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  • 4g64loser

    collector of fine .22s
    Jan 18, 2007
    3,440
    maryland
    The one justiw has pictured is cocobolo. I have two of his, both with black palm scales, and bought one for my father. One of mine (and my father's) are the same blade profile as pictured in the same AEB-L steel. Anyone wanting a razorblade for the kitchen, these are it.
    That's beautiful! Very nice job. What wood did you use for the handle scales?

    JoeR
    This is a custom blade he did for me. It's a middle ground between carving and boning knife and so far has been excellent. It's a good one-knife for dinner making but I'm looking forward to putting it to use processing deer.

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    ToolAA

    Active Member
    Jun 17, 2016
    9,384
    God's Country
    Over the last several years, I've gotten into knifemaking. I haven't yet delved into the forging of blades yet, instead buying knife blades, then making handles to create something individualized.

    My son's best friend's wedding is coming up in October. For a wedding shower present, I bought an 8" damascus chef's knife blade, along with a 3.5" paring knife.

    For both knives, I used scraps of Brazilian Rosewood given to me by a cabinet-maker friend. Below are pics with an enlargement of the handle. The swirl in the grain is just stunning. After sanding to 400 grit, I applied 3 coats of Truoil, followed by buffing with white rouge. The handle is as smooth and shiny as glass.

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    I haven’t checked into this thread for a while. That knife looks really nice. What a great gift.


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    JoeRinMD

    Rifleman
    Jul 18, 2008
    1,972
    AA County
    I haven’t checked into this thread for a while. That knife looks really nice. What a great gift.


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    Thanks so much! I'm thinking that this might become "a thing". A niece who loves to cook is also getting married in October. She would appreciate a nice chef's knife. I've always felt a present which incorporates someone's thought and effort is much nicer than just throwing some $$ at them. That said, dollars are fungible, giving them the ability buy what they really want, rather than what I THINK they want.

    JoeR

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    ToolAA

    Active Member
    Jun 17, 2016
    9,384
    God's Country
    Thanks so much! I'm thinking that this might become "a thing". A niece who loves to cook is also getting married in October. She would appreciate a nice chef's knife. I've always felt a present which incorporates someone's thought and effort is much nicer than just throwing some $$ at them. That said, dollars are fungible, giving them the ability buy what they really want, rather than what I THINK they want.

    JoeR

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    I think I posted a few years ago that I made a chef’s knife for my son. It was fun but took quite a bit of time. I purchased a steel blank which I cut and ground on a 2x72 belt sander that I made from a kit. Then I sent it off to some place in texas to be hardened. It was a lot of work. In the end the mistake I made was starting with steel that was way too thick. If I were to do it again I would use a 1/8” or maybe 3/32” steel blank for a chef’s knife.
     

    joppaj

    Sheepdog
    Staff member
    Moderator
    Apr 11, 2008
    42,064
    MD
    Anyone who watches this thread

    What would be a decent quality average priced OTF automatic for my old man?
    Define average price. Microtech are the only OTF I ever see that people are actually happy with.
     

    justiw

    Member
    Jan 26, 2012
    278
    I think I posted a few years ago that I made a chef’s knife for my son. It was fun but took quite a bit of time. I purchased a steel blank which I cut and ground on a 2x72 belt sander that I made from a kit. Then I sent it off to some place in texas to be hardened. It was a lot of work. In the end the mistake I made was starting with steel that was way too thick. If I were to do it again I would use a 1/8” or maybe 3/32” steel blank for a chef’s knife.
    Thin kitchen knives are the best! 0.063 in (1/16 in) is great for meats and veggies. I have heard of some going down to 0.04 in on paring knives and love them. Geometry makes a huge difference in cutting feel/effort and thin always wins. Thick stuff is only needed where its necessary like boning, and hard use campers/choppers. There is tons of bar stock in any alloy or thickness you can imagine nowadays.
     

    shootin the breeze

    Missed it by that much
    Dec 22, 2012
    3,696
    Highland
    Just picked this up from an estate...Randall #1 with sawtooth spine and uncommon black sheath rather than the standard brown...
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    That’s a beauty. I’v recently gotten the Randall but. Found a guy who sells all kinds of knives that’s selling his deceased buddy’s RKS club knives for his widow. Picked up two with 8” blades and top edge sharp as well as a combat companion. Want the rest. Good thing is they don’t move fast so there’s time.
     

    JoeRinMD

    Rifleman
    Jul 18, 2008
    1,972
    AA County
    I think I posted a few years ago that I made a chef’s knife for my son. It was fun but took quite a bit of time. I purchased a steel blank which I cut and ground on a 2x72 belt sander that I made from a kit. Then I sent it off to some place in texas to be hardened. It was a lot of work. In the end the mistake I made was starting with steel that was way too thick. If I were to do it again I would use a 1/8” or maybe 3/32” steel blank for a chef’s knife.
    Ahhh...yes, I remember that thread now that you mention it. I've been using a Jet 2x42 belt grinder, but have been thinking about upgrading to a 2x72 model. I just went back and found that old thread. You son received a beautiful Christmas present that year. Hopefully he'll cherish it forever.

    Were you pleased with the kit? Any lessons learned? Like you, I've had sticker shock when I've checked out the cost of a motor and VFD combination. How did the treadmill motor and controller work out?

    JoeR
     

    ToolAA

    Active Member
    Jun 17, 2016
    9,384
    God's Country
    Ahhh...yes, I remember that thread now that you mention it. I've been using a Jet 2x42 belt grinder, but have been thinking about upgrading to a 2x72 model. I just went back and found that old thread. You son received a beautiful Christmas present that year. Hopefully he'll cherish it forever.

    Were you pleased with the kit? Any lessons learned? Like you, I've had sticker shock when I've checked out the cost of a motor and VFD combination. How did the treadmill motor and controller work out?

    JoeR

    my treadmill motor was 1.5hp. It’s a little under powered if I really lean into the belt. I would recommend finding a used or free 2+hp treadmil. Look for an older one with a rotating dial for the speed control, because it will be easier to hack it and retrofit it as a belt driver. If you do find one with a digital control, you can still make it work, but you may have to really have some electronics skills to reverse engineer the digital control panel to find out what voltages or signals it feeds to the motor Controller.
     

    DanGuy48

    Active Member
    Feb 18, 2012
    6,252
    People's Republic of Maryland
    These guys have a lot of different models. Not sure how they compare to others mentioned here in price, just read an article on them somewhere that was very favorable.

     

    RRomig

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    Aug 30, 2021
    1,207
    Burtonsville MD
    Distant cousins
    Jay Hendrickson
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    308Scout

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    That is one hell of a second post from a '13er. And that's absolutely one helluva collection! :thumbsup:
     

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