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Carl Brill

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Hello folks. I didn't find an introduction thread so I'll introduce myself here.

 

My name is Carl Brill, I live in coastal Maine and I work as a boat carpenter.

 

Here is my first folding knife, I'm pretty happy with it. A file for the blade with the tang forged for the thumb "tab". Some bicycle tubing for the handle, cold blued. Bronze washers and a nail for the rivet.

 

The things I might have done better.

 

- File the blade bevels flat.

- Finish the blade better.

- Clean up the thumb tab where it attached to the blade, I filed for clearance but left it rough.

- Align the back of the blade in line with the back of the handle.

- Give the handle more taper from the front to back. I'd leave the front the same size but add a 1/16" to the butt. In the pictures it shows hardly any taper at all. At the blade it is 0.64" at the butt it is 0.73". Roughly 3/32".

 

Thank you for any input you might have and please let me know about any posting mistakes I may have made.

 

My higo 4.jpg

 

My higo 3.jpg

 

My higo 2.jpg

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Welcome aboard! The knife looks good, let's see some more.

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Thanks, I think I prob'ly belong over in the beginner area.

 

I'm signed up for the American Hand-forged Knife class at JCC School in April. I'd like to get my forging skills out of the "primitive" catagory, if you know what I mean.

 

I'll certainly show more stuff in Show and Tell.

 

Thanks

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Thank You!

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That's quite a knife for your first- Wow. I like the design very much. I was on line looking at stuff on facebook a couple weeks ago...and saw this and was reminded of it when I saw your photo today. Both yours and this one are sort of reminiscent of the French Duk-Duk in many ways

 

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That is really cool. Certainly makes it very secure against closing. The Higonokami style rely on you keeping your thumb on the top tab to keep it from closing. I mean, if your cutting safely it won't close anyway but you know what I mean. Where did you find that knife?

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I must agree with Carl I do like that folder with the handle lock should even stop it from open when not wanted

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I don't want to hijack this thread as it's about Carl's cool knife- I was just trying to point out the similarity. I would have indicated whose it was but I don't have the good habit of labeling pics when I capture them off the web.. sorry

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Welcome Carl! Nice looking first blade! Not many tackle a folder as their first. It's definitely an added layer of complexity.

 

Well done, and welcome to the quest!

 

Dave

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Very true I shall apologize to Carl but I must agree with Dave I haven't even thought about making a folder with out a kit yet so well done Carl I hope to see more of you work

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Hey, Thanks for all the kind words guys. There's nothing to apologize for here, I appreciate the replies and conversation!

 

Also, I may not have been too clear, it is my first folder, not my first knife. It's probably my tenth knife, so don't be too impressed!! ;)

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