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Seaco

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First of all hello to everyone...

This is my first attempt at making any kind of knife my father does hawking and needed a good knife so I thought I'd have a go from scratch,

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I started out with a bar of 01 steel 30mm x 4mm



Roughly cut out with a hacksaw



Little work on the grinder



Gave me this



Now time to bevel the blade edge I made this jig from a link I found on the net, all done with varying size files...



Gave me this!



Next to diamond polishing stones used wet



I missed a bit here as I got a bit excited as the next step which was forging the blade, this I did by hollowing out the centre of a large air/fire brick then drilled a hole in the side to let a propane torch in, I heated the blade until the metal became un-magnetic the quenched it quickly in a 2 gallon of cooking oil then reheated it with the torch to hopefully temper it and ended up with this...




A bit more polishing!



Now for the handle I used Amboyna burr



Cut roughly to shape



Drilled out



Pins used for attaching, these are hollow rod as I added buffalo horn as an insert!



Roughed up the tang and handle



Joined together with epoxy



Clamped up



After 24hrs I sanded it all around to follow the tang...



Now for shaping the handle again with varying size files



And sandpaper right up to 2000 grit



now it's steeped in a solution of 50% linseed oil 30% turps and 20% Danish oil for 36hrs



Dried for a week a lightly buffed I'm not 100% happy with the finish so I may try something different soon...

Sharpened it to 20 degrees and it easily take hairs off my arms...







Hope you like I'm really happy with for a first go... Please let me know what you think!
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Pignut

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Go away.................. Your work is rubbish............... we dont want stuff like that on here............even if it is your first go............................

Better send it over to me so I can dispose of t safely


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Nice Job looks cracking! let us know when you have a sheath made

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jondavy

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Oct 31, 2007
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That is very nice, can see you've really put the effort in to get such a perfect finish.

I'm especially impressed with the way you've done that bevel, any chance of a look at that link for the jig.


Jon.
 

WilS

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Feb 3, 2008
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Ye gods, if that's your first, I'm not bothering making any more. Puts my meagre efforts to shame, very well done mate. Of course, I hate you, naturally. :)

Will
 

Pict

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That's mighty fine for a first knife! Keep at it, you'll be one to watch. Send it to me and I'll make a sheath, and field test it. I'll even send you a postcard letting you know how it went... Mac
 

lostplanet

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superb, you have inspired me to try and make my own knife as well now.

Well Done !!

Where did you get the idea for materials, shape and dimensions from?
 

Traper

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Mar 13, 2008
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Great knife.
If I may...
- drill the pin holes before hardening- should be easier
- finish handels from blade- facing side before gluing- You may have noticed that it's is very hard to finish then after gluing.

Hope You know what I mean.

Anyway- really good job. My first isn't half that good.