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Charles dP

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Hi there. I have finally dipped a toe into making a blade. It's a whole new world :).

I started with an old half round file, forged, shaped and filed. The knife is meant for use in the kitchen  (oft seen advice is to use your first knife) but I still wanted a bit more of an old look. The design kind of reminded me of my dad's old butcher knives. 

The blade length is 20cm/8", AOL currently is 28cm/11". It will be a blind hidden tang handle.

This morning I hardened and did my first temper at 200C/400F. It is just about to go in for a second temper at 180/350. There is a slight bend at the tang but hardly noticeable . I didn't clean the canola from the blade, hence the colour. The handle is 13cm/5-1/8" from a piece of blackthorn branch that had been waiting its turn in the fire for a couple of years. The handle needs a lot of work still, shaping and sizing as well as drilling. I am thinking of putting a brass end cap on and also thinking about a small section of antler at the blade end, possibly with brass fitted-guard. Is antler suitable in a kitchen knife w.r.t. hygiene, etc?

All advice and suggestions welcome.

Thanks

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Is the second pic the same blade??

 

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Yes. The first photo is before HT. the second is after tempering (I didn't clean the oil off the blade). I found a large crack when grinding the handle so am working on a new one now. It is a bit overlong and thick still. Here is where I'm up to. The 3mm brass sheet is hard to grind on the wheel.

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Been a bit busy of late but finally managed to finish my first knife today. All I have left to do is the final sharpening for which I have a Lansky kit somewhere in the loft.

AOL is 32cm/12.5". Blade is 19cm/7.5". Blade width is 2.5cm/1" and thickness is 2mm/ 1/16". There is a small false edge on the clip but it's not showing well on the photos.

I couldn't get a clean bevel so I sanded everything but the 'bevel' and left that as bench ground (stone wheel). I was going to engrave a pattern into the antler but I am worried I might go through into the grey core. Any comments suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Thanks guys. Up at the blade end Karim? The tang is very low but I'll bear that in mind for my next one. Trying to decide what that will be.

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