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    Source With Lots of Pictures of Old Swedish/Sami Knives

    Here is another that I found very helpful. https://nordiskaknivar.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/roman-kislitsyn-sami-style-carving-wip/
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Gentlemen, I am going to attempt a WIP type post. I am making a pair of knives as gifts for friends who recently lost their job due to wonders of the corporate Jenga game. As you can see from my prior post I have been significantly influenced by the Scandinavian/Sami culture: Might have something to do with the 3 feet of snow in my yard at the moment, or might have had something to do with my walkabout to the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland way back when I was in highschool. Not to much else to say. I will just start in with the pictures. Here is my initial sketch. I live in a tiny (population 3kish) town, high in the mountains, set on the edge of pristine lake with multiple ski resorts nearby, seemingly endless wilderness, and many cabins out in the middle of nowhere (some of these "cabins" are multi-million dollar mansions, others are the more traditional, cozy cabin in the woods). I wanted to convey this kind of place in the knives. I am hoping to pull off a hand forged 80crv2 blade (even though I have little forging experience). Handle is reindeer antler, some stabilized koa I bought quite a while ago, and bolster/butt from an old wagon wheel I found hiking in the woods. Sheath is the same wood, possibly inlayed antler, and half-tan leather. I have worked on the blades some, but I don't have all the pictures put together yet, so I'm going to just start with this. My hope is I will learn a lot through this process, so please critique as I go along. I am also using this as a personal motivator, usually my knives take months and I want to get these done quickly so I figured the forum may keep me accountable. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Still the Sami style, actually seems more common to use the antler sheath. The other two I made with wood because I wanted to learn how to inlay better. a recent post by Aiden has a bunch of old examples: I can’t claim I’m very authentic, but I love how these look, so I started trying to make them.
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    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    One of the reasons I picked my niche... the other question to ask is - are they making them well? I think that’s even a better way to stand out, we can all recognize when somebody makes a knife that is well made. I think right now knife making is kinda a fad. I think the pendulum will swing the other way. I started researching making knives 20 years ago, at that point there was very little interest.
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    I'm a potato when it comes to making knives...

    I think this is so true. Yes this hobby is basically about collecting tools, but I can assure you that almost everyone in here started out with almost no tools. If they had the tools already it was because they were proficient with them from another hobby or from their job. Each new tool just adds a whole new skill set you have to learn. I think the other thing to realize is making anything well takes a lot of time. The microwave mentality is so prevalent these days in knifemaking especially (IMO) since FIF came out because the general consensus is that making a knife in 4 hours is normal. It is not, especially so early in your knifemaking career. I think I am on one end of the extreme, as I’m sure people have picked up from my current WIP, it takes me months (years even) to make each knife because I spend way to long researching and practicing each step before I apply it to my actual knife. Not to mention I’ve only made a handful of knives (I think I’m on 14 or so), so I pretty much assume each one is still going to suck. Someday I’ll get quicker, but I kinda like the process, I’m weird that way.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Engraved the re-sheath. I like it much better. and just for kicks, a glamour shot of the triplets (not identical) I guess I better get out the leather box.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks guys! got a little more work over the last couple nights, but I figured I’d kinda bundle the pics so I wasn’t spamming the forum. Experiment time. I need to reinforce the distal sheath, typically this was done with rivets/pins. I saw it done a different way on Instagram and I liked it so I’m going to try it. first I drilled the holes. then I used a tiny little tap to tap the holes. this left pretty little threads in there, see: dipped some ss screws in some epoxy and threaded them through let them cure and grind them off Seems really solid - back to more engraving. on a side note - I think the ice on the lake might break up in the next day or two and we are starting to see small patches of bare ground. Have a good evening!
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    The Knife making bible?

