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Beginner grade
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:42:54 PM »
Okay, I'll break the ice here.
This post will serve two purposes: 1) Practice downloading here from PhotoBucket, and 2) to encourage anyone who puts together a blade not to be embarrassed by its appearance!  :)

I mean, if I'm not embarrassed to show these knives, I'm sure yours will shine by comparison.

Anyway, this is a working tool I put together from a roughed out blank I found under my workbench. It was left by the previous owner, and undiscovered for many years. I fitted the blind tang into an old elk antler, and made the guard from a brass door hinge.  Looks like hell, but it works.



This is a novelty knife my son put together as a high school shop project.



Hahaha! We now have a baseline upon which to improve!
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 12:56:57 PM »
I'm likin' it.  All hell would break loose if a kid made that in class in FL.  I had a big stink in my classroom years ago when a student brought a 2" rubber knife in...and I mean a LITTLE wiggly rubber knife. 
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 01:18:42 PM »
I'm likin' it.  All hell would break loose if a kid made that in class in FL.  I had a big stink in my classroom years ago when a student brought a 2" rubber knife in...and I mean a LITTLE wiggly rubber knife.
Yep! It's a different world up here! The shop teacher helped him harden the blade in class. So many boys here make hunting blades that the instructor built a gas forge right in the shop!

A kid in grade school in WA got in trouble for putting toy soldiers carrying guns in a school project diorama.
Man, I love Montana!  8)

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 01:58:11 PM »
I like that beast, it's got a certain charm to it...
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 04:06:36 PM »
looks great to me man!! thats a good 'un there!
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 04:45:07 PM »
I love the door hinge brass! What a cool idea.

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 06:36:57 PM »
I love the door hinge brass! What a cool idea.

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I also think that knife is great because of it being lost and then found and completed... cool history!

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012, 06:39:13 PM »
It looks a little hokey, but I actually wanted a bigger piece to keep from sliding up on the blade if I was ever unfortunate enough to have to thrust with it as a weapon.
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012, 06:43:49 PM »
I love the door hinge brass! What a cool idea.

+1

I also think that knife is great because of it being lost and then found and completed... cool history!
This is the original blank as I found it under the work bench. I took more material off the heel of the blade to make the tang longer/stronger.

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012, 10:24:55 PM »
WOW that's a beast. Cool blade though  good of you  for getting it useable to
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 09:18:16 PM »
I like it, nice job!!

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 06:38:05 PM »
Great looking knife,  I love the fact that you brought it back from being forgotten, to being useful.
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2012, 09:47:15 PM »
Great looking knife,  I love the fact that you brought it back from being forgotten, to being useful.
Thanks!
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 09:59:43 PM »
HOLY CRAP Now if I tried that I  would have lost a finger  or two LOL
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 10:42:01 PM »
Try watching that with a super slow dial up once..   two seconds come in... and I get to see just HOW CLOSE that knife is to your fingers as its stops and spins for a minute more.....     and then the video moves and I actually JUMP when contact is made...   

If I was the camera woman I'd be going to find myself a drink...... and I dont drink... LOL

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2012, 11:54:31 PM »
I actually did draw blood during the filming of that video. I pinched my finger in the camera tripod when I was closing it up.  :P 8)
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2012, 09:39:53 AM »
I like your knife, OP, it's got character and looks to be very functional.  It reminds me of the long hunter knives of the past - it would be a great scalper!

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2012, 09:58:06 AM »
I like your knife, OP, it's got character and looks to be very functional.  It reminds me of the long hunter knives of the past - it would be a great scalper!
Ha! Well, I wasn't going for looks, obviously. I liked the profile of the old blank just the way it was. I also wanted to NOT make it all shiny and new, but keep the 'vintage' look. It reminds me of something an old mountain man would have crapped together at a rendezvous on his way into the mountains. If it's not being used as a camp knife, or a digging tool, it can always double as a bayonet. Hahaha!
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2012, 10:40:27 PM »
I remember seeing this video before! It still makes me cringe a bit. :D

But it sure makes quick work of the kindling. ;)

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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2012, 11:14:50 PM »
I remember seeing this video before! It still makes me cringe a bit. :D

But it sure makes quick work of the kindling. ;)
In all honesty, I made it more as a weapon, than a wood chopper.
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2012, 11:21:26 PM »
I remember seeing this video before! It still makes me cringe a bit. :D

But it sure makes quick work of the kindling. ;)
In all honesty, I made it more as a weapon, than a wood chopper.

That's one aspect of knife making I haven't yet explored.

I want to make a double edged, hidden tang dagger with a nice guard and pommel and a wire wrapped handle. Something medieval looking.

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2012, 11:34:37 PM »


That's one aspect of knife making I haven't yet explored.

I want to make a double edged, hidden tang dagger with a nice guard and pommel and a wire wrapped handle. Something medieval looking.
This thing doesn't look medieval, just evil. Hahaha. My finishing mod will be to sharpen the spine about 5" in from the tip. I posted my other thoughts in WW's knife thread.
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2012, 01:10:40 AM »
That's a awesome looking blade man keep blade smithing

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2012, 04:52:29 PM »
That's a awesome looking blade man keep blade smithing
My next mission, if I choose to accept it, is to make some smaller "bushy" knives out of some old sawmill band saw blades I've had for years. I have two 25' saw blades that have been cut once so they're flat now.
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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2012, 05:01:44 AM »
How thick is the steel on those old band saw blades?

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Re: Beginner grade
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2012, 07:56:11 AM »
Just came accross this thread.  Very nice OP.  My first few blades were made from old metal files. That one looks great.  It's awesome the school allows your son to do such a project. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2012, 09:33:40 AM »
How thick is the steel on those old band saw blades?
I have to measure one. Everyone keeps asking.

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