Knife making competition 2013

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Mesquite

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Mar 5, 2008
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Having talked with Man of Tanith about his competition for 2012 and the fact he has decided not to go ahead with it again for various reasons I thought I'd bite the bullet and run it this year with his blessings.

I won't post what he actually said apart from 'good luck...' :rolleyes:

Anyway these are the rules for this years competition

First and foremost there is NO prize for any winners. It is purely a fun competition and kudos will be given to all entries whether you win or not

There are three categories...
  1. Blade made by the entrant (heat treatment may be outsourced)
  2. Purchased blade
  3. Best looking sheath

Entry is based on forum membership as follows
  1. Ordinary members
  2. Full members
  3. Makers/traders

Mods are to be classed as full members unless it's known that they're a maker.

To decide overall winner all knife entries will be put in one poll for members to vote on personal favourite. Winner of this poll will be crowned BCUK Knife Maker 2013.


Entry rules
  1. There is no restriction on type of knife to be entered. Stick or Full Tang, Folder etc are all knives. If you have a knapped flint blade that you did or handled that is perfectly acceptable to be entered
  2. All knives must cost no more that £50 for all materials (excluding adhesives and sandpaper etc) and heat treatment if making your own blade and pay to have it heat treated.
  3. The £50 rule applies even if you have material that's been sat round your workshop for years. If you parted with money for it then that cost must be factored in. Foraged, donated or swapped materials (including blades) count as £0 value
  4. You may submit a blade in the Make your own blade if it was made as part of a knife making course. Value of the blade in this case to be set at £15
  5. Sheaths must not cost more that £15 in materials. This is seperate to the £50 rule for knife materials
  6. The combined total for a knife and sheath (£65) can be put towards a knife kit where all the materials for making both are included in the kit. Provided that there's before pics of everything and the completed knife and sheath are entered in the appropriate sections. If you don't enter both items then the one that has been entered will be disqualified.
  7. All entries must have a 'before construction' photo which is to be posted on this thread
  8. All entries to be submitted by PM with 'before construction' and finished item photos to me by 23.59 on 25 November. If you don't submit the photos by PM then any knife you've made won't be entered even if it's featured in this thread.
  9. No time extensions will be given
  10. Only one entry per qualifying category. You may post as many before and after photos of your various efforts in this thread but can put only one of them forward for each qualifying category. It's fine if you want to enter a personaly hand made knife blade as well as a purchased blade
  11. Winners of each category will be decided by a poll
  12. Voting in the polls will be from 1 December
  13. The winners will be announced on 28 December
  14. If required these rules may be amended or added to at the discretion of the organiser. No change to the rules will be applied after 1 November.
  15. Competition organisers decision is final in any dispute or interpreration of the rules
 
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plastic-ninja

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Jan 11, 2011
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Count me in.
I have the perfect blade in my "to do" box.I just need to beg borrow and steal some handle materials now.
This is definitely too good a piece of fun to finish.Well done Sam for last year and well done to you for picking it up in 2013.
Cheers , Simon
 

Albus Culter

Maker
Jan 14, 2013
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Just starting a knife now, but I'm not sure i'll hit the £50 mark. Just over :(

Ah well, will just have to keep my eye out for another blade and make another :)

Not made a knife in years and then two come along at once. What blank to get however????
 

TurboGirl

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Sep 8, 2011
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www.king4wd.co.uk
So we've got till November 1st at least? Brilliant, I'll get working on Hubby for workshop permission :) Brilliant of you to take on organising this, Steve, and much kudos to Sam the Man for the original idea and comp :)
 

Jack_D

Full Member
May 11, 2009
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I am in for this - it will give me the impetus I need to make another knife. I am right in reading the rules that I could enter one in both made blade and bought/exchanged?

Just to reiterate what the others have said - many thanks for taking your time out to oraganise this Mesquite.

Thanks

Jon
 

HillBill

Bushcrafter through and through
Oct 1, 2008
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W. Yorkshire
I'll get Rach to have a go too :) I'll guide her through making her own blade, though knowing her she will be a weed and run from the sparks :D
 
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Ogri the trog

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I'll say I'll join in with this one as I have a blade to make up for a mate.

All I have to do is remember to take photo's

Could be a tall order!

Ogri the trog
 

HillBill

Bushcrafter through and through
Oct 1, 2008
8,113
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W. Yorkshire
Shameless Plug..... For anyone entering this comp i'll do a discount on blades should anyone want one to keep the costs within the limit. Can also supply handle materials and pins too :)

:D
 

Mesquite

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Mar 5, 2008
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Nice to see a lot of interest already :)

One question - do all entries need to have a sheath, or is that optional?
No, you're entering a knife for judging, clothed or not.

The sheath can be for any knife you have whether you made it or not. It'd be nice that the sheath you entered was for a knife you made but it's not a requirement. It's the sheath itself that's being judged. You just have to make sure you submit before and after photos of the sheath WITH the knife you're making it for :)

I am right in reading the rules that I could enter one in both made blade and bought/exchanged?
Yes, that's right. If you want to submit a knife for the personally made blade and the purchased blade that's fine :)

What you can't do is submit an entry, in for example the purchased blade category, as an ordinary member then turn round and pay to become a full member and submit another entry in the full members purchased blade category.
 
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