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Jan 26, 2022 - 7:43:04 AM
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lazyarcher

Canada

7141 posts since 4/19/2004

Are there any knife makers here?
I got started a few years ago...one at a time. Big learning curve but Im getting there.
I have a very small forge, but what I switched to was cutting blanks from 440C stainless, and have them sent out for professional hardening..in a controlled temp digital oven where they can be properly cycled to end up at the 62-ish Rockwell. I then do all the finish work, and make the custom sheaths.
Heres a bit of my latest..I have a very good access to lots of rosewood and blackwood that I love for scales. I also included one of a small run of fillet knives from an old saw blade from an old lumber camp on Lake Nipigon in northern Ontario I found moose hunting.






Jan 26, 2022 - 8:03:14 AM

dat

USA

31876 posts since 7/26/2006

Nice work

I have a friend that makes knives, LaRock knives, but that’s one more hobby that I haven’t gotten in to but would like.

You knives look great

Jan 26, 2022 - 9:17:23 AM

13129 posts since 1/15/2005

Dave Jack .... your knives look great. I started adding custom knives to my collection about 20 years ago. I have a number of knife maker friends here in South Carolina, several of which are in my knife club. One of my friends, Claude Montjoy, who died about seven or eight years ago or more, was one of the most prolific knife makers I have ever known. Claude ground the blades for a bunch of the knife makers all over the southeast. I'll see if I can find a couple of his knives to photograph. They are real beauties.

Jan 26, 2022 - 10:25:01 AM

4241 posts since 4/22/2018

Not only am I impressed with the knives, but also the workmanship in the sheathes. I was given an old timer skinning knife/pocket knife combo by a Hoosier hunting buddy, the plastic sheath on the skinner was rubbish so I attempted to make a leather one. I think I could use some lessons from you Dave, yours are superb.

Jan 26, 2022 - 11:11:19 AM

1657 posts since 10/12/2011

My son who's 12 just got started. He works with a local knife maker kinda like an apprentice. He's made 2 railroad spike knives, their rough but not bad for a 12 year old. He got a beginner forge for Christmas, and 1" belt grinder for his birthday last week. We're not breaking out that stuff until spring. To much snow and I don't feel like burning down the garage.

All the guys in my hunting camp are placing their orders. I'm a wood worker and will help him with handles. Good use of all my scrap maple/ oak and other woods.

Edited by - buckholler on 01/26/2022 11:15:00

Jan 26, 2022 - 11:19:01 AM
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OM45GE

USA

114552 posts since 11/7/2007

Very nice Dave

Jan 26, 2022 - 2:48:43 PM
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13129 posts since 1/15/2005

Here are three of my custom folders. The one on the left is a pearl handled folding hunter mad by my friend Claude Montjoy that I mentioned in an earlier post. It is really a precision and well made knife. The other two were made by Frank Centofante, who died probably twenty or so years ago. He was also a master craftsman. I am not sure who did the engraving on Frank's knives, but it was also extremely well done.


 

Jan 26, 2022 - 2:59:47 PM
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Brian T

Canada

19202 posts since 6/5/2008

I make a lot of my own wood carving crooked knives. I buy or scrounge blades and blade materials.
Then I shape handles that fit my hands. I know that I only have to do it once but I can grind a wood carving bevel angle without cooking the blades.

This is an old picture, I thought I had a useful set of wood carving knives.
It isn't close to half of what I have on the bench now.
I've come to depend on the likes of you who are bladesmiths, I'll just make up the handles.


 

Jan 26, 2022 - 3:19:07 PM

13129 posts since 1/15/2005

Very nice Brian! I already do too much stuff. I'll let you knife makers and handle makers do all the work for me!

Jan 26, 2022 - 5:01:32 PM

5872 posts since 12/20/2005

Dave, thanks for showing us some of your knives. Excellent excellent craftsmanship.
I like all of them. I could put one of your fillet knives to good use.

