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  1. soundmind

    A few thoughts on filework

    I thought there was the potential of that.... When I first forged out a few blades I had them on the floor by the woodstove and had a guest come in. We started talking about knives and I showed him those. He looked down at them and said, "oh." I know what he thought too, because when I had my...
  2. soundmind

    A few thoughts on filework

    Thanks for fielding the question John. Sorry if I opened a can of worms. I'll post up some pictures of what I've been doing later. This past week I've revisited some work I had settled on. I didn't forsee that I would de-rail your thread. Another lesson learned on forum etiquette.
  3. soundmind

    A few thoughts on filework

    Thanks John. I've wondered this about other embellishments. It comes to mind often lately with my new build. I want to give this person I'm making a knife for ivory or mastodon bone in the knife. But I can see that a cleanly ground knife without the ivory/mastodon is better than a shoddy ground...
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    A simple hunter

    looks really clean
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    Blade Hardness

    I see some of the older folks using files in the field to sharpen their knives even though they own stones at home. I think their just dressing up an edge temporarily with the file when they do that - I hadn't thought to ask until now. But I have noticed you need to know how to get rid of a...
  6. soundmind

    While the KITH Bowie is tempering:

    Nice filework design.
  7. soundmind

    Kevin Zito - KITH 2019 Bowie WIP

    I think I saw a knife like that going for 5K somewhere. nice!
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    Harpoon clip Bowie

    super clean fit up, Jason. I like the brass and maple, too - classic look.
  9. soundmind

    right knives for 1075?

    thanks folks - and I hope to get some propane before I have another go... I was using wood before just to see what would happen.
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    right knives for 1075?

    User friendly was what I was after when I bought it. That was the impression I had anyway. It's good to know that if I get these knives heat treated properly I can compete. But heat treating is a huge obstacle for me - to have confidence in it anyway. I'll be digging into my 1075 after I finish...
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    right knives for 1075?

    Just to clarify... it won't matter what kind of knife I make with 1075 without temperature control?
  12. soundmind

    right knives for 1075?

    Yeah, and again, I had second thoughts after I asked that last question too... I think I remember reading that time/temperature spreads out all the carbides and the quench only holds them there. So, the quench isn't adding hardness, it's just getting the job done (at the right speed per...
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    right knives for 1075?

    I almost immediately followed up my original post with "maybe it doesn't matter.":)But I had seen both types of knives made from 1075 and decided to let he question stand. Thank you for the reply. I have some Parks 50 but would the blades (say 4" range) benefit from experimenting with a water...
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    18th Century New Orleans Fighter

    Since I've joined the forms I have always enjoyed your knives. I didn't even see this before I asked my 1075 question. You're handle looks super strong and has me interested in frame handles now. My internet is too slow to get a close up right now but looks beautiful. Thanks for showing. -Luke
  15. soundmind

    Law Enforcement Knives

    Especially true if there's more than one person.
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    right knives for 1075?

    I saw that Darrin Sanders mentioned 1075 was good for choppers on the knife steel reference. What about 2"-4" hunting and general purpose knives? I don't want to make any long knives for awhile. Also what kind of edge holding should I be getting out of it? I'll be using either charcoal or gas...
  17. soundmind

    I wonder.......

    Thank you very very much. On this part about being able to smell through them, I had that question myself. "If I can smell the steel or the antler or wood, whatever I'm working on -does that mean I'm also breathing it?" I know someone who works for a mining outfit cutting up the core samples...
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    Post here for design critique.

    I used the pattern of drawing C to help me re-make this handle. This is a blade design I'm experimenting with. Please critique the match -up. Measuring from the front of the guard forward and back: the blade is 4 1/4" inches - handle landed at about 4 3/4"
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    Post here for design critique.

    that'll be next years designated KITH. I don't know how you'd even grind the bevels to make the (tip?) front.
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    Post here for design critique.

    I posted in another thread that I wrestle with handle to blade proportions. I stumbled across this in David Boye's "Step by step knifemaking": He's got about 20 pictures like this for cleavers, bread knives, paring knives and utility knives too.