John Wilson's KITH WIP - folder COMPLETE

John Wilson

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#1
I guess I need to start one of these for the 2018 KITH. I know it's maker's choice, but I'd rather make something somebody would want to have. I feel like my best work is kitchen knives, but I am also making slipjoints now which is pretty fun.

Does anybody have a preference?
 

John Wilson

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#10
Thanks Ted, but especially with slipjoints I’m no Craig Brewer or John Doyle or Calvin Robinson or Don Robinson.... although I cannot express my gratitude enough for Don Robinson’s book “Slipjoints My Way”.

Here is my latest, still a work in progress. It is a Don Robinson “Whittler” design. Blade and spring are AEBL. I made the scales from African Kudu horn.

Still has a bit to go.
 

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John Wilson

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Top marks for the kudu horn to emphasise how special a hand made pocket knife can be.
Thank you very much!

This is my first time using horn. I didn’t take a picture of the back for some reason, but the bolsters are dovetailed to capture the horn should it decide it wants to curl. It is also anchored down with GFlex expoxy.
 

John Wilson

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#20
If I may ask, John. How did you do the nail Nick?
I used a Dremel cutoff wheel, chucked up into the drill chuck of my mini-mill. With the blade in the vise I feed the blade into the cutter .005 at a time and run the cross slide left to right, advance .005 and run back the other way, advance .005 and back to the right again- you get the idea. I cut the slot .040 deep by the time it's done. (the blade is .110 thickness)
 
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