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  1. CTaylorJr

    #1 son designed ALL portions of the knife and base, then asked me to make it

    My oldest son drew up this "zombie killer" looking knife and asked if I could make it for him. Prior to making the knife or the handle I had him create it out of some PVC foam that I keep around for easy design work. The blade has some grinder marks in it, and the handle isn't as symmetrical...
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    Purple and blue G-10

    Where can I find it? I've looked at quite a few places and can't find what I need... Suggestions? Charlie
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    WIP pics of a skinner I'm making for a guy

    I'm making a skinner for a fellow that was generous enough to pay for my work, and last night he requested pics to show his coworkers. This knife IS NOT finished, but I thought I might as well show them here since I posted to his e-mail... Steel: 1084 OAL: 8.25" Handle material: ND Black...
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    Shop critters

    Over in the Shop Picture thread several people have referenced having a dog or cat that tends to hang out in the shop with them. I thought it would be kind of fun to see the critters that like the art of metal work along with you. This is Buster. He adopted me about 5 years ago. His home...
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    Suggestions needed

    A couple of years ago my father handed me 2 knives that he has had for YEARS!!! Both are case fixed blade skinners and were in BAD shape. They both have stainless blades, the handles are leather, and one came with a sheath. Not sure which, but one of these 2 knives was what he used to skin...
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    Last couple of completed knives

    Made this first one for a lady to give to her hubby to use as a paring knife. O1 tool steel 1/8" Walnut scales treated with Tru-oil Edge at 17 degrees each side This one was made for a relative that has been wanting one of my knives for quite some time. O1 tool steel 5/32" Handle...
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    MAPP gas forge findings...

    OK, a LOT of folks come on here asking about using MAPP gas for a forge. well, below, you'll find out what all I've learned thus far... When I first got back into knife making I made a small forge out of sheet metal and 2" kaowool. The forge body is 14" long, has an outside diameter of 7"...
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    Finishing lignum vitae

    First of all, I got LUCKY today! My buddy at Wood Craft called me over while I was in the store this afternoon and told me that he found some old pen blanks in the back room of the store and thought I might be interested since the blanks were just over 1" x 1" and 14" long. He handed me a...
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    Something for the new guys

    WOW, I feel really weird saying what I did in the title to this since I am still VERY new to knife making. But, all things aside, we had granite counter tops put in our house today and the guys that were doing the install were VERY nice to us... They made a great piece for my smoker table...
  10. CTaylorJr

    Started a blade in 1993

    WAY BACK in 93, I started a blade made out of "some sort" of stainless. I was working for a company at the time called Iron Works and we mostly made ornamental iron fixtures and handles. One day I ran across this piece of stainless and decided I was gonna make a knife from it. Now, until...
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    The things we do for love... Also a wood quiz!

    Wife to me last night: Honey, I'd like you to make a paring knife of yours for each couple coming over for the Team Building party on the 29th." Me: "What paring knives?" Wife: "You know, the ones you give to your BBQ friends." Me: "Um, sweets, those are from blanks and are not MY knives"...
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    Twisted damascus thanks to Bob

    Bob Warner that is... Ok, I've been gone for a bit, well actually quite a while, but I have a good excuse; work sucks! I've been traveling a LOT for work and haven't been able to do much. OK, I through whining and will now start talking about my latest conquest! I hammered out some damascus...
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    Semi WIP, have questions, need some opinions

    2 weeks ago I had a fellow provide me with an old file with the request that I make a hybrid Bowie/bayonet knife for him. He also gave me a drawing of what he wanted blade and handle wise. Due to the nature of this project, and knowing the person, I asked for a down payment; he is known for...
  14. CTaylorJr

    Black Palm is a PAIN to work

    So, I got a guy that wants black palm on one of the slicing knife blanks I acquired. No problem I figured. Got a block of the stuff 5x5x2 and sliced off a couple of pieces to play with to see how it works for me. WOW! The black is HARD and the light colored part is SOFT! Move it wrong...
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    Mailbox delight! pic heavy

    An online friend of mine is a BBQ type and asked if I could make him a small trimming type knife. I whipped one up and sent it off to him a few weeks back. He liked it a lot and told me to look for a surprise in the mail soon. He sent me some "junk wood" that he can't use in his wood...
  16. CTaylorJr

    I'm SURE someone has needed this before...

    How the heck do you remove scales once they have been epoxied on? I got a bit heavy handed on one of the scales and need to replace them both so they match, preferably WITHOUT grinding off. Ideas? Charlie
  17. CTaylorJr

    Brown sugar quench

    "Yeah, I said brown sugar quench!" That's what I was told by our machinist here at work. He said that he has quenched in BS, I mean brown sugar, in the past for certain metals. When I asked which ones he told me he would have to look it up later this evening... I can't wait! For the...
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    Knives to deliver to family members this weekend!

    The 2 knives I am displaying below are for family members that will be delivered this weekend at a family get together. These knives are made from an old file that used to belong to my great-great-uncle John. He was a carpenter in the Clarksville, TX area until he retired in the early 70s...
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    Gonna make Ernie mad...

    My wife designed a knife that she wants to carry in her purse, and the handle is going to be PINK G-10 with a brass strip in the center (length wise). The lady of the house saw that I was making 2 knives from old files a few weeks ago, and while she was in the shop (garage) one evening she...
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    1st one in 15 years finished from scratch

    Made this drop point skinner from a file that used to belong to my great-great uncle. He passed away in the 70's so I feel confident that the steel was decent enough for this critter. :biggrin: 9" OAL File blade knife Convex grind Mesquite wood scales w/tung oil finish Copper clad steel...
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