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Knife for my daughter
she’s a grown up now…

My sweet little daughter is still sweet, but not small any more.
She is turning 18 on the 17 this month but we already celebrated her big day a month early, so friends and family would not yet be on holiday.

Half a year ago, she told me that when she was turning 18, she would be happy to get one of my hand made knifes. She felt it was time for a new and more adult, than the kids knife I gave her ten years ago or so and I agreed to this request.
Also I would be more than happy to fulfill this dream, since I love making knifes and I could not find any person on the planet, I would love more to make a knife, since I love her even more than making knifes. ;-)

This post is from the blog where you can find the full story:

1. Her knife.
2. In the sheath.
3. Forging the blade.
4. Sawing to shape.
5. Sheath making.
6. My daughter few days from 18 years ago.

Perhaps this can inspire others to make gifts.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 07-05-2017 04:47 PM

Quite the handsome knife and no doubt she will be thrilled.

-- Rick M,

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-05-2017 05:10 PM

Very nice knife for very special girl!!

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

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#3 posted 07-05-2017 08:02 PM

A well made knife with a nice story. She will be very happy with it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-05-2017 08:36 PM

Nicely done, and I expect that she’ll treasure it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-05-2017 08:39 PM

It has that Craftsman stamp all over it mads, what a fabulous gift for a special one, I,m sure it will be treasured for life


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 07-06-2017 03:17 AM

A beautiful gift for your daughter my friend. Well done.

I just gave my 8yo his first knife (Victorinox Swiss Army) I never imagined teaching him how to peel an apple could bring us both such joy. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 07-06-2017 03:18 AM

a treasure, Mads. Thanks for sharing your joy.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#8 posted 07-06-2017 03:44 AM

Dad of the year candidate here. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 07-06-2017 05:53 AM

You stay helpless under such demand – also great pleasure to fullfil the task. Nice looking knife.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-06-2017 11:43 AM

Very nice. That is a gift she will cherish and keep forever.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 07-06-2017 10:51 PM

Very nice / COOL knife for your daughter!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 07-07-2017 11:33 AM

This story is neither a knife nor a daughter. This is about father´s love…

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#13 posted 07-24-2017 10:22 AM

You are a true craftsman Mads! I think most people would buy a blade and make a fancy handle? I love the way you took a piece of steel and hardened and tempered it to forge a blade and even did your own leather work. I know this your daughter will treasure this always and will probably one day tell her grandchildren how their great grandfather made it. A real heirloom well done my friend!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 08-30-2017 09:31 AM

Back from a summer in Turkey.
Yes that wee girl has become a woman and even left the nest. I am with a smile, but a smile that quietly sings the blues. I am proud and feel I got her off on the good foot, the rest is up to her and for me to watch and hopefully be a part of.
Rick M, thanks, she was really happy when she got it.
Jim Jakosh, big smile, yes every daughter is a special girl and a fathers pride.
doubled, I can see she have kept her first knife and taken care of it, so I think she will do the same with this one.
Druid, she seemed so happy, that I feel it had a special place in her heart, ahhh hopefully in the sheath and not her heart – ha ha.
peteg, thank you for that fine compliment. ;-) Sometimes she hide it well, but I see her pride when she look at me also at times… ;-)
swirt, that sounds like a wonderful moment, giving that knife and pealing the apple. Thank you so much, my friend.
balidoug, thank you for taking part and share the joy, that’s what this is all about.
WayneC, at least her dad og the year, smiles.
majuvla, yes completely helpless and full of pride. ;-) What more can a father wish for? Thanks.
jeffswildwood, I will keep an eye… laugh, at least I will help her keep it sharp, like that I have a excuse to visit.
Joe Lyddon, miles Joe, thanks.
Pekische, now I have a tear in the eye, thank you.
tdv, what a wonderful story, yes I would be happy to be in it. Big smile thanks.
Best thoughts to all of you,

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

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