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Bill Schmalhofer
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Been awhile since I've posted anything, but I finally got this one done. It was meant to be a college graduation present for my son, but it took longer to get it done than I thought. 194 layers of 80CrV2 and 15N20 done in a twist. Stainless steel guard and green and black G10 / stainless spacers. Macassar ebony handle and stainless pin. OAL 9.5 inches. Critiques always welcome and thanks for looking.

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Nice looking steel. I love those soft twists. They look so fluid to me. Nice finish work on the handle too, although I personally could do without the sculpting toward the back end. The thick piece for the guard is also nice, but I would prefer it if the tail were much thinner. Just my preference.

You are at the point where you really need a maker's mark.

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8 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Nice looking steel. I love those soft twists. They look so fluid to me. Nice finish work on the handle too, although I personally could do without the sculpting toward the back end. The thick piece for the guard is also nice, but I would prefer it if the tail were much thinner. Just my preference.

You are at the point where you really need a maker's mark.

Thanks for the comments and feedback. This was actually the second guard I made for the knife. The first one did have a much thinner tail and when I put it together it somehow just didn't look right. I then made this second and it seemed to my eye to look better, but then the thickness does look a bit out too. Guess I should have made a third of an in-between thickness to see how that went. Still learning balance.

 

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I actually do have a makers mark and use it on everything that goes out of my house, but I still feel "conceited" using it.  4_IMG_2335.jpg

 

It's my initials (WAS) stylized. I tried using my name ONCE but SCHMALHOFER is a bit big to cram on a knife blade (even a big one):lol:. What I DO have to do is get some professional stencils. Right now I'm using the Brother P-touch laser printer label maker. The stencils are OK but if you etch too long they start to bleed.

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that is a beautiful knife, and he will treasure it. He should, anyway. It obviously has a lot of thought and love poured into it.

I do prefer the thinner tail on the guard, but it is a balance. Some folks make the finger portion of the guard so thin and pointy I worry that it may hurt someone. I love this knife. I also love the sentiment/reason. 

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On 6/25/2021 at 5:05 AM, Bill Schmalhofer said:

Still learning balance

Aren't we all? It's a constant in this art.

 

“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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