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My First Hand Made Knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Lucian, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Hi guys!



    It's been a while since I last posted on here I think. Been a bit busy working on a little project.



    I've been collecting knives for around 5 years or so now but for the longest time I've always wanted to try my hand at making a knife of my own. I've had that desire for so long but never had the right tools and to be honest thought it quite beyond me. But I've always been quite a creative soul and I I've never been obne to give up without giving it a go first. At least I can say I tried :)



    Anyway, once I had acquired the right tools to make a start I decided to put my knife making skills to the test, taking information from the many books I had read, videos I watched and reading all the comments people have left on knife forums etc. Even talking to people one on one has inspired me. I had a design in my mind which kind of evolved over time and I came up with my first ever fixed blade knife...full tang of course ;)


    I used 01 as it seems to be a good allround steel for a first timer to start off with. The handle scales are micarta that I made myself using cream linen I manged to find in the house.


    It still needs some cleaning up and polishing but I couldn't resist posting it up now to see what you guys think.

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  2. edjo69

    edjo69 EDC Junkie

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    Very nice job!! How did you heat treat it? I have been wanting to make a fixed blade myself but that's the step I cant seem to get past, I have no ability to heat treat a blade after roughing it out.
     
  3. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks edjo69. Well for the heat treat I made myself a mini forge out of two baking trays attached together. Then connected that to a hair dryer to force air into it. I reached some pretty high temperatures from the test runs which I measured with a thermocouple. I have a cast iron stove now which I have modified to heat my steel which is a whole lot better. I will pick up an electric furnace at some point. I am fortunate that I have the space to heat treat outdoors....that and I have cool neighbours :) But if you can find a way to heat treat then go for it mate. It's a very satisfying feeling holding a knife you've fashioned with your own hands.
     
  4. edjo69

    edjo69 EDC Junkie

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    What type of temps do I need to hit, just a basic range, not specific?
     
  5. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    For 01 steel you need to hit the critical temp when the steel becomes non-magnetic. If memory serves that's around 750 - 800 degrees or thereabouts.
     
  6. Cobra 6 Actual
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    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

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    Wow, looks like a serious slicer there, Lucian!
     
  7. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks Cobra. It is a tad aggressive :D
     
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    Cobra 6 Actual Loaded Pockets

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    ... that's a good thing, Lucian!
     
  9. ManVsLawn

    ManVsLawn EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Something... otherworldly or medieval about that knife.

    Very cool.:D
     
  10. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks guys.
    I have some more waiting to be finished on the side. When they are done I will post up some pics.
     
  11. johnny five

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    I dig it good job bro.
     
  12. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks man

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    GiraffeHooves EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    That is a lovely knife! great job! How big is it?
     
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  14. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks Giraffe. Way too big for EDC! Lol

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    GiraffeHooves EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I'd carry it! I love big knives and yours is a beauty.
     
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  16. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks Giraffe! I appreciate that. I'm glad you like it. It could use a sheath though.

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    When I was into making fixed blades... (not as nice as that, I must admit) I would make a rudimentary sheath out of plastic form a 1 Gal milk jug, or similar, with a judicious application of duct tape. Double function! Tape and a knife! What can't you fix with that?
     
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  18. Lucian

    Lucian Loaded Pockets

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    Nice! That's what I call resourceful. Kydex? We don't need no Kydex :)

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    Ahem! Not to be a nit picker... but..... "Stinking Kydex" is the quote. But yeah. ..poor man's kydex. Lol
     
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  20. Lucian

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    Lol

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