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Michael Atkins

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  1. I'd add that this forum is dedicated to bladesmiths, this sub-forum to the beginner subset. As such the information you will find here is more geared towards designing blades that you intend to make yourself, and how to go about doing just that.


    Extra bits like glass breakers, serations, etc. are mostly found on production knives, and you might want to explore what is available in that category before trying your hand at coming up with new designs.


    There are forums dedicated to production knives, you might ask them for recommendations. Try a few knives, you'll probably find something that suits your needs. If not, you can come back here with a clearer idea of what you want and real world examples as a starting point, instead of those from cartoons and video games (those NEVER make sense).


    Or you might want to try your hand at making one yourself, it's quite fun and you can learn all about it right here. 

  2. I did something similar years ago, a kind of hybrid between a noodle knife and a eel knife with a 45 degree point and right handed chisel grind. Really liked it, didn't take pictures before giving it away. I keep wanting to make a new one to keep, but it's been a few years since I have been in the shop. The "corner" was great to start cuts in difficult materials. 

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  3. Have you tried dietary interventions, some foods or eating habits have a big influence on inflammation. 

    For me it's sugar and carbs, if I cut them out or do intermittent fasting all my chronic pains go away. 

    For my sister it's fruits and veggies containing fructans. 

    Different things for different people , but I think there are tests to see what you react to. 

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  4. I rather like the alternating grain direction. 

    I'd get rid of the hump in the spine, and drop the point a bit to be more in line with the center of the handle. 

    I'd like to know how you got the blade so hard yet functional, the cryo? My results are not nearly as good. 

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