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Garry Keown

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    Rifle stockmaking, hunting knives, wood and the beautiful grains and colours that God has given us to turn our hand to.

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  1. Welcome to the forum Willem I take it that you have intended this to be a hunting knife going by the design you have used and this use will entail skinning. Skinning an animal is usually started by opening up down the legs with the blade edge up which means the fingers are on the spine side of the handle and with your shape using the blue line, you will see that with the tip under the skin your fingers would be hard against the animal and to clear them the tip would dig into the meat. If you reshaped the tip to follow the red line slightly exagerated it will give the fingers clearance and a much enhanced skinning job. There is enough belly for a very effective hunter skinner and the handle looks to have a very user friendly shape so a very good hunting knife with just a little attention to the last part of the spine toward the tip. Pin placement could do with moving a little closer to each end of the handle for an enhanced visual balance with a 3rd between them
  2. Some progress on this with the tang hole drilled, broached to fit, the guard pre shaped and it all glued up in the clamp for the night.
  3. A bit of a clean up on the blade and fitting the SS guard this morning and when I made up my mind what I was going to do for handle material went ahead and got the spacers ready with red, ss, red and another ss to go under the one nice piece of willow I had on the shelf so will get to fitting the handle later in the day.
  4. While I was grinding another couple of blades this morning I decided to see what I could do with the one I forged yesterday and have to admit it came out sort of ok. Because it was a big ish blade and way too thick to take down to a kitchen knife as I did want to leave the evidence of it having been forged (being the first i have done) so the only thing I could come up with was the bowie styled blade so that is what it will be. It is evident that I have got it a bit thin er in the canter than at either end but I am not going to fret over ths for now. I will see how it cleans up after the post HT grind and make a decision from there.
  5. With a bit of the day left I had a play at the forge this afternoon. I often get short pieces left from the bars I cut the blades from and have been giving them away to those who forge here in NZ but decided to have a go and see if my hand would stand the hammering. Have finger damage from lifetime of using hammers etc in the building industry and was surprised that it held out for this but I wouldn't want to do it every day. Neighbors cat has adopted me and is often in the shed and I know the grinder going dosent bother him but thought the hammering might. His camping up on one of the soft mats says it dosent.I managed to gain near 2 1/2 inches from the short end of steel so quite pleased although didn't get the tang step down as I would like it so may have to revisit that area. Fairly sure I can salvage something from this exercise. Have it normalised (3 times) and cooling in the vise till I get back to it
  6. Another done. A Safari knife with gidgee over ss bolster. That is about all on the bench for now. Needs a final clean up and sharpen with sheathwork still to come
  7. Yes and I have a few more handles worth in the shelf but unfortunately we are in lockdown with the post office deemed unnessary so I get to enjoy it for a few more weeks till the madness starts to fade.
  8. I saw this this morning and thought you may enjoy it as well
  9. Another one waiting for a sheath. Maple burl on a 3 inch EDC. Not the best pic but will get to that when all done and it goes in my various knives thread
  10. Got these done today. A PH EDC (4 5/8 1095 blade) and Hunter Skinner with 4 in 1084 blade) and both with paper micarta bolster and canvas micarta scales. Both going to Zimbabwe ( gifted) to a professional hunter and his wife who just passed her PH test.
  11. That darker gripped one is a bell ringer.
  12. I have changed horses and got back to a rifle stock I am doing so this morning I started with the action inlet I did a couple of weeks back Having done the preliminary channel with straight chisels cutting across the grain it is then time to start the long process of scraping the fit in so at that stage this is what I see when smoking the barrel and transfering the soot to the channel These are the two main scrapers for the work till I get down to sanding rather than scraping. They are just old files I have bent and re-shaped for the purpose then re heat treated to harden the edge. I got a little video of the process
  13. This ..... I made mine for me so this applies in spades.
  14. I figured they were just examples of "type" and not "use this" but like most of us I am inclined to point my understanding of right or what use (or trial and error) has bought to my attention as being closer to right for a particular cutting/slicing or chopping need. My father had a set of R F Dick knives from when he had a small goods shop in the 50's and his pair of butcher knives were sort of like that but with a light upsweep to the point on the spine rather than the bull nose and had a more gentle curve to the tip on the blade edge and and of course had wooden handle without the finger guard. I made one like that initially but found the curved end was wasted length as it was not used in the way I was cutting and dicing meat. That was why I made the nearly straight blade and found it to work perfectly for the way I used it.
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