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.


3 comments:

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

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

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.