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My first knife completed (warning lots of pictures)


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I thought I should share this despite how unimpressive it is compared to other work shown here because everyone has to start somwhere. I started with a peice of what I think was half-inch grounding wire, it was definetly high carbon steel from all the bright yellow sparks it gave off when I cut it and how well it hardened. I hammered it until it was about 1/8th inch thick then I forged the curve of the knife and the point before I made the bevels. the edge was about 5/64 inch when I quenched it. after It was quenched I reheated it and quenched it again because it was uneven. after I quenched it I tempered it at 475 F for 1 hour 15 minutes. 1233268_531411473595344_1304211440_o.jpg1272509_531417490261409_1611458418_o.jpg. I cut the bevels with a file and sharpened it with auto body sandpaper up to 2000 grit.

 

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next I made the handle out of what I think was once a small fruit tree or a shrub. The trunk and roots were dead in the backyard when I moved here.

 

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I took four inches and drilled a 1/2 inch hole through it then glued the handle to the blade. the tang was too long so I cut about an inch off of it. I shaped the handle using a chisel but cut too deep once so I used wood glue to save it. I finally coated it in olive oil (I had no other oil besided conola)

it was easy to file and sharpen yet it can do some serious choping and shave paper after. overall I am calling this a success (for a first knife!).

the spine is about 1/8 in thick and the blade is about 6 in long.

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Not bad! Kudos on forging down that piece of round stock. I have an anvil and hammer quite like yours, and it can be a pain on larger chunks :P Since you're working with a file, might I suggest drawfiling with a mill file? You've probably already heard of it, but it makes for some clean bevels done right.

Over all, not bad at all for a first forged. Is this your first knife ever?

Greg

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lookin good my first knife was a pos but could chop cut and anything else its amazing what a good heat treat can do

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I found the steel by the side of the road. my first knife ever was a peice of mild steel 1/8 inches thick that I cut to shape and used an angle grinder to grind the bevels. it was never very sharp and I did not finish it.

hopefully when I get some more charcoal I will make another knife from the same rod.

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Well done! I'll be looking forward to the next one, and agree with Greg on the draw filing, it's the quickest,simplest way to get even bevels!

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I don't know anything about draw filing so I will have to do some reasearch. Yesterday I carved a sheath and refiled the point so it is sharp. 1265094_532552916814533_629518265_o.jpg

 

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Use any file to start with, clamp blade flat side up ,hold file 90 deg.to work and move back and forth, keeping the angle even, practice on a piece of scrap m.steel, you'll be amazed at how quick you get a flat, even bevel!

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1276208_532826410120517_764402425_o.jpgthanks, I will try that on my next knife. today I burned the sheath and added a copper clip to give it an old steampunk sort of look. 1382225_532827233453768_1662316599_n.jpg

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for easy bevels try this ive used it and works great for bevels but draw filing still the best for the flats of a blade imho.

 

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