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Special Interest Groups => Blades, folders, multi tools, axes => Topic started by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 10:56:52 am

Title: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 10:56:52 am
I'm sure some of you dabble in knife making. Please post some pics of what you have turned out, your equipment, forge, anvils, etc.

I'll post some pics later of what keeps me busy over weekends.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 05, 2020, 11:01:05 am
Strange all these knife/tool/blade threads.

My wife just gave me an early Vday present. introduction to bladesmithing  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:32:09 pm
Strange all these knife/tool/blade threads.

My wife just gave me an early Vday present. introduction to bladesmithing  :biggrin:

You're in trouble brother. It's a seriously addictive pastime.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:35:51 pm
Here are some knives and cleavers I've made, in no particular order. I started making knives by doing stock removal on stainless steel, but the forging bug has bitten, and now I mostly get my kicks out repurposing old high carbon bits of steel, forging Damascus or forging knives out of tool steel billets, old bearing races, etc.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:37:07 pm
Small little EDC knife and sheath.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:39:01 pm
A cleaver and general purpose knife made from an old rusted plough shear someone gave me.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 05, 2020, 07:40:08 pm
Something I have always wanted to do  :biggrin: okay it's only an introduction course but looking forward to it. What worries me is that I will want to setup at home and through a bit of research I know it will be costly. So be it.

I am already planning to make my boys first knife. Sharp but robust as he is proving to be  :biggrin:. By the time he will be gifted it the knife will be 10 years old  :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:40:43 pm
Subsequent to this pic, I drilled out the silver bolster pins and replaced with brass, making the pins invisible.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:43:27 pm
Something I have always wanted to do  :biggrin: okay it's only an introduction course but looking forward to it. What worries me is that I will want to setup at home and through a bit of research I know it will be costly. So be it.

I am already planning to make my boys first knife. Sharp but robust as he is proving to be  :biggrin:. By the time he will be gifted it the knife will be 10 years old  :lol8:

If you are reasonably handy, you can make most of the tools/machines yourself, such as the belt grinder and forge. A piece of railway track will serve you until you can find an anvil.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:44:49 pm
Some stainless hunters...
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:46:45 pm
Large carbon steel hunter. Old Land Rover leaf spring.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:49:01 pm
A stainless hunter with a stacked leather handle.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:50:54 pm
A little stainless hunter with a burnt hickory handle..
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 05, 2020, 07:53:45 pm
Some stainless hunters...
Bone handle's?


Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 07:58:49 pm
Giraffe shin bones I collected from lion kills.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on February 05, 2020, 07:59:58 pm
Very nice work Rossdog
I believe you will get many edc and cleaver orders from this group.
Is it my imagination or are you not too fond of jimping?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 05, 2020, 08:07:24 pm
Very nice Rossdog. Whilst I am sure I will be able to learn how to make reasonable blades I fear my lack of artistic talent will limit in creating works of art. My aim will be to make pleasing and functional blades. Making sheaths and handles may be daunting too.

Having said that, one blade I dream of making is a period correct Roman Gladius with modern steel. Does anyone have recommendations?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: blockheadxl650v on February 05, 2020, 08:32:49 pm
That takes some fair amount of time and patience and a crap load of talent and skill.

Very pretty knives and imagination.  Who thinks of repurposing a Land Rover spring.



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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 05, 2020, 08:41:35 pm
Great stuff Ross, very glad you joined.  You have so much to offer, keep it up and keep my purse empty.   :biggrin:   :thumleft:   :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on February 05, 2020, 08:49:29 pm
Yes, nice work Ross :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on February 05, 2020, 09:01:30 pm
Great Work Ross!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on February 05, 2020, 09:03:45 pm
Very nice

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 09:33:17 pm
Very nice work Rossdog
I believe you will get many edc and cleaver orders from this group.
Is it my imagination or are you not too fond of jimping?

I don't mind it at all. I've made quite a few knives with jimping on the spines. It's an easy way to stuff upma nice blade if you get it wrong though. Also it only suits the more modern designs (IMO).
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 09:35:05 pm
Great stuff Ross, very glad you joined.  You have so much to offer, keep it up and keep my purse empty.   :biggrin:   :thumleft:   :lol8:

I'm afraid I lost my best customer when I sent you that belt grinder. No you're going to do it yourself.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 05, 2020, 09:35:59 pm
Thanks for all the encouragement all.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: WeeStrom on February 07, 2020, 07:00:02 pm
I am not making any blades (yet), just using off-the-shelf Mora Classics.

The handle is a mix of Blackwood, Bulletwood, Poplar, Milkwood and Ash.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vintage_Mania on February 07, 2020, 07:34:08 pm
Great work and progress, Ross. I have a kitchen knife you made some time ago. Carbon blade and gets used daily, like in seriously every day. Just cleaned it now for the pick after cutting some tomatoes for samies  :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 09, 2020, 05:54:49 pm
Glad you're enjoying that knife. I have few carbon knives I made that I use in the kitchen also. I much prefer carbon, despite the schlep of rust and patina. After I've cleaned them after use, I spread a dab od olive oil on the blade to preserve the steel. 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 09, 2020, 05:55:51 pm
Weestrom, that handle is a work of art!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on February 09, 2020, 07:50:21 pm
I am not making any blades (yet), just using off-the-shelf Mora Classics.

The handle is a mix of Blackwood, Bulletwood, Poplar, Milkwood and Ash.

Beautiful
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 17, 2020, 12:58:23 pm
My virginity is broken. Learnt a lot, made mistakes had a hell of a lot of fun.
Steel 5160
From flat bar, forging, heat treating, grinding, hardening, grinding and tempering. It was a lot to take in at pace.
Am I happy with it, by no means but I will always remember it.   
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 17, 2020, 04:14:43 pm
My virginity is broken. Learnt a lot, made mistakes had a hell of a lot of fun.
Steel 5160
From flat bar, forging, heat treating, grinding, hardening, grinding and tempering. It was a lot to take in at pace.
Am I happy with it, by no means but I will always remember it.

Why not?  You made it, it was your 1st attempt and you did damn good, better than the rest of us that did not attempt it.    You can be proud, that is your 1st hand made knife, treasure it and see how you develop as you go on.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on February 18, 2020, 12:00:35 pm
My other passion, been doing it for a while...exhibiting at Brooklyn, Huntex and once before at Durban Easter Knife Show.
It became more of a side business and less of a hobby.... :peepwall:
Made this some time ago as part of a series I did at the time. Blade is 5160 carbon spring steel with shredded carbon scales and kydex sheath.
I'm known to make some blades that are on the large side
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 18, 2020, 12:03:43 pm
How did you get that colour, tempering?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on February 18, 2020, 12:13:04 pm
How did you get that colour, tempering?

The colour comes from etching in ferric chloride for about 15min (depending somewhat on the concentration of the solution).
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 18, 2020, 12:22:45 pm
More research to do :lol8:. I assume after clean up and before adding leading edge?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on February 18, 2020, 01:02:58 pm
Yes, when the blade is done.  I normally only add the edge once everything, including the sheath, is done.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 21, 2020, 02:38:49 pm
I make my own Ferric Chloride. Pool Acid, peroxide and steel wool.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 21, 2020, 03:20:22 pm
Okay I will google, I don't want a solution that is more brutal than the efficiency of hungry pigs with a corpse  :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on February 21, 2020, 06:06:05 pm
I gave it a go and made me a "my steak knife" old circular saw blade and some Kiaat and swart hout. No annealing or stuff, just grind and grind and.....  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 21, 2020, 08:25:29 pm
Lekker, ek laaik enige ding wat self gemaak is.   :thumleft: :thumleft:  Wys nou die steak.   :imaposer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on February 22, 2020, 06:38:41 am
Beautiful knives!

@Rossdog :
How, or with what do you treat the wood you used on your handles? I made my son a knife and used Swarthout (Blackwood?) for the handle. I submerged the wood in a solution of turpentine and raw linseed oil for almost a week. Regardless, the handle does not like water at all and must be washed rather quickly and then be dried immediately, otherwise it absorbs the water and sort of deteriorates.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 22, 2020, 07:29:04 am
Beautiful knives!

@Rossdog :
How, or with what do you treat the wood you used on your handles? I made my son a knife and used Swarthout (Blackwood?) for the handle. I submerged the wood in a solution of turpentine and raw linseed oil for almost a week. Regardless, the handle does not like water at all and must be washed rather quickly and then be dried immediately, otherwise it absorbs the water and sort of deteriorates.

I've notices that black-wood does not like water at all.  I made myself a black-wood table and it shown every little drop of water. 

On the other hand, I never ever submerge my knifes in water.  I just use a soapy sponge and wipe the blade clean, then rinse it under the tap, just the blade and then wipe it with a dry cloth.     :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on February 22, 2020, 07:38:08 am
Net so Louis. Ek vee ook net die mes af met 'n klam lap en as hy gewas moet word, was ek net die lem, droog hom dadelik af en smeer hom bietjie olie. Die lem is ge-"forge" uit 'n ripper tand, so hy roes effens as hy nie reg hanteer word nie.
Die probleem het gekom toe die mes saam met die gewone skottelgoed in die kombuis opeindig. ::) Ek het omtrent gesukkel om die hef weer mooi te kry.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 22, 2020, 08:16:02 am
Net so Louis. Ek vee ook net die mes af met 'n klam lap en as hy gewas moet word, was ek net die lem, droog hom dadelik af en smeer hom bietjie olie. Die lem is ge-"forge" uit 'n ripper tand, so hy roes effens as hy nie reg hanteer word nie.
Die probleem het gekom toe die mes saam met die gewone skottelgoed in die kombuis opeindig. ::) Ek het omtrent gesukkel om die hef weer mooi te kry.

Ai tog.  Ek sukkel net so met by tafelblad, miskien het Ross raad.      En vernis is nie 'n opsie, dit lyk sommer lelik op daai hout. 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on February 22, 2020, 09:02:54 am
Hout polish?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GeenSand on February 22, 2020, 05:21:20 pm
Net so Louis. Ek vee ook net die mes af met 'n klam lap en as hy gewas moet word, was ek net die lem, droog hom dadelik af en smeer hom bietjie olie. Die lem is ge-"forge" uit 'n ripper tand, so hy roes effens as hy nie reg hanteer word nie.
Die probleem het gekom toe die mes saam met die gewone skottelgoed in die kombuis opeindig. ::) Ek het omtrent gesukkel om die hef weer mooi te kry.

Ai tog.  Ek sukkel net so met by tafelblad, miskien het Ross raad.      En vernis is nie 'n opsie, dit lyk sommer lelik op daai hout.
Ek gebruik woodoc se furniture wax op al my rou hout dit trek baie goed in. Weet nie van baie water nie maar druppels maak nie kolle nie. Mens moet dit net gereeld (6maande) opsit.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 24, 2020, 03:01:39 pm
I've found that if you polish the wooden handle on a buffing machine, the buffing compound helps seal the knife, but water still gets absorbed, especially if sent through a cycle in a dishwasher

I learnt a good trick recently from an old, experienced knife maker. Pre-cut a selection of rough knife scales, then soak then for several days, even weeks in floor sealant (the white, milky type) a big jar or sealable bucket. The sealant permeates the wood completely and stabilises it once dry. It works like a charm and is cheap. A 5 litre container of floor sealant will probably last a lifetime.

