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Old 05-25-2005, 09:35 AM
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Taking The Plunge!

Hello, Im Mike Garner of Diamond G Knives, Ive been forging straight knives for some years now, and want to try to get into folding knives. Im thinking that by making a few kits, I can ease my way into understanding the design, and mecheinisms of folders. I really like the looks of the "American Classic" lock blade folder. Just wondering if anyone here has tried it? And if so what skill level would be needed to finish it? Any tips or suggestions on how to finish it?

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Old 05-25-2005, 11:12 AM
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Hi Mike,

I just got this image from Chris Huangf of a recently finished AALB. This is one of the best I've seen in a while. I thought this might inspire you ...
He used black Corian on the handles and the filework is excellent!



Thanks Chris.
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:26 AM
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How about a balisong?
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:40 PM
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Thank you Alex! Thats definatly a knife that will inspire!

Is there a Kit Knife scrapbook anywhere??

While Im pretty staunch about sole authorship in my knives, I think these kits are a GREAT learning tool.

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Old 05-25-2005, 01:49 PM
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Mike,

I did one with mammoth ivory scales, filework, etc. I have also thrown a couple together for my boys to practice with while we are camping, it is a classic knife, and a great design to start with. I personally like lock backs better than liner locks, but your milage may vary. I would recommend it over one like the american whittler to start with.

I also mostly forge or stock remove straight edge blades (currently forging and finishing a karambit from some damascus I traded with you for), but have been playing with the kit knifes to learn folders from. I think with a few more under my belt, I will try a sole authorship folder. You may also try the DDR3-BL if you like switchblades.

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Old 05-25-2005, 01:57 PM
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Here are some pics of the kits ive done......


DDR3:
Lots of mods, including a chris marks tanto damascus blade, stock removed, chris marks custom damascus bolsters, scales, fully fileworked.




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Old 05-25-2005, 01:59 PM
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hi Mike, here is one i did over a weekend last summer.i like the smaller size of this kit compared to the other folder kits,fits in the pocket nicely. i'm thinking about getting another 2 or 3 to play with. maybe one with black lip pearl ,mammoth ivory,or go off the deep end and do a Montejano type handle.


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You guys are really doing some nice work with these!


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All I can say is WOW!!!

You guys are doing some beautiful work!!! The file work is fantastic!!

Dan, thanks for posting that one, I like the "Old School" look of that folder, Im thinking popcorn stag, or cracked ice mammoth scales!!

Keep those pictures coming!!!! Im loving it!!!

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I thought add to this stroll down memory lane...so I reached back into the archives and found threads showing 2 of my kits from a couple of years ago:
http://www.knifenetwork.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=16307

http://www.knifenetwork.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=16309

And for a real blast from the past, I went back 32 pages and found this DDR2, one of my earliest efforts:
http://www.knifenetwork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4926

Mike-
With your background, your sure to have lots of fun with the kits! Just make sure you post pics when your done.


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Dennis
Fantastic work!!!!! You really set the bar up a few notches!!

Thank you for posting all the pics ! they are quite the insperation !!

Just hope mine can look half as good!

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Wow you guys are incredible!!!

I have an AALB on the way. I'm hoping it will get here before the weekend so I can work on it over 4th of July.

I'm planning to use carbon fiber inlays. I'd also like to use some mother of pearl on it as well. I've sketched out several handle/inlay designs. We'll see how it goes. One step at a time...

I've put together a standard Typhoon kit but that's it. The AALB looked like a great kit to start trying to some filework on and playing with different inlays. If that goes well. I can't wait to get a few DDR kits and go to town.

Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to get started!!
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