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#6777923 - 05/29/17 04:13 PM My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle
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Registered: 02/18/09
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My first attempt, was meh, and not worth posting.
I tried before to grind a bevel with my cheap harbor freight 1x30 belt grinder, and it didn't go well. Even made a bigger platten and a angle jig and still not good.
So I made a filing jig and 100% hand file my bevels. This knife is made from a flat stock of D2 I got from Jantz last year. It has a flat "grind" (more like filing), nothing fancy. My first set of scales cracked when pinning so I had to let epoxy cure then grind it off and start over. These scales are walnut I got from Jantz at the same time I got the steel. My file work, well, it needs some work. But to be fair, this was my First ever attempt at any file work.
I didn't sand the blade beyond 220 grit.
The pins are mosaic in the front 2, then stainless on the rest.
It has many many flaws, but it's a learn as you go process and I'm still learning. I'm nowhere near as talented as you guys who make knives and post them on here regularly, but gotta start somewhere.
Anyway, on to the pics! Advice and critiques are welcome.










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Edited by Precision_Shooter (05/29/17 04:25 PM)
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#6777950 - 05/29/17 04:29 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Next up will be my first attempt at making a sheath.
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#6777980 - 05/29/17 04:55 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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I like the profile... my first knives were not great and I still find things about the current ones... with an artists eye, but you will be hooked and get better the more you make and progress.
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#6777989 - 05/29/17 05:12 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Thanks, I'd like to buy a good 2x72 belt grinder at some point...
I learned, after destroying a 12" Nicholson bastard file when filing this knife, that D2 air hardens... oops.

Next knife will be made from simple 1095.

My heat treat is done with a fire brick forge and propane torch. Got the fire brick at Tractor supply and torch on amazon.
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#6778031 - 05/29/17 05:56 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Not bad for number 2. Try some 1084 next time, it's a lot more forgiving than 1095 when it comes to heat treat.
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#6778066 - 05/29/17 06:49 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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1084, I'll remember that. Thanks
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#6778275 - 05/29/17 10:44 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Very nice work Brandon, I admire your patience and abilities sir.

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#6778334 - 05/30/17 05:09 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: shumpertdavid]
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Originally Posted By: shumpertdavid
Very nice work Brandon, I admire your patience and abilities sir.

Much better than I could do.... cheers
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#6778336 - 05/30/17 05:14 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Looks good. I have made a few "kit" knives and I found out pretty quick it's hard not to spall the scales when drilling for pins....
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#6778351 - 05/30/17 05:57 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Good job, I like it
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#6778407 - 05/30/17 07:31 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Looks good for your second. I would just grind off that little hand guard that sticks out from the scales.
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#6778471 - 05/30/17 08:49 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Lookin Good!
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#6780636 - 06/01/17 07:43 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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Good job....and great patience with the filing; that takes a long time.
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#6780920 - 06/01/17 11:57 AM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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There was a lot of swearing and sweating involved in the filing. D2, even in its annealed state is still hard as I found out...the hard way. Hoping 1084, 1095, and stainless will cut easier/faster. We will soon find out.

Question for you all, what steel and thickness would be good to make some kitchen knives from? Might try to make my MIL a new kitchen knife as she has worn hers out completely. Would 440c be a good choice? How difficult is it to heat treat?

Thanks
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#6781021 - 06/01/17 01:21 PM Re: My Second attempt at a handmade knife.... Be Gentle [Re: Precision_Shooter]
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440C makes good kitchen knives but you'll need a heat treat oven and tool wrap to do it properly.
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