I've heard of other guys putting the scales in a thin resin and then vacuum-packing it in those heavy duty vacuum pack bags that butchers use. This process "sucks" the resin into the wood.

Another alternative is to give it a layer of good quality sealant, sand it off when dry with steel wool, repeat, repeat again, and repeat a few more times. I guess this could also work if you have a vacuum packing machine at you disposal.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: chicco on February 24, 2020, 03:09:57 pm
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Post by: Tabasco on February 24, 2020, 03:10:53 pm
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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 24, 2020, 03:31:18 pm
Work in progress.   :biggrin:

Trying my hand at knife making.  Doing it the easy way.   :eek7:    Will see what the outcome is.   :peepwall:
Making the handle from sneeze wood, will attempt that tomorrow


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 26, 2020, 08:53:42 am
Have you got that belt grinder set up and tracking properly yet Louis?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 26, 2020, 10:34:41 am
Have you got that belt grinder set up and tracking properly yet Louis?

I am a maplotter.   :biggrin:  Belt grinder still the same although I have the goodies to set it up properly.   :patch:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 26, 2020, 06:03:59 pm
It will make your life easier.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 26, 2020, 08:27:47 pm
It will make your life easier.

True, I am almost done with my attempt of a knife, so will do it tomorrow.   :patch: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Herkules on February 26, 2020, 08:45:33 pm
 :sip: Ek het vir Ross gese ek het n masjien vir jou.  :bueller:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 26, 2020, 09:06:40 pm
:sip: Ek het vir Ross gese ek het n masjien vir jou.  :bueller:

En so soek ek my gat af na jou.   :eek7: 
Ek het al pm's gestuur om dankie te se vir die belt grinder se "base".  Maar nou het ek jou, moers dankie, ek waardeer.   :deal:   :thumleft: 
Het gehoor jy het 'n motor, maar ek moet die bedryf hier aan die gatkant van die wereld kry, en dis 'n probleem.   Gaan nog sien of ek 'n paln kan maak, ons beplan heel moontlik 'n trip binnekort daai kant toe. 

Maar weereens baie dankie.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 27, 2020, 10:30:30 am
Knife done and dusted. handle made from sneeze wood.  I battled with the handle but learned, should be easier in the future. 

I am happy with my 1st attempt.   :thumleft:  Not the greatest and not the nicest, best looking knife, but I did it and it is mine.  Plenty room for improvement but for now I can live with it.    :biggrin:   
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 27, 2020, 10:55:56 am
Baie goeie werk vir n eerste probeer VA, MAAR waar is jou tjap van n visarend op die lem?!!!!!! :o
Daai skerpioen outjie maak baie geld net oor daai tjap!! :deal:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 27, 2020, 11:00:40 am
Baie goeie werk vir n eerste probeer VA, MAAR waar is jou tjap van n visarend op die lem?!!!!!! :o
Daai skerpioen outjie maak baie geld net oor daai tjap!! :deal:

 :biggrin:  Ek is windgat maat darem ook  ie so windgat nie.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 27, 2020, 11:03:33 am
Baie goeie werk vir n eerste probeer VA, MAAR waar is jou tjap van n visarend op die lem?!!!!!! :o
Daai skerpioen outjie maak baie geld net oor daai tjap!! :deal:

 :biggrin:  Ek is windgat maat darem ook  ie so windgat nie.   :lol8:
Ja ma onthou Picasso het sy heel eerste painting ook geteken en kyk wa het sy skilderye se pryse getrek op oudag. ;)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 27, 2020, 11:13:28 am
Baie goeie werk vir n eerste probeer VA, MAAR waar is jou tjap van n visarend op die lem?!!!!!! :o
Daai skerpioen outjie maak baie geld net oor daai tjap!! :deal:

Ek moet sÍ, die man van my het talente waarvan hyself nie geweet het nie.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 27, 2020, 11:16:33 am
Baie goeie werk vir n eerste probeer VA, MAAR waar is jou tjap van n visarend op die lem?!!!!!! :o
Daai skerpioen outjie maak baie geld net oor daai tjap!! :deal:

Ek moet sÍ, die man van my het talente waarvan hyself nie geweet het nie.   :biggrin:
Meeste mense ontdek hul verborge talente wat onder die emmer versteek is per ongeluk. Dis hoekom ek nie emmers loop en omdop, netnou kry ek ekstra werk!! ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 27, 2020, 11:34:17 am
So paar wat verlede jaar die lig gesien het.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ROOI on February 27, 2020, 11:41:06 am
So paar wat verlede jaar die lig gesien het.

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Bliksems dit is mooi  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on February 27, 2020, 12:35:26 pm
@Vis Arend daarshy MOOI mes..... nou moet julle 2 nog net die beeshaas bykom, ek het  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 27, 2020, 12:39:41 pm
@Vis Arend daarshy MOOI mes..... nou moet julle 2 nog net die beeshaas bykom, ek het  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Ek dink daai mes van VA is nie ontwerp om steaks te sny, maar eerder om die bees of kudu se keel af te maak na die doodskoot. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on February 27, 2020, 12:45:01 pm
@Vis Arend daarshy MOOI mes..... nou moet julle 2 nog net die beeshaas bykom, ek het  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Ek dink daai mes van VA is nie ontwerp om steaks te sny, maar eerder om die bees of kudu se keel af te maak na die doodskoot. :deal: :thumleft:

Nou toe Bees of dan Haas.......keel af  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 27, 2020, 01:22:32 pm
@Vis Arend daarshy MOOI mes..... nou moet julle 2 nog net die beeshaas bykom, ek het  :peepwall: :biggrin:
Ek dink daai mes van VA is nie ontwerp om steaks te sny, maar eerder om die bees of kudu se keel af te maak na die doodskoot. :deal: :thumleft:

Nou toe Bees of dan Haas.......keel af  :peepwall: :biggrin:

Ek sal spesinjaal vir jou 'n beeshaas bykom en dit hier plaas.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on February 28, 2020, 09:25:04 am
Besig met nog oefeninge  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 28, 2020, 10:28:25 am
Lekker. When the bug bites, there is no stopping.

Love the convex grind on the blade.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 10:50:58 am
Besig met nog oefeninge  :peepwall:

Jy moet nou ophou, nou wil ek ook weer begin.   :eek7:   :lol8: 

Mooi man, dit lyk sommer lekker.     :thumleft:  :thumleft: 

Ek is egter besig om my werksplek skoon te maak, daar kan ek nie meer werk nie.   :eek7:  Twee weke se gemors en tools wat die wereld vol le moet eers orde kry.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 10:57:41 am
Inteendeel, ek het maande terug 'n soorgelyke lem gemaak maar nog nie klaar gemaak nie, miskien nou tyd.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 28, 2020, 12:33:49 pm
Here's a rather big Bowie I made out of an old pry bar
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 28, 2020, 12:36:01 pm
What do you guys use to cut those saw blades. Bandsaw? I've only got an angle grinder. Logic tells me that would end in tears  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 28, 2020, 12:36:20 pm
Here's a little knife made out of scrap pile Damascus, in this case a steel file and saw blades. This knife is on its was to Kaboef.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 28, 2020, 12:37:45 pm
What do you guys use to cut those saw blades. Bandsaw? I've only got an angle grinder. Logic tells me that would end in tears  :imaposer:

I also use a baby angle grinder with slimline cutting disks.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 28, 2020, 12:38:46 pm
Here's a little knife made out of scrap pile Damascus, in this case a steel file and saw blades. This knife is on its was to Kaboef.
nice, I like that :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 28, 2020, 12:40:35 pm
Here's my first attempt at twist Damascus. I should have twisted it more to get a tighter pattern, but I quite like the result. This knife is smaller than it looks. Sort of trout/bird knife hybrid.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 28, 2020, 12:40:46 pm
What do you guys use to cut those saw blades. Bandsaw? I've only got an angle grinder. Logic tells me that would end in tears  :imaposer:

I also use a baby angle grinder with slimline cutting disks.

Thanks, I'll give it a bash sometime - extremely carefully with full PPE and then some.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 28, 2020, 01:54:37 pm
Good idea with the PPE.
2x72 belt grinder with 36 or 60 grit belt tends to shorten your fingers

Most dangerous piece of equipment in the shop is buffing wheel. Be very careful.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 02:00:49 pm
Great knifes Ross.   :thumleft: :thumleft:



Most dangerous piece of equipment in the shop is buffing wheel. Be very careful.

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Now you tell me, I had to find out the hard way.   :eek7:   :lol8:  I escaped injuries but the underpants is history.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 28, 2020, 02:11:36 pm
Here's my first attempt at twist Damascus. I should have twisted it more to get a tighter pattern, but I quite like the result. This knife is smaller than it looks. Sort of trout/bird knife hybrid.
Beautiful knife.

Once I am confident that I can make a half decent knife, I will try my hand at Damascus.
First attemt did not go down well.
Doing it by hand takes time. Even my blisters had blisters

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 28, 2020, 02:14:03 pm
 Even my blisters had blisters

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on February 28, 2020, 02:35:47 pm
That Damascus knife is just awesome. Suppose I could Google it but how is Damascus steel made?

My wife wanted to get me a Damascus folder for Christmas. Thank goodness I went with as it felt really cheap and made in China feel to it. Put it down and walked away.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 28, 2020, 03:10:17 pm
That Damascus knife is just awesome. Suppose I could Google it but how is Damascus steel made?

My wife wanted to get me a Damascus folder for Christmas. Thank goodness I went with as it felt really cheap and made in China feel to it. Put it down and walked away.

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Damascus is a generic term. More correct would be pattern welded steel.





Check out @Straatkat . He makes the most amazing damascus.
Another local doing magic is Ettori Gianferrari
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 28, 2020, 03:20:47 pm
This is an example of different pattern welded metals.
Blade is stainless damascus and the scales are titanium damascus.
Made by Jaco de Kock (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200228/8100d9fbf48fae6bbd0556e1db173054.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on February 28, 2020, 04:17:23 pm
This is an example of different pattern welded metals.
Blade is stainless damascus and the scales are titanium damascus.
Made by Jaco de Kock (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200228/8100d9fbf48fae6bbd0556e1db173054.jpg)

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I just drooled all over my keyboard. Wow

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 04:22:29 pm
This is an example of different pattern welded metals.
Blade is stainless damascus and the scales are titanium damascus.
Made by Jaco de Kock (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200228/8100d9fbf48fae6bbd0556e1db173054.jpg)

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I just drooled all over my keyboard. Wow

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Yip, that is pure art.   :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 08:34:02 pm
Briv made me do this.   :biggrin:  I had a blade I made from an old saw blade month ago and never finished it.    Today I made the handle and polished it bit..  Maybe ugly but practical as the photo's will show.   :biggrin:

It's damn cold here from all the recent rain, so I made some nice vetkoek and mince, boere style, and tested the onife in the process.   :lol8:

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on February 28, 2020, 08:51:58 pm
Ugly, I think not. Practical certainly. Would I like to have one  :deal: hell yeah!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on February 28, 2020, 08:55:54 pm
Fok nou moet ek myne klaarmaak een ook vet koek gaan maak  :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 28, 2020, 08:59:43 pm
Fok nou moet ek myne klaarmaak een ook vet koek gaan maak  :peepwall: :pot:

Gewag vir die een.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on February 29, 2020, 07:05:29 am
Fok nou moet ek myne klaarmaak een ook vet koek gaan maak  :peepwall: :pot:

Gewag vir die een.   8:
Hel, n man met vele talente.
Mesmaker, chef en fotograaf.
Lekker werksmes daai.



