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Around the Shop #27: bladesmithing, yes I found another rabbit hole

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Blog entry by Don W posted 08-21-2019 09:06 PM 1097 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: kitchen rehab Part 27 of Around the Shop series Part 28: My First 100 Knives (Wood Handles you know!) »

i started a series on my journey into bladesmihing here on timetesedtools if ou’d like o follow along.

it’s been a learning experience and lot of fun for sure.

i didn’t even know what a kiridashi was before, now i’ve made several. made from 1080 steel

this hunter was a xmas gift

and these two were great projects


here are a few more here

the 2 x 72 in grinder was a great addition for far more than just knife making.

my heat treating technique is simple. hea wih his;

quench in canola oil

and of course, here is woodworking involved

thanks for looking

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.



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#1 posted 08-21-2019 10:06 PM

thanks for sharing something that id love to do but that would start me on another tool binge that i cant afford money or space wise-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-22-2019 12:08 AM

Those are very slick Don. What use is the nakiri shaped knife designed for?

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 08-22-2019 12:27 AM



Those are very slick Don. What use is the nakiri shaped knife designed for?

- AnthonyReed

thanks. i’ve sold 2 for marking knives (they work very well) and one for cutting leather

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-22-2019 11:05 AM

Looks like you’re having way too much fun there Don.

Way before I knew what a Kiridashi was, I wanted a marking knife with a curved handle that would nestle in the palm of my hand for when I want to make a heavy mark in wood (e.g. a knife wall). I searched high and low and the only one I could find was this one with a double bevel. I ideally wanted a left bevel only (since I’m lefthanded), but beggars can’t be choosers, so I bought it. Having used it, I don’t actually mind the double bevel. You only have to angle the knife slightly until the bevel facing the rule is vertical and you’re good to go. The curved handle is excellent in my opinion as is the little divet for placing your first finger. Next time you make a Kiridashi, you might like to introduce these elements. I think you’ll like them.

P.S – Don’t pay any attention to the grind on this one. I’m in the middle of changing it to a Scandi grind.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 08-22-2019 11:08 AM

Grinding off the point like they’ve done is also a good idea to give it a bit of extra strength.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 08-22-2019 11:27 AM

Nice one Andy. I’ve got a left handed model in the oven being tempered now.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 08-22-2019 01:58 PM

I make them by the pair so there’s a left and right handed bevel.

Since the first pair^ I’ve started either clipping or rounding the tips just because they’re just so very fragile.

I have a coffee can forge but I can see a definite need to upgrade to one like your’s Don. I don’t do any smithing (at this point at least…) but do mine by stock removal and use the forge to harden. Anything much larger than these kiridashi are a pain in the rear to get heated evenly along the length. And I couldn’t agree more, my 2×72 is beyond useful and sees action on almost every project I tackle :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 08-22-2019 02:06 PM

Very sexy Kenny!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 08-22-2019 02:17 PM

Thanks Andy. What do you think of the knives?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 08-22-2019 07:30 PM

Honestly Kenny, I think they look great, particularly the top pair.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 08-22-2019 07:39 PM

Thanks Andy. I’ve made 3 pair so far and they’ve all been sold or gifted (the first pair above was for the LJ Knife Swap a couple of years ago). But, I started a batch of 3 more pair last year and never finished them. I need to get them out and finish the grinding and harden them so I’ll actually own a pair :-)

I like the idea of the finger notch on the spine of yours. I may try to incorporate that into one of the next pairs.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 08-22-2019 07:39 PM

The ammo box for a quench tank is brilliant Don.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 08-22-2019 09:29 PM

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 08-23-2019 06:13 PM

Sweet Don!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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