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Matthew Stone

1st blade here.

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Been lurking here many a moon soaking up y'alls info. So I figured I may as well share something of my own. So here is my 1st posting here. 

 

Made for a feller at work to replace a skinner he lost in the woods. He wanted something with a short blade & a fat belly. With a guard of some sort (I'm not thrilled with the guard). 

Started with a 1/2"  thick chunk of 5160 2"x4" or so. Forged to the rough general shape. Kinda over grown puukko ish in shape. Went with a hidden tang, despite that I hate making them. Ground it to the final shape & profile before normalizing again the heat treat. I like a convex grind, over a hollow grind. So its what I do most of the time, with the occasional flat grind as well. This one is convex ground. 

Made a piece of copper & nickle mokume gane to do the gaurd. I really should have stuck with quarters here. My sheet material did not want to diffuse. Lost a lot of material from delamination during grinding. But ended up with enough to be usable. Not particularly happy with it though. 

Went with hard maple and bronze pins for the handle. Epoxy to fill & seal the tang sanded to 1000 grit & finished with paste wax. 

 

Doing a simple scabbard out of wenge for it in the next day or two.  Gots a San mai billet & a damascus billet to finish welding up tomorrow. Gots a long seax in mind. 

 

 

In all honesty, I've not done much with blades in a while. I did stock removal back when & found it boring. So I got into blacksmithing & forgot about blades. Then I got finagled into forging one a few months back. Now it's almost a sickness. 

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Not bad! It looks like it would do the job well. The blade looks like it's in need of some refinement aesthetic wise. When making a knife, remember that it's not just parts to be put together. There should be a bigger picture in mind when fitting everything together. 

Looking forward to the seax!!!

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I'd like to say that it looks worse in the picture than in person. But that would be a half truth. The phone camera does suck, but wasn't given leave to do a few things I wanted to which I think would have helped. 

 

I don't like the guard. It detracts from the whole thing. Doesn't flow at all in my opinion, but its what the kid wanted & he was paying. So who am I to argue. Much. 

I wanted to polish and rust blue the blade. Would have been a nice contrast with the lighter tone of the wood. He wanted something simple to touch up finish wise though. Not sure it gets easier than scotch brite. 

He did want a finger hole in middle of the blade. I managed to steer him away from that thankfully.

I'm old enough to still believe that the customer is always right. Even when they're wrong. 

 

 

That's all of my excuse making.  I do need to work on my fit & finish. That is absolutely correct. Ive never been a good design person. I generally tell folks to draw me a rough idea of what they want & then try to turn their idea into metal & wood. If its something for myself or as a gift from me, I dont even do that much. I just wing it. I believe this to be a short coming on my part & I would probably make a better product with a better eye for design. I don't mean for that to be an excuse. Just an explanation.

 

 I'm always happy for any pointers & criticisms. 

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Keep at it man! You'll get better. Dont take what I said as a personal attack, but more of a critique with the intent to help you get better. We all start somewhere. You shoulda seen my early knives. It sounds like you knew all along what needed work anyway, so that's good.

One thing I would suggest is choosing a design and trying to make the finished product as close as possible to that design. Doesn't matter if you print it off your computer. This is how you get better. 

Like I said, good job and keep at it!!!

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Oh no sir. I didn't take it as a personal attack. Not in the least. Ive got two 15 year old daughters for that. They be vicious!!

 

I ask for criticism & critiques from those who have a better eye than mine, so I know where to work towards improvment. 

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