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    Mesquite Chef

    So it's been a minute since I've made many knives. In fact, this is the second knife I've finished in 3 years (the first was last week!), but I'm trying to get back to it. I ground and polished the blade many moons ago, and completed everything else over the last few weeks. Anyway, enough about...
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    Getting back in The Game

    Many of you who were around since the beginning of KD have probably wondered, at some point, whether I died. Or lost all my fingers. Or was imprisoned. Thankfully none of those things happened. I moved from the Houston area back home to the Austin area. I changed jobs twice. I remodeled a house...
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    Knifedogs Choice Awards this year?

    Are we doing this? I always look forward to this time of year because we get to see everyone's best work on display. I'd hate to miss out.
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    Knifemakers' Holiday Blessing

    I was thinking about what a blessing it is to be able to make knives, to have gotten to know so many wonderful people in the worldwide knifemaking community, and also about how short life really is, so I have composed the following Knifemakers' Holiday Blessing for all knifemakers everywhere...
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    "Sibling Rivalry" Stiletto Dagger

    Since we're both knife makers my brother and I spend a lot of time talking about knives, and on one occasion not too long ago we were discussing what to do with an oddly sized piece of steel he had. I had the idea that he should saw it down the middle to create two long, thin halves, and we...
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    "smokin'" Father's Day present to myself

    This is the 4th pipe I've made, and the first from proper briar. I think this is the last one I'll keep for a while--gotta start selling a few. Smokes really nice, but it's got a bigger bowl than I'm used to and it about knocked me out!
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    Pipes aren't just for plumbers

    My 90 year old grandfather has been smoking pipes since his kids were born. I myself am not much of a smoker, but do enjoy a cigar every once in a while. Anyway, recently I was over at another knife maker's house, and saw his pipe collection. He said he wished he had a lathe so that he could...
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    I finally feel like a big boy...

    I finally got variable speed! After 6 years of managing without it, I finally made the plunge and ordered an Esteem grinder from Brett Mathews. I assembled it yesterday with no serious issues, and was very impressed by the attention to detail. All that's left is a relocation from the assembly...
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    Bend in the middle, lock in the back

    This Lanny's Clip lock back is the first folder I've made that's been allowed out of my shop. The blade is from my first damascus billet ever, made over a year ago at my friend Jim Clow's shop in Canada. The scales are some truly excellent mesquite burl from my aunt and uncle's place in the...
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    Resources to learn to make automatics?

    So I'm not new to knives at all, but am newish to folders. And also new are laws in Texas making the carrying of autos legal (!!!!). I've made a slippie and a couple of lockbacks, and intend to make many more of the latter until I can do them efficiently and cleanly. There's a fellow down the...
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    I still have a job

    It was like a nuclear bomb went off at work today. Last week the company announced a 10% company wide workforce reduction, which hit my department about twice that hard. A lot of good folks lost their jobs today, and I'm very thankful that I'm not one of them. Lessons from the carnage: 1) be...
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    Mammoth hunter and the death of a thousand taps

    I just finished this one up last week, and wanted to let y'all see it. What I've always called the Smithwick is my earliest and most worked over design - I frequently tweak the pattern, and this is probably version 15 or so (I haven't really tracked it). Anyway, this one is 440C with interior...
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    which foredom?

    There seem to be a lot of options, and I figure someone here has an opinion and some experience. All of the models are similarly priced (or at least not more than 1 or 2 knife sales' difference), so I'd like to get the best/most versatile one for what we do. I'd appreciate all the feedback that...
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    A big gyuto for Mom

    Here is a gyuto I finished yesterday for my mom for Christmas, just my second kitchen knife ever. Blade is about 9"--I'd measure for exact dimensions but it's under the tree in a box. 3/32" CPM 154CM with blade ground after HT, 416 bolsters, and Texas Ebony scales. I used mosaic pins because...
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    New Years 2015 knifemaking resolutions - the official thread

    I've been making simple but clean hunters and utility/edc stuff for 6 years or so, and I realized that while I've made a lot of knives I'm proud of, I've not made too many that were remarkable or noteworthy. So that's my end of year/New Years resolution--to make more knives that make a...
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    For real this time, fluted damascus dagger...

    Updated pics: fluted damascus dagger... I've been at this a while, but so far probably 99.5% of my knives have been hunters and other utility/EDC type blades because that's what sells. I've been trying to branch out recently to reclaim the craft for myself, and you could call this the first...
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    Talk to me about bluing

    I'm looking at the options. I've used some cold blue paste before and am not really happy with it. I think that the bluing of fittings is something I'd like to do on maybe 10-20% of my stick tang knives, which is to say 2 or 3 times a year, and have thought about gettgn set up for nitre bluing...
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    Some pens I made

    Made these this weekend, thought y'all might be interested. This isn't really a for sale thread, but they are. First is a twist, second is a rollerball with black ash. Been working on knives too...
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    Tell me about historical ranching/cowboy knives

    I'm aware of historical and historically inspired Bowies and military knives and the like, but I'm curious if anyone has any pictures, resources, or information about the typical working knives of ranchers and cowboys from the days before barbed wire. I'd guess that most of what was available...
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    Any pen turners here?

    Seems like a lot of the equipment and supplies that we use in knife making would carry over to turning pens. That, combined with a need for a new hobby (since I don't have enough already...), and appreciation for fine tools of all kinds, and a knack for drawing has me planning to get into this...
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