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Introduction and pics of my work

Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 01:48 PM

Hey guys! I'm the new guy here but I have been making knives for about 4 years now. I was told about this site the other day by some fellow hunters so thought I'd check it out! I see some familiar names here, Bob Jankowski, Mike Conner, and Chops! cheers Anyway, I'm a coach/teacher in Henrietta, TX and a knifemaker in my freetime! I teach Spanish and coach football, girls basketball and golf. My wife is also a coach and we have 2 daughters, my oldest will be a soph and my youngest will be going into 6th grade. So THATS my introduction, now to see if I can load a few pics!haha Looking forward to browsing around all the info here!!

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Posted By: snake oil

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 03:42 PM

Very nice looking knives and Welcome to the forum. Do you have a website?
Posted By: shumpertdavid

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 04:22 PM

Beautiful work sir, glad to have you and look forward to seeing your work.
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 04:24 PM

welcome
Posted By: MVPhere

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 04:28 PM

Very nice work!
Posted By: bjankowski

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 05:37 PM

I was wondering when you were coming around Ben... Glad you made it here. You know I love your work
Posted By: ETexas Hunter

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 05:51 PM

cheers
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 06:44 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the welcome! I'm trying to figure out which sponsorship I need to purchase so I'm able to sell my knives here. (I don't wanna be stepping on anyone's toes!) I'll update my info with my website when I'm able to get that done!

Just a little more history on me... bjankowski is one of the reasons that I'm making knives now! Thank you Bob! I saw some of his knives on a different website a few years ago and just decided to jump in and see what I could do! I've been fortunate to meet lots of great makers and ask LOTS of questions to get me to where I am today!

All of my knives are 100% done by me in my little garage shop, including the hand sewn leather sheaths. I make mostly EDC/hunting fixed blades, but also do kitchen knives, filet knives, and slip-joint pocket knives.
Posted By: Choctaw

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 06:56 PM

Beautiful knives. Welcome to THf.
Posted By: Pitchfork Predator

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 07:09 PM

welcome

Some excellent work you posted.

If my wife knew you were here now, she would try to have you knocked off, LOL!

Become an active member and you can start selling. Not expensive. up
Posted By: bjankowski

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 08:17 PM

Thank you brother for the nice words; I appreciate it... Did you manage to get your daughters wisdom teeth taken care of? Poor baby.
Posted By: 2Beez

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 11:03 PM

Originally Posted by SnakeWrangler
welcome


Very nice work too Sir.
Posted By: Michael W.

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/03/19 11:47 PM

Great looking knives. And welcome to the THF.
Posted By: bucksnbass357

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 01:22 AM

Originally Posted by shumpertdavid
Beautiful work sir, glad to have you and look forward to seeing your work.


welcome
Posted By: Nathan Nelson

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 01:47 AM

Greetings and salutations
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 03:17 AM

Originally Posted by bjankowski
Thank you brother for the nice words; I appreciate it... Did you manage to get your daughters wisdom teeth taken care of? Poor baby.


yes sir, thank you for asking! She got all 4 of them cut out last Monday! She feels a lot better now, but I'm gonna be paying for that one for a WHILE!!ha
Posted By: BigPig

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 09:16 AM

Good looking knives. welcome
Posted By: decook

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 10:24 AM

Making knives like that 4 years in? You should be on TV smile ani
Welcome, and keep posting pics. They look spectacular.
Posted By: txcornhusker

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 02:35 PM

Welcome! Very nice looking work.
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 05:45 PM

Thank you all! I appreciate it! Heres one I'm finishing up today! [Linked Image]
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 06:29 PM

Very nice
Posted By: Grizz

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/04/19 08:45 PM

That's some beautiful work! Welcome to THF and I look forward to seeing your knives posted.
Posted By: MikeC

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/05/19 02:15 AM

Good to see you over here Ben.
Posted By: Dink Dodger

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/05/19 02:50 AM

Great knives Ben. Glad to see you over here.
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/05/19 03:21 AM

Thanks Mike and Mike!!haha Dink, dont know if you remember me but you made a few sheaths for me in my early days before I decided to learn how to do my own! I made ya a knife a while back too and stopped by to meet ya one day when we were down that way for a motorcycle ride!
Posted By: cabosandinh

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/06/19 07:07 PM

do you forge and make your own blanks or do you buy blanks and finish off ?

I am dissatisfied with the mass steel available (154, D2, s30 . )

some of the steels I've been very impressed with were Swedish or Japanese

would like to know what steels you forge /have ?
Posted By: Dink Dodger

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/07/19 12:45 AM

Originally Posted by Ben Kabisch
Thanks Mike and Mike!!haha Dink, dont know if you remember me but you made a few sheaths for me in my early days before I decided to learn how to do my own! I made ya a knife a while back too and stopped by to meet ya one day when we were down that way for a motorcycle ride!


I sure do sir! I still love that knife also. I have quiet a few from different makers so it's hard to pick a favorite but that one and one from Mr Conner are right at the top. They both get equal duty as edc, and I took apart a pig around christmas with the one you made me.[Linked Image]
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/07/19 03:07 AM

I appreciate ya not showing that blade Mike!!haha I've gotten quite a bit better since back then!!lmao (Love the sheath BTW)


As for how I make my knives, I do not forge, I'm a stock removal guy (my back wouldnt let me swing a hammer all day even if I wanted to!ha) I buy my steel in 3'-4' sections in different widths and most all of it is 1/8 thick (I have some 3/32 also) The steels that I use are 154cm stainless, 1084 carbon, 0-1 carbon, and my folders are all cpm154. I take pride in making a great knife (and sheath) from scratch. I cut out my own profiles and no 2 of my knives are the exact same because most of my knives do not have templates (I do have a couple). I grind my bevels freehand and prefer a hollow grind but do a flat grind on requested orders.

