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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Random Knifey Stuff

My day job has me hopping like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. Luckily I'm getting better at utilizing my time to work on projects.

Thought I'd make a keychain shaped like a cleaver.

A friend of a friend saw my little cleaver and asked to buy now there's two. They'll have cherry scales and brass rivets when they're done.

The top is a paring knife made from my original pattern. This pattern is prone to warping during heat treating. I changed the shape of the handle to take a little metal out of it and control the warpage, bottom.

Today's efforts. Handles roughed out onto three blades; new style paring knife and a thin chef's knife post heat treat. Also, I heat treated the keychain cleavers.

The last of my old pattern paring knives all for final finishing. It needs shellac and wax yet.

What a difference this has made!!!! A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a band saw. Having a metal cutting band saw is a game changer. Before now, I've been using a hack saw or cutting at work. Hack saws wear me out, and I don't like taking personal jobs to work. It's so nice to cut blanks out on a small band saw. In only a few minutes I'm ready for final shaping and bevel grinding.
More one these later. I decided that building a couple of kits would be a good way to learn about folding knives. I'll try and do a step by step when I put these together. The left is a liner lock, the right is a lock back.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if you could get the cleaver through security at the airport.