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    Default Knife from circular saw blade.

    I'll try to post the picture but the last two attempts have failed.

    I learned some things.

    #1. When making the blank go small. I found that I made a much larger knife than I intended but in the design and cutting phase it looked small (the right size). The blade is right at 5 inches and the whole thing is 9 inches. That's a tad bigger than I wanted. Next time I will actually use a tape measure to draw out the blank instead of "by eye".

    #2. Making the blank is a lot easier than making the handle. I screwed up three times in cutting out the scales (and never did get a handle made for the push tang). Fortunately, mesquite is a weed down here.

    #3. Circular saw blades are hard. After the grinder cutting and the heat treating the knife holds a decent edge. After sharpening it I just whittled away at a piece of oak and it held an edge better than my Schrade pocket knife.

    #4. The Ulu was difficult and is very crude but it's going to get used for crude stuff. I'm interested to see how it does for skinning and filleting.

    #5. The saw blades are really too thin to make the kind of knife I want for a belt knife. I think they'd probably make good fillet knives and that will likely be my next project.


    The picture won't upload. I guess it's too big.


    Alan


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    Finally. It ain't no Crashblade by a long shot but I could likely cut myself with it just the same.

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    That's a nice looking knife. A heck of a lot better than mine. You might be a natural blade smith.

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    Looks very usable to me... Pretty impressive in my opinion.

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    I think it looks great, and 1000 times better than the first knife I made.
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    I have seen the pictures of that first blade.

    I shall reserve comment for the sake of the long term acquaintance we share.

    Let's just agree that the present effort is better.
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    It is very difficult to hurt my feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
    It is very difficult to hurt my feelings.

    Alan
    I was referring to the first blade ever presented by Crash. Lets say he has perfected his process by a large degree in the past few years.
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    He was referring to this POS. Looking at it now, it's amazing that I was ever encouraged to make a second one.


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    Geez. I was prepared to bribe Kyratshooter for a pic.

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    That is certainly an interesting design.

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    Actually it looks like it would kinda grow on you.

    Did you ever use it?

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    It would grow on you.

    All he has to do is re-profile the blade, flatten out the grind and do another handle and it would be perfect!
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    My first Rambo Knife ...first movie had come out.....1982
    Still use it for dandelion digging duty...LOL

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    First "hunting knife".......Sheath from top of boot.
    Use it a lot for a few years...

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    I am feeling a little better about the whole thing now.

    Seriously though, these kinds of things are the ones I like the best. I have some knives that live in the darkness of a safe. They will never feel a whetstone much less the inside of a deer. These knives I've made and the old patina stained pawn shop blades I've refurbished, and the pocket knives sharpened down to needle points are the ones that I hold in my hands and can feel the chips in their scales and see the the scratches of careless sharpening and/or use and abuse, that I like the best.

    I have knives that belonged to my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncles and friends. They provide a connection to that person and a link to their everyday lives like no memory or photograph ever could. A knife is a personal thing to me. Knives are one of man's oldest and most useful tools. We've come a long way from a sharp rock.

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    What you said......
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    I had some old boot uppers that I had saved. I turned them inside out and stitched a sheath for the first knife. I folded a piece of plastic cut out of a plastic water jug and inserted it into the sheath to keep the edge from cutting the stitching. The handle has about ten coats of Linspeed oil on it now and needs about 20 more.

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    Well done.
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    Thank you. I suppose one of the things I find most fascinating about this whole exercise is that aside from the actual stitching thread and the tools used to do the work, the entire knife and sheath was made of items that essentially had no value. The saw blade was not useable and could not be resharpened. The leather was from worn out boots from 10 years ago and old shoe laces. The wood for the handle was from a piece of mesquite rescued from the BarBQ pile. And even a little recycled plastic found its way into the project. Elbow grease, a small amount of skill, a good degree of trial and lots of error, and a heaping tablespoon of plain old Luck, allowed me to make something from stuff that should have been thrown away.

    But mostly I will attribute the success of the project to the inspiration I got from joining this forum. One of the greatest things about the internet is that ideas, inspiration and encouragement can take place on a scale larger than ever before. People have to take the good things from our advancement and leave the rest behind.

    Thanks to all.

    I am certainly going to bring this up to #1 wife the next time she wants me to throw away some of my good stuff!

    Alan
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    I am certainly going to bring this up to #1 wife the next time she wants me to throw away some of my good stuff!
    Let us know how that works. For me.....well, the bruising is starting to go down.
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