Thank you for the question!

Anything else I can answer for ya, please ask!
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/19/19 08:26 PM

Next folder order is complete! Turned out pretty good!

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Posted By: Pitchfork Predator

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/24/19 12:03 AM

Originally Posted by Ben Kabisch
Next folder order is complete! Turned out pretty good!

Outstanding! up
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/24/19 02:17 PM

Originally Posted by Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted by Ben Kabisch
Next folder order is complete! Turned out pretty good!

Outstanding! up


Thank you sir!!
Posted By: 2Beez

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/25/19 04:04 AM

Classic look. I like that Sir.
Posted By: dogcatcher

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/26/19 05:17 AM

welcome
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/28/19 03:01 AM

Heres what I've been working on the past couple days! School is out so now I can get some good shop time in!!

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Posted By: 2Beez

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/28/19 04:51 AM

Very Nice!!! I like the scales on the last one the most with that profile 2cents
Posted By: Dink Dodger

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/28/19 04:00 PM

Very nice folders Ben!
Posted By: Lakhota

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/30/19 01:40 PM

I really like the folders.
Posted By: Graycard

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 05/31/19 07:56 PM

VERY good looking knives sir! Decent photos also.
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/01/19 02:41 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate it!! I need to get my DSLR camera out and take pics w it, but it's just too easy w my samsung galaxy!haha
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/02/19 01:52 PM

Another one I'm finishing up [Linked Image]
Posted By: Dink Dodger

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/03/19 12:30 AM

Those scales are slick looking
Posted By: bucksnbass357

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/05/19 12:06 AM

Very nice work Sir

I really like that Damascus knife
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/05/19 02:04 PM

Thank ya sir! My 1st damascus folder is up next! popcorn
Posted By: SenkoSamurai

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/06/19 08:48 PM

Very impressive work! Welcome!
Posted By: TXHOGSLAYER

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/07/19 02:47 AM

Beautiful knives sir. welcome
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/09/19 02:30 AM

Thanks guys!! Heres the knife for Dink Dodger that he ordered! [Linked Image]
Posted By: MikeC

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/09/19 05:01 PM

up
Posted By: shumpertdavid

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/09/19 08:59 PM

Those are some beautiful blades
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/13/19 04:56 AM

Thanks guys! Heres another one... [Linked Image]
Posted By: SnakeWrangler

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/13/19 06:58 AM

Originally Posted by Ben Kabisch
Thanks guys! Heres another one... [Linked Image]

A work of art....awesome scales....
Posted By: colt45

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/15/19 09:04 PM

welcome
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/21/19 06:32 PM

Latest one out of the shop! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Dink Dodger

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 06/22/19 01:48 AM

Looks great Ben
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 07/02/19 06:12 PM

Another order I just finished! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 07/07/19 05:51 PM

Couple "firsts" for me on this one! First double bolster, first fluted bolster, and first time fileworking liners! CPM154 blade and spring, 410ss mill relieved liners, 416ss bolsters, oval pinned shield, ringed gidgee scales. 600grit hand rubbed finish on hollowground blade. 4 1/2" closed w a 3 1/4" blade.

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Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 07/27/19 04:05 AM

A few more orders done!
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Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 07/27/19 08:52 PM

#3 of a 5 knife order [Linked Image]
Posted By: Black Duck Dog

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 07/27/19 09:49 PM

Looking Good my Friend. Welcome
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/02/19 10:23 PM

Another one done!
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Posted By: Longhunter

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/03/19 12:28 AM

Nice knives
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/06/19 01:32 AM

Thank ya! We started football practice today so production is gonna slow down for a bit! Heres my latest [Linked Image]
Posted By: Katy Tigers

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/09/19 08:41 PM

Beautiful work!
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/11/19 03:59 AM

Originally Posted by Katy Tigers
Beautiful work!

Thank you!
Posted By: easttxhoghunter

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/12/19 11:37 PM

good looking knives, a couple really catch my eye.
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/14/19 05:20 PM

Thank ya sir! Hopefully one day I'll have some stock built up and can offer a few for sale here! Right now I'm up to my eyeballs in orders and football...and school is starting tomorrow!ha
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/17/19 07:17 PM

Latest order going to Mississippi on Monday!
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Posted By: bucksnbass357

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/18/19 05:29 PM

Originally Posted by Ben Kabisch
Another order I just finished! [Linked Image]


Beautiful. Very nice Sir
Posted By: pop r

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/18/19 06:53 PM

cheers
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 08/29/19 02:43 AM

A little ivory action
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Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 09/04/19 03:49 AM

Another one! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Stub

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 09/04/19 11:18 AM

Looks good up
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 09/11/19 01:05 AM

One I just finished for a young man becoming an Eagle Scout! Cpm154 and mesquite wood [Linked Image]
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 09/18/19 03:10 AM

Another order off the list! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 09/30/19 01:44 PM

Next order is done! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Pitchfork Predator

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 10/01/19 10:34 PM

Great looking folders. cheers
Posted By: pop r

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 10/05/19 08:52 PM

Beautiful work! welcome
Posted By: Ben Kabisch

Re: Introduction and pics of my work - 10/09/19 03:24 PM

Thanks guys! I appreciate it! Here's a few I finished last night!
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