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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on February 29, 2020, 08:05:41 am
Louis, ek soek al lank daai tipe mes. Actually daars 2 messe wat ek begeer vir die kombuis.

Smaller size Santoku - so 6-7 duim
Medium size paring mes

Gedink om die Wusthofs te koop, maar wonder of ek nie eerder hand made moet gaan nie.  Watse tipe staal werk vir kombuis messe as mens n mes commission?

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 29, 2020, 09:21:05 am
Hulle stel voor hi carbon stainless om te gebruik vir kombuis messe.

Ek het hier maar 'n ou saaglem gebruik wat ek ook glo hi carbon is maar ek dink nie stainless nie.  Hom maar net skoongemaak en later weer ge-heat treat en dis dit.   

Hoekom vra jy nie vir Ross om vir jou die twee te maak nie, hy het hier genoem dat hy sal kan maak en sy prys is meer as billik en sy messe is puik. 

Hier is paar wat hy vir my gemaak het, die 3 met die hout handles is puik kombuis messe.


EDIT:  Bygese, homemade voel net beter op die hand en jy weet dis tuisgemaak.  Special.......

 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on February 29, 2020, 09:30:25 am
Thats a good idea

@Rossdog ?

See the kitchen knife section for some examples?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on February 29, 2020, 04:55:01 pm
Kilroy, I've got a cute little paring knife that looks very similar to the one above, only prettier  :biggrin:. Brass bolsters, a flat garlic crusher at the end of the handle and sable antelope horn handle. Steel is Damascus, layered circular saw blade and mower blades. PM me your number, and I'll WhatsApp you pics. Make me a cheeky offer. It's not stainless steel though, so will need special TLC.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on February 29, 2020, 05:08:07 pm
Ross, im a very particular fuck.   :imaposer:

Im more interested in a japanese Santoku at the moment. But tomorrow i may feel different.  I know, im a ... :imaposer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on February 29, 2020, 08:46:29 pm
Kilroy, I've got a cute little paring knife that looks very similar to the one above, only prettier  :biggrin:. Brass bolsters, a flat garlic crusher at the end of the handle and sable antelope horn handle. Steel is Damascus, layered circular saw blade and mower blades. PM me your number, and I'll WhatsApp you pics. Make me a cheeky offer. It's not stainless steel though, so will need special TLC.

If Hein is tomorrow still full of shit send pic's to me, we can discuss.  :biggrin: :thumleft: 

Hein, jy gaan hier big time mis.   :deal:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on March 01, 2020, 12:18:55 am
Stuur maar vir my ook :imaposer:  im not concerned about Rossí capabilities, im concerned about me not being able to articulate my needs.. :biggrin:  let me mill this over for a while...
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 01, 2020, 05:20:09 am
Stuur maar vir my ook :imaposer:  im not concerned about Rossí capabilities, im concerned about me not being able to articulate my needs.. :biggrin:  let me mill this over for a while...

Moennie stress nie, vat jou tyd, weet net, jy sal hom nodig he en jy sal hom gebruik.   :biggrin:  Maar ek staan 2de in lyn as jy hom nie wil he nie, ek het altyd plek vir nog een.    :lol8:   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on March 01, 2020, 07:05:46 pm
Small utility knife I finished earlier today.

Steel is 440C
Only hand tools used so took forever as you can imagine.
Scales are left over plastic from a different project.

Hardening was done with a hiking stove and MAPP brazing torch into old motor oil.
Skates a file pretty well will have to see what the edge retention is like once I start using it.

I decided that if I complete 3x knifes with hand tools and want to continue then I will make a kiln and belt grinder to make it easier.


Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 01, 2020, 08:20:12 pm
Small utility knife I finished earlier today.

Steel is 440C
Only hand tools used so took forever as you can imagine.
Scales are left over plastic from a different project.

Hardening was done with a hiking stove and MAPP brazing torch into old motor oil.
Skates a file pretty well will have to see what the edge retention is like once I start using it.

I decided that if I complete 3x knifes with hand tools and want to continue then I will make a kiln and belt grinder to make it easier.


Brilliant skills there Takashi.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 01, 2020, 08:35:02 pm
What Takashi is doing is basically what I am doing.  Honing my "skills" to see if I must continue with the forging process and the like.  Tomorrow the scales will go on and see where I am.   To be honest, at this stage I am battling with the grinding process to get the right edge I want.     :eek7:   

 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on March 01, 2020, 09:17:25 pm
What Takashi is doing is basically what I am doing.  Honing my "skills" to see if I must continue with the forging process and the like.  Tomorrow the scales will go on and see where I am.   To be honest, at this stage I am battling with the grinding process to get the right edge I want.     :eek7:   
I took fitting and turning at school. Loved the theory but absolutely sucked at shaping the cutting bits for lathe work. This is what keeps me from trying this. Think I am going to battle with the grinding process and achieve symmetry.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on March 02, 2020, 03:39:07 pm
Nr 2  :biggrin: and it's getting slightly easier  O0. Moet nou nog net kos maak!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 02, 2020, 03:43:18 pm
Nr 2  :biggrin: and it's getting slightly easier  O0. Moet nou nog net kos maak!

Baie netjies.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 08, 2020, 04:41:49 am
Man  :drif:

This thread is starting to motivate me....  :sip:

I have a couple of old lawnmower blades in my workshop that may require a bit of reshaping and polishing  :deal:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 09, 2020, 03:23:32 am
So this afternoon I made a start.

I could only get 17cm of steel out of a mower blade because of the hole in the middle, and the blade is twisted at the ends and "cupped" all along its length. I'll look out for some old files at the pawn shops...

(https://i.postimg.cc/44DDBmkk/IMG_20200308_150935_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQ2dy448/IMG_20200308_150942_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/htgHR6t2/IMG_20200308_151136_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Drew a template and spray painted around it, cut it out with an angle grinder.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zGj4z7L8/IMG_20200308_152016_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpw3K4WW/IMG_20200308_152149_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Then heated up the end of the handle with my propane torch, and managed to get the twist out.

Used my belt sander to get the outline right, then started "flatting" the blade as it still had some "cupping" along the length.

(https://i.postimg.cc/VNZTMNBh/IMG_20200308_163205_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Got one side done, then on the other side a I had a small "oopsie" and ended up with my finger in the belt sander  :eek7:

Not too serious, but I decided to call it a day. I'll get back to it another day and show my progress  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 09, 2020, 05:43:19 am
That's the way to go.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: WeeStrom on March 10, 2020, 11:23:42 am
The fixed blade has arrived, time for a handle!

These scales are just temporary prototypes, carved with the folder. The wood is from a piece of wild fig of sort. Nice and soft so easy carving.

The side profile is as per the shape of the tang as it arrived, but I might end up building it up higher towards the rear of the spine.

I am testing out various cross sections as I work it down. I am whittling all kinds of hardwoods with the fixed blade, switching between the grips that will be used for the hardest work. When I feel a spot of pressure or discomfort, I'll take the folder and re-shape the handle incrementally until I am happy. There is a lot to be said for lateral palm-swell on the handle when it comes to comfort.
In the process the handle also developed all kinds of subtle asymmetries, something you are unlikely to find on a production knife.


 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 11, 2020, 03:33:09 am
I put in some more time with my first-ever knife build this evening after work.

I have the cutting edge angles almost done.

(https://i.postimg.cc/HxhYsSDR/IMG_20200310_192849_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I can see that the slight curve along the length of the blade (maybe "cupping" is a better term?) is causing me to have slightly different angles on the sides.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vv0YSjz6/IMG_20200310_192858_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I will give the sides a little more "flatting" during my next session  :sip:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on March 11, 2020, 08:34:55 am
That's very neat Mr Zog! Nice consistent bevel you ground/filed there. Did you use a file? You probably know the trick of using a simple filing jig, or making a jig for an angle grinder? If not, I'll share. If the bug bites you proper (which it probably will), a belt grinder is the way to go.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: DSRider.SA on March 11, 2020, 09:03:58 am
That's very neat Mr Zog! Nice consistent bevel you ground/filed there. Did you use a file? You probably know the trick of using a simple filing jig, or making a jig for an angle grinder? If not, I'll share. If the bug bites you proper (which it probably will), a belt grinder is the way to go.

Please share the angle grinder jig.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on March 11, 2020, 11:13:23 am
Yes please share the jig  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on March 11, 2020, 11:32:49 am
Number 3 in progress  ;)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 12, 2020, 03:27:19 am
That's very neat Mr Zog! Nice consistent bevel you ground/filed there. Did you use a file? You probably know the trick of using a simple filing jig, or making a jig for an angle grinder? If not, I'll share. If the bug bites you proper (which it probably will), a belt grinder is the way to go.

Thanks Ross!

I admit to owning and using a belt sander... it isn't ideal for knifemaking as the rotary disc side is at the level of the bottom of the belt, making it impossible to grind the bevel on one side.

So I clamped a short spirit level to the bed to raise it up enough to clear the disc...  :peepwall: :imaposer:

I'll take a pic or two of my setup next time I am out in the workshop.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on March 12, 2020, 09:16:14 am
I don't have time to reply in full right now, but basically a file jig is simply clamping a file onto a straight and sturdy rod or pipe with hose clamps. You them screw an eye bolt through a plank through which the rod/pipe is fed to the height you desire (for the correct angle). The knife is then clamped to the same plank. This allows you to file at an consistent and accurate angle.

With an angle grinder jig, you also can use an eye rod. The principle is the same as over, but here, you use a length of threaded rod (handy bar) which you screw into the baby grinder where the handle fits in. You then grind in a "pendulum" pattern with the grinder rather than going up and down like you would with a file. For this reason, you should put a washer and nut on the rod on either side of the eye bolt, and ensure the eye bolt can swivel.

Not sure if my explanation makes sense? There are quite a few tutorial on YouTube about file jigs, but as far as I know (I stand to be corrected), the angle grinder jig was my idea (unlikely though  :biggrin:)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on March 12, 2020, 09:26:09 am



Something similar ?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on March 12, 2020, 10:48:44 am
Bang goes my theory. I should have patented it!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 12, 2020, 12:54:33 pm
Bang goes my theory. I should have patented it!

 :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mornepelser on March 13, 2020, 10:48:43 pm
Have you seen the art knives that Berrie Rietveld makes? https://instagram.com/bertierietveld?igshid=1j4e89p4axozs

http://rietveldknives.com/

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 13, 2020, 10:59:01 pm
Have you seen the art knives that Berrie Rietveld makes? https://instagram.com/bertierietveld?igshid=1j4e89p4axozs

http://rietveldknives.com/

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We've never heard of the guy only know he is a wilddog called Straatkat and a master at his craft. :deal: ;)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mornepelser on March 14, 2020, 09:20:01 am
Did a film about him on his farm in Magalies. He is such a humble & solid human. He has won so many international awards. Also rides bikes, races a BMW & many other interesting things.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mornepelser on March 14, 2020, 09:41:38 am
Have you seen the art knives that Berrie Rietveld makes? https://instagram.com/bertierietveld?igshid=1j4e89p4axozs

http://rietveldknives.com/

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We've never heard of the guy only know he is a wilddog called Straatkat and a master at his craft. :deal: ;)
https://youtu.be/0QZZ4kchZjk here is the Kwela film we did about him.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: WeeStrom on March 14, 2020, 09:59:07 am
Another wood mix-up for a Mora Classic handle. Bolster is from warthog tusk.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 14, 2020, 11:41:47 am
Another wood mix-up for a Mora Classic handle. Bolster is from warthog tusk.

