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Offline Highlife

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My first knife - pics
« on: March 23, 2012, 10:37:45 AM »
So, here's my first knife. It's kind of a pathetic story, as I bought the steel like, 5 months ago. Anyway, I hope you enjoy... if not, I'm terribly sorry for my amateur-ness.

It was a long process, but thankfully I got plenty of advice and help from Red (Thanks bud). I cut this out with a hacksaw, filed the profile by hand, and royally botched up the convex bevel on Red's belt sander.

The blade is 2 5/8" of 1/8" 1080 carbon steel. Full height convex (quite thin, great slicer).
OAL is just under 7".

Here's the earliest picture I have, just after heat treat (Thanks again, Red). I'll have that patch knife done soon.


Then, I hand-ripped a piece of Indian Rosewood, glued it up, and shaped it all by hand with files and paper.




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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 10:41:33 AM »
You did a really nice job on that, HB!  The rosewood looks great.  How are you gonna scale the second one?
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 10:46:08 AM »
Thanks GB, probably exactly like this one. I used this one as a test run, as I like the second one's profile better. I haven't been able to really buff it yet, but I think it'll look gorgeous once I do.

I do have some micarta, though. Black paper and green canvas, but I love how the wood looks.

I may get some stabilized dyed burlwood.

Why, do you have an opinion on what would look good? Liner color difference with same wood?

Also, it's not really a secret, but I have two larger knives (4" blades) that will be coming shortly after the patch knife. I may try different scales on those.
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 10:54:03 AM »
No need to apologize.... you did a really nice job on that HB. Did a good job on that wood project and now this knife, I'd say you have some natural talent at these things.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 11:04:07 AM »
That's really slick HB, I like the rosewood.  Can't wait to see the second one though, I really like the shape of it.
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 11:10:05 AM »
You did that with files and sandpaper?! Nice job!
I've been holding off on re-handling some machetes because I can't seem to find anyone with a belt sander nearby. After seeing this I might just give it a try.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 11:34:12 AM »
Great looking blade their HB. I guess I will be throwing my hat into the my first knife project soon. The only problem is Steve decided to up the challenge factor for me with the plunge cuts. LOL
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 12:45:00 PM »
Very nice job for a first knife!

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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012, 02:07:43 PM »
Very nice, especially for a first try.  Looks like an awesome slicer.
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2012, 02:10:45 PM »
That looks great!  I really like the looks of the second one too...be looking forward to seeing it.

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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2012, 04:13:40 PM »
Man, that really turned out nice, HB!  I think you should go full-time.

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2012, 04:17:35 PM »
Great stuff man!

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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2012, 04:55:46 PM »
looks great G!! well done bud!!

Great looking blade their HB. I guess I will be throwing my hat into the my first knife project soon. The only problem is Steve decided to up the challenge factor for me with the plunge cuts. LOL

whats wrong with the plunge cuts???  i thought it was pretty slick looking :P
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2012, 05:21:11 PM »
looks great G!! well done bud!!

Great looking blade their HB. I guess I will be throwing my hat into the my first knife project soon. The only problem is Steve decided to up the challenge factor for me with the plunge cuts. LOL

whats wrong with the plunge cuts???  i thought it was pretty slick looking :P

Their is nothing wrong with the plunge cuts they look awesome. I was thinking about taking the easy way out flat micarta scales and no liners. LOL
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2012, 05:31:11 PM »
That looks great. It's like alot of things..you'll always remember your first  ;)
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2012, 07:36:43 PM »
Very nice work man! I really like the shape on both of those! The first one turned out great and I am looking forward to seeing the second as well!

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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2012, 06:26:35 AM »
dude, that looks awesome. I'd buy the hell out of that knife.

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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2012, 03:35:13 PM »
Thanks again, guys. I like it more as I hold it I buffed it up last night and it's gorgeous. I'll add pics soon.
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2012, 07:46:36 PM »
i think the second one will be getting the redneck knife shop treatment. i dont even want to know how long that took to sand those curves  :o
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2012, 07:50:51 PM »
i think the second one will be getting the redneck knife shop treatment. i dont even want to know how long that took to sand those curves  :o

They're both nice , but the second is really catching my eye!!

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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2012, 08:50:01 PM »
That, right there, is one heckuva nice looking knife :o.   I'll wager that you will love that one for a long time for a lot of reasons.  I sure wouldn't mind having one just like it!
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2012, 04:23:39 AM »
i think the second one will be getting the redneck knife shop treatment. i dont even want to know how long that took to sand those curves  :o

I don't know Red I think HB really enjoys his time doing things by hand. Look how much time he put into that awesome looking spoon.
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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2012, 04:35:12 AM »
Very, very nice work. I can tell you had a good plan and thought it out.
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2012, 06:28:57 AM »
Very impressive.  I like your style. ;)
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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2012, 06:42:13 AM »
Thanks a lot, guys. I'm really motivated to do more knifemaking work.

Here's a couple of teasers to hold you over till #2 is done.


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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2012, 08:32:49 PM »
Great looking knives!
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2012, 06:57:49 AM »
Those scales remind me of Walnut.  I wonder if it's related...

That sure does look good, you did a great job!!

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Re: My first knife - pics
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2012, 12:49:04 PM »
Looks great