    Honestly - I think you’ve got the blade-smiths bible right in front of you. search this forum with google: site:bladesmithforum.com ________ enter your search term in the underline area above. Push enter and...viola! You have all the answers. everything you could ever need is right here.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks! Its amazing to me how I learn with each knife still, and it’s pretty easy to see the progression with these three. I think I got enough D&D experience points to jump a level with each knife. Definitely got + points in confidence and speed categories. Regarding the first sheath looking “different” - The inlay really didn’t have the integrity to show detail, I knew I wasn’t going to like it when I started, and I kept it simple because the material wouldn’t hold up to that level of detail. I agree it clearly looks “different” In that respect I did start on a new sheath yesterday - I’m pretty excited about it, I like it much better already. Here we go I cut lengthwise. Mark and use a rotary tool to create the cavity. Looks good and the blade fits! Glue. And I’m thinking this is gonna be way better. I need to pin the sides still then do final shaping and sanding. Now my problem is coming up with what to engrave on there and making it match the handle. Adam
  10. They might sell both types, but they should know the difference... I can't tell from a picture, but like I mentioned before it shouldn't be hard to tell between the two types. Soft brick is very soft, and dents very easily, hard brick feels like normal brick, if not even more brittle.
  11. The other place to look would be a local ceramic/pottery supply store. They are usually used for pottery kilns.
  12. That sounds like the hard fire brick that you don't want. Soft fire brick is literally so soft it would probably just dent the side if you drop it on the ground. You can easily scratch soft fire brick with your fingernail so making the hole for the burner is super easy (you could do it with a butterknife if you want). Another difference is hard firebrick is heavy like a normal brick, Soft fire brick is very light, and weighs very little (it's basically full of air).
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Still making progress. A couple more things to do then on to leather. I went completely off track with the third, didn’t follow my original plan, and went with a geometric design that is kinda more traditional. The first sheath still bugs me, probably gonna get changed. Since this is a WIP after all: I will keep you posted, things are moving pretty slow these days, only a few minutes per night to spare.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Tonight's progress. Stretched my eyes a bit... Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Well I hope I didn’t cross the line but I didn’t like the single line... so this is what I came up with. I like how it turned out, and I’m calling it done. Sheath engraving is up next. Oh, and I realized I may have answered the question about bleeding paint wrong. Yes, if you pick up the knife and hold it you can get black paint on your hands for about the first week. When all is said and done, I do the final paint rub and then I set the thing on the mantle for awhile... couple weeks even, no problems after that. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I made this for my wife. That’s why she lets me do this kind of stuff Actually I’ve seen napkin ring looking things, belt decorations, buttons made this way for traditional Sami clothes.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks! Lets just say I spent alot of time practicing before I would allow myself to start working on a knife... Here's some more of my practice pieces. Just trying different designs. I wondered about that in the beginning as well, but it was what most used. I just went and took a picture of my knife from last year. It's been a year and I don't appreciate any bleeding of the oils into the antler.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I kinda agree, though I think the circle needs alittle something.... i originally was going to do a basket weave pattern in there like the top right test carving in this old picture but I think that would be too much. I’ll keep thinking about it. Thanks for the input!
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    Yakut knife questions.

    From my understanding the basic concept of the Yakut blade was that the "fuller" side was flat and you can sharpen the blade by laying that side flat on a stone. The "fuller" allows you to sharpen that whole side without having to move as much metal. Also, technically you don't need to touch the convex side during sharpening, so it is very easy to sharpen... I must admit, making one of these is on my bucket list as well
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Evenings update. Finished up the border. Next I need to figure out how to fill it all in... I feel like the lines are getting more precise. I think the design is coming along nicely. IMG_6169.MOV That's all folks!
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    My coarsest Stone (DMT duosharp diamond stone) is 220. “Melt” might be a bit strong but I can hold a piece of paper in my hand and basically let gravity cut the paper. The cut is going to have a frayed edge at this point. As you refine the edges of the cut wil get smoother.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Thanks Alan... I must admit it took me far to long to figure this out.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Honestly, if the edge geometry is right it should be as "sharp" as it going to get with the coarsest stone... Everything from there is just refining the edge, making it smoother. After the coarsest stone the bevels should be set and the edge should be sharp, but it's like a serrated blade on a microscopic level. The subsequent stones and even the strop is just refining those original bevels. I don't know about other people, but if I can't effortlessly cut paper after my coarsest stone, I'm not done with that stone yet (make sure your not fighting the burr). Hope that helps.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Back from spring break. The kids had fun and no bones were broken... I guess I prefer going the opposite direction, downhill... Really fast Definitely a beautiful place! Back to business... Got some time to engrave tonight, so I started taking pictures. Caveat time... These pictures are really close up, I look back at them and the lines look horrible. Understand that this is magnified, and at normal working distance/ holding it in your hand, everything looks better I start by drawing what I want to engrave. I'm going more geometric on this design, we will see how it turns out. For straight lines on a curved surface I like to use tape, I have found electrical tape has super sharp and straight edges and can make complex curves given the round surface of the knife handle. Using a mechanical pencil I can get a precise line: I finish the outline Since this is smooth surface, this will wipe off very easily so I use an art fixative. Then it is time to engrave. I use a sharp skew chisel I made about a year ago. I have had difficulty recreating this thing, but I have modified it several times so that it fits my fingers as I hold it. Currently, I have it wrapped in Kirlex medical tape which cushions the handle and improves grip. The right hand guides the direction like a pencil, the left hand provides the power behind the edge. The whole concept is you are making a "V" shaped grove. You cut one side and you get a raised edge. Then switch directions and cut the other side. I have found if I'm doing it right I get a thin curly shaving that comes out of the groove and resulting V groove. Then I began the border design. I'm just kinda making this up as I go at this point. Another thing I started using was this measuring tape, it is awesome for laying out a design. I cut each line in one direction Then work the other way until the lines are cut. For a triangle cut I use a different, tiny chisel and make all the cuts in one direction (which I think helps maintain consistency). Then I switch directions and make the same cuts in the other direction and try to clean it up as much as I can. This is kinda like chip carving. Alright, I'm finished up for the night. I realize this is taking forever, but I have pretty limited time each night, so that's how I roll. The best part is the reveal, so I gotta finish up with a shot after I rub pigment (I use artist oil paints) into the groove. There you go. Hope that helps someone. Adam
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Those are looking pretty sweet! That's a ton of work.
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