Beautiful.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on March 14, 2020, 12:31:04 pm
Nr 3 done, giving it to my suster for her birthday... I call it "The Rosemary Knife"  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on March 14, 2020, 01:34:19 pm
Very nice briv.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 15, 2020, 01:21:19 am
That's very neat Mr Zog! Nice consistent bevel you ground/filed there. Did you use a file? You probably know the trick of using a simple filing jig, or making a jig for an angle grinder? If not, I'll share. If the bug bites you proper (which it probably will), a belt grinder is the way to go.

Thanks Ross!

I admit to owning and using a belt sander... it isn't ideal for knifemaking as the rotary disc side is at the level of the bottom of the belt, making it impossible to grind the bevel on one side.

So I clamped a short spirit level to the bed to raise it up enough to clear the disc...  :peepwall: :imaposer:

I'll take a pic or two of my setup next time I am out in the workshop.  :thumleft:

So this is how I set up my belt grinder/sander.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Twk9N0C3/IMG_20200314_091817_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/B6ZpCk5z/IMG_20200314_091826_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

As you can see, the disc sander is in the way of the bottom of the belt sander...

(https://i.postimg.cc/mryVCB9M/IMG_20200314_091847_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I clamped my workpiece e to a strip of aluminium angle so I can rest the angle on the spirit level and after modifying the support table so that it could do a "negative" angle towards the belt I was able to cut the bevels.

(https://i.postimg.cc/6QXY8y8t/IMG_20200314_091931_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3NdZsGcC/IMG_20200314_091941_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)


This setup wasn't ideal as the best angle I could get was just around 20 degrees. Fine for a fine blade like a kitchen or fillet knife, but not so good for a bush knife etc.

So today I made up a jig-block that allows me to cut both 22 deg, and 34 deg bevels. With a perfectly level support. If I change the support angle my options are limitless  :biggrin:

(https://i.postimg.cc/W1r5pMb5/IMG_20200314_121300_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4yq1sdCC/IMG_20200314_121310_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

After that I just spent several hours hand-sanding the blade with 220 and then 320 grit waterpaper using light oil as a lubricant. Still a bit of polishing to be done before I make up the handles  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 15, 2020, 03:48:55 am
There is a knife maker and instructor near Pta Nort known as Mr Herbz, I think he may have an internet page.
I still want to run a few classes but keep on postponing.
The uncle is in a wheelchair but he knows his trade and sells all the correct machines, even the etching machine and so on.
Note to myself; January 21 I'll commit to take a few classes and get some dedicated machines.

Looking fw to see your creation Gary  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 15, 2020, 10:54:45 am
I enjoy this thread tremendously.  The guys are busy.     :biggrin:

Here is two that I started a couple of weeks ago.  Other things kept me busy, but yesterday I managed to finished them.  I am still struggling to get the handles to my liking, but with enough practice I should be there soon.   :patch:

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 15, 2020, 10:56:50 am
Ek laaik daai onderste een VA!! :thumleft: :drif:

onthou tog die visarend tjap op die lem en hoor tog wie doen patentregte naby jou :deal: ;)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 15, 2020, 11:00:25 am
Ek laaik daai onderste een VA!! :thumleft: :drif:

onthou tog die visarend tjap op die lem en hoor tog wie doen patentregte naby jou :deal: ;)

Dankie Chris, maar daai patentregte storie sallie werk nie, ek is nog ver te k@k vir dit.  En so by so, ek wil tog nie weer beginne werk nie, ek doen dit nou vir lekkerte.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 15, 2020, 11:03:52 am
Ek laaik daai onderste een VA!! :thumleft: :drif:

onthou tog die visarend tjap op die lem en hoor tog wie doen patentregte naby jou :deal: ;)

Dankie Chris, maar daai patentregte storie sallie werk nie, ek is nog ver te k@k vir dit.  En so by so, ek wil tog nie weer beginne werk nie, ek doen dit nou vir lekkerte.   :lol8:
Ja daar is niks wat aftrede so erg opneuk as n moerige klient wat wil weet wanneer kom sy bestelling van 100 messe wat jy belowe het!! ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 15, 2020, 12:30:40 pm
Ek laaik daai onderste een VA!! :thumleft: :drif:

onthou tog die visarend tjap op die lem en hoor tog wie doen patentregte naby jou :deal: ;)

Dankie Chris, maar daai patentregte storie sallie werk nie, ek is nog ver te k@k vir dit.  En so by so, ek wil tog nie weer beginne werk nie, ek doen dit nou vir lekkerte.   :lol8:
Ja daar is niks wat aftrede so erg opneuk as n moerige klient wat wil weet wanneer kom sy bestelling van 100 messe wat jy belowe het!! ;) :lol8:

 :eek7:   :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 16, 2020, 02:33:57 am
I did a bit more polishing with waterpaper today.

Still a whole lot to go  :sip:  :lol8:

(https://i.postimg.cc/0jT846kz/IMG_20200315_172257_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KcwvjWPm/IMG_20200315_172316_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I need to go buy some finer waterpaper, the finest I have is 320...  :deal:

I have a very old (circa 100 years!) piece of wood that I want to cut and see if it will work for my handle...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on March 16, 2020, 01:06:45 pm
Nice all. Mr Zog, I dig your clever belt sander modification.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 17, 2020, 02:19:38 am
Gary daai cederhout is wat jy nou soek (daai airboat ride tussen al die cederhout bome)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: WeeStrom on March 17, 2020, 09:07:43 am
Handle build for a rat-tail tang blade.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 23, 2020, 03:00:31 am
I spent a whole lot more time today polishing the blade with 800 and then 1500 grit waterpaper using light oil (3-in-1) as a lube.


Finally got it as good as I can, hopefully I can get a buffing wheel for my bench grinder soon and give it that final polish that I would like to see.

Then I started on the handle. Got the two sides cut, drilled, and used a 5mm brass rod I had lying around for the pins. Used epoxy to glue it all together, but made a big boo-boo by using the 60-second epoxy instead of the slower one. I'm really hoping that I got the second side on in time and clamped...

Time will tell.....  :sip:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on March 23, 2020, 11:49:33 am
Made this yesterday. Blade forged out of very old, rusted plough shear. Handle made out of burned hickory. The harmon came out very clearly. Light was bad when I took the pic.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on March 28, 2020, 05:23:13 pm
My son has an agreement with a guy in town who owns a biltong shop and he buys various types of game from my son, on order. We supply the carcasses slaughtered, so at times, it can get rather busy and quite a lot of slaughtering needs to be done. This results in the need for proper slaughter knifes for the workers and this always seems to be an issue.
I just can't find decent enough slaughter knives at a decent enough price, so this morning i decided to make a proto-type. Once it's done, they must test it and tell me whether I need to make any changes to it and once everyone is happy, I'll make five or so and hopefully sort the knife issue out.

I used a very tough steel from an old fertilizer coulter off my maize planter and it should last very well. The way these coulters work in the field, while staying sharp and not bending or breaking, is absolutely amazing. Even before I hardened the blade, I was not able to drill the holes in the handle, with normal HSS drills. Still figuring out how I'm going to to it now, after the blade has been hardened. I'm sure a cobalt drill will do the job though, otherwise I'll heat the only handle to try and soften it - without damaging the blade, of course.

I still need to finish the handle and do the final grinding and cleaning up, but it's sharpened and it cuts ferociously. Here's a pic or two:

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 29, 2020, 02:12:13 am
I mentioned that the knife I am making had a boo-boo...  :peepwall:

I used an epoxy that dried waaaay too fast, and it set up just before I could get the two handles fitted properly.

Here you can see how there is a small gap between the one handle and the blade...

(https://i.postimg.cc/G3QjvKxg/IMG_20200328_152005_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4z5xXTr/IMG_20200328_152018_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVzRJxJ3/IMG_20200328_152036_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2wqFWF1/IMG_20200328_152056_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

So unfortunately the only way to fix this was to cut the handles off and start over again. I used my little bandsaw to cut the handles off, and I found that the epoxy hadn't adhered to the steel very well.

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fZd0Yfp/IMG_20200328_153347_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RFmcHJ6z/IMG_20200328_153638_(1).jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I did clean it properly with denatured alcohol before gluing, so this time I drilled a whole bunch of extra holes into the handle so that the epoxy can grip through the holes. I also roughed up the steel on the belt sander to give the epoxy a bit more purchase.

Then I drilled the new handles, cleaned everything up again with the denatured alcohol, and glued it again using new brass pins.

This time it looks like I got it right  :thumleft:  I'll leave it to set properly overnight, and have a look tomorrow  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on March 30, 2020, 06:39:25 pm
Righteeoh. All the beautiful creations on this fred, together with some free time over the weekend, combined with some thinking that has been crawling around in the darker recesses of my mind.

Checking out all the beautiful cutting tools on the knife fred, and the drool-worthy cutters on The Knife Guy's website, it struck me that (to my eye) there are a lot of arty, yet very uncomfortable-looking handles. that idea brooded back-of-mind for quite some time.

I even googled knife handle design. Surprisingly little that was really good. Found one good article.

So over the weekend I decided to play around a little bit. I love cooking, and good chef knives interest me, but most are a bit expensive in good old ZARs... My thoughts eventually crystalised around a few principles/concepts (refer to piccie below:

1. Tilting the long (horizontal) axis of the handle a bit upward. I'm tallish and I tend to stand over the cutting board a bit. Farting around with cardboard cutout models got me to the point where an upward tilt of between 8 - 10 degrees felt comfortable.

2. The bolster. I don't like a full bolster - it prevents heavy cutting where you can put your weight on the back end of the blade, with your hand almost on top of the cutting action (think leverage). On the other hand, no bolster causes my front finger (index finger) to ride forward and then work against the narrow blade steel which usually have sharp edges. This means discomfort or blisters with extended uses. So, half bolster it will be then. With the bolster tilted a bit forward on top of the balde to allow better leverage when cutting with heavy downward pressure.

3. Bulges. Getting the concept from the article mentioned, a top bulge in the back half of the handle (to fit the natural shape of a fisted hand), slanting down in a dropped rear bolster. The down slant on the rear end is to spare the thicker, bottom part of the palm of your hand, and the bolster itself to give something for your little finger to find resistance against when applying a bit of force. Note the comment in the article that most of the grip on a knife handle is generated by the last to fingers (ring and little fingers). The combination of thumb, index and middle fingers is not nearly as strong. Then a bulge on lower part of handle, position a bit forward on the handle to match the natural shape of a clenched hand.

4. Finally the front part getting up to the bolster needs to be fairly slim - took me some time to figure that out (enlightenment only came through playing with the cardboard models).

