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Conner Michaux

First knife finally finished

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ferric wont be here for a few more days so I wont be able to copperwash it till later this week, So Im gonna go ahead and post the finished knife.

O1 tool steel 5/32 thick at the spine, single bevel, walnut scales with a little bit of boiled linseed oil. its 4 3/4 long, the blade from the choil is 2 3/4 long. it got a little bit of patina on it because I forgot to clean it off after cutting an orange. 

Its an ugly knife I know, but Gent's, It will cut... I don't think it will keel though :lol:

Feel free to brutally critique,  the heck out of it.  

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Thanks for all the help on this one guys, I know I ask the same questions over and over again, and its probably annoying to answer my hundreds of questions. So thanks all!

 

Please give me an honest opinion of this knife.

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Actually I quite like it Connor. The scratches on the blade are a bit prominent for my liking and I prefer the choil on the plunge line but pretty good overall. The shape kinda reminds me of a bird’s head and beak in a way.

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Not bad at all.

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Good for the first! I like goofy little knives for some reason... probably wouldn’t be comfortable for long term use, but something tells me that wasn’t the plan. 

I agree with Charles, the choil should be at the plunge line.

Also if your going to copper wash it wouldn’t that happen before the handle?

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Thanks guys! 

4 minutes ago, Adam Weller said:

Also if your going to copper wash it wouldn’t that happen before the handle?

Yeah that would have been a good idea, but i though of the copper wash after I glued the scales on... 

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A little rough, but considering where you started and how you got here, not bad at all!  If I were you I'd make another one and try the copper wash on it.  And remember, once you've put copper in the ferric that's all you can use it for.  

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Its better looking then my first knife.... 

And at least you didnt make it out of a rail road spike... 

I would consider it a success for your first attempt, Now the goal is take everything you learned and make your second one better. 

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Solid first attempt - as others have said, take what you learned and make the next one better.

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I agree with what the others have said.  It's a solid first attempt.

I like the design concept.  It could use a second pin, but you may be on to something with a little edc knife of that shape.

The fit and finish will improve with time as long as you push yourself to make some aspect better with each knife.

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Thanks for the input guys, Im sure my second knife will look a lot better, Im going to make the scales thinner next time o it doesn't look so bulky, and im going to sand it a lot more so the scratches aren't so visible. 

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Remember: sand at 90 degrees (or at least a noticeably different angle) from the previous grit until no scratch marks from the previous grit are visible. Only then change to a finer grit (again at a different angle from what you have just done). Rinse, repeat as necessary until you get the desired level of satin or shine. If there is a scratch you just can’t shift, consider backing up a level.

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Oh I havn't been doing that..Ill make sure to for now on.

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Good first try kid !!

Keep after it and you will see how much better you get at each one after............B)

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I like the shape of it. Pretty good for a first

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Looking good man! Like everyone else said; it needs refinement. But, you shoulda seen my first "knife" that I made maybe around 15-16 or so :lol: Trust me, at your age and tools, you've done very well here! Looking forward to seeing the next!

 

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Thanks Zeb! 

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When I got into making stuff I was 16.  When I finally took a class I was 28. When I got serious about building longrifles when I was 30, I was told that you pretty much have to be 30 before you have the patience to finish stuff all the way out like it needs to be. Now that I am three weeks from 49 I'm almost there. :lol:

Don't worry, the next will be cleaner, and things will snowball from there.  Provided, of course, that you aren't willing to settle for "good enough" over "the best I can do at this point in my development."  I still get a little better with each one.  And I still don't think I'm that good at it.;)

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When I saw Alan talking about the age I clicked your profile to realize you were born in 2005! I am seriously impressed by what you achieved. With a little more patience and some hand sanding you'll make some clean work in no time I'm sure.

Cool looking little knife Conner!

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Thanks Joël! I really appreciate it :D

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I started my second yesterday, I’m not

going to post a wip for that one because I don’t have nearly as many questions... I would be lost without this forum 

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