Shane Harvey Posted February 16, 2009 Share Posted February 16, 2009 (edited) I completed my first knife recently. My initial foray into knife making began with a rusty railroad spike and evolved, I say evolved because there was no real plan, into a kind of drop point fighter of sorts. As a first effort I'm happy with it overall. I had just the right amount of success balanced with lessons learned to make it an enjoyable experience. One of my lessons learned is that I'm not sold on Loveless bolts. Because the center piece (brass in this case) is threaded through the "nut" (nickel silver in this case) I was left with some asymmetry when ground flat due to the threads. Perhaps I should have peened better? A second lesson learned is that great tools make a huge difference. I have been fortunate to be able to set up a nice little shop in my garage with a few of the key tools like a top notch grinder, drill press, files, etc. In this respect I'm not starting from ground zero which is helping the learning curve quite a bit. Third, having somebody to talk knives with is a big help. I have a friend here in Anchorage who in turn has a good assortment of tools and provides me with somebody to bounce ideas off of...and a buffing wheel and hydralic press to use to boot. Choose your friends wisely! Many lessons to come no doubt. Great hobby. Having access to this forum has helped very much. I'm constantly amazed at how willing to help this community is. Thanks for your posts and willingness to share information. Showing the spike I began with next to the finished knife. Long but fun road. I decided, last minute, to add a bit of a false edge. I left the handle pretty squarish to carry on with the spike theme and I have long fingers so the extra handle volume felt right. The fun part of not starting from a plan or sketch for my effort was the winging it. My favorite element of this knife is that the pommel clearly tells of the knife's origins. Of course, it makes it a bit tail heavy too so it isn't a "well balanced" knife by a long shot. You can just make out the asymetry in the Loveless bolts "Birds eye" I mentioned in this shot. Thanks once again and I'd appreciate any and all feedback. Shane Harvey Anchorage Alaska Edited February 17, 2009 by Shane Harvey Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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