More to follow...
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on March 30, 2020, 06:41:38 pm
Some evidence of the playing around.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on March 30, 2020, 06:48:26 pm
To make it easier for myself (after all, this was just a proof-of-concept lark), I use some sheet alu to simulate the steel part of a real knife.  Cut out the metal part and shaped it. Sequence of jigsaw, bench grinder and hand file involved. Somewhere during all that, a band-aid was also needed on my left ring finger...  :-[

Cut scales from soft pine brandering and epoxied onto metal part.

End of Saturday it was, time for a beer. Yoh, beer stash ain't gonna make it through the lockdown!  :eek7:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on March 30, 2020, 06:55:09 pm
Sunday came around. Only remaining work was to shape the handle, based on my wonderful ideas.

Started with a rasp to get rid of excess wood. Then onto the rough stone of the bench grinder (love the smell of burning pine). Final shaping with various hand files. It felt good so I decided the experiment was successful. Just to make it look better (before showing off my skills to my lovely wife), I dipped the handle in stain and varnish. Diminished my dwindling beer stash a bit more while the varnish dried out in the sunshine.

Sanded it down lightly to give it a working knife look. Voila. I even gave the alu a bit of an edge on the grinder!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on March 30, 2020, 07:05:58 pm
So, what is the verdict? I find the handle a lot more comfy than any of my other kitchen knives. It feels good when simulating both cutting and chopping.

The half bolster gives a good confident forward grip (first picture below) when applying a bit more force. The second picture shows how well the handle fits into my hand.

The last picture compares the handle with a common garden variety kitchen knife. Here you can see how my handle differs from the usual.

It was a fun exercise. Perhaps I'll have this made at some stage. I won't do it myself, don't have the tools to do good steel justice.

Next? Well I have an Asian cleaver style knife. It cuts fantastically, but the handle arrangement is not well thought out. Doesn't take long for my index finger to get really sore when using it in anger. But that's for another day (and they'll have to lift the restrictions on buying beer first!).
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr Zog on March 31, 2020, 03:08:29 am
It took a whole lot of shaping and sanding and polishing... but finally I think it's done. Well, as good as I'm going to get it without special tools (like a buffer).

The numbers you can see stamped into the steel are just the old part numbers from the mower blade I used  :deal:  :thumleft:

I know, the knife is too small, the handle is too short, etc. But this is just my first attempt, and I wanted to try all the stuff I have seen on the YouTube videos I have studied. I do still want to get a buffing wheel for my grinder, and I won't use mower blades for knives like this again either. I'll keep my eyes open for old files at the pawn shops  :sip:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 31, 2020, 04:28:34 am
Well done Gary, can see there was a lot of elbow grease involved to get that blade as shiny!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on March 31, 2020, 07:14:04 am
I think that is very well made Gary, as Tom said, you can see there is a lot of elbow grease in that blade and handle.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Kaboef on March 31, 2020, 08:19:38 am
My son has an agreement with a guy in town who owns a biltong shop and he buys various types of game from my son, on order. We supply the carcasses slaughtered, so at times, it can get rather busy and quite a lot of slaughtering needs to be done. This results in the need for proper slaughter knifes for the workers and this always seems to be an issue.
I just can't find decent enough slaughter knives at a decent enough price, so this morning i decided to make a proto-type. Once it's done, they must test it and tell me whether I need to make any changes to it and once everyone is happy, I'll make five or so and hopefully sort the knife issue out.

I used a very tough steel from an old fertilizer coulter off my maize planter and it should last very well. The way these coulters work in the field, while staying sharp and not bending or breaking, is absolutely amazing. Even before I hardened the blade, I was not able to drill the holes in the handle, with normal HSS drills. Still figuring out how I'm going to to it now, after the blade has been hardened. I'm sure a cobalt drill will do the job though, otherwise I'll heat the only handle to try and soften it - without damaging the blade, of course.

I still need to finish the handle and do the final grinding and cleaning up, but it's sharpened and it cuts ferociously. Here's a pic or two:

Tampan, how did you cut and shape the steel if it's so hard? What tools?

I love the shape of the blade.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on March 31, 2020, 06:10:30 pm
Hi Kaboef, thanks.
The disk actually isnít all that hard to cut. I used a normal angle grinder and cut out a rectangular piece of about 28 x 3 cm. I drew the shape I had in mind roughly on the blank and did the initial, rough grinding on a normal bench grinder until I was happy with the overall shape of the blade and handle.
This also included a large part of the bevels on the blade. I then heat treated it - had to do it three times before I was happy with result of the file test.

The final grinding of the blade was done on my belt grinder. That took some time, but all looks good at this stage. Once the handle is done, the knife will be put to work and only then will I see whether this steel is good enough for work knife.
The shape was just thought out as I went along, keeping in mind that it would primarily be used for skinning carcasses.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on March 31, 2020, 07:54:37 pm
So after the little utility knife I updated my jig a bit to make getting the angles I want easier.

I cheated with this one as I bought a pre-cut blank from KMTS.

The kudu cutout will be filled after heat treatment with some black epoxy.
I am looking for a nice piece of wood for the handle.

Pictures show the jig and knife with the rough cut from the file and after putting some 400 grit over the one side quickly.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on March 31, 2020, 08:29:21 pm
Ingenious and simple looking jig. How do you set the angle?

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on March 31, 2020, 08:54:50 pm
Ingenious and simple looking jig. How do you set the angle?

The grey plastic part that fits around the square tubing is a 3D printed part and can be released and slides up and down to change the angles.
Initially I set my angles with some basic Pythagorean theory but found it easier using an APP on my phone.
Calibrate phone on flat surface and place on the linear rod to get the angle correct.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on March 31, 2020, 10:09:03 pm
Just a question.
The blank you are using, hardened already?
If not, do not go too thin on the edge. Warpage a real danger.


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on March 31, 2020, 10:40:46 pm
Just a question.
The blank you are using, hardened already?
If not, do not go too thin on the edge. Warpage a real danger.

Nope not hardened yet, and I have left about 0.7mm on the edge, I am aware of warping during the hardening.
On my previous utility knife I left about 1mm before hardening and it took me a ton of work to get the last edge done.

I still want to make a little soup can furnace but with the lockdown I need some refractory cement.
On the utility I struggled to get the blade to non magnetic with only my MAPP torch. I had to use my gas camping stove from the bottom and the MAPP from the top.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on March 31, 2020, 10:52:05 pm
Just a question.
The blank you are using, hardened already?
If not, do not go too thin on the edge. Warpage a real danger.

Nope not hardened yet, and I have left about 0.7mm on the edge, I am aware of warping during the hardening.
On my previous utility knife I left about 1mm before hardening and it took me a ton of work to get the last edge done.

I still want to make a little soup can furnace but with the lockdown I need some refractory cement.
On the utility I struggled to get the blade to non magnetic with only my MAPP torch. I had to use my gas camping stove from the bottom and the MAPP from the top.
I can relate to the effort to work with the hardened blade. Files just skate over it. Diamond files work but are VERY expensive. Ever tried drilling a hole through a hardened blade?
Please show the final product.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: chicco on April 01, 2020, 12:05:25 pm
Made this while I was an apprentice, 25 years ago....blade is a flattened timken bearing, handle rosewood I got from my grandfather, copper from a valve spindle.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 02, 2020, 03:26:46 pm
Just a question.
The blank you are using, hardened already?
If not, do not go too thin on the edge. Warpage a real danger.

Nope not hardened yet, and I have left about 0.7mm on the edge, I am aware of warping during the hardening.
On my previous utility knife I left about 1mm before hardening and it took me a ton of work to get the last edge done.

I still want to make a little soup can furnace but with the lockdown I need some refractory cement.
On the utility I struggled to get the blade to non magnetic with only my MAPP torch. I had to use my gas camping stove from the bottom and the MAPP from the top.

You can mix silica san or really clean river sand, 50/50 with plaster o Paris to make a type of refractory cement. It won't last long, but it is cheap and can be easily replaced. You can get Plaster of Paris from your pharmacy, which will be open - just get some Panado's at the same time :)

I'm not sure what steel that is that you got from KMTS, but beware that to heat treat stainless steel is not as simple as high carbon steel. Your temperature needs to be very accurate, and the temp is dependant on the type of steel. Also, when heat treating SS, the blade must be sealed in a heavy duty foil, as it does not like oxygen.
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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on April 02, 2020, 05:02:06 pm
You can mix silica san or really clean river sand, 50/50 with plaster o Paris to make a type of refractory cement. It won't last long, but it is cheap and can be easily replaced. You can get Plaster of Paris from your pharmacy, which will be open - just get some Panado's at the same time :)

I'm not sure what steel that is that you got from KMTS, but beware that to heat treat stainless steel is not as simple as high carbon steel. Your temperature needs to be very accurate, and the temp is dependant on the type of steel. Also, when heat treating SS, the blade must be sealed in a heavy duty foil, as it does not like oxygen.
y

Thanks for the info Rossdog.

The blade is 440C Stainless which needs to get up to 1000 Celsius and quenched in warm oil.
I don't have a thermometer that will reach 1000C so I heated the blade until non-magnetic which I believe is about 800C and then went a couple of shades brighter.
I am well aware that this is not really the correct way of doing this but that is the best I can do at this time.

I am thinking of getting this blade heat treated by someone with better tools as I want is done right this time.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on April 02, 2020, 05:36:52 pm
You can mix silica san or really clean river sand, 50/50 with plaster o Paris to make a type of refractory cement. It won't last long, but it is cheap and can be easily replaced. You can get Plaster of Paris from your pharmacy, which will be open - just get some Panado's at the same time :)

I'm not sure what steel that is that you got from KMTS, but beware that to heat treat stainless steel is not as simple as high carbon steel. Your temperature needs to be very accurate, and the temp is dependant on the type of steel. Also, when heat treating SS, the blade must be sealed in a heavy duty foil, as it does not like oxygen.
y

Thanks for the info Rossdog.

The blade is 440C Stainless which needs to get up to 1000 Celsius and quenched in warm oil.
I don't have a thermometer that will reach 1000C so I heated the blade until non-magnetic which I believe is about 800C and then went a couple of shades brighter.
I am well aware that this is not really the correct way of doing this but that is the best I can do at this time.

I am thinking of getting this blade heat treated by someone with better tools as I want is done right this time.
KMTS does heat treatment at a minimal fee.


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Takashi on April 02, 2020, 05:49:30 pm
KMTS does heat treatment at a minimal fee.

Good to know, thanks.

I will take it to them along with another knife after lockdown.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 03, 2020, 08:56:07 am
KMTS does heat treatment at a minimal fee.

Good to know, thanks.

I will take it to them along with another knife after lockdown.

