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First Customer #7074089
02/11/18 12:03 PM
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I have a buddy that wanted to learn how to make knives. He bought a small forge and after a few weeks of learning and testing his work he hammered this one out for me. I wanted to be his first paid customer so $ was exchanged. This was hammered out of a leaf spring. The wood is from a huge fallen mesquite on my lease. I really like the burnishes on the blade and the fact that it's all original, not to mention shave test sharp and very hard. He told me as a test, he drove a test blade he made into a solid block, across the grain, cut it out and noticed no deforming to the point or edge. I'd like some ideas on how to make the handle a little more tactile. I'm thinking of checkering at a few grip points, laser engraving, or branding with a rope pattern iron.




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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7074126
02/11/18 01:00 PM
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Nice, nothing like the feeling of taking someting old and turning it into something completely different and new.


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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7074171
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Very nice first knife, especially not working from bar stock.

I wouldn't do anything to the handle, except I would soak it overnight in boiled lin seed oil to bring out the wood grain and keep it from drying out and cracking. It matches the simple design of the knife IMO.

Last edited by Pitchfork Predator; 02/11/18 01:48 PM.

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Re: First Customer [Re: Pitchfork Predator] #7074212
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Should I keep the blade out of the lin seed oil while soaking?
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Very nice first knife, especially not working from bar stock.

I wouldn't do anything to the handle, except I would soak it overnight in boiled lin seed oil to bring out the wood grain and keep it from drying out and cracking. It matches the simple design of the knife IMO.

Last edited by onlysmith&wesson; 02/11/18 02:21 PM.

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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7075285
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Originally Posted By: onlysmith&wesson
Should I keep the blade out of the lin seed oil while soaking?
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Very nice first knife, especially not working from bar stock.

I wouldn't do anything to the handle, except I would soak it overnight in boiled lin seed oil to bring out the wood grain and keep it from drying out and cracking. It matches the simple design of the knife IMO.


Won't hurt it but what I do is drop it handle first into a plastic cup an then pour in the oil up to where the blade starts.


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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7076659
02/13/18 02:56 PM
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That's awesome to see a new knife maker on the rise. I'm taking a 16 year old in that wants to learn how to forge, he's been tinkering on a charcoal forge and an old piece of railroad track. I'm going to give him an old gas forge I don't use anymore and give him some shop time. Us old guys can't take the knowledge with us, we might as well pass it on. ..

Good job on your new knife.


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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7076680
02/13/18 03:17 PM
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Glad to hear these skills are being passed on. That's very important, especially in this day and age!


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Re: First Customer [Re: Pitchfork Predator] #7078214
02/14/18 04:55 PM
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Took your advice, here it is. I like it.
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted By: onlysmith&wesson
Should I keep the blade out of the lin seed oil while soaking?
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Very nice first knife, especially not working from bar stock.

I wouldn't do anything to the handle, except I would soak it overnight in boiled lin seed oil to bring out the wood grain and keep it from drying out and cracking. It matches the simple design of the knife IMO.


Won't hurt it but what I do is drop it handle first into a plastic cup an then pour in the oil up to where the blade starts.


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Very nice! Simple clean lines, I really like the knife!

Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7078618
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Originally Posted By: onlysmith&wesson
Took your advice, here it is. I like it.
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted By: onlysmith&wesson
Should I keep the blade out of the lin seed oil while soaking?
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Very nice first knife, especially not working from bar stock.

I wouldn't do anything to the handle, except I would soak it overnight in boiled lin seed oil to bring out the wood grain and keep it from drying out and cracking. It matches the simple design of the knife IMO.


Won't hurt it but what I do is drop it handle first into a plastic cup an then pour in the oil up to where the blade starts.


Looks great. up


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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7078890
02/15/18 01:40 AM
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Gonna hit a few gun shows and scrounge the tables for a case, unless someone knows a source here.


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Nice, I like it. Forrest

Re: First Customer [Re: bjankowski] #7082693
02/17/18 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted By: bjankowski
That's awesome to see a new knife maker on the rise. I'm taking a 16 year old in that wants to learn how to forge, he's been tinkering on a charcoal forge and an old piece of railroad track. I'm going to give him an old gas forge I don't use anymore and give him some shop time. Us old guys can't take the knowledge with us, we might as well pass it on. ..

Good job on your new knife.



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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7082982
02/18/18 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted By: onlysmith&wesson
Gonna hit a few gun shows and scrounge the tables for a case, unless someone knows a source here.


Hit up Dink Dodger here on the forum. He'll fix you up.

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Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7083898
02/18/18 11:13 PM
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Great knife, love the simple lines and the mesquite wood handle.

Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7083906
02/18/18 11:23 PM
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Really like the knife no frills, just a well made usable knife.

Re: First Customer [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7083997
02/19/18 12:20 AM
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Handle looks great. Knife is a keeper.


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