Marking Knives

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Project by MikeOfAllTrades posted 06-22-2011 07:39 PM 1695 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting tired or resharpening pencils, and marks rubbing off, I finally decided to invest on a set of marking tools. Luckily I caught myself before spending money on them and decided to make them myself. After a few hours of working raw O-1 (from Sheffield) with files, sand paper and a hacksaw, I ended up with three very usable knives. Two are pictured but the last one is still being worked on as it needs a ferrule and the lathe work is messy so its less alluring. As a side note, I’ve decided to forgo my grinder and other power tools ( with the exception of a drill ) due to an article in a wood magazine where one of the contributors made a set much like these. Also, the blades were left pretty rough since they are intended for my use and mirror polish never lasts in my shop.

Handle Material: Single Bevel- Gmelia Burl / Combination Bevel- Lace Maple Burl

Blade: 0-1 3/32 @ 58 HRC (a bit softer than I typically work O-1 but since I drop them quite a bit, it seemed necessary)

Pins: 3/32 Nickel Silver

Finish: Boiled Linseed Oil

Thank you all for looking.

-- "Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 09:14 PM

Nice work. As a hobby knife maker, I admire your work. I also prefer O1 tool steel for blades. While it will rust if left unattended, it is reliable to heat treat, and stays sharp for a long time. Great job.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 09:29 PM

Very, very handsome. I need to look into some metal stock. Where are you getting the good Sheffield stuff?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 09:35 PM

Those are sweet!!! I like the look and they are very useful also.
Great work and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 09:40 PM

Very nice. Did you heat treat the metal with a torch?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 10:17 PM

Very nice indeed. does it peel potatoes.LOL seriously well done

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 11:12 PM

Thank you all.

1. If you use a good epoxy, you can avoid rusting under the handle, and you can treat the exposed part with T-9 and a quick coat of Renaissance Wax.

2. The best place for Sheffield made O1 has to be Victor Machinery but its darn near impossible to navigate. Here is a link to the 3/32×3/4 stuff that I purchased.

3. I did the heat treat using a MAPP torch and a coffee can kiln that I built a while ago. Its great for small pieces and will only cost you about $30.00, less if you have a coffee can laying around.

4. It does peel potatoes, in fact, it dices, slices and minces. :-) all jokes aside, I finished honing with a 1 micron abrasive spray on film and stopped with some Chromium Oxide (.5 Micron) on a balsa strop.

(if you can’t tell, I’m a bit of a knife nut. :-D)

-- "Those you cannot teach to fly, teach to fall faster." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 03:02 AM

very nice. love the handle.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 07:37 PM

Nice Mike. Seems like I just saw this when I visited the other day.

You need to post some more of your work.


-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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