Good to know!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 03, 2020, 11:01:29 am
Made this while I was an apprentice, 25 years ago....blade is a flattened timken bearing, handle rosewood I got from my grandfather, copper from a valve spindle.
Stunning knive Chicco!! :thumleft: :drif:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 11, 2020, 04:28:01 pm
Here are a few little projects I've been busy with. Here's a little hunter, which can be used as a bird & trout, or a small EDC.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 11, 2020, 04:32:42 pm
Here's a big sturdy hunter I forged out of an old plough shear. handle is sable horn.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 11, 2020, 04:33:48 pm
With its sheath.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 11, 2020, 04:36:37 pm
A little pattern weld paring knife.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on April 11, 2020, 06:02:44 pm
Here's a big sturdy hunter I forged out of an old plough shear. handle is sable horn.
That is a beautifull knife. I love the handle.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: threeper on April 11, 2020, 07:43:16 pm
so to all you talented chaps

i am looking for a couple knives for the kitchen to make my wife happy and i love the idea of stuff made by real people.
i am also looking for a fixed blade carry blade

anyone keen?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 11, 2020, 08:26:02 pm
so to all you talented chaps

i am looking for a couple knives for the kitchen to make my wife happy and i love the idea of stuff made by real people.
i am also looking for a fixed blade carry blade

anyone keen?

Tell me what you want  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: evansv on April 12, 2020, 10:42:40 am
Love the beautiful knives you guys have made! Might try & get into knife making at some stage.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 12, 2020, 05:29:22 pm
I've learnt one thing in this fred, if I was working for correctional services I would not allow any of you in the machine shop cause you would kill the whole jail with all the knives you would make!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: DSRider.SA on April 12, 2020, 05:30:12 pm
Here are a few little projects I've been busy with. Here's a little hunter, which can be used as a bird & trout, or a small EDC.

Really like this knife  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: threeper on April 12, 2020, 05:55:18 pm
so to all you talented chaps

i am looking for a couple knives for the kitchen to make my wife happy and i love the idea of stuff made by real people.
i am also looking for a fixed blade carry blade

anyone keen?

Tell me what you want  :thumleft:

kitchen knives
https://www.halffaceblades.com/collections/chef-knives/products/chef-blade-set-light-cocobolo-wood-split-with-african-blackwood-copper-pin-striping-black-g10-liners-solid-copper-pins

https://www.halffaceblades.com/collections/chef-knives/products/chef-blade-8-spalted-maple-burl-wood-with-aluminum-liners-black-g10-liners-stainless-steel-pins-smooth-grip

as a fixed blade, these are all attractive knives
Emerson Police Utility Knife
https://emersonknives.com/shop/knives/police-and-military/police-utility-knife/police-utility-knife-2/

https://www.halffaceblades.com/collections/available-knives/products/shpos-blade-sniper-grey-cerakote-black-paracord-wrap-grips

https://www.halffaceblades.com/collections/available-knives/products/disaster-jr-blade-desert-ironwood-textured-grip-carbon-fiber-pins-open-tang

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on April 12, 2020, 07:05:26 pm
I had this made for our kitchen staff recently
CPM S30V steel with micarta
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on April 12, 2020, 10:50:10 pm
I had this made for our kitchen staff recently
CPM S30V steel with micarta

@Hardy de Kock
And The Price for the Set Meneer?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on April 13, 2020, 10:21:56 am
I had this made for our kitchen staff recently
CPM S30V steel with micarta

@Hardy de Kock
And The Price for the Set Meneer?

Won't be cheap. Hardy, you must really, really like your kitchen staff  ;)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on April 15, 2020, 05:55:46 am
I had this made for our kitchen staff recently
CPM S30V steel with micarta

@Hardy de Kock
And The Price for the Set Meneer?

Won't be cheap. Hardy, you must really, really like your kitchen staff  ;)

To me, good kitchen cutlery is an investment, and I do really like our kitchen staff.
Remember that they have to cook for anything between 18 (Tours) and 30 people (Quest) at least twice a day, for two weeks in a row.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Kortbroek on April 15, 2020, 11:15:48 am
Even before I hardened the blade, I was not able to drill the holes in the handle, with normal HSS drills. Still figuring out how I'm going to to it now, after the blade has been hardened.

Jy kan hom altyd met epoxy plak, shape die handvatsel en dan strap jy hom met staal straps op die voor en agterkant van die handvatsel. Recess net die handvatsel effe waar jy die strap wil gebruik, maak vir jou twee staal straps (ringe) wat die regte vorm het, met die binne diameter effens kleiner as wat nodig is. As jy alles reg het dan maak jy die straps wit warm en kry hulle in plek en koel af. Dit sal nooit loskom nie.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on April 15, 2020, 11:52:08 am
Dankie Kortbroek. Ek het met 'n cobalt boor probeer en hy boor hierdie staal. Ongelukking het ek net 'n 2mm boortjie, maar sal 'n 4.5mm kry na die lockdown.

Hieronder 'n chopper/clever wat ek besig is om vir mamma te maak. Hy is klaar en kort ook net sy handvatsels. Hierdie ding sny en kap 'n hond uit bos uit!

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 15, 2020, 11:56:08 am
Tampan wil jy regtig daai kapding tydens lockdown vir jou kamermaat gee?!! :eek7: ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Tampan on April 15, 2020, 02:41:56 pm
Tampan wil jy regtig daai kapding tydens lockdown vir jou kamermaat gee?!! :eek7: ;) :lol8:

Sy's gelukkig so bang vir hom, sy bere hom in 'n laai en gebruik hom nog nie eintlik nie.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on May 01, 2020, 03:53:35 pm
Knife Scales made from Newspaper Cuttings!!  :thumleft:

https://www.facebook.com/DIYCraftsTV/videos/736716526863102/

Can somebody please embed I tried but Failed!! :xxbah:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on May 02, 2020, 08:05:20 am
Baie geluk met jou verjaardag @ChrisL - Ek hoop julle dag is great.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on May 02, 2020, 10:25:34 am
Happy birthday Chris!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on May 02, 2020, 10:27:07 am
Knife Scales made from Newspaper Cuttings!!  :thumleft:

https://www.facebook.com/DIYCraftsTV/videos/736716526863102/

Can somebody please embed I tried but Failed!! :xxbah:

Nice idea Oshkosh. I've done it successfully with old material as well as those coloured napkins/serviettes.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on May 02, 2020, 11:25:16 am
Baie geluk met jou verjaardag @ChrisL - Ek hoop julle dag is great.
Dankie Hardy en Ross. We are safe behind bars, stunning day in the southern cape. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Kortbroek on May 03, 2020, 08:38:42 pm
So, been wanting to give it a go for a long time. Lockdown helped with that, attempt no.1 in progress. Making two blades from an old leaf spring. Roughed them out with an angle grinder and then did the shaping on a bench grinder. From there I did the hollow grind with a hand file and a rough jig, which is why you'll notice I didn't get that 100%. Since then it's been a few hours of sanding by hand already and I reckon I have many hours of sanding to go still. Nice pastime on the stoep with a beer.

After I'm done sanding the file marks and rusty spots on the blades I need to clean up/bevel the spines, then polish both and put in the cutting edges. After that I'll drill the holes for handles, then do heat treatment (harden & temper), polish again, do the handles (I'm thinking either black locust wood which is nice and hard or maybe some cedar wood), then a final polish and sharpen.

I've made a few mistakes along the way but I had two main aims up to this point which was 1) see if I can get the angles on the hollow grind consistent and 2) try to get the cutting edge 100% centered. I've managed both of these, I have 1mm of meat left dead center on each blade where the cutting edge will go. This might be a bit beefy, I decided to go a little bit on the thick side and rather have to work a wider cutting edge giving me space to correct if I make mistakes.

I realise I keep saying hollow grind for the tapered face between the spine and the cutting edge, technically what I'm doing would be halfway between a flat grind or a sabre grind.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on May 11, 2020, 11:27:11 am
Look lekker Kortbroek. You'll save yourself a of time if you heat those blades to the point of them losing their magnetism, and then letting them cool. It will anneal the steel, making it softer and easier to work with. When you're done, you can heat treat and temper the blades to make them hard again.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Kortbroek on May 11, 2020, 12:31:34 pm
Look lekker Kortbroek. You'll save yourself a of time if you heat those blades to the point of them losing their magnetism, and then letting them cool. It will anneal the steel, making it softer and easier to work with. When you're done, you can heat treat and temper the blades to make them hard again.

Thanks. Ja I realised I should've annealed it before shaping and sanding. They're ready now to be heat treated when I have a moment. Then I need to make handles.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on May 11, 2020, 01:55:29 pm
I gave it a go and made me a "my steak knife" old circular saw blade and some Kiaat and swart hout. No annealing or stuff, just grind and grind and.....  :biggrin:

How well does the knife work?

Also want to cut up old concrete cutting blades to make general purpose knifes without using heat treatment.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: briv on May 13, 2020, 02:20:05 pm
I gave it a go and made me a "my steak knife" old circular saw blade and some Kiaat and swart hout. No annealing or stuff, just grind and grind and.....  :biggrin:

How well does the knife work?

Also want to cut up old concrete cutting blades to make general purpose knifes without using heat treatment.
Good enough to use. Clean it good after use and put a little spry and cook on ,till next time
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on May 18, 2020, 07:47:19 pm
1st Photo before and then there after, still need some spit and polish.   

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on May 18, 2020, 07:54:23 pm
1st Photo before and then there after, still need some spit and polish.

I like baie Mooi!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on May 18, 2020, 08:07:30 pm
I had an old blade picked from a antique shop.  I never knew what to do with it and eventually decided to try and make a spear.

1st photo from the blade.

The results, still need some farckals but in two minds what to do.   :patch:



Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on May 20, 2020, 12:06:10 am
@Vis Arend
Nice like the shape!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Allegro on May 27, 2020, 05:18:52 pm
1st Photo before and then there after, still need some spit and polish.

And the new proud owner of this is..... ME   O0
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on May 28, 2020, 02:32:24 pm
So I also got into knife making about a year ago. The photos are from my first knife. Knife 2 and 3 just got back from the Bohler heat treatment. I will post some pictures of the progress later.

My first knife is made from Bohler N690 stainless steel. Bohler also did the heat treatment. Lots of mistakes were made, which is why it took 8 months to finish, but am quite happy with the final product.

Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on May 28, 2020, 02:38:07 pm
some more
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on May 28, 2020, 02:39:19 pm
and a few more
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on May 28, 2020, 02:42:07 pm
And the end result
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on May 28, 2020, 02:47:12 pm
The knife is based on a Japanese Kiridashi which is a single bevel blade. Just realised all the photos only show the non bevel side. This is the bevel side.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on May 28, 2020, 03:39:32 pm
Very nice and well done.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on May 28, 2020, 03:50:29 pm
Very nice.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on May 28, 2020, 04:44:39 pm
Beautiful knife Myrtle! When I first saw the metal cutout, I couldn't figure out what kind of knife this was to be. But the finished product has a lovely, balanced shape. Well done!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on May 28, 2020, 05:01:25 pm
Very nice work Rossdog
I believe you will get many edc and cleaver orders from this group.
Is it my imagination or are you not too fond of jimping?

I don't mind it at all. I've made quite a few knives with jimping on the spines. It's an easy way to stuff upma nice blade if you get it wrong though. Also it only suits the more modern designs (IMO).

