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ejtrent

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Jun 19, 2013
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Hi there! I'm newly active around here - despite being a member for some years! Here's a little bit about me:

My name is Elliott Trent and I'm a furniture maker based down in 'sunny' Bournemouth, I've been running my own business for 5 years or so selling custom hardwood furniture made out of a workshop I rent near to where I live. I truly love what I do, I gave up a different career I trained (and paid a university fee's worth) in to do this and I'm really lucky to be in the position where I'm able to do this. I come in contact with many fine tools (hand tools) from many high end makers and I've slowly but surely developed a keen interest in tool making.

Knife making has been something I've wanted to take up for many years now, I've made a fair few small knives like marking kiridashi's and some small plane blades but the 'camp knife' or 'bushcraft knife' has always been something I've wanted to tackle. Fast forward to now where I'm in the lucky position of having access to a workshop with a variety of tools and am equipped with the finer motor skills from making furniture, I really would like to give this a shot as a side business.

So after more than 20 knives made this year I've come to a knife that I'm really rather happy with!

It's the Trent Knife & Tool (TKT) 'Allen' field knife. I figured I want to come up with a decent naming convention for my knives and given my love for Dorset's chalkstreams I thought it would be an ideal match. The River Allen is a short and narrow stretch of water which is underestimated by many anglers - where it infact hosts some of the best populations of trout and grayling the country has to offer - hence the choice for the name of this knife.

This knife is a simple design made with time proven O1 tool steel in 3mm, highly dense and stable boxwood & wenge handles, with G10 accents to add that visual flair. The handle is finished with several coats of built up Teak oil and a light coat of wax acts as a maintenance coat as the very last layer of finish. The knife is supplied with a Kydex sheath, which was chosen due to it's practicality - this is a user knife and the thought of carbon steel sitting in a saturated wet leather sheath doesnt sit so well with me. It's guaranteed for life by me and you can send it in for sharpening whenever you like.

The grind is a sabre with a microbevel polished on black arkansas from Dan's whetstones - a truly durable and fine edge! Every knife I make goes through the gauntlet of testing after the double temper cycle, which consists of smashing the blank over and over into a very dry and hard douglas fir stump, embedding the tip over and over (tip test) and hard batoning! It remains shaving sharp after this gauntlet, so i'm very confident in my HT.

Any questions let me know! I can make these to order but this is one I have right now ready to go

Price is £120 all in

Thanks!

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ejtrent

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Jun 19, 2013
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Bournemouth
All too kind! I figure I wanted to make something a little unique, although it's a very tricky form to improve on!

The simple lines come from my interest in furniture design (as my main job) here are some pieces I've made in the past

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All angles are 5 degrees, so the slope of the handle from top to bottom, the angle of the end and of the bolster, all 5 degrees.

Here are some better images of the kind of profile I was going for, its almost coffin shaped, it fits into that nook inside your hand perfectly making a suprisingly comfortable knife

These images are both of earlier prototypes:

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Nice65

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All too kind! I figure I wanted to make something a little unique, although it's a very tricky form to improve on!

The simple lines come from my interest in furniture design (as my main job) here are some pieces I've made in the past

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All angles are 5 degrees, so the slope of the handle from top to bottom, the angle of the end and of the bolster, all 5 degrees.

Here are some better images of the kind of profile I was going for, its almost coffin shaped, it fits into that nook inside your hand perfectly making a suprisingly comfortable knife

These images are both of earlier prototypes:

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Simple forms, Dwardo nailed it with his Japanese comment. Drop 6” off that table and we’ll be round for tea.
 
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