Sunday, September 7, 2008

The First Knife

Well, I've officially made my first knife. It's father's day today and I've just handed it over to Dad for his gift.
I knew when I started making it that I wanted to give it to Dad - just seemed like the right thing to do. It's not the best knife I'm ever going to produce - with practice I'm sure I'll get much better - but I can only make one ''first'' knife so I wanted Dad to have this one.

It's made from (what I believe to be) O2 steel and I used stock removal for the process. The handle is redgum and the guard is stainless.

Had a hell of a time making the thing - I can say I've learned a lot of lessons about grinding and drilling in the process - like, don't use a grinding wheel on the guard once it's on the knife. The thing fell off several times because the heat kept melting the epoxy. I know now to either shape the entire thing first or just use the slack band of the belt grinder.


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I'd be made up if my lad made a knife for me.

Todd: said...

Top notch work! Hard to believe it's your first. You've got skills. I'm into the guardless thing. I think they get in the way. The blade shape is good and the handle wood beautiful. I like what you did with the pins too.

Obsidian Rabbit said...

Sorry about the delay in my response but thank you both for your kind words. I look forward to posting many more items in the future and hope you'll be watching.