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  1. MikeL

    IWB (in the waist band) sheath

    I haven’t posted knives in a while but wanted to share this twin sheath for twin knives. The customer wanted matching left right belt carry and also an IWB carry for the small of his back. This sheath is all the work of my brother with some input from the customer. Took him quite a while to work...
  2. MikeL

    Chef knife quandary

    Thanks ahead of time for any advice. An engraver who made some rings for some clients now have the same clients asking for an engraved chef knife. He asked me to make the knife. He wants the spine area clayed so when I send the finished knife that part is not hardened. So a hamon is not the...
  3. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I heat treated 1095 bar stock using my paragon. So temperature control was not the issue. Quenched in parks 50. Seemed to be hard with the file test so I did the two temper cycles. However, after doing some grinding, I now feel like it’s not hard as it should be. So I want to start over on the...
  4. MikeL

    A couple more

    Two more pocket carry. I won’t post any more of these since it’s been a little redundant. Desert ironwood and sambar stag. CPM 154. 800 grit satin finish. Sambar knife is still in progress but is close to finished.
  5. MikeL

    Pocket carry

    It’s the same size knife as the KITH knife I made—5.5”OAL, 2.5” blade. AEBL hollow grind, Amber sambar stag. Pocket carry. Finally, on my third attempt, I ground down the slab enough to leave some bark on. Still learning. Still enjoying it! As usual, the sheath is made by my brother.
  6. MikeL

    A few finished up and some firsts

    A few finished up in the last month and a half. Inspired by a couple knife makers I follow, I decided to play around with deep hollow grinds on a couple of these. The straight razorish looking knife is more of a utility knife made from scrap steel. It’s more for around the house kinda stuff...
  7. MikeL

    Last for 2018

    These are the last two for this year. Both are CPM154, satin finish. 3.5” blade about 7” OAL. One has redwood Burl handle, the other is desert ironwood bolster with black ash burl. Designed to be EDC knives. Sheaths by my brother. Hope y’all have a Merry Christmas.
  8. MikeL

    Camp axe

    New for me to make. 9 1/2” OAL, cutting edge is 4 1/4, handle is 6”. O1 steel. Micarta handle. Happy Thanksgiving.
  9. MikeL

    Week long project finished

    Blade is 4 3/4” with OAL of 9”. Feather Damascus ( bought from a guy on IG), ringed gidgee handle. The blade is about 3/4” shorter than original design because a mistake forced me to grind down some length. :rolleyes:
  10. MikeL

    Not a KITH knife but same style

    It’s the same as the KITH, 5.5 OAL, designed to be pocket carry. First time using the C-TEK handle material. It’s pretty light weight stuff. I like using it and was easier to work with than I suspected. Blade is 2.5” CPM154. Satin finish on handle and blade. A little file work.
  11. MikeL

    Hunter/skinner with amboyna

    The OAL is 8 3/8 with the blade at 4 1/8. It’s CPM154 with 800 grit finish. I finished this today. I read a post somewhere in the last few days that mentioned knife scales from ‘mad scientist knife scales’. As it turns out, that is where I got these scales. Dyed and stabilized amboyna burl...
  12. MikeL

    MikeL and KITH WIP

    I made the cut and am looking forward to participating in the KITH. For a couple days I’ve been thinking what to make. I’ve decided on a new knife I designed a couple weeks ago. The aim of the knife is to be small enough for pocket carry. I’ve made two. One for my brother who makes my sheaths...
  13. MikeL

    Stainless Metal fumes?

    I’m using CPM 154 for the first time. (I’ve used 440c several times.) While drilling holes in two knives I had some fumes. I don’t wear a mask while drilling. I went from drilling to grinding out the profile ( I did put the mask on for grinding). I spent a couple hours grinding. Then went in the...
  14. MikeL

    Second and third Damascus knives

    I would really like to make my own Damascus some day but for now I’m buying what others make. These two are Alabama damascus. The smaller one is 3.2” blade with black/blue carbon weave blue liner handle. About 7” OAL. The second is 4.2” blade. Afzelia bolster and black palm handle. About 8.2”...
  15. MikeL

    A few EDC knives

    A few edc knives I’ve been working on. I call them Agilis just because their intended to be multi use and agile. Blade is about 3.2” and handle is about 3.8. All are 1095 hollow grind with 12” wheel. Thanks for looking.
  16. MikeL

    First use of sambar crown, & second added

    6 1/4 440c blade. 11 1/2 OAL. The guard is bronze, desert Ironwood, sambar. I enjoyed working with the sambar. I’ll be getting some more. Thanks for looking.
  17. MikeL

    Last for 2017

    Its W2 with a Hamon, box elder Burl with canvas micarta. OAL is just over 8” with the blade at 3.9”. Hollow grind on a 12” wheel. Tapered tang (just realized I need a pic of that angle ). Thanks for looking. Hope everyone has a great Christmas. Mike
  18. MikeL

    Hunter, Amboyna burl

    Amboyna Burl Handle. W2 with hamon. 8” OAL, Blade is 3 3/4” long. Thin black micarta liner. Copper pins and mosaic with brass tong hole. Sheath by my brother. Instagram is @mljknives if interested. Thanks for looking. Mike
  19. MikeL

    Another skinner, acid etched

    Anothe skinner. Handle is macassar ebony with brass pins. This is about my fourth attempt at a Hamon on 1095. Going to try W2 next. The sheath made by my brother has real lizard skin insert. I think he does a great job. Thanks for looking.
  20. MikeL

    Reflective skinner

    440c, desert Ironwood, about 9.5" OAL. Thanks for looking.