Handmade Knives - Folders and Fixed

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Project by buckeyedudes posted 02-23-2010 03:01 AM 1594 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Knife making is a true challenge. It challenges one in many facets of craftsmanship; precision machining and fitting, woodworking, and finishing. It is hard work which equates to great satisfaction when you nail down the design and accomplish the look you are after.

The two folders have nickel silver bolsters, brass liners, nickel silver pins, and nylon washers to help ease the opening to a buttery function. The larger folder has a mosaic pin made from copper, stainless steel, and brass.
The wood scales are walnut crotchwood from a tree I cut down years ago. Finished with many coats of poly with 000 steel wool buffing in between. The steel used is surgical stainless.

The fixed blade knife has rosewood scales, filework on the thumb and heel areas for grip, and mosaic pins to tack it all together. The steel used is D2.

Hope this nudges yins to try it yourselves! Great satisfaction when you whip one out and someone yelps about it!!!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 03:10 AM

Great craftsmanship. Really nice knives.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 03:54 AM

did you shape the blade? and did you make all the pieces for the folders? or were they kits?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 04:21 AM

nice knives there nothing like a good knife

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 05:06 AM

Very nice job making these knives!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 06:26 AM

Hey you worked a lot better, to see that you have worked a lot in creating this design

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 03:15 PM

I’d proud to own one of those beauties.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 08:54 PM

Very nice work. Do you do the blade work? Are they forged or ground? I want to get into knives but I have’nt made the time. I like what you have done.

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 11:53 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments folks!

I like to order very basic kits and do major overhauls to them. have all the stuff you’ll ever need.
For instance, the kits range from $10 – $20 typically, and I will make my own blades and designs, change the bolsters, make my own scales (wood sides), and add accents like pins or file work. Even WoodCraft sell knife kits which are fairly decent blanks.

The fixed blade was a slab of steel which I made into a knife, heat treated, and ground to finish dimensions. Then sanding and finishing to fine tune it. It is a one hand skinner that fits the grip nicely.

My advice is to start with basic kits with low skill level and advance from there. They even make all wood knife kits so you can make the whole thing out of wood and even give it to a 10+ year old kid for a gift. Of course, make the blade end blunt so absolutely no harm can occur.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 12:22 AM

cool thats a good idea, i thought of buying kits, but id rather shape it from leaf spring, much cheaper lol
when you heat treated your knife, did you just heat it up until it was non-magnetic, or did you do a couple more heat treats to a lower temp
thanks, Mike

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 01:25 AM

also, do you make sheaths for your knives?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 05:13 AM

Mike – I know of many knifemakers that do the leaf spring ordeal. Lots of work and the material has lots of hard and soft spots in it. Used and discarded large bearings or band saw blades are better material to use for forging.

To harden, heat up until non-magnetic and quench in used motor oil. Then put it in your wife’s toaster oven for 350-400 degrees for 1-2 hrs. This will temper it and make it tough and non-brittle.

I usually don’t make sheaths as I mostly make folders, but if it is a fixed blade, then I usually get one made for me out of deer leather. There is a leather worker close to me and he does great and cheap work.

Thanks much for your interest!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 05:19 AM

Great Lookin Knifes

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 03-27-2010 02:31 PM

Beautiful knifes, love the finish, good job.
You should try and do the leatherwork, it’s really rewarding when you go all the way.
As you saw, I make knifes also, and for me it’s also the perfection, wich are the go.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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