Had to Google jimping.... I've done it myself... :lamer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on May 28, 2020, 06:53:42 pm
Love this thread.
Some tips that I don't think has been mentioned yet:
-  When you buy blanks, trace them on cardboard, that way you build a bank of design templates.
-  Use mild steel flat bar to practise making a design, it's cheap and works a bit easier and obviously you save your special steel.
-  Use machinist cutting fluid when drilling the small holes in your steel.
-  Clamp your handle on a piece of wood on the edge of your bench(point facing towards you), using a g-clamp, when you do the final surface sanding. Use copious amounts of cutting fluid.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on June 02, 2020, 03:33:23 pm
Thanks for the positive feedback guys. @ Roxense. You will see that the final shape is a lot narrower in the back of the handle than the original cutout.  Once I cut the blade out it looked odd so I narrowed the rear a lot. Very happy with the final result.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on June 02, 2020, 03:38:56 pm
Love this thread.
Some tips that I don't think has been mentioned yet:
-  When you buy blanks, trace them on cardboard, that way you build a bank of design templates.
-  Use mild steel flat bar to practise making a design, it's cheap and works a bit easier and obviously you save your special steel.
-  Use machinist cutting fluid when drilling the small holes in your steel.
-  Clamp your handle on a piece of wood on the edge of your bench(point facing towards you), using a g-clamp, when you do the final surface sanding. Use copious amounts of cutting fluid.

 :thumleft:

Hi - thank you. What cutting fluid do you use when you do the final surface sanding? I use only water and if I don't have any 2000 or 2500 as in during the lockdown I rub a little green soap on the blade and that mixed with water gives me the finish I want before polishing.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on June 03, 2020, 10:21:28 am
Love this thread.
Some tips that I don't think has been mentioned yet:
-  When you buy blanks, trace them on cardboard, that way you build a bank of design templates.
-  Use mild steel flat bar to practise making a design, it's cheap and works a bit easier and obviously you save your special steel.
-  Use machinist cutting fluid when drilling the small holes in your steel.
-  Clamp your handle on a piece of wood on the edge of your bench(point facing towards you), using a g-clamp, when you do the final surface sanding. Use copious amounts of cutting fluid.

 :thumleft:

Hi - thank you. What cutting fluid do you use when you do the final surface sanding? I use only water and if I don't have any 2000 or 2500 as in during the lockdown I rub a little green soap on the blade and that mixed with water gives me the finish I want before polishing.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on June 03, 2020, 08:42:40 pm
I finished this little "mini" Bowie a couple of weeks ago. This one is a keeper, as the blade is made out of a very old tyre lever that my father carried in his car for many years - I can remember it as a kid, lying next to the hand brake in his Morris Minor. My old man was intend on bludgeoning the crook who ripped him off of everything we had, and forcing us to live on handouts. My dad never recovered from this.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on June 04, 2020, 06:57:30 am
Beautiful and a very special sentimental heirloom !
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on June 04, 2020, 10:56:20 am
I really like the finish on the blade. Nice knife.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 11, 2020, 05:41:33 pm
First knife since lockdown started.
Skinner just in time for this season's first hunt. Made it for a friend, hope he likes it.
Blade 12C27, handle Corian, stainless and mosaic pins.

First time working with Corian. Love it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/2bea36a46349bca8f14f6766375dd3c0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/61eade9d8a2c097c1fcc99fa89b4962d.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on June 11, 2020, 07:24:50 pm
Very cool  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on June 11, 2020, 07:51:21 pm
Exploration, your work is truly going from good to sublime. Beautiful.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 12, 2020, 01:32:54 pm
Dankie Andre.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on June 12, 2020, 08:06:30 pm
First knife since lockdown started.
Skinner just in time for this season's first hunt. Made it for a friend, hope he likes it.
Blade 12C27, handle Corian, stainless and mosaic pins.

First time working with Corian. Love it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/2bea36a46349bca8f14f6766375dd3c0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/61eade9d8a2c097c1fcc99fa89b4962d.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: PapaDragon on June 12, 2020, 08:47:11 pm
First knife since lockdown started.
Skinner just in time for this season's first hunt. Made it for a friend, hope he likes it.
Blade 12C27, handle Corian, stainless and mosaic pins.

First time working with Corian. Love it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/2bea36a46349bca8f14f6766375dd3c0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/61eade9d8a2c097c1fcc99fa89b4962d.jpg)

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Ya, okes are talented hey.. well done!!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on June 18, 2020, 04:07:28 pm
Also been wanting to try making knives for years now.  So decided 4 weeks ago, this is it!! Start looking at machines, equipment and saundries -

 >:(GHEEEE ZZZZ the tools of the trade are expensive!!!!!

Inevitable had to sell one of my two wheel babies to fund my new hobby  :( :'(

Machines were delivered Monday, build a werks-hoekie which was finished on Sunday. Installed the machines, lights, etc
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on June 18, 2020, 04:10:13 pm
First tries - rough grind 80 grid, send to Bohler for HT yesterday - Cannot wait to start the finer details.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: DSRider.SA on June 18, 2020, 04:12:03 pm
Bliksem dit is luuks  :thumleft:

Looking forward to seeing your work.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 18, 2020, 04:35:01 pm
What a nice work setup you have GEE-SH, good luck with your new hobby. Looking forward to see your handy work  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Hardy de Kock on June 18, 2020, 05:12:24 pm
This will become your retirement job. You will spend more time in that place than you think.
Well done and good luck :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 18, 2020, 05:19:58 pm
Also been wanting to try making knives for years now.  So decided 4 weeks ago, this is it!! Start looking at machines, equipment and saundries -

 >:(GHEEEE ZZZZ the tools of the trade are expensive!!!!!

Inevitable had to sell one of my two wheel babies to fund my new hobby  :( :'(

Machines were delivered Monday, build a werks-hoekie which was finished on Sunday. Installed the machines, lights, etc
Congratulations and welcome. Happy to see you bought the best machines availible in the market today. Once you use these machines designed and built by Jaco de Kock, nothing else will do.


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on June 19, 2020, 08:05:32 am
Thank you everyone, - judging by the quality of the knives I've seen on this board, I'll definitely ask LOTS of questions and guidance.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on June 19, 2020, 10:02:56 am
First tries - rough grind 80 grid, send to Bohler for HT yesterday - Cannot wait to start the finer details.

WTF?  :eek7: First tries?
Damn it took me many many tries to get a grind half that smooth.... :'(

Lekker workshop you have there.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on June 19, 2020, 10:39:42 am
Thanks Bud -  it is a case of beginner's luck, it likely will end up in a totally different direction hahaha
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on June 19, 2020, 11:02:11 am
Ha ha ha.. Good luck and enjoy the journey.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 22, 2020, 08:13:41 pm
So, I attended a makers course for liner lock folders. Here is my first attempt.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bde9c21bc19f28eed6219f566c25dbad.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/a3a4177e77daa404ea33fa8166fa09cb.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bab0734f1076fd6b1299bc1bb18f75d8.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on June 22, 2020, 08:37:17 pm
So, I attended a makers course for liner lock folders. Here is my first attempt.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bde9c21bc19f28eed6219f566c25dbad.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/a3a4177e77daa404ea33fa8166fa09cb.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bab0734f1076fd6b1299bc1bb18f75d8.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 22, 2020, 10:40:03 pm
Eers so paar maak om "muscle memory" te bou. n Complete new ball game vir my.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on June 22, 2020, 10:56:35 pm
dan wag ek maar geduldig


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 22, 2020, 11:45:53 pm
Deal. Eerste een joune. Bring die Mexicans saam.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on June 23, 2020, 12:34:41 am



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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on June 23, 2020, 08:02:30 am
So, I attended a makers course for liner lock folders. Here is my first attempt.
Sjoe! That is lovely! Well-balanced design in the looks dept. I like the unobtrusive way you built in a slide stop on the top of the blade to give a good support for one's thumb when a bit of force is needed. The Psycho is lucky to get Serial No. 00001!  :biggrin:

Couple of questions: With the screw-tops of the pivot for the blade being recessed, wouldn't all those small cavities become a trap for dirt during regular use?  And, with the clip being fairly thick where it attaches to the handle, would it be possible to use countersunk screws to flatten the profile a bit more?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on June 23, 2020, 08:17:24 am
@Exploratio

Thats awesome!
Just a question and it's not meant to detract from your achievement, do you get to forge the blade?
Where are the remainder of the smaller parts sourced ?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 23, 2020, 08:18:42 am
Thanks Roxenz. First off, not my design as I know jack s--t of designing a folder. The stop pin is inside a milled track inside the blade.
Dust do collect in any knife, so on this one it will also happen. Very narrow tolerances, so I hope it does not cause problems. If so, disassemble and clean.
I had the choice to recces/countersink the bolts of the clip and elected not to. In hindsight I should have and will do it. This is a VERY steep learning curve.

Now to design my own and attempt to make a working example.

Watch this space........

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 23, 2020, 08:22:09 am
@Exploratio

Thats awesome!
Just a question and it's not meant to detract from your achievement, do you get to forge the blade?
Where are the remainder of the smaller parts sourced ?
No, the blade is M390 stainless. One can forge you own to personalize it even further. Especially when going the Damascus route.
KMTS sells everything hardware wise. The smaller the bolts, the more expensive it becomes. Funny

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on June 23, 2020, 09:47:20 am
So, I attended a makers course for liner lock folders.

Great work!
Very impressive.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on June 23, 2020, 11:34:50 pm
So, I attended a makers course for liner lock folders. Here is my first attempt.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bde9c21bc19f28eed6219f566c25dbad.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/a3a4177e77daa404ea33fa8166fa09cb.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200622/bab0734f1076fd6b1299bc1bb18f75d8.jpg)

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Excellent work most impressive!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 24, 2020, 07:18:48 am
Thanks gents, this is result when a master guides you through the process and really shares his knowledge. A lot of room for improvement still. I really wish I started on this journey much earlier in my life.

If anybody has a lead on a affordable (cheap) milling machine, please drop me a PM.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on June 25, 2020, 11:47:20 am
My first try  - Lots of things I'll do different and correct with the next one.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 25, 2020, 11:53:03 am
Looking very good for a first attempt  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on June 25, 2020, 04:40:22 pm
My first try  - Lots of things I'll do different and correct with the next one.

That is a beautiful knife. Congrats.

Lovely handle
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on July 06, 2020, 08:11:53 am
Seeing that the weather over the weekend was SHIT I decided to try the second knife.  N690, Beech-wood Scales, stainless dovetail bolster and white liner and scale insert.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on July 06, 2020, 08:14:54 am
And the third one - Ironwood Scales, African Blackwood dove tail bolster with black liners
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on July 06, 2020, 08:45:26 am
Well made and good looking blades  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on July 06, 2020, 05:53:19 pm
Thanks gents, this is result when a master guides you through the process and really shares his knowledge. A lot of room for improvement still. I really wish I started on this journey much earlier in my life.

If anybody has a lead on a affordable (cheap) milling machine, please drop me a PM.

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So........I bought a milling machine.
Now to figure out how to operate it.
Told the wife and myself I need it for the folders I am gonna make. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200706/1510351e4598e3e282c5e62cec5ca7a9.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Offshore on July 06, 2020, 06:12:24 pm
Well made and good looking blades  :thumleft:
Hell Yes.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on July 07, 2020, 08:16:08 am
Quote from: Exploratio
So........I bought a milling machine.
That looks solid! Have fun getting to know it. Love "heavy" toys...  :)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Oshkosh on July 10, 2020, 08:16:16 pm
@GEE-SH
Stunning all the blades well done!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on July 14, 2020, 08:32:14 am
My latest....so tussen deur die bestellings bietjie iets anders gemaak.  Hy is so 230mm lank, gemaak uit een aanmekaar stuk 8mm 1070 en sal nog 'n Kydex skede kry.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on July 14, 2020, 11:27:15 am
My latest....so tussen deur die bestellings bietjie iets anders gemaak.  Hy is so 230mm lank, gemaak uit een aanmekaar stuk 8mm 1070 en sal nog 'n Kydex skede kry.

