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Project by HokieKen posted 01-29-2018 01:41 PM 892 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I made a pair of Kiridashi knives for LJ KelleyCrafts in the recent knife swap, his wife tried to steal them. In haste to retain ownership, Dave told her not to worry, he’d get me to make her a pair of her own. Well, it took me about 3 months (and it cost Dave dearly in trade ;-P) but I finally delivered.

Dave made a set of cast scales like the ones he has available on his site from some Magnolia tree seed pods that I sent him with Sara’s favorite color, green. I offered to make a knife block to hold the knives since I wasn’t sure if a sheath like I made for Dave was really practical for Sara. Finally, he asked me to add some pulls from green paracord similar to the pulls on his knives.

I wasn’t sure about the knife block so I just took a day in the shop, some Mesquite that Dave had sent me and some Walnut and a few packs of Bamboo skewers and tried to create something that had a “Japanese” vibe and suited the knives. This is what shook out. I was quite pleased with the aesthetic of the package. But, then the paracord pulls just didn’t “feel” right. So, I took some “artists’ leeway” and used rawhide instead.

I hope these knives perform well for Sara and last a lifetime. I have some others who have commissioned their own pair of these knives so I’ll be starting on another batch in a couple of weeks. Thanks for looking and comments and criticisms are welcome as always!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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bubs

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 02:02 PM

these are very nice….the green really makes them “pop”....need a way to show off the blades more….I give them an A+ , truely beautiful .

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doubleG469

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 02:04 PM

nice, I do love the kiridashi blade form. Did you go the longer blade for kitchen use?

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 02:22 PM

Thanks guys!


nice, I do love the kiridashi blade form. Did you go the longer blade for kitchen use?

- doubleG469

They’re actually about the same size as the first pair. They probably look longer because the shapes a little slimmer. For scale, the knives are about 6” long total.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 02:25 PM

Oh, nice job there Kenny. Love the green scales (props to Dave for those). They really pop. And the unique block looks great for display and use. The long blade, as Gary suggests, looks to be for kitchen work, but I do prefer the profile of the original knives you made for the swap. Excellent work! Your knives will cut!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 02:46 PM

Very Nice and Well Done Kenny!

-- I Take My Kids Everywhere! The Problem Is, They Keep Finding Their Way Back Home! (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 02:54 PM

Very nice but there is a deduction for not using t track.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 01-29-2018 02:55 PM

This is a beautiful pair of knives and a nice holder.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-29-2018 03:36 PM

Very cool Kenny. I really like the clever knife block approach and look.

I am curious what approach you used to etch the logo into the blade.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 01-29-2018 04:09 PM

Thanks fellas!


Very cool Kenny. I really like the clever knife block approach and look.

I am curious what approach you used to etch the logo into the blade.

- Lazyman

One that is still evolving ;-) The basic idea started with this blog from Allen (bobasaurus). The transfer didn’t work well for me so Dave’s wife made me some vinyl decals on her fancy little machine that I used for the stencil. I tried several power sources but found a plain old 9V battery worked best for me with a q-tip dipped in saltwater. I’m working on building a power source now that I’ll probably do a blog on once I get it done and prove out the design.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#10 posted 01-29-2018 04:17 PM

I’ll chime in here since I have both sets at my house. These are far superior to the original ones I received. The originals are awesome and they are used for general utility around the shop and used literally daily when I’m out there. Not kidding about that.

However, the spine on these goes the length and make for a more durable edge. Unfortunately Kenny’s photos don’t really do this set justice compared to having them in your hand. I think I like the original design better for looks, however if I was using them day to day like I do, I would prefer this design. The wife has let me put this set in the shop to do some testing and comparison and I’ll let Kenny know my opinions on both but I think these are a winner for sure. I’m pretty rough on these things though. I have only had them for about a day so I haven’t had a ton of use yet but I can tell they are stronger by design for sure.

Thanks for the props on the scales Bill, the green turned out nice and it’s easy making scales for someone you know so well so that was actually an easy win for me.

Overall, I would take either set. I love my set and will use them ongoing for many years I imagine. Crazy handy and having two is key with the single beveled edges. Perfect little knives. I think you should all get Kenny to work on making you a set. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you had it and then couldn’t imagine not having it. Worth the price of admission for sure IMO.

If I remember, I’ll snap a photo of them side by side so people compare if you all want. If I don’t remember someone remind me if you want to see them. I’ll subscribe to email notifications on this thread.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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bobasaurus

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#11 posted 01-29-2018 04:39 PM

Looks great. I like the japanese-ish design of the knife block. You make the blades from O1?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 01-29-2018 04:47 PM

i don’t know which is nicer to look at….. the knifes or the very cool looking block …i guess you will have to send me a set…... in purple so as i can feel and touch them …LMAO …GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 01-29-2018 05:08 PM

Glad you like them Dave. Hopefully Sara will get to try them out sometime ;-)

Thanks Allen. And thanks for your blog on etching! It got me started down a rabbit hole… Yes the blades are precision ground O1. No MacGuyvering with charcoal and hair dryers this time either ;-)

Thanks Tony. The knives are up for pre-order so PM me for pricing if you want a set. I’m sure we can find some purple scales for ya ;-) No blocks though, that was way too much work…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 01-29-2018 05:39 PM

Damn sexy!! Great work there Kenny!

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Lazyman

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#15 posted 01-29-2018 06:02 PM

Thanks for the link to Allen’s blog on etching. I experimented a little for the Marking tool swap a couple of years ago but I couldn’t figure out how to get a nice mask for the pattern I wanted. I tried using fingernail polish but could not get a good clean mask for the small mark that I wanted so decided not to mess up my work with an ugly mark. I simply used a HF battery jump starter and a Q-tip soaked in salt water and it actually etched pretty quickly.

BTW, I saw an article in Woodsmith magazine (#228 12/2016, p. 25) where they used toner transfer paper and Green TRF foil instead of the photo paper that Allen used. It is specifically designed for etching (they used ferric chloride) so may yield a better result. Been meaning to try it for a while now.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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