Let's talk knives

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by CA357, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It seems that most folks that are into guns also get into knives at some point.

    I have some knives that are very good quality and some that are basically throw-aways.

    What do you have? Have you made your own? We have some knife makers here, maybe they'll teach us some stuff.

    Personally, I get confused by all the types of steel. It seems that there's a zillion types. I know about the Rockwell Scale, but not a whole lot more.

    So, let's talk knives for a while and see what we can learn. :cool:
     
  2. Jay

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    I have the ESEE, and a couple of old machete's... one of 'em is US issue, but the grips are gone. I wrapped it with para-cord.

    I built a few knives out of 01 tool steel, before I retired, but they were crude. I'd like to have the tools to try it again, but that's not likely.
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I just bought a kershaw. I'll try to get some pics up later.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

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    Uninfluenced by these recent knife threads, I was looking for a new fixed blade for a daily carry. I'm tired of reaching into my pocket, just to have my folder in the way. I was going to start a new one, but maybe I could hijack this one for a little bit.

    Does anyone carry a fixed blade daily? If so, what? Is there a certain maximum/minimum size I should be looking at?
     
  5. freefall

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    I have made a few knives by stock removal method out of ATS 34. Paid to have them professionally heat treated. I would like to post some pics but am too technologically maladroit. I have also stuck handles on a few blades, same problem with pics. First bought blade I handled probably was the nicest of those I ever did, sold it for $50. Have kicked myself more than once. Re-handled a few Rapalla filet knives, carry one very often, gave the rest away. I've also bought a few knives, most of which are nicer than the ones I've made.:eek:
     
  6. freefall

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    Dnthmn, in my current job I carry a lot of other crap on my belt so have no room for a sheath knife, therefor stuck with a folder. When not at work I habitually carry a fixed blade of 3- 3 1/2 inches with a handle about the same size. This makes for a compact package, not much bigger than a folding knife in belt sheath, so doesn't alarm the citizenry, but much more useful. Most often my re-stocked and re-shaped Rapalla filet knife, but sometimes my fossil bone handled ATS 34 hand made maiden voyage.
     
  7. Jo da Plumbr

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    Not allowed to carry a fixed blade here in Los Angeles, but can have any size folder. I find a folder with a clip holds the knife to the side of my pocket where it is not in the way, and gives quick access when needed. I have a Cold Steel Recon that is my at work carry. I have had it since before the FTF resentment with CS. I also have a very nice Gerber that was a FTF secret Santa gift two Xmas's ago. And I have a cheepie stiletto style assisted opener. It is very thin and more of my black tie knife for when I am in a suit. Last Xmas a vendor gave me a small assisted open Kershaw that I use as a money clip.
     
  8. M14sRock

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    Knives a plenty at Chez Rock. I've been addicted to them since I was 5. I know FTF had some personality conflict with Cold Steel, but I've yet to find a better factory fixed blade knife.

    I would love be as skilled as Pandamonium in the knife making arena, and as skilled as Freefall with the English language (major kudos for possibly the first ever use of the word "maladroit" on a gun forum!!), but have replaced a fair amount of handles on knives over the years.

    Most high quality knives will take a tremendous amount of abuse and bounce back. The trick is finding one that will also take, and hold, a great edge.
     
  9. NitroxAZ

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    I have both factory knives, ones that I have made from pre-cut blanks and a few from bar stock. I am slowly working on getting together a few tools to be able to make them from stock so I don't have to borrow friends shops. There are alot of choices out there as far as types of steels. I really like CPM 154 and D2 steels for making them from bar stock.

    Here are a few that I have done from pre made blanks.
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  10. Benning Boy

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    I have one or two.

    Let me warm up the camera....
     
  11. Jay

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    Nitro, those are beautiful.... I scrounged around a bit this morning, and found I do have a few.... the 1911 and the knife next to is do have grips made from the same wood, but I couldn't get the light right on both at the same time. The knife is the only one I've made worth showing... it's 01 tool steel.

    The machete on the left is the old US issue one with the bakelite grips broken off, and the machete/scabbard on the right was given to my father in 1949 by the President of Ecuador. Dad was the Air Attache to them for a couple of years.
     

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  12. CA357

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    Knice knives Jay. ;)

    Nitro, that Damascus knife is a beauty. Please tell me a bit about it.
     
  13. NitroxAZ

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    For that knife I used a Damascus knife blank that I bought. There is a real art form to forging Damascus steel. I don't have the expertise or tools to forge anything like that, so I left that to the pros. There are some great artists forge some amazing patterns.

    I used matchbooked Cocobolo knife scales for the handles. They were 3" x 5" x 3/8" when I started. After I lined up the grains how I wanted them, I adhered them to the tang of the knife with a 2 part epoxy and spring clamps. When they fully cured out, I took a PortaBand bandsaw that I have set up vertically like a regular bandsaw and removed the wood until it was close to the shape of the handle. I then used blue painters tape at the heel and Ricasso of the blade to protect it when I was sanding. I moved on to a 1" x 42" belt sander with a 60 grit belt to conform the handles to the shape of the tang and to take down some of the width of the knife scales until it was comfortable in my hand. When that was done, I used a dremel with sanding drums to do the detail work, like rounding the handles for fit and the angle I put on the handles at the Ricasso/hilt of the blade.

    When I was satisfied with the way the knife felt in my hand, I started to hand sanded the handles. I started with 80 and 120 grit to remove any imperfections left from the 60 grit belt. I then moved on to 180 grit for the final pass before applying the sealer. I used a clear, high gloss sealer to bring out the luster of the wood with passes of 240 grit between coats. I put on about 20 coats of sealer to get the desired finish and hardness I was looking for. I gave the blade a quick strop to polish the edge and remove any microscopic burrs so that it was razor sharp.

    I chose not to use any pins in the handles because I did not want to take away from the beauty of the Damascus steel and the richness of the Cocobolo handles.
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's a labor of love. :cool:
     
  15. NitroxAZ

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    Wish I could make a living at it. It is really rewarding.
     
  16. amoroque

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    With skills like that, your wish just may come true.
     
  17. 30-30remchester

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    I have been afflicted with the knife bug for many years. However the knives I collect are original military knives and antique folders. No stainless steel, no plastic, just bone handled, brass linered, nickle bolstered, carbon steel beauties.
     
  18. Benning Boy

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    The LaGuiole. A French Shepherd beauty....
     

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  19. NitroxAZ

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    That is a very cool looking knife BB.
     
  20. Benning Boy

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    Fairbain Sykes knock off, but one made in Sheffield....
     

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