these knives and then start making sheaths for them!

 
 
 

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