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Ray Britton

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I have to agree with others, that this probably wont be the last knife you ever make.
I have only 'part made' one knife, by re shaping a long blade into a shorter blade and full tang, and then making the handle from scratch (including felling the oak tree the wood came from). I really want to make another as soon as I can!

I have always wanted to make a parang from a leaf suspension spring, but don't have a forge or anything like that. It is just something I would love to make and own, even though I would have no use for one.........Apart from looking at it and cherishing it forever.
 

groundhog

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Dave let me know when you're going to see your mother in law as I've got about a foot of 2x1 in oak for one I'm doing going spare if you want it.
 

DaveBromley

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I was saying to phil that I've got the bug to make more already!! i said i want to make one for my old man and then you and phil maybe or help you make your own!!

Dave
 
oh yeah either suits me, I've been searching on here for a bit today so i'm spoilt for choice as to what to make.. so I'll probably start small, I did the mini hobo stove you showed me again at home :)
but i would definitely like to come and watch you working on one then see if I should wait for a Dave special, I don't have the to0ls yet either.
 

DaveBromley

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Lol there are some belting stoves on here mines just a generic one! some of them are REALLy creative, I'm really into making stuff at the minute so if
you want anything specific just let me know. I'm going to have a go at a flint and steel striker next i think and then look at doing a couple of knives!! next time i'm going to anneal 5 files at the same time so that i'll have something to keep me going lol

Dave

Ps any time you want to bob round to mine to use my (limited) workshop feel free!
 

Ray Britton

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telwebb

A sensible question on your part, but actually I only had a tiny bit of oak left!

You see I didn't really fancy carrying the whole tree home with me in my pack, so I only took a section about a 20cm long.

The tree had to come down anyway.......I didn't fell it just for that little bit! It was about 15 years old from memory, and was part of a selective thinning.
 

DaveBromley

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not managed to do any more on it as yet (due to lack of funds!!) will be going to get some oak scales tomorrow (very kindly donated by Groundhog) and hopefully now i've been paid i'm going to get a length of 6mm Aluminium rod and some aryldite and will be finishing it over the weekend!!!!

Dave

P.s

not done HT yet as ive been banned from having any more fires by SWMBO, I forgot to close the upstairs windows when i had the last one and the house has smelled like a campfire all weel lol. I love it but she aint so keen, It won't be long before i worm my way round it though lol. In the meantime I'm going to do the HT this weekend hopefully at my brother in laws house!
 

DaveBromley

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Got some cracking bits of wood today from a very generous Groundhog!! only issue is... now i'm not sure whether to do the handles in oak or mahogany!!!!!! going to do the HT at the brother in laws tomorrow and then temper there too hopefully will be fitting handles by tomorrow too!! watch this space guys!

Dave
 

slammer187

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Can't wait to see the finished product! A quick tip before you HT is to square up everything, Make sure that all of your surfaces are flat and even, you'll get a better fitting of the handles and cleaner bevel lines if you do, Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of my latest knife but I'll link a video
I used fairly thick liners which create good definition and you can see how flat and squared up all the edges are on this knife which adds a nice touch :)
[video=youtube;tD-zyBL7S0g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD-zyBL7S0g[/video]
 

DaveBromley

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Wel Folks

The HT and temper went like a dream, a file doesn't bite the knife and scates off sounding like glass!! just need to clean up now and then on to handling!! I have chosen mahogany for the handles and raw aluminium for the pins (I wanted silver pins but ones that will dull as i wnt the knife to look a bit rustic not all shiny and new)

I'll post pictures a bit later

Dave
 

telwebb

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I'm really interested to see this ones progress - its the one that gave me the idea I might be able to actually do it myself! And as the originator seemed to lose interest in the ebay stock.....;)
 

Everything Mac

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I'm really interested to see this ones progress - its the one that gave me the idea I might be able to actually do it myself! And as the originator seemed to lose interest in the ebay stock.....;)

If I can do it - so can you mate. - this thread is a great starting point.

but of course you will have to post a thread of your own :D