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Fergal Fleming

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  1. That's stunning, and the WIP shots were a real eye-opener.
  2. Nice work, and great looking steel. I hope I can produce something as nice as those one day. I was wondering (and the answer is probably obvious...) how the antler bolsters are attached on the bog oak knife. I'm wrestling with all sorts of finickety questions like this, doing it on my own in spare moments, and looking at people's photos helps. I can't see how it's done here, though. I can't see any sign of pins, so the only thing I can think of is an extension rabbeted under the handle. Is that silly? [Edit: wanted to express that better, but got interrupted by my 7yo and 9yo daughters deciding not to camp out in the back yard tonight. Hope you got the gist.]
  3. That looks good--I think I'll give it a go. Thanks :-)
  4. Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping to work around having a guard (haven't tried making one yet), but I think you guys are probably right. I'll give it a go :-)
  5. I'm barely dipping my toes into this craft, but both my kids (two girls, 7 1/2 and 9 1/2) were fascinated by the process of making a knife, and want me to make two for them. We had a bit of a brainstorming session for the design they want, and I managed to persuade them that they didn't want random spikes and bulges everywhere... This is what we came up with. It seems to fit their hands pretty well, and offers a couple of supported thumb positions for whittling, slicing, etc, as well as minimising the chances of their hands slipping onto the blade. Plus, it's within the scope of my limited ability and tools. Does it look okay? The thumb ramp will be more rounded in the final iteration, I suspect. (Edit: I feel like I need to point out that it's not my fault this is so rough! But the kids are having fun and getting engaged with it, and that's good)
  6. Cheers for the encouraging feedback, all. The next project's already underway :-)
  7. I've been checking back in on this, because it sounds like a really interesting project, and I'd love to see the pics. All I've been seeing is circles with bars in the middle, though, and I gather I'm not the only one...
  8. Last year I had my first stab at this lark with a little knife I made out of an old file. I was quite proud of it at the time, but in retrospect it was...awful. So this is my second go (which I'm calling my first). 1084 with a mystery eucalyptus handle and copper pins, and a forced patina (orange > salsa > orange). Stock removal with a 'Gough' filing jig for the bevels, and heat treated in time-honoured beginner fashion with a charcoal and hairdryer 'forge', canola oil, and the kitchen oven :-) There are lots of issues with it, and I learnt a lot from my mistakes along the way, but I reckon it's not too bad for this stage of the game...
  9. I reckon that might be part (or even most) of the issue. I was in a bit of a hurry to get started, and while one side is ground perfectly smooth, the other one is only mostly smooth. I also put a slight radius on the corners, which may have been a mistake, as I doubt these unskilled hands created two identical radii :-) Edit: I don't mean to jack your thread, Scott. I just thought I might chip in because I've just made Gough jig too :-)
  10. I've just knocked up one of these jigs and had a go with it too (first knife. Well, technically my second, but we don't talk about number one...). It seemed to work pretty well, but I had a bit of trouble getting the plunge lines even. I think I'll just blend them.
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