Archive for knifemaking

From paper to blade!

Posted in Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, brutdeforge, design, design sketch, knifemaking, metalwork, template making, templates with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by Jim

Video, video, video, I made another video.

This shows how I take a rough forged blade, try several different final designs for it on paper, and transfer the best design onto the blade for accurate grinding.

It’s funny, but it took me a year to figure out this really simple way to transfer the paper pattern onto the steel easily and accurately.

Happy making,

-Jim

Making a fixed blade pocket knife in O1 and micarta for every day carry

Posted in EDC, knifemaking, Leather working, metalwork with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by Jim

I got to spend a great day with my dad making knives. I have been interested lately in having a fixed blade pocket knife so, I put together this pattern and we each made the same knife.

Here is how mine turned out:

It is sized like a neck knife, but I specifically designed it to be carried as an EDC (every day carry) pocket knife.

And here it is in its sheath. I made the sheath with the Loveless style cam so it makes a great ‘snap’ when you put it away.

It is comfortable in my front pocket or the leg pocket in my work pants.

Happy Making,
Jim

The Finished Dagger

Posted in Blacksmithing, hammer texture, knifemaking, metalwork with tags , , , , on August 21, 2011 by Jim

1095 steel dagger with wenge handle and bronze fittings

I finished the dagger today!

1095 Steel Dagger with wenge handle and bronze fittings complete

Making a two edged knife was a bit of a stretch for me but I am really pleased with how it turned out. It has a 5.5″ blade length and 10″ OAL. It is made out of 1095 steel. The fittings are hammered bronze.

Bronze Pommel and Wenge dagger handle

The pommel is heavy and almost 3/4″ at its thickest. Having the weight there offsets the weight of the blade and makes the knife feel agile in your hand.

Because this was a gift, my friend gave me a silver coin so the knife would not cut our friendship. I expected a nickel but instead I got this beautiful solid silver handmade Baron Guglielmo Bardicci coin!

Baron Gugliemo Bardicci solid silver coinBaron Gugliemo Bardicci solid silver coin Obversea

This was a great project.  Next up,  hunting knives.

Happy Making,

Jim

Oh Happy Dagger…

Posted in Blacksmithing, Forging, knifemaking, metalwork with tags , on July 26, 2011 by Jim

Making a dagger from a file.

Dagger blank FromOld file

A friend had this blank for years. It was started by his pal. He told me that he wanted to make or have it made into a finished dagger so he can return it to its original creator as a surprise. Maybe there is a little romance in the fact that he has carried it around all this time. I get sentimentally attached to objects myself, so this project interested me.

I’m all in when I think there is a little history or romance in a project. I spent a little quiet time with it last night and here is where we got:

viking dagger blank

The blank was still hard as diamonds when I got it, so it went in the forge and got annealed. After, I ground the sides flat just enough to put the purple layout dye on it, scribe a center line, and begin to layout the tang.

More to come soon as I can get back into the shop.

Happy Making,

Jim

Reworking a Swiss Army Knife – EDC folder rework

Posted in Blathering, knifemaking, metalwork, Tool Making with tags , , , on June 6, 2011 by Jim

I love the blade on the Victorinox florist knife. It has a great shape for what I need in my EDC. I do wish though, that it was a little more sturdily constructed.

This weekend, I set out to remedy this issue.

Here is my trusty apple slicer:

Victorinox florist Knife

You can see that it is well loved! Well, I loved it so much that I felt the need to grind the pins out and take it apart 😛

This knife is really well thought out and well made but I wanted it to be a bit heavier. Also, I am really surprised that they do not put a half stop in the blade. A half stop makes the blade pause at 90 degrees when you are closing it. A nice thing if your fingers might be in the way!

Here are the new brass liners (to replace the light aluminum ones that came on the knife), red liner material, and micarta scale blanks I planned to put on this lovely knife. I also ground a flat on the end of a blade to make that half stop I was wishing Victorinox would have done for me.

MicartaScalesAndBrassLinersForVictorinoxFloristKnife

A little time passes (internet magic and epoxy…) and here is the spine:

Spine of Swiss army knife rescaled with Green Micarta and red liners

And here it is, sitting so safely at that hoped for half stop:

Green micarta Swiss army knife rescale

My knife now has the heft and safety features I was hoping for. My lunch apples are very nervous!

Happy Making,

Jim