First Slip Joint!

Discussion in 'Custom Knife Forum' started by Justin Presson, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    My first slip joint is done!!! This was another learning experience. It aint perfect but this was a proof of concept and design prototype. I'm pleased with is, its not a traditional by a long stretch but my modern take on one. The biggest problem I ran into was I do not have a mill or surface grinder so that was a challenge.

    Blade and spring are 15n20 and handle is carbon fiber.

    I ended up free floating the blade and backspring with washers to avoid the ricasso getting scratched. Not sure it is the best way to construct one but it allowed me to keep the spring and blade the same thickness.


    Thanks for Looking!!!
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    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017
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  2. Dennis Morland

    Dennis Morland KNIFE MAKER

    That is awesome! Great job.
     
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  3. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    Justin, that looks flat out cool!!
     
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  4. mike miller

    mike miller KNIFE MAKER

    Looks cool but some will complain on one point. you can see daylight between backspring and scales.
     
  5. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    I think that's true of a slipjoint collector, but I also believe there is a whole lot of market out there that doesn't care. Most younger guys have never owned a slipjoint and the gaps on this knife looks just like every liner lock for sale today. The younger generation of users has grown accustomed to skeletonized framework knives.

    This is one of those knives that may break all the rules. The question is, outside of the collectors, does Joe Public see it as a rule breaker, or innovative?
     
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  6. Calvin Robinson

    Calvin Robinson Moderator Christian Forum

    Looking good Justin.
     
  7. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

    I like it, two thumbs up!!
     
  8. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    Yes I knew that would turn some people off and like I said it was more of a solution to a problem and then I got to thinking what difference is it then a framelock with standoffs and thought the floating baclspring was kind of cool I have never seen it.
    It will go either way some will hate it some wont. I see both sides.
     
  9. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    Thanks Calvin, I will bring it to the KC show and stop by your table and talk slipjoints because I think I would like to start making more and yours are second to none.
     
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  10. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    Well said John.
    My thoughts exactly. I love a traditional slip joint but alot of people like tactical folders(myself included). I feel its a blend of the two and I think time will tell on my floating backspring here if people like, dont care about it or think it is dumb.
     
  11. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    Nicely done, Justin! I like the modern look to a classic style of knife. Great job.
     
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  12. Rick Otts

    Rick Otts Well-Known Member

    Very nice you nailed it.
     
  13. Calvin Robinson

    Calvin Robinson Moderator Christian Forum

    It will be good to see you and your knife Justin.
     
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  14. Don Robinson

    Don Robinson Well-Known Member

    Nice job. Now learn to relieve the area around the pivot to eliminate washers.

    Press on, Presson!
     
  15. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    I edited original post to add a video at the bottom.
     
  16. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    Thank you Don for checking it out.
    I agree when I ever purchase a mill I will give it a try.
     
  17. Self Made Knives

    Self Made Knives Well-Known Member

    Man, I really like your mark too! That's looks great.
     
  18. MikeL

    MikeL KNIFE MAKER

    Looks great.
     

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