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  1. RickA

    My latest knives - for my first show

    Hey Everyone Compliments of the season to you and your families, I hope it is a blessed and peaceful one for everyone. I'm not sure if this thread should be here or in Custom Knives thread, while I am still a relative newbie I have been doing it for about three or four years now. (Admins feel...
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    My latest one - a drop point hunter for a friends 60th birthday

    Hi Everyone I finished this one last week, it was commissioned by a friends wife for his 60th Birthday. Blade - 3.25mm N690 Hollow Ground (59Rc) Handle - composite scales of African Blackwood and Wild Olive with a white spacer. Two tone leather sheath with a reversible belt loop for right or...
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    My latest knife

    Hi Everyone Late last year when I was looking for ideas for making a hunting knife for my boss , one of the suggestions I got on my local forum (SABlade), was to make a Loveless style Drop Point Hunter. I have always like the DPH so I did some searching and found a template online, (as it...
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    My new disc grinder

    Hi Everyone When I made the knife for my boss a couple of months back I tried out dovetailed bolsters for the first time. I used a friends little chinese (Ryobi) belt/disc grinder combo and it did the job, however for long term use with bolsters, flattening and squaring handle scales etc I...
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    Here's my latest one (my 7th knife) -the followup to my competition Bowie

    Hey Everyone A belated Happy New Year to you all, hope 2014 is an awesome year for everyone on the forum. After my success with my club competition Bowie (http://knifedogs.com/showthread.php?34604-Club-Competition-Bowie) my colleagues asked me if I would make a hunting knife for our boss, who...
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    Looking for advice on optimizing grip for a hunting knife

    Hi Everyone After my recent success with my competition Bowie - I have been asked by my colleagues to make a custom hunting knife for our (very good) boss, a bow hunter - who is leaving the company due to restructuring. I am currently working out the design, based on a couple of nice...
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    Club Competition Bowie

    Hi Everyone It's been quite a while since I posted anything on the forum, I have still been reading and lurking for most of the past year, but no contributing. In the time since I joined the forum about three years ago just after I made my first knife, my actual knifemaking time has been very...
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    Finally got around to finishing another knife

    Hi Fellow KnifeDogs After my first attempt , I spent a few months building a KMG grinder to make things easier. After finishing the grinder, I did cut out a few blades and tried some hollow grinding, however other projects - making grinder attachments, taking time to design my workshop space...
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    What's the best way to straighten out slightly bent steel stock?

    Hi everyone I was just about to start with my kitchen knife project, when I unwrapped my 2mm thick O1 steel stock & I discovered that it is not flat. If I hold the edge of a steel rule against the flat of the stock I can see that it curves away from the ruler in the centre (or the edges if...
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    Japanese Style Kitchen Knife - Grinding Advice

    Japanese Style Kitchen Knife - Grinding Advice Needed? Hi Everyone Calling all the Kitchen knife experts!!!! I am embarking on a Kitchen knife project for a club competition in November, and since I already have a couple of "French" Chef style knives, I have decided to go with a Japanese...
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    What steel are power hacksaw blades made from

    Hi everyone While fetching some steel for my KMG grinder build last week, I saw a bunch of broken power hacksaw blades at the steel supplier. He said I was welcome to take them, so I did. I have seen quite a few guys have used circular saw blades to make knives, i think that the steel in...
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the KnifeDogs

    Here's to this bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old, here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold. Happy New Year KnifeDogs may 2011 be a Spectacular year for you all, may it bring you inspiration, creativity and control to produce your best work...
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    KMG Grinder build in progress

    Hi everyone As mentioned in my 1st knife posting I am currently busy building a KMG grinder. I have read quite a lot about various grinder designs in the past couple of months, and while I really like the EERF grinder design (http://blindhogg.com/eerfgrinder.html), with the motor mounted...
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    My 1st knife - built from scratch

    Hi everyone I posted an introduction about myself in the intro forum last night, I also posted details and photos of my first knife, built from scratch with Bohler N690 (440C), African Ironwood and a Brass guard. I built the knife after reading the "Absolute Cheapskate way to start making...
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    Greetings from a newbie in Cape Town, South Africa

    Hi everyone, I'm a newbie to knifemaking, having gotten involved about 4 months ago. I first got interested in custom knives many years ago when I was still competing in Practical Pistol shooting. Almost every gun show I ever visited had an area dedicated to custom knives and knifemakers, and...
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