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Old 01-30-2017, 04:35 PM
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After that last question, I sort of want to get this thread back on track. I'm still hoping to see a few posts of other peoples first knives.

I just did up a sketch for my next knife I hope to make (I use the word hope because it might be ambitious). I plan to give this to a friend with the intent of being a neck knife. I personally think it's a little on the large size, being 6" OAL, but he's a big guy and that's what he'd like.

The darker piece running from the tip down the spine I plan to turn into a false edge. Partly to shave some weight, because I think it'll be a bit heavy. Partly because I think it will look nice.

As usual, opinions and advice are always welcome.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:38 PM
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Smaller size not power, I have a Delta 1/2 hp 1x42 with a 8" disc sander. If you are going to spend $100 just get that 2x42 I linked, shipping is free, but it has a 1/3hp motor.

That seems too big for a neck knife ash, but he's your customer. I might drill some holes to lighten it before heat treat.

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Old 01-30-2017, 04:58 PM
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Smaller size not power, I have a Delta 1/2 hp 1x42 with a 8" disc sander. If you are going to spend $100 just get that 2x42 I linked, shipping is free, but it has a 1/3hp motor.

That seems too big for a neck knife ash, but he's your customer. I might drill some holes to lighten it before heat treat.
Super, thanks.

HA! a customer implies he would be paying me in some way. He's just a really stubborn friend. I've told him that this thing is going to be too big for a necker, but he disagrees. I've learnt over the years to just let it happen with him. I planned to make a larger knife anyways, so it will still help me transition.
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:56 PM
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Well I would just say save yourself time and put a smaller belly on it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:16 PM
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I have a 1x42, its handy for all sorts of small jobs like shortening screws or any other light grinding. For making blades its definitely better than a 1x30 but that still isn't saying much. Bottom line on these little grinders is that the belts are just too small which means they wear out VERY quickly. And, as you mentioned they are usually under powered. I know some guys build them up (I changed the pulleys on mine) but if you're going to do that you should probably just hang on to the money until you can buy something better. I'm not a huge fan of 2x42 or 2x48 grinders either but for a first grinder they are far FAR better than any of the 1" grinders and can generally be had for about twice the price...


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Old 02-08-2017, 10:23 AM
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Started working on my next knife over the weekend, have about 14 hours into it so far. It's been a lot of hard work, and I learned a few new things. Primarily that if you plan to file your knife into shape by hand, make sure that you cut as close as possible to your design with the hacksaw to save time and work. I didn't want to run into the same problem I had with my first knife, and cut in too far, and sort of ended up with the opposite problem. The second thing I learned in the process was that cutting your knife out of cardboard is a great idea. I knew it would help, just didn't know how much. It can really make the difference between making a knife that looks cool and one that feels really nice.

I decided to go with the ask forgiveness not permission on this one in regards to what my friend wanted, and compromised. The knife he wanted was going to be too big, and after mocking it up on cardboard I didn't like how it felt. I shrunk things down a bit, and changed up the handle. The knife is now about 5.5" overall, and is probably a little large for neck carry, but plenty fine for an EDC on a belt. The thing feels great and I'm able to get lots of different grips on it. I put it in his hands and he was sold.

Here's a couple pictures. First one is just after cutting out with a hacksaw, the second is where I'm at now. It's sanded to a 120 grit and I plan to drill some holes and harden it next weekend - We were down to -40 with wind on the weekend, and I didn't want to stand in that. Next weekend were forecast for +3. Good old prairie winters.

As always, let me know what you guys think.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:46 AM
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If it suits your customer then ya done good. If it was mine, I'd probably bring the spine down making the blade narrower and imparting a more continuous curve from the handle to the tip of the blade ...


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Old 02-08-2017, 10:59 AM
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If it suits your customer then ya done good. If it was mine, I'd probably bring the spine down making the blade narrower and imparting a more continuous curve from the handle to the tip of the blade ...
I might just try that out. I decided that I want to make one of these for myself with a couple small tweaks, so maybe that will be one of them.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:11 PM
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I usually cut a prototype from 1/4" plywood and maybe tweak it. When I get what I want, I save it as a template to use for future blades. Little more durable than cardboard and you can use it multiple times.

Having said that, I'd like to get all of my "successful" designs into a mild steel to use as permanent templates.


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