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Old 07-09-2013, 08:50 PM
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Still have mine. Used it yesterday to split some small diameter yew logs/staves. Thing fell apart! Well, the wood part of the handle is still solid! But the brass bolsters came off, even though they were pinned and peened. Lol. Now it has a masking tape handle . . . .
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:24 PM
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I've got mine sitting on my shelf with all of my favorite little trinkets. I told my son he could have it when he is old enough. He seemed pretty excited about that!

Why's everyone ashamed to show their work? Nobody is expecting a masterpiece for the first knife, heck even the first 5-10 knives shouldn't be expected to be great.

Lets see them! What's it going to hurt?

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:00 PM
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We should have an ugliest knife contest
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:51 PM
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Mine is in my sock drawer. It's ok but I need to sharpen it much better.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:57 AM
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Well, that's true - I did carve a few out of old Christmas trees when I was a kid. Funny thing, they were very sticky knives as I recall but not in the way cutlery usually is expected to be. :-D

Maybe I will dig out a few of those first knives and put them up here. Check back tomorrow. Warning! Don't try to drink milk and look at the pictures at the same time....
I see a "my first knife" picture thread emerging... I would participate, but I wouldn't like it.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:05 PM
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OK, as promised I went out to the shop and dug up some of my first knives. As always, and with only a little effort, I have been able to turn a mole hill into a mountain. For your entertainment, may I present some of my First Knives :

http://www.rayrogers.com/firstknives.htm


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Old 07-10-2013, 02:30 PM
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My first one was made from a pry bar from harbor freight. Took along time to get the word "china" out of the steel. I gave it to my brother. I learned a lot from that first one like not to quench in a plastic coke bottle. -Nate
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:58 PM
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Ray you have great story telling abilities.

Thanks for sharing that detailed account of your early knife making.

Thanks to everyone else too, keep em coming!
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:15 PM
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Oddly, my first knife turned out really good, but my next 6 or 7 sucked.... I got lucky with the first one I think. I gave it to my mentor, he liked the design and made a few of them... I wonder if he still has it, I would like to have a picture of it.


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Old 07-10-2013, 09:21 PM
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That was a nice read Ray, thanks for taking the time to share it!


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Old 07-10-2013, 09:52 PM
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I have my first knife hidden at the very bottom of one of my dresser drawers. I take it out fairly regularly to see how far I've come in the whole knife making adventure. Call it a guilty pleasure.

Making that first knife was kind of like losing your virginity. It was a mind-blowing eye opener, I had a great time, bragged about it, and very quickly realized how much I had to learn to become halfway profficient.

Does that sound too crude???

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:30 AM
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No, sounds accurate. The two subjects share many similarities. The wisest of us wear protective gear when performing these tasks, both are hot and sweaty jobs, and both create a profound sense of satisfaction when done correctly. But, in the end, knife making usually results in fewer disastrous side effects ....


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Old 07-11-2013, 11:27 AM
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I'm going to third all the above... unless you involve a buffing wheel... then knife making may be more dangerous
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:51 PM
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Well here she is, all terms like "blade geometry", and "heat treat" don't even apply here. Also I can't even say it's mystery steel, because I know what it is- absolutely worthless steel for a knife (I think that's an actual name brand).

First knife.jpg
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:20 PM
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never mind about the ugliest knife contest, you win

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