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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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On 3/26/2021 at 8:39 PM, Welsh joel said:

Jerry- the trick to getting a "mirror" or chrome looking polish is successively finer grits of sandpaper.

Hand sanding with a backer board, go up to finer grits as you go, making sure to get out all the deep scratches from the previous rough grit.

 

Wet sanding with water, windex, or even wd40... with a good sandpaper will make it better.

 

Is your handle pinned and glued on already? Its (polishing ) usually done before attaching handles.

Its easier to clamp the blade to a board clamped in a vise, or to a table, or in a knife vise to hold while you sand.

 

Sand progressively up to a 2,000, 2,500 grit paper- you'll be surprised how it shines. I then polish in a buffing wheel with polishing rouge.

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My humble beginnings began when I was just a kid. Always fascinated by fantasy, I made some wooden Legolas swords from the Lord of the Rings, and Aragorn's elvish dagger out of metal. Unfortunately this was before I had a camera, much less a camera phone (they didn't exist) so I don't have a photo of those. Moving on to 2014, halfway through college, the knife making bug bit me when I made the knife in the first photo. Un-hardened stainless steel from some scrap with plenty of scratch marks and mistakes.... but it looked cool I guess! Started a low output business, ran it successfully for a few years, and went off to be an adult after failing out of college. 

 

So here we are, 2022. I do it as a hobby for supplemental income now. No custom work unless I like ya. The other photos are some if my favorites, although maybe not my best or the most intricate, they are my cleanest work. 

 

This forum is what started it, and what has kept me going, albeit, a little slower these days due to life. Love you guys and am glad to be apart of everyone's journey and excited to see what everyone else is making from all experience levels. 

 

Cheers folks!

-Austin

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