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I made a knife

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:09 pm
by the croc
So ever since I worked on fishing boats and spent all day cutting fish I've been interested in knives and sharpening. I do a bit of knife and tool sharpening for people around where I live but six weeks ago I started a pattern welding course followed by a knife making course at The Learning Connexion in Lower Hutt. I can't recommend the course enough. Now I've just got to figure out how to make a living off this shit...

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Cut and ready for welding. Four old metal files and a band saw blade. 16 layers.

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End of first day forging.

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16 layer billet compacted to ~5mm

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Cleaned up on belt sander and ready to be cut for rewelding.

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Checking the welds on the 16 layer billet before more forge work this morning. Dark bands are band saw lighter bands are old metal files.

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64 layer billet ready for pattern work.

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Blue steel. Ground down after pattern work with a ball peen hammer.

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After acid etching.

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Knife shape planned out with high precision.

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After oil hardening.

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Old rewa rewa bed leg.

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Acid etched at the top and before etching at bottom. Rimu (I think) and rewa rewa handle. Almost done. The pendant in the top photo is the offcut from cutting in the tang (metal part that sits inside the handle).

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Handle shaped and double etching in citric acid.

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64 layers of pattern welded steel with a rewa rewa and rata handle. 15cm/6 inch blade 110gm.

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:54 pm
by 9seconds
holy fuck that is cool, well done.

why the fuck was rewarewa used in a bed leg? lol

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:52 am
by dave-brown
That's really awesome dude. Couple mates in Melbourne dabble in blacksmithing and steel work, but that is far superior to what iv'e seen 'em produce. Mighta found your calling. I'm only familiar with timber work myself and that handle came up pretty choice

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:12 am
by PertHJ
Awesome dude! Love the handle

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:09 pm
by the croc
Thanks everyone!

I got heaps of native wood off a furniture maker when he was moving house a while ago. Unreal how much for granted really nice native wood was taken for not that long ago. Hence really nice bed legs etc. The house I'm renting at the moment is mostly carpeted but the whole place has matai floorboards. I'm tempted to replace whats under the carpet with chipboard and use the matai for knife handles haha.

This is the first knife I've made from scratch, but I've done a bit of knife and tool restoration before so I'm pretty comfortable with the sharpening side of things.

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:04 pm
by The Ost
I logged in to say, "Nice work Croc!"

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:35 pm
by Green Bastard
the croc wrote: peen hammer.


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Re: I made a knife

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:55 am
by Subcide
Nice work!

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:00 am
by Red_switch
Yeah that's fuckin cool

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:14 pm
by Drax
Do some stabs.

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:15 pm
by snuff
Nicely done!

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:29 pm
by Craig_Bastard
mean as!

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:28 pm
by 9seconds
put this handle on a knife yesterday

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Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:23 am
by fingers
beautiful!
are you in wellington?

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:12 pm
by 9seconds
who me, or the croc?

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:43 pm
by Maleficent
choice knives!

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:54 pm
by 9seconds
im trying to make a sheath right now, but kinda lacking materials and cant find my tools.

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:02 pm
by the croc
I saw that pop up on Facebook yesterday Phil. Looks good!

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:17 pm
by Rizzo

Re: I made a knife

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:24 pm
by 9seconds
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gave it a bit of a forced patina with my proprietary sriracha etch, i think i can add more patterns where it all ran together and formed blobs