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Around the Shop #28: My First 100 Knives (Wood Handles you know!)

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Blog entry by Don W posted 02-29-2020 05:00 PM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: bladesmithing, yes I found another rabbit hole Part 28 of Around the Shop series Part 29: Building the wood bow »

It’s been a while since i posted a blog here. Most of my entry go to my own web site but i still enjoy this site a lot.. About a year or so ago I decided to make a couple knives as gifts. Well that started me down a rabbit hole i didn’t expect. So soon after I decided to take knife making a little more seriously, I decided to track my progress and document what I learned along with my mistakes. I thought if there were mistakes to make and I made then others would likely make the same mistakes. So, that progression is documented in some reasonable order of my beginnings as a knife maker and bladesmith.

After reading Mads post (he always seems to have something inspirational) i decided to post some of the highlights here of my projects. Maybe some of you would like to follow along on my MY BLADESMITHING JOURNEY or my DIY Site

Knife 1 was a hunting knife I gave as a gift. I really did this one the hard way. I tend to learn by starting out doing things the hard way.


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I gave this knife as a gift. It was instrumental in skinning a white tail who’s antlers became part of the series You can see the knife in a future post, but here is a preview of the carving knife the antler became part of.
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and Everyone needs a high carbon chef's knife This is one of several in the series.

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Then there’s the learning curve of knife names, we takle that as we go along, but here’s Knife 55 Seax – Vine Filing-laminated scales

It was quite the learning experience


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The biggest challenge was the knife set... but boy did i learn a lot making those.
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I’m not quit 2/3s of the way to the first 100 yet, so there will be more to come. A little bit of tennis elbow (no I don’t play tennis, but a 2 pound hammer will do it too) will drive the next few to be strictly stock removal (or left handed hammering) but we’ll see.

I hope you enjoy my journey and follow along, participate and most of all, have some fun.

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



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Woodknack

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#1 posted 02-29-2020 05:25 PM

You’ve been busy. Will we see you on Forged in Fire anytime soon?

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 02-29-2020 05:37 PM



You ve been busy. Will we see you on Forged in Fire anytime soon?

- Woodknack

very very unlikely.

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

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#3 posted 02-29-2020 05:40 PM

That’s what I’m waiting for too Rick! ;-)

I envy you Don. I really do enjoy making knives. There’s just too many things to do and too few hours already for my to really embrace it. I’ll stick to stock removal blades here and there and live vicariously through you and the other guys who really embrace the craft! I’ve enjoyed following your progress on your site and IG. Keep it up!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 03-01-2020 12:51 AM

I can see why knife making could become an obsession, but I’ll stick to wood:

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#5 posted 03-02-2020 05:27 PM

The spine on the seax/vine filing is particularly gorgeous Yoda.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 03-02-2020 08:39 PM

Hi Don,
Lovely to see how you have advanced, really fine work you do and impressed how fast you run up that learning curve.
The 55 seax really shows all the skills you master now.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Don W

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#7 posted 03-02-2020 10:10 PM

thanks guys. Doing some leathering now.

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

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#8 posted 03-02-2020 10:52 PM

The leather part is also quite a joyful work, once we het the hang of it.


Here my own latest.
(I call it Devils knife, because it made all kinds of trouble before it came to life).

This was just a part of the troubles…
I’ll make a blog about it, sooner or later.


Here a friction folder, these are fun also.

Enjoy.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Don W

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#9 posted 03-02-2020 11:16 PM

One for me, one for my son

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

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#10 posted 03-03-2020 12:33 AM

They are super cool.
Lucky son.
Smiles,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 03-03-2020 12:53 AM

Friction folders are wicked :-) Nice work Don and you too mafe :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 03-31-2020 10:59 AM

I haven’t had much shop time lately but this weekend gave me a day. Finally finished this leuku.

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

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#13 posted 01-02-2022 02:24 PM

Here is the latest

https://www.diy.timetestedtools.net/leg-bone-muk-knife/

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

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#14 posted 01-02-2022 08:54 PM

Oh, that last one is so cool! Love it Don, excellent work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#15 posted 01-02-2022 09:25 PM

Thanks Smitty

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

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