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First 4 knives


Aaron B.

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Thought I might post some pics of my first 4 knives. They were all stock removal. They were all hand made. I was just starting out, so I purchased some 1095 from Admiral. Got some patterns from Dan Commeau. Cut out with hack saw, made a bevel jig and hand filed all the bevels. Made a coffee can forge for heat treating, tempered in the wifes oven(when she was gone), hand polished. A friend who is a bow maker gave me some scraps for handle material. Top three are Bocote and the lighter color one is Honduran Rewood. Small drop point hunter is my design for my wife, the others were Dans patterns. These 4 knives made me catch the bug of knife making. They were given to my brother and a couple of friends. After others saw them, I got 8 more orders for knives. I told them that after hunting season(last year), I would get to work on them. Unfortunetly on December 8th, I almost lost my left index and middle finger in a lathe accident at work (I am a toolmaker). I had surgery on Dec. 30th to repair the nerves that were severed. It has been a long recovery. I am fortunate that I still have my fingers, full function of my middle, but limited use of my index. The feeling has yet to return as well. So, I am hoping to return to blade work soon. I am working on my forge in my spare time, and hoping after this hunting season, I will start turning out some knives.

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2 hours ago, Chris C-S said:

These look great. Thanks for sharing. First 4 all at once? 

For the most part, yes. I started my wife's knife, then decided one for my brother for his birthday, and then a couple friends wanted one. Wallah, 4 first knives!

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Love the ambition. Kudos, well done. I'm still working on No. 2 & 3. You can see the progress on them at the critique sub forum. 

Keep up the good work!

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Aaron, that's a nice set and your story is very reminiscent of where I started out. I particularly like that little drop point you made for your wife. That's a handy little blade.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Thank you Josh. Looking forward to getting back at it after hunting season. I've been busy with building a Hunting Cabin this summer, then hunting season coming up, then knife making season after that.LOL

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On 8/14/2017 at 3:43 AM, Aaron B. said:

Thank you Josh. Looking forward to getting back at it after hunting season. I've been busy with building a Hunting Cabin this summer, then hunting season coming up, then knife making season after that.LOL

DUDE!  Show us the photos of that cabin!

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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That looks really nice... the building and the location. Nothing like a good porch.

I love the knotty pine. That's what I have on the inside of my house.

I hope 'yall don't have carpenter bees up there.

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Yeah man. That'll do the trick.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

J.States Bladesmith | Facebook

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Thanks guys. The exterior is shiplap. The gable end under the porch is bead board pine. It is sealed with Thompsons water seal. It cost me $3500 to build what you see there. All the pine was purchased with my buddies discount at his place of employment. Paid 18 cents a board foot for planer outs. The planer outs are better than most of the stuff sold locally at 89 cents a board foot. It was a fun project with my father. Going to make lots of memories up there.

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