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Old 08-01-2013, 08:43 PM
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Talking first knife with no weld grinder

Here is the first knife finished off of my new grinder. Really liked the new set up and the grinds turned out a lot smoother than my old DIY grinder. Knife is A2 and desert Ironwood. overall length is 9'' and the blade is 4''. Guard, butt and pins are all brass.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:32 AM
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Good tools help a lot, no doubt about it. Good looking knife. My only criticism is that it looks like you might have a bit more work to do in removing scratches from the brass guard and possibly the handle. As always, if this is your first of this design, I'd suggest testing the knife very hard to see if the handle might need to be a bit more rounded and that the heat treatment is working out on that nice, thin grind you have there ...


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Old 08-02-2013, 03:20 PM
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Wow I'm legitimately jealous of that knife lol. Good job!
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:42 PM
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The only comment I have about your knife is that it isn't marked. Work of this quality should dignify the maker. Good Job,and yes, I wish I could do as well. ...Teddy
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:53 PM
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:50 PM
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I also run a no-welds grinder... and it will be my main stay for quite awhile, unless sales pick up an unreasonable amount. Looking good, keep it up. One of the thing I noticed, it's hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like a very thin hollow grind for what seems to be a hard working knife. But I could be wrong, but always consider every aspect of the knife for intended use.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:32 PM
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Looks good to me. I'm viewing on my phone so came see a lot of detail. Keep it up.


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Old 08-02-2013, 08:14 PM
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Great Knife. I've noticed when I take a picture of my work I will notice scratches and flaws in the finish that I didn't notice before. I have also noted if i finish a knife or stage of work if i put it down and look at it the next day I will notice things that i can improve, a flow of a line or scratches to remove. A little "cold eye" going over will reveal a lot.

Keep up the great work and thanks for posting.


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Old 08-02-2013, 10:03 PM
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Thanks for the replies, I looked forward to putting this up and seeing what everyone thought. The grind was thin, but that is the second I did in this design and it works slick. It's a big knife but also built for big hands. Its a skinner mostly for field work on deer and really what the guy wanted. I made a few more out of CPM 154 that are a lot more stout, but I'm waiting to get a few more ground out to send to heat treat. I like the looks of brass but man its tough to keep scratches out of it, and since I pulled the rookie mistake of not putting my mark on it before the heat treat(with a punch) the mark is on the butt in brass. I put the finishing touches on after the pic before I dropped it off today. One question, what kind of finish do you put on desert ironwood? I did tru-oil on it other times but it takes forever to dry out.

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Old 08-03-2013, 04:15 PM
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When I do Tru-oil I put it on as thin as possible. I will put a drop on my bare finger and rub it in until it is gone and then repeat until I have an even extremely thin coat. I will let that coat dry and repeat until I get the finish I want. Doing this a glass like shinny finish can be achieved if that is what you want. Drying time is dictated by the amount of oil on the handle, the temperature and humidity. It does take patience.

Once you have the brass void of scratches put some blue painters tape on it. This will help stop new scratches.


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Old 08-04-2013, 05:26 AM
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Looks pretty good. Second what Ray said above.
Handle looks just a bit blocky and will probably create hotspots in the hand under hard use....test them hard first before you let a design get out there. You can never have too much light from many directions when finishing. It helps even more if it's mixed light - ie. sunlight, flourescent, incandescent, etc. "Rested" eyes see more as well. Put that much work into a knife, the little extra time you put into the finishing details makes the difference between good looking and great looking.


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Old 08-07-2013, 09:47 AM
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Looks great. I've been a bit busy (I'm moving, hopefully for the last time ever), did you post the creation/details of your no weld grinder here as well? I'd be interested in making one of my own once settled.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:06 PM
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Great looking blade.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:21 PM
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Hot spots?
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