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Old 06-11-2017, 09:32 PM
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My First Knife!

I've officially finished my first knife. I've still got a lot to do in terms of refining my technique, but at least I now have a technique to refine. Tha k you so much for everyone's help so far. There will definitely he much more to come.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:06 AM
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Great Job.....I like the file work!
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:43 AM
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And a sheath too! A better than average first effort, by far.

My attempt at constructive criticism: on the next one, try to do the finish work on the blade before you attach the handle...


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Old 06-12-2017, 09:14 AM
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Ray, in this case the better advice would be not to forget to tape up my finished blade until after the 5 minute apoxy has been applied to my scales, scramble to find it with no luck, scratch up the blade trying to remove the access apoxy after it cured and then try to get the scratches out of the blade. Trust me, lesson learned, haha. The 24 hour apoxy and painters tape now have a very accessible home in my work bench drawer.
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:26 AM
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Ray, in this case the better advice would be not to forget to tape up my finished blade until after the 5 minute apoxy has been applied to my scales, scramble to find it with no luck, scratch up the blade trying to remove the access apoxy after it cured and then try to get the scratches out of the blade. Trust me, lesson learned, haha. The 24 hour apoxy and painters tape now have a very accessible home in my work bench drawer.
Yes, better to remove the epoxy while it is wet. After gluing and clamping the scales, use a dry paper towel followed by one with some rubbing alcohol to wipe off the excess squeeze out. Note I said a damp paper towel, not sopping wet as that can actually draw epoxy out of the front border between scale and blade leaving a void. I then tape my blade when starting to finish the handle. One trick you may try if you DO get a little epoxy, try a small wooden dowel to remove the dried epoxy. The wooden dowel used carefully won't scratch the blade.

Nice knife for a first try. Much better than mine. Functional design, simple working knife. Good work, what kind of steel?


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Old 06-12-2017, 09:38 AM
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Looks good! now you are hooked,no turning back! Lee


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Old 06-12-2017, 09:43 AM
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Thanks for the advice, WNC. I'm using 1095 for the time being.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:41 AM
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Very nice first knife. I wish mine looked that good.

One thing that you can use on dried epoxy if you run into it again is to get a piece of about 1/4" brass rod and hammer one end flat like a chisel and use that to scrape the epoxy off. The brass is harder than the dried epoxy but softer than the steel.

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Old 06-13-2017, 01:10 AM
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You did a good job of contouring the handle scales where they will be comfortable in the hand. Some new makers leave them feeling like you have a 2X4 in your hand.


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Old 06-23-2017, 09:43 AM
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Way better than my first knife. Congrats on a good looking first knife build.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:19 AM
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Nice for a firsty.
Another way to take care of the epoxy on blade issue that is relatively simple: once you get the handle pretty much finished prior to assembly. Hopefully you do a bit of try-fitting. Finish the leading edge of the scales where they meet the blade, dry assemble w/pins in and clamp, use a small brush and paint that leading edge and the blade up about 1/2". Remove scales carefully, and mix up your epoxy (stay away from the 5 min junk....rookie mistake). Apply glue, mount scales, set pins and wait about an hour. Check glue bead with toothpic or bamboo skewer, when it starts to go from rubber to stiff, simply use the skewer to flick off the bead of epoxy on the leading edge. With a little practice you will get a perfectly clean leading joint. If you need a little clean up, a Q tip and some acetone will make a quick wipe up of the residual (As Goater stated damp not sloppy wet).
This will also work on the butt end as well.
As suggested always tape up the rest of the blade before assembly.
Great start!


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