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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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My first knife ever...

Ok, so after years and years of collecting and being fascinated with knives I finally decided it's time to try and make my own. As I mentioned in my other post, I really want to make a set of four, for my dad, me and my brothers as a gift for our first elk trip together in September. I figured I'd post the progress photos as I move through this process to get feedback as everything I'm doing was learned from watching countless youtube videos. I decided on AEB-L stainless and will be sending the blanks away once finished to have them hardened and tempered. The handles will be a mix of stabilized burl and curly maple. I started last night with making the first blank (below) and will slowly be moving through the rest over the next few months so bear with me if there are some breaks in the updates. If you guys see anything I'm doing wrong please let me know lol.






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Looks very nice. Now getting the grinds on both sides to match take your time when grinding be safe good luck. Thanks and be safe

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Well blacksmith, that was my biggest fear and last night I decided to give it a shot. After I started I quickly realized that with the width of the knife and the thickness of the blade that the bevels were coming almost the whole way up the blade. After seeing this I thought to myself "why not just bevel the full width of the blade", that way it would look like one piece of smooth steel instead of actually seeing where the bevel starts. I don't know if this is an acceptable practice so I'm really interested to hear feedback. Here's some pics after I finished grinding in the bevels. I took 10 minutes or so and did a quick sand and polish so I could see the deeper scratches better but this knife hasn't been treated yet. I figure it's be best to get those scratches out and do as much sanding as I could before it's hardened. Any advice, comments or criticism is appreciated.






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So I got the remaining three cut out last night. I like the middle two but the bottom one needs to go on a diet. It's just a little bigger than I'd like for a hunting knife.

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So I got the remaining three cut out last night. I like the middle two but the bottom one needs to go on a diet. It's just a little bigger than I'd like for a hunting knife.

Can't seem to open pictures??? Thanks

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Can't seem to open pictures??? Thanks

Can you see them now? Google images is terrible and never likes to share images. I switched to Imgur.

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Pics are showing fine. Second from the top is looking great. I like that shape.
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Pics are showing fine. Second from the top is looking great. I like that shape.
Thanks loridr, that's my favorite one. I'm just trying a bunch of different things with the shapes and playing around with them. The bottom one is a lot different now after some grinding. I'm hoping to have them ready for heat treat here shortly and post some more pics.
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Thanks loridr, that's my favorite one. I'm just trying a bunch of different things with the shapes and playing around with them. The bottom one is a lot different now after some grinding. I'm hoping to have them ready for heat treat here shortly and post some more pics.
Nothing beats doing it. I have plenty of mistakes but have plenty of nice ones. The ratio is getting better. It is nice that they are not all the same none of my knives are identical. Good Luck. P.S. talk to your heat treat guy about how much stock to leave on edge?? Usually I don't put sharp edge on till done heattreat

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Thanks for the heads up on that. I wasn't planning on putting any edge on them. I just have the bevels cut in but the edge is still a flat surface.

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