Dis stunning.   :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on July 23, 2020, 07:56:59 am
My latest....so tussen deur die bestellings bietjie iets anders gemaak.  Hy is so 230mm lank, gemaak uit een aanmekaar stuk 8mm 1070 en sal nog 'n Kydex skede kry.

Awesome!!!! It is fantastic!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on July 23, 2020, 07:58:21 am
My latest try -
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Myrtle on July 23, 2020, 08:13:34 am
Boer and Geesh- great knifes guys. really stunning. Well done
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on July 23, 2020, 08:29:25 am
First knife since lockdown started.
Skinner just in time for this season's first hunt. Made it for a friend, hope he likes it.
Blade 12C27, handle Corian, stainless and mosaic pins.

First time working with Corian. Love it.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/2bea36a46349bca8f14f6766375dd3c0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200611/61eade9d8a2c097c1fcc99fa89b4962d.jpg)

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It will cut

Doing what it was made for.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200723/ed6ff22f90790b4b66166a93f084d082.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on August 03, 2020, 07:25:11 am
Made my 6th knife, apparently only after the 100th knife you can call yourself a knife maker.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on August 03, 2020, 09:02:49 am
Very nice!!

Each one is getting prettier. Practise makes perfect.

Beautiful fit and finish.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Black_Hawk on August 03, 2020, 09:05:40 am
Only a few more to go to get to 100  :pot:

This is really looking great and I admire your skills.

Well done :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on August 03, 2020, 10:17:22 am
@GEE-SH  jeez brother, you have a nack for This.  I like that drop point style. Very very nice.  What steel and material? 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Offshore on August 03, 2020, 10:29:29 am
A beautiful Example, I also admire the lines of this Knife.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on August 03, 2020, 10:33:20 am
I will definitely be on your client list.  If i can afford it :biggrin:  en ek is vol kak.  Jou lyne en materiaal praat met my. Classic en prakties. Dis hoe ek dit laaik.  Dis mooi bro.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on August 03, 2020, 11:21:35 am
A beautiful Example, I also admire the lines of this Knife.

I'm very glad you like it KR.  It is N690, with Formica liners and Mahogany scales which I have stabilised in a vacuum chamber with Cactus Juice.

Thanks Again
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on August 03, 2020, 11:24:00 am
Only a few more to go to get to 100  :pot:

This is really looking great and I admire your skills.

Well done :thumleft:

Thank you very much
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Wayne on August 03, 2020, 11:37:06 am
Well if this is only your 6th knife, not sure how much more you can improve by the time you get to 100.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on August 03, 2020, 12:50:10 pm
A beautiful Example, I also admire the lines of this Knife.

I'm very glad you like it KR.  It is N690, with Formica liners and Mahogany scales which I have stabilised in a vacuum chamber with Cactus Juice.

Thanks Again

Jeez, say this slowly with pictures please :biggrin:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on August 03, 2020, 03:24:34 pm
Well sorry to say, I can call you a knife maker.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

That is a work of art, very well done.   :deal:  :deal:  :deal:

I will drink a cold one on you tonight.   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on August 03, 2020, 04:18:26 pm
Well sorry to say, I can call you a knife maker.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

That is a work of art, very well done.   :deal:  :deal:  :deal:

I will drink a cold one on you tonight.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

Janee, if I could make something that beautiful I'd be telling everybody I'm a MASTER KNIFEMAKER!  ;) Absolutely stunning GEE-SH!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 03, 2020, 04:19:31 pm
I feel so useless looking at the things you guys make!!! :(
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Vis Arend on August 03, 2020, 04:27:26 pm
I feel so useless looking at the things you guys make!!! :(

Praat jy, voel skoon skaam oor my goed.   :biggrin: 
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 03, 2020, 04:29:32 pm
GEE-SH kan maar vir die mense vertel hys n mesmaker, want wragtag dis mooi goed daai ek sien hulle so halfpad deur n stuk nat beesbiltong!!! ;) :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on August 04, 2020, 09:20:36 am
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS @Vis Arend @roxenz @KiLRoy @Wayne You are all very kind with your comments, thank you very much!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 04, 2020, 10:48:13 am
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS @Vis Arend @roxenz @KiLRoy @Wayne You are all very kind with your comments, thank you very much!  :thumleft:
I think i should buy a knife now from you whilst it is cheap(er) and before your famous and only makes for the overseas market!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: KiLRoy on August 04, 2020, 11:37:24 am
@ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS @Vis Arend @roxenz @KiLRoy @Wayne You are all very kind with your comments, thank you very much!  :thumleft:
I think i should buy a knife now from you whilst it is cheap(er) and before your famous and only makes for the overseas market!! ;) :peepwall: :lol8:

Staan in die ry Chris :imaposer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on August 13, 2020, 06:43:51 pm
Quick question, I can get my hands on a roller shutter doof gearset, would anyone know if it would be suitable to forge a knife out of that steel?
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on August 14, 2020, 10:17:32 am
Quick question, I can get my hands on a roller shutter doof gearset, would anyone know if it would be suitable to forge a knife out of that steel?

Chances are it will bee to soft. Test it with a file, or even better, do a spark test with a grinder. The more complex the sparks, the harder the steel should be. Mild steel will make steady uniform sparks, whilst hardened steel will make sparks that "split". Hard to explain with seeing the difference.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on September 09, 2020, 08:57:16 pm
When a knife falls, let it fall.
Don't try to break the fall with your foot.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200909/9e41984f3864326591f00151acf8875c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200909/192b24a08e56a7785ee8b9b3fcdc33d0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200909/934e17ed8b761a9651ef588c86582042.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200909/eae8e9d60f846573e68586403a32c6c8.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on September 09, 2020, 09:02:29 pm
The culprit(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200909/b077e0d19071160b1a26a91760b2fb54.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mike gs on September 09, 2020, 09:48:11 pm
Well at least now you know it works!!

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on September 09, 2020, 09:49:05 pm
Yes, it will cut.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on September 09, 2020, 10:35:30 pm
cause you make them too sharp!!!! :o :o :o :o :o

Stunning knife!!! :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on September 09, 2020, 10:43:56 pm
Thanks Chris. One of three that was finished over the weekend. I caught it straight up on the tip.

Dumb stunt.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: roxenz on September 10, 2020, 06:42:47 am
Eish mater! Hoop daai sny word mooi gesond. Die steke behoort darem al uit te wees voor jy jou bike boots moet aantrek vir "Sid se Bash"?

Op 'n ander noot, sien ek gister hierdie: https://9gag.com/gag/a5MRVYq  Kon my oŽ nie glo nie!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mike gs on September 10, 2020, 06:45:01 am
It's amazing how that instinct kicks in. You drop something you immediately stick your foot out to save it. Often it moers down on your toe and hurts, and it was not worth the pain saving it!  This was a good but expensive and painful save. Very pretty knife though.

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on September 10, 2020, 02:56:50 pm
I also got a bit slack this week...
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on September 10, 2020, 04:02:07 pm
Ouch!

Thing is, those belts move at a serious speed. They bite you before you know it. The blades get hot and burn you before you can react. Cutting edges leave their mark quicker than lightning. Especially when doing that final polishing.

Dangerous hobby/profecion this knife making.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on October 06, 2020, 08:51:51 am
Banged out 2 knives this weekend. I quite like this one, stacked leather handle. Still have some scratches to polish out, but almost done.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on October 06, 2020, 10:33:19 am
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on October 06, 2020, 11:26:46 am
Rossdog and BigBoer, those I could have want in my working collection.  Very nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on October 06, 2020, 12:14:56 pm
You should visit me the Brooklyn Knife show that is on 4-6 December at the Brooklyn Mall, I will be exhibiting there (Elmar Venter)... :ricky:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on October 06, 2020, 01:57:24 pm
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium

WOW!!! I know how work goes into a folder. Well done!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on October 06, 2020, 01:58:38 pm
Rossdog and BigBoer, those I could have want in my working collection.  Very nice  :thumleft:

Mine is for sale, for less than you think  >:D
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on October 06, 2020, 03:27:20 pm
Rossdog and BigBoer, those I could have want in my working collection.  Very nice  :thumleft:

Mine is for sale, for less than you think  >:D
let me know  :deal:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on October 06, 2020, 03:42:02 pm
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium
that is nice


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: PapaDragon on October 06, 2020, 08:33:48 pm
You guys work is over the top, well done  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on October 07, 2020, 09:41:06 am
Make a few biltong knifes.  N690, Kiaat handle scales with liner of choice, comes with padded genuine leather pouch.  Seven Five O, Rands.  PM me if interested.

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on October 07, 2020, 09:46:02 am
Newest Creation - N690, with tapered stainless steel, peened bolser. Pink Ivory wood with black liner.  Comes with custom leather case. PM me if interested.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 07, 2020, 10:54:37 am
Bliksem GEE-SH that is stunning!!! :thumleft: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on October 07, 2020, 12:29:26 pm
You should visit me the Brooklyn Knife show that is on 4-6 December at the Brooklyn Mall, I will be exhibiting there (Elmar Venter)... :ricky:

Will see you there.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on October 07, 2020, 12:30:19 pm
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium
that is nice


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A cup of tea is nice....
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: bud500 on October 07, 2020, 12:31:40 pm
Bliksem GEE-SH that is stunning!!! :thumleft: :drif: :drif:

+1  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on October 07, 2020, 03:44:22 pm
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium
that is nice


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A cup of tea is nice....

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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: GEE-SH on October 07, 2020, 04:09:21 pm

 ;D

Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Exploratio on October 07, 2020, 07:43:12 pm

 ;D


I was waiting for someone to post this.

Fitting.

@Bigboer, daai is n baie mooi folder.
Eendag.......
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Psycho Porra on October 07, 2020, 09:56:02 pm
Some of my more recent work... :peepwall:
Blade is Elmax, running on bearings and handle is heat-anodized titanium
that is nice


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A cup of tea is nice....
a cup of tea and yourself are nice


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Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Rossdog on October 09, 2020, 04:45:38 pm
Banged out 2 knives this weekend. I quite like this one, stacked leather handle. Still have some scratches to polish out, but almost done.

Sold! Thank you Mox!
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: mox on October 09, 2020, 07:52:42 pm
Thank you Sir! I am sure my boy will enjoy it when I think the time is right to start chopping bits off of his fingers  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: Mr D on October 11, 2020, 05:35:26 pm
Friendís dad been making knives in his spare time for yonks and invited me to pop over the weekend and try my hand at making my own.

Had a jol but massively intimidating trying to get that bevel right.
Title: Re: Show us what you made
Post by: BigBoer on October 12, 2020, 11:15:33 am
Friendís dad been making knives in his spare time for yonks and invited me to pop over the weekend and try my hand at making my own.

Had a jol but massively intimidating trying to get that bevel right.

That's a good-looking little knife!