Karambit

opaul

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#1
Thought I would depart from some of the traditional blade styles I've been making and do something different. I profiled the shape this morning and it's ready to be normalized and quenched. I'll grind after it's tempered. I used 1070 steel since it was the widest stock I had on hand.

 

Von Gruff

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#6
Although I would not have a use for one I can see the attraction they have for many. What is the purpose of the step between the blade spine and the handle OP?
 

opaul

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#7
Although I would not have a use for one I can see the attraction they have for many. What is the purpose of the step between the blade spine and the handle OP?
I'm like you Gruff, I don't think I would carry one as an EDC but might would put one in my get home bag. From what I have read the step is to stop another blade, a stop blade if you will. It also serves as a thumb ramp. I've seen Karambits, with and without the step. I've seen Spyderco knives with this feature as well.
 
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Thought I would depart from some of the traditional blade styles I've been making and do something different. I profiled the shape this morning and it's ready to be normalized and quenched. I'll grind after it's tempered. I used 1070 steel since it was the widest stock I had on hand.

That is VERY cool looking. Super clean too! Great job... but you do know that there is a forum rule saying that if you make a karambit, you have to post a video of yourself demonstrating it. Fact!
 

JJB11B

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#11
I'm like you Gruff, I don't think I would carry one as an EDC but might would put one in my get home bag. From what I have read the step is to stop another blade, a stop blade if you will. It also serves as a thumb ramp. I've seen Karambits, with and without the step. I've seen Spyderco knives with this feature as well.
the step could be a bottle opener too!
 

Chris Railey

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#13
I love karambits. Very good job on this one. I have only made two of them and I forged them both. I found grinding the inside curved edge to be difficult. How did you overcome that?
 

opaul

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#14
I love karambits. Very good job on this one. I have only made two of them and I forged them both. I found grinding the inside curved edge to be difficult. How did you overcome that?[/QUOTE
Thanks Chris.
I agree the inside curve is a bear and I find it the most difficult and awkward grind. I have a KMG grinder. After struggling with the inside grind for a while I removed the platen and finished it up as a slack belt. I still have a lot to learn with this method.
 

Chris Railey

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#15
The only way I have been able to accurately grind the inside edge is by using the corner of the platen only. Next time I will try the slack belt thanks. Karambits are the coolest blades you will never have a use for...
 

opaul

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#16
The only way I have been able to accurately grind the inside edge is by using the corner of the platen only. Next time I will try the slack belt thanks. Karambits are the coolest blades you will never have a use for...
. I agree with that. I’ve got a wild set of scales i’m going to mount on them - not the ones in the photo- I’ve got those saved for another blade in the works.
 
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