Knife - ok, more like letter opener... Well conversation piece then?

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Project by jm82435 posted 04-30-2010 05:38 PM 3622 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seeing another post with a wooden “flint knapped” blade prompted me to post this one. I made it a long time ago. It has a lot of memories for me. I made it back in my machinist days. The handle is made from an old fence post my Dad brought back from his place in Mexico. He gave me a little piece of it about 4-5” long. I was ripping the scales for the handle on the tablesaw and you probably know the rest of the story. It kicked back and broke my left thumb. That was a good lesson learned. I have never been tempted to cut anything that small (and hard) on a tablesaw since. The guard is 660 bronze (scraps from work) the pins are brass brazing rod. When it is oxidized it is easier to see the brass pins in the bronze. Anyway, the blade is O1 tool steel, heat treated and quenched in used motor oil to give it the black color. It is a variation of a drop point skinner I used to make. It is very well balanced and feels good in your hand. It isn’t very useful – but it is always good for a double take, people like to pick it up. Some are, at first glance, fooled into thinking it is a stone blade. Anyway, something different.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 05:43 PM

That’s beautiful.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 05:53 PM

I don’t know … and I don’t care … what we call it.

I think it looks REALLY cool !!!

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 06:33 PM

Beautiful describes your knife very well. This is art and you are an artist. Who cares if it’s useless. There’s plenty of high priced tools on the market that are also pretty useless, but people buy them anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 06:42 PM

Oh, I like that. I hadn’t thought about it like that, but it makes sense. I will call it a tactile art piece… Thanks for the compliments.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 06:53 PM

Nice knife, though I’d love to see a sheath for it. Beautiful work.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 07:11 PM

hmm, a sheath – oddly, I hadn’t considered that. Thanks for the comments.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 10:02 PM

A steel blade? I bet that was a real bitch to knap….beautiful.

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 10:38 PM

that is stunning were would you get that sort of blade from

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 11:31 PM

Dennis – yeah that was tricky. You just heat treat it and don’t stress relieve it. It chips just like glass… j.k.
O1 is a pretty common tool steel. It is pretty widely used because it is relatively easy to heat treat and temper. I bought it from Sheffield Knifemakers Supply (about 20 years ago) – I used shop built belt grinders to shape it. (Obviously for this application you do not need the high $ stuff, since it isn’t intended for use anyway.) It is just what I had laying around at the time.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 04-30-2010 11:59 PM

That is really cool. Very nice workmanship. I do want to pick it up. I thought it was flint.

Nice tip with the brass brazing rod. It looks really nice. I’ll tuck that little nugget away.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 05-01-2010 12:04 AM

Very nice craftsmanship. I thought the knife blade was a flint rock. Being tool steel, it will really hold an edge.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 05-01-2010 12:15 AM

Great looking. Nice looking knife

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 05-01-2010 01:24 AM

Thanks, that means a lot coming from you guys.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 05-03-2010 06:53 PM

I had spotted pictures of your knife on the internet a year ago or so. It is very eye catching and even inspired me to try a bit of knapping. Beautiful work.

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#15 posted 05-04-2010 04:50 PM

That is interesting; I wonder where you saw it? I had it on photobucket, and linked it on a thread about how to drill the holes to pin a handle to a knife. Other than that, I didn’t think it was out there to be seen…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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