View Full Version : Sneek Peek>> A Hybrid Idea of Mine

Don Carlos Andrade
04-10-2010, 01:42 AM
How about a sneek peek at a strange idea I had recently. All I will say for now is that it is a Hybrid of sorts. Perhaps nothing all that original but I had to do it all the same.

For now just a shot of the dastardly tip. That swedge runs almost all the way to the handle.

Stay tuned for more images to come. cool 1


OK OK I just can't stand it. I still have more planned for this one. An enclosed Wooden sheath, but for now here is the knife.

I called it a hybrid and titled it Dark-Star Camp Knife......I know sort of Kitch. I thought of French-Camp Fighter as well. On the surface you see an adaptation of a French Knife for the kitchen. When you look closer and especially when you pick up the knife you realize that this is not an ordinary kitchen knife.

Several things happened along the way. I started with a slightly thicker stock than I normally would do a kitchen knife out of.....and as I was forging it........

I reflected on how much I like camping and that a big part of that is cooking.
I reflected on how a camp knife should be able to chop an split wood and defend the camper if need be.
I reflected on one of two particular so-called reality shows in the field of culinary arts that feature abrasive chef personalities that often make the others feel bad for trying or not doing well enough........and I got to thinking. What a knife would look like that may make the abusive-chef think twice about hassling the owner of such knife. So the long swedge was decided on.

As I looked at it again and worked on it some more I realized that the swedge actually only runs about 2/3 of the way to the handle despite my first claim. I just liked the nastiness of it and embellished a bit....what can I say.

The OAL is 12.75" The blade is 7.5" and features tapered tang, forge-texture finish and semi-polished bevels. I feel very positive about the edge geometry. That it is right on for being a quality chef knife and just a touch thick where it counts to split or chop wood. It is quick in the hand and the turks head knot at the butt locks it in the hand well. I had actually done a full row of turks head knots and coated them twice with pinion rosin and then cut them off a the end of the day and did the carving instead. I like it better. This was my first time using a nice African Blackwood and I wanted to show it off, plus I wanted the knife to look "dark".
Five bronze pins hold it in place and all are peened and polished. The handle design is borrowed from a knife that Tai made and uses in his kitchen. I liked that style and so explored it some lately on a few knives. Thanks Tai:)

So here it is. The knife is done and now for the sheath. It will be my first time making a fully enclosed wooden sheath.....wish me luck:)

I hope you enjoy the images.







Eli Gautreaux
04-10-2010, 06:55 AM
Looking forward to seeing the whole thing, but that tip looks likle it would stab through anything!

04-10-2010, 07:21 AM

Denny Eller
04-10-2010, 12:18 PM
more pics, please.

Don Carlos Andrade
04-10-2010, 06:44 PM
OK You asked for more pics. So here they are:) Just look above.

Eli Gautreaux
04-10-2010, 08:30 PM
That's beautiful, very very nice!

Raymond Richard
04-12-2010, 03:17 PM
Don, Have you used it for cooking yet? That really has the all around look for a good usable knife. You can really tell you've got an artist back ground by the carving. I didn't notice what wood you used for the handle. You got that wooden sheath done yet?

04-13-2010, 11:51 AM
Sweet, sweet,... SWEET!

Keep doing whatever it is you're doing!