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Faye

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I keep a list of all the knives I've made that have left the shop fully functional, with the dimensions, materials, and date completed written down. I started this list with the first knife that I actually heat treated. There are a handful of knives I made before I even knew heat treating steel was a thing. This week I finished a knife that will be the 100th knife on the list. It's 240 layer Damascus with something like a ladder pattern in it, and a piece of Red Bush Willow. It's my first integral chef knife, and the largest kitchen knife I've ever made.

BL: 8 1/2"

HL: 5 1/4"

Height at the heel: 2 1/2"

Spine Thickness: 3/32"

Convex ground 1/2" up from the edge.

The design is intended to be something like a wharnecliff blade. The gentleman receiving it struggles with very bad arthritis, and finds knives with straighter edges easier to use. He also has very large hands, so I tried to give the handle some extra length and knuckle clearance.IMG_20240112_144811_094~2.jpgIMG_20240112_144549_902~2.jpg

I still have the very first blade I ever made, it hangs on the wall by a note from Joshua States that reminds me to enjoy the journey. It made me cringe, but I did take a comparison picture.IMG_20240112_135155_993.jpg

Quite a few people on here have been a large part of my journey so far, and I'm very grateful for their extreme patience and continual guidance. 

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Faye, beautiful knife, first thing caught my eye was the junction at the tang/handle and handle shape. It just flows…….IMHO!
Gary LT

 

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"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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I think that is a beautiful knife and I am envious of your integral forging. I also find your design considerations with respect to the specific client extremely thoughtful and caring. If you haven't already posted in this thread, you really ought to.

 

1 hour ago, Faye said:

Quite a few people on here have been a large part of my journey so far, and I'm very grateful for their extreme patience and continual guidance.

It's worth it when we see our advice and suggestions put into practice and producing great results. Watching a new artist grow and excell is always exciting and enjoyable. Watching your journey thusfar has been nothing short of inspiring. If you haven't already started, soon you will be teaching others and sharing what you know. Every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher.

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“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.  

 

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I like it, a good kitchen knife with consideration for the user, exactly where custom knifemaking shines.

 

It makes me wonder how many knives I've made, I never kept track.

I know it is a lot less than a hundred, but I might be the slowest knifemaker in the world, with only 6 or 7 pieces each year.

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8 hours ago, Pieter-Paul Derks said:

with only 6 or 7 pieces each year

That's more than I finish! I'm around 5-6. My biggest year was 10 and half of them were simple kitchen knives!
Come to think of it, most years half of them are simple kitchen knives.

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“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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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

J.States Bladesmith | Facebook

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/JStatesBladesmith

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Nice Faye,

the pic of comparison makes me smile…. I think it is important to keep your first work…. It makes one proud & humble at the same time…..

 

in the latest one I see some one with sunglasses in the pattern….

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