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I started this journey in July of 2020. My first knife I made from a file, but never finished it. I know that I have a long road of improvement ahead of me, but I think I'm making some progress. I don't have any training with the exception of videos on YouTube and insight from people in this forum. The first image are my first two file knives and the others were mild steel. I was just trying to learn how to swing the hammer correctly.

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My first completed knife was a chopper made from 1084 bar stock.

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My first twist damascus. It was about 36 layers, I learned a lot about layered damascus with this one.

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My only successful cannister damascus. Six attempts not so good.

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My first attempt at a Bowie with a hidden tang.

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Don't laugh to hard, this is my first attempt at a kukri.

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A little whittling knife.

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My first attempt at an integral Bowie. 

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Neck knife made five months ago.

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312 layered damascus.  

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These next two were stock removal.

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And I just finished this Kabar a couple of days ago.  The one on top is mine from the Marine Corps.

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And mostly because of this forum. The knife pictured was supposed to be in the KITH and I couldn't finish it in time. Thanks to everyone here who took the time to answer my questions with patience and respect.

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