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Jan 27, 2022 - 9:41:08 AM

lazyarcher

Canada

7141 posts since 4/19/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel

Not only am I impressed with the knives, but also the workmanship in the sheathes. I was given an old timer skinning knife/pocket knife combo by a Hoosier hunting buddy, the plastic sheath on the skinner was rubbish so I attempted to make a leather one. I think I could use some lessons from you Dave, yours are superb.


Thanks. I love making the sheaths. Its a learning process for sure. I get good leather, and thicker grade..8-10 mill. A bit harder to work with but it finishes so well.

Jan 27, 2022 - 9:42:37 AM

lazyarcher

Canada

7141 posts since 4/19/2004

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Here are three of my custom folders. The one on the left is a pearl handled folding hunter mad by my friend Claude Montjoy that I mentioned in an earlier post. It is really a precision and well made knife. The other two were made by Frank Centofante, who died probably twenty or so years ago. He was also a master craftsman. I am not sure who did the engraving on Frank's knives, but it was also extremely well done.


Those are works of art. I havnt even come close to the decorative skills needed for that work. Im at the stage of basic but clean and finished. I think the next level would need lots of support!!

Jan 27, 2022 - 9:51:27 AM
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dat

USA

31876 posts since 7/26/2006

quote:
Originally posted by lazyarcher

. Im at the stage of basic but clean and finished. I think the next level would need lots of support!!

 


I like the "clean and finished"

there was a guy a few years back that came through the shop trying to sell his knives, they were rough, he pointed out that a home made knife isn't smooth like a factory made, that's what made them special, well, everyone has their opinion, but i like the clean and finished, it shows care and pride in the work done instead of just putting something out there.

Again, nice work 

Jan 27, 2022 - 3:18:48 PM

lazyarcher

Canada

7141 posts since 4/19/2004

I spend a lot of time on wet sanding wheels 220 to 1800 grit sandpaper then on polishing wheels with 5 different grades of polishing compounds. Its labor intensive but when its done right and the steel is like a mirror then you know it's right. Ive seen the "primative " styles..ho hum..and some EXPENSIVE !!

Jan 27, 2022 - 3:38:52 PM

13129 posts since 1/15/2005

I like all kinds of knives, but the skill required to make a precision knife is incredible, especially with folders. My son likes "tactical" knives and of course the finish is not comparable to the "art" type knives, but they are not meant to be. All of the part that really counts is done right. I have a friend in Hendersonville, NC who makes knives out of old files ("Ex-files is the name of his company") and he makes beautiful knives, but not with the kind of polishing that are done on many knives. The knife on top is one of his, but is a little unusual as he usually exposes an part of the old file. (After looking at the photo blown up, he does show part of the old file on the tang and he fashioned a curled "rat tail" on the butt end)


 

Edited by - BanjoLink on 01/27/2022 15:41:24

Jan 27, 2022 - 4:40:35 PM

7875 posts since 9/5/2006

you guys ever saw the knives this guy makes,,,WOW

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Mar 30, 2022 - 7:11:44 PM

28 posts since 8/6/2008

Me ??
brantonknifeworks.com

Mar 31, 2022 - 1:18:09 PM

slammer

USA

3595 posts since 12/30/2008

Very Cool Dave !!! I’m jealous, as I have no skills!!! My son started making knives and I told him I wanted a nice filet knife. That was 3 years ago. I just bought another Rapala filet knife. LOL
I like your work!!! Hopefully your filet knife has a little back bone for those big walleyes your about to come in to. It’s almost time!!!
Slammer!!!

Mar 31, 2022 - 6:28:25 PM
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rinemb

USA

14520 posts since 5/24/2005

I went from knife repurposing, rebuilds, and builds-including leather sheaths but switched to metalsmith-jewelry making. I don't bleed or burn nearly as mush or as deep. ;-) Brad


Mar 31, 2022 - 6:32:55 PM
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rinemb

USA

14520 posts since 5/24/2005

More pics, but many others hidden in various photo albums. Brad




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