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jeffswildwood

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09-25-2020 01:02 PM

The recent beer swap is coming to a close and now it’s time for the last swap of the year. This time were swapping knives. I did one a few years ago and it turned out to be great fun!

What were making:

It’s time for all our wood working “forged in fire” champions to shine. Break out those forges and fires and get cooking. If you don’t do forging work there are many other options you can do. First there are many knife kits available. They cover a variety of price ranges and styles from simple steel kit to high priced damscus steel. These mostly just require putting on a handle. Think it’s easy? You may be fooled! Also if you found an old knife that has seen better days, recondition that rusty old work horse. Clean up the blade, new bolster and new scales. If you choose this route, make sure you get some “before” pics so your swap recipient can see what work you have put in. Just don’t want to make a standard knife? You’re in luck here also. I agree that a marking knife or carving knife is also a knife, right? Last swap we even had a member make a wonderful wooden folding knife. I do wish to include one rule though. Whatever you choose to make, the scales or handle must be made of wood. Were wood workers right?

Rules:

Simple, you must make a knife, mail it on time so no one is left out. I also require you check in on the forum once a week or so. Just so I know your still with us. Plus this is where you can really learn a lot. I need progress pics by the date below, Just so I know everything is going good. But most of all, have fun!

Bonus Items are completely optional and are not in any way required or expected. In past swaps, some folks include an extra “goody” along with their swap items. Bonus items do not have to be related to the swap theme, or even woodworking for that matter. If you like to turn pens and want to throw one in the box, great. Nobody’s expecting anything other than swap items though, so don’t feel any obligation whatsoever to add anything extra. It’s just something that I think has kind of evolved in past swaps so I wanted to address it up front.

When you post your project, please tag it with 2020 knife swap.

A Note: This is in no way officially sponsored by, run by, or otherwise tied to “LumberJocks” as a company or organization, or to any of the parent or sibling holdings thereof. It is simply run by those of us who participate on LumberJocks.

How to sign up

Post below letting me know that you are in and then send an e-mail (2020knifeswap at g mail dot com) containing ALL of the following information:
- LumberJocks Username
- Real Name
- Email address
- Shipping Address, including country
- Let me know if you are not willing to ship internationally (so I can make sure I pair any non-US participants accordingly)

Note, I’m not sure of the rules and regulations for shipping knives to another country, if you live outside the U.S., please check before signing up.

Dates:

Sign up closes-October 2, 2020. That makes 2 weeks to decide.

Progress pics-By October 23, 2020. Names will be sent out then. No need to see completed projects here, just progress.

Mail by-November 20, 2020. Seven weeks to make a knife.

Reveal Day!-November 30, 2020. Just in case USPS throws another curve ball.

Participants:

jeffswildwood P
Dave Polaschek P
bobasaurus P
GR8HUNTER P
Keebler1 P
Clieb91 P
Rich Bolduc P
mistermoe P

I’ve done my best to run this so it don’t cut into Christmas projects as much as possible. Keep that in mind. Dates may change due to unforeseen issues.

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


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#1 posted 09-25-2020 01:08 PM

Here we go guys. If I left anything out, let me know!

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

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#2 posted 09-25-2020 01:24 PM

In. Email on the way.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 09-25-2020 01:26 PM

Following still trying to decide if I can play or not.

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#4 posted 09-25-2020 02:00 PM

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#5 posted 09-25-2020 03:58 PM

I’m with Keebler – not sure yet, I don’t have to forge one do I? I have a couple blanks.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 09-25-2020 05:03 PM

No need to forge one, Bill. I probably won’t be, but I might do stock removal and heat treating. Or I might just epoxy some wood onto a sharp scrap, wrap it in friction tape, and call it good.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 09-25-2020 06:15 PM

Alright, I’m in. It’s been a long time since I was last in a swap and I need a new project anyways. Will probably be a chef’s knife as that’s what I’m interested in.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 09-25-2020 06:16 PM

Wish I could.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 09-25-2020 06:53 PM

Not sure I’ll be in on this. It’s too hot to forge right now and I would feel lame sending a kit knife even though I have some old ones hanging around from before I started forging. I’m also in the midst of a bench build and working on cabinets so all I would have time for is kits. Kind of lame coming from a guy that has the means to do more than a kit.

So I think I’m out.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#10 posted 09-25-2020 07:07 PM

Darn Dave, it would have been nice to have my forging comrade along for the ride. Maybe you’ll get a cooler day and change your mind. I can’t imagine trying to work outside in AZ though… anything over about 85 F here means I’m done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 09-25-2020 07:25 PM

We are still in triple digits here. Doesn’t look like it’ll stop for awhile. I can handle low 90’s but anything more it’s horrible standing in front of a 1500 degree furnace blowing at me.

It’s been the worst summer in AZ history. A rough one for sure.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#12 posted 09-25-2020 07:32 PM



No need to forge one, Bill. I probably won’t be, but I might do stock removal and heat treating. Or I might just epoxy some wood onto a sharp scrap, wrap it in friction tape, and call it good.

- Dave Polaschek

That last one is definitely my speed. Or maybe a wooden butter knife

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#13 posted 09-25-2020 07:58 PM

.... done:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 09-25-2020 08:02 PM

I may not be forging, but I do need to anneal a couple old Nicholson files (believe they’re good steel, not just the new case-hardened files). Just need to get them workable with files and a 8” bench grinder. Do either Dave or Allen have a recipe for that?

I’ve got a Hell’s Forge single burner forge supposed to be arriving next week, so we’ll see…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 09-25-2020 08:03 PM



We are still in triple digits here. Doesn’t look like it’ll stop for awhile. I can handle low 90’s but anything more it’s horrible standing in front of a 1500 degree furnace blowing at me.

It’s been the worst summer in AZ history. A rough one for sure.

- KelleyCrafts


Dave, that is hard for me to imagine when I’m already in sweat shirts with weather in the 50’s.

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

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