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A design, realized

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by MSCantrell, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. MSCantrell

    MSCantrell Loaded Pockets

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    Sometimes the things you usually take for granted just strike you.

    Like MAKING something that only existed in your mind.

    This was a customer's design:
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    And before you know it, here it is in real life, physically:
    [img width=582 height=640]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j255/mscantrell/100_4671.jpg[/img]

    Wild.
     
  2. clutchUSMC

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    Nice work! O0
     
  3. hawkeye

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    That looks pretty cool. Any plans to make more like it?
     
  4. MSCantrell

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    Yes and no. Exactly the same, no. But I've got one on my bench that's similar but with different holes, and I've got one on the bench that's the same pattern but twice as big. :shrug:
     
  5. peacefuljeffrey

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    Where's the *&@^! bottle opener?! :rant:



    Just kidding. That looks professional-grade, muh-man! I wonder, can you make it with a slight curvature to the blade, just a bit of "belly"?
     
  6. bushidomosquito

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    Awesome! Now I know what to do with all of those random bits of ATS-34 laying around the shop.
     
  7. peacefuljeffrey

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    Mike, is that a chisel- or V-grind?
     
  8. MSCantrell

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    :laugh:

    Sure, it's no trouble to make a blade with belly.
    It's chisel ground. :cool:
     
  9. Lorenzo

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    The customer that designed this has a deep sense of harmony and proportion :)

    I would not resist the temptation to add a metric ton of "functionality" to this design, like making the holes into wrenches, wire strippers and whatnot, adding a beer opener, GITD filling and kitchen sink - but the tool stayed simple and beautiful.
     
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    Glad you liked my joke. So, is it "no trouble" to make it a V-grind, too?
     
  11. MSCantrell

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    Also no trouble. :cool:
     
  12. peacefuljeffrey

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    Mike, what are they calling this kind of "knife" these days?

    I mean, when they made the Razel, it was named for what it was. This creation of yours (and I've seen others like it from some makers) does not seem to be exactly a chisel, or a knife, or a razor, or whatever. It needs a name, and for all I know, this style of cutting tool has one already but I don't know what it is. Insight, please?
     
  13. MSCantrell

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    Usually, you call it a kiridashi. But by the time you stylize it and americanize it like this design, the term applies loosely at best.

    Here's a classic kiridashi (a japanese woodworking knife, usually used like a scribe for marking lines):
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    This photo taken straight from the Japan Woodworker catalog.

    The distinguishing features are the straight edge, pointy point, and chisel grind (only on one side).

    So by extension, just about anything with a straight edge at an angle relative to the handle gets named a kiridashi, including my piece above. (If it has a straight edge that's in line with the handle, it's a wharncliffe, of course.) It's not a perfectly accurate name, but it works. :)

    As a side note, if you added some belly to the blade, it would definitely not be a kiridashi anymore- you'd have stretched the definition so far that it broke. Then you would call it a "straight-point chisel-ground keychain knife," or something equally inelegant.
     
  14. jujigatame

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    That's a cool little piece, nice work. What is the steel?
     
  15. wildrider

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    Nice! Please post pix of your others...seems like a nice keychain addition


     
  16. toddtheknifegeek

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    It's 1095 if I recall correctly. And it's perfect on a keychain. It's on mine right now. I wanted small, and I got it. Much smaller and you would have to pinch grip only. Looks good, cuts great. No idea of edge holding, only had it 36 hours. Would recommend Mike to anyone who is looking for a knife.
     
  17. WolfAmmoMan

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    Did you make the sheath as well ? :)
     
  18. MSCantrell

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    I sure did! :highfive: