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  1. Johan Nel

    Fifth overall

    This is my fifth knife that I have finished to date and one of my own design, although it will hardly be unique in shape. I will be making more of them, with some tweaks. I like the design. I seem to be extremely slow in the process of making knives, it took me six months from start to finish...
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    Photo-chemical etching your logo

    I have noticed a really large number of logo and logo marking related threads these past few weeks. I have a question as well and do not want to impose on another person's threads. I have noticed on threads on this forum that to a large extent logos are seems done by means of electo-chemical...
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    Signing off for a few days...

    I thoroughly enjoy Knife Dogs and I have made but a few knives, but enjoy the content and the photos beautiful knives that gets posted here. However, I will not be able to check in for the next couple of days or perhaps a little longer, as I will be having a lower back operation tomorrow the...
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    Knife bevels without a plunge line...My take

    I have seen on especially kitchen knifes, mostly the Japanese style knifes, but also a number of western types that did not have any visible plunge lines showing, and this has intrigued me quite a bit. I had a bird and trout knife planned, and I started toying around with the idea of making it...
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    Petty knife for my daughter

    This is the second knife that I have completed. It is a small petty knife/vegetable knife for my daughter as a Chrismas gift. It is an unknown steel, but is a carbon steel obtained from a ramsaw blade. Blade is about 8cm long and the knife is 20cm overall. The handle material is red mahogany...
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    Polyethylene for liners?

    I have fairly free access to polyethylene containers of a variety of colours which off hand seems quite useable as liners. It is a very soft plastic and melts quite easily. Are there any issues on using it as liners?
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    About 'Balance'

    I have started on a new knife which I am making for my daughter. She requested something small that she could use in the kitchen for peeling & working vegetables, so I started on a paring knife of sorts. After I cut out and refined the shape, I started on the bevel of the blade. At one point I...
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    Carl Schlieper Solingen Germany - Repair & general refurbishment

    I have come in possession of a Carl Schlieper knife that needs some TLC. From what I could gather on the internet, these knifes were mass produced and were sold en masse. See the photo: Overall quality of the photos is not great, sorry about that. The design seems based on a Bowie with a false...
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    My first effort

    This is my first effort at making my own knife. It is still a work in progress. The shaping was primarilly by means of hand files. The steel is 5.2 mm thick (just less than 7/32 on an inch) and is a carbon based "mystery" steel obtained from a mower blade (And yes, I did see all the justified...
  10. Johan Nel

    Greetings!

    Hi, My name is Johan Nel and I am a South African. I stumbled onto this website while searching for the appropriate angle for the bevels of a knife that I am in process of making. Having this urge to build a knife and not having much in terms of machinery and tools, I decided to give it a go...
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