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Hello,


I'm new here on this forum and I could not find a topic to introduce myself.


I'm Joost from the Netherlands (51 year old) and I started making knives almost 8 months ago. I never made something from metal in my life. I was a furniture maker when I was young, now I'm a ICT manager, how strange can it be...


I make knives from stock metal. I hope that its allowed here on this forum, otherwise I will hear it soon I think.


If you like I will post some pictures from my first attempts of making knives...


w.b.r.


Joost

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Now I saw where I must post this topic, please mod. place this topic in the right place... It was very early when I placed this post...

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Tnx, I will tell the short version of my knife making career.

 

I started making knives (sept. 2013) for fun and to do something with my spare time.

First, I used construction steel from the home depot to test my skills in knife making.

 

With that steel I made two knives. They are not heat-treated, so they are pure for testing my skills.

 

All tools I used are a angle-grinder, a drill-press and a file, and a lot of sandpaper. I made the micarta from a denim pants.

 

Here some pictures of the first attempts.

 

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This wil be my second knife, also made from construction steel and nog heat-treated.

Here I used a brass spacer and again I made the micarta myself.

 

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I know, they are a crap, but they were only to for testing purposes.

 

Greetings, Joost

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Then I started making knives from O1 steel, I was inspired by some movie knives and I decided to make myself a replica of the famous Bad-Ass knife from the movie "Cobra" (with Silvester Stallone)

 

This is the result. (I still had the tool I mentioned before, with the addition of a cheap belt sander. (actually for wood)

 

5mm thick O1 steel, heat-treated, 305mm long, home made micarta handle with red micarta spacers.

 

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Because I was so busy right now, I made a replica of the Rambo III knife (made by Gil Hibben)

 

5mm O1 steel, heat-treated, 405mm length, brass guard, pins and pommel, walnut handle

 

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greetings, Joost

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Then I decided to design my own knife.
This was the result.
3mm O1 steel, heat-treated, some filework on the spine and a lot of brass work, maple-walnut-brass handle, mosaic pin (self made).

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It look a little like a Persian dagger.

 

Greetings, Joost

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After this knife it was time to do a very big project, some of that later.

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Wow. That last one I really like! You need to design knives more often! And were you the one who just welcomed me onto the Dutch forum?

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Wow. That last one I really like! You need to design knives more often! And were you the one who just welcomed me onto the Dutch forum?

Yes it was me...

Edited by JF-Knives

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You do good work and I also like that last one. The vine pattern on the spine is excellent. The knife with the spikes on the guard is well made complex design but it could cause a little trouble here in the States-at least several of them.

 

Doug

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Tnx for the complements,

 

After the last knife, the one I designed myself, I started with a Katana. I worked on the Katana for 3 months, and I made everything myself including the sharks in the handle, the Katana-bag, the Tsuba, the Habaki, the stand and the Saya.

 

This Katana was a test to see if I had the skills to accomplish this project. I know there are some errors in this Katana but I'm learning from my mistakes.

 

Some pictures.

 

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W.b.r.

 

Joost

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Welcome Joost! Some nice work there! I too like the little knife you designed, Excelent work on that composite handle!

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Welcome to the forum, Joost! No problem posting stock removal blades. While most of our members forge, it's not an exclusive club. We have a wide variety of members with varying skills and talents.

 

NIce work! Looks like you've achieved good control on your grind lines, which is a skill that takes some a long time to achieve.

 

You'll find the members are really friendly on this forum and generous with their advice. Like all forums, our request is that before asking a question/advice, you search the archives and see if it's already been asked.

 

Our search engine is't really the best, but if you go to google and type:

 

site:bladesmithsforum.com "your search words here"

 

You get excellent results.

 

Luck in the quest!

 

Dave

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Ha! Thanks Dave! I've been struggling a bit myself there!

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