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Knife making
« on: July 25, 2019, 07:58:22 AM »
Anyone else make knives as a hobby? I started doing this after finishing the body work on the TA. I needed something to keep my hands busy. And the wife likes it because it's cheaper than building cars. LOL. Here's the one I just finished. It was my riff on the classic Old Hickory knives you see all over the place.

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Re: Knife making
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2019, 08:52:11 AM »
That's sweet!
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2019, 10:42:53 AM »
Looks pretty nice. I like it.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2019, 01:23:37 PM »
Very nice. So how does one go about making a knife? Did you document the procedure? I'll be very interested in learning more.




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Re: Knife making
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2019, 01:38:52 PM »
Ahhh, I've always wanted to get into making swords and daggers etc...  It's just so expensive though for the tools to accommodate sword making, though knives wouldn't be bad and is where you should start anyway but then I know I'd be stuck at knives and maybe small daggers so...

There're are a ton of videos out on YouTube that show the process fairly well, it's incredibly tedious and hard work even with modern power tools and methods.  Though with knives they make knife blanks that just need a handle put on and can be modified to taste, so it can also be fairly easy too depending on how involved you want to be in making one.

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Re: Knife making
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2019, 01:41:56 PM »
Thanks, guys. Jack, there are lots of instructional videos out there on YouTube. Go find a guy named Walter Sorrells. His channel is great.

There are basically 2 styles of knife making. One is stock removal (what I do) and the other is forging. If you live in the country where you can have a forge, anvil and neighbors who are far enough away to do forging that's a primal as it comes. I don't. I buy high carbon steel, design a knife, cut it out and do all my shaping grinding and handle making by hand. I do have a forge but it's for the heat treating process to harden the steel and make it hold an edge.

I did shoot a few pics along the way. This is in no way a very detailed example of what goes on but it might give you an idea of what I do.











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Re: Knife making
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2019, 03:36:07 PM »
Yup...something I've always wanted to do also but I already have way too many unfinished projects...no need to create more

I will follow along and enjoy the show!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2019, 07:52:18 AM »
Im even more impressed. I thought maybe you bought a knife blank and went from there. I build period furniture reproductions (in my spare time, LOL), and have wanted to make some moulding planes. The blade (iron) part of the build intimidates me, so I have yet to try to make one.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2019, 09:53:34 AM »
Nice work Chris. I like the "CRITTER" logo!
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2019, 09:25:07 AM »
Dig it!
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2019, 09:34:29 AM »
How did you get your name on the blade? Etch, stamp???
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2019, 07:17:11 PM »
Electro chemical etching.

Been working steady on making a vacuum chamber to stabilize wood now. Imploded one version over the weekend. Had to change my diaper after that.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2019, 04:46:07 AM »
I'd like to see that process.  That looks so professional.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2019, 08:04:21 AM »
There's not much to it. Put down you stencil. Ground the metal. Use DC electrical power on and electrode that has some type of etch solution on the end (salt, vinegar, etc.) Tons of YouTube vids out there on how it's done.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2019, 07:25:27 PM »
Yesterday I was helping my buddy make some practice knives and blades cut from aluminum and he fashioned some maple and cherry wood for the handles. Spent the day sanding and doing the final shape for symmetry and what not. Had a great time!!
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2019, 04:17:21 AM »
Thats terrific, Chris......really nice work.  :cool:
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2019, 06:05:46 PM »
Finished another one.

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Re: Knife making
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2019, 04:36:21 AM »
That's cool


what's inlaid in the handle?
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2019, 06:59:40 AM »
Pine cones, stabilized then cast in epoxy resin with blue pearl powder.
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2019, 07:16:54 AM »
That is super cool
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2019, 07:50:22 AM »
Whoa Chris! That is some really impressive work there. How to you stabilize pine cones.  I envision pine cones at a AAA meeting but I know that's not right...

That knife is beautiful.  Do they also make blades so you can make your own folding knives?
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Re: Knife making
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2019, 01:33:12 PM »
Stabilized wood and pine cones are created by submerging the piece in resin inside a vacuum chamber. As the air comes out the resin can soak in. It’s about a 24 hour process. Then you bake it at a low heat to activate the resin and so it will harden.

I cut and shape my own blanks from steel bars but there are multiple vendors who sell kits, including folders.
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Re: Knife making
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