It’s been a little bit! I have been making knives but not posting. Shame on me but here are a few projects I have finished up the last weekend. I work on knives on my open nights and weekends so work flow is inconsistent but I manage to get one or two out the door every week.
First Knife: 1095 Hunter in Zebra Wood: This knife is a large blade. More a Western style fighter than a hunting knife really. Could be used in both situations if the need should arise. The profile on the handle are what sets this knife apart from knives I’ve done in the past. Two finger choil sit side by side so the user can choke up on the knife and do detail work . Or the user can slide the hand back for more leverage on the swing. I chose not to bolster this one. Not sure if that was the right choice or not but it is what it is. I am still happy with it.
Second Knife: This one I’m kind of proud of. I got over my fear of bolsters and just kept going until they were right. I want to keep on the gas with the bolsters until I am comfortable with the process. Its tedious but a challenge worth taking on. It does bring something to certain knives that ups the appeal. 1095 ( yeah I bought a bunch of 1095) Ambrosia Maple ( fancy way of saying orange , spalted maple ) , copper bolsters, and pins. The orange from the maple and copper really blended well. The other first for this hunter was the gut hook. Lots of detail work was done just to get her to cut a 1/8″ slab of tanned leather , properly. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Last but not least: Kitchen Utility Knife in Osage: This knife was a fix from a bad epoxy job. Yes, I will take the fail on this one. That said, I always stand behind my work and fixed the wrong. This time I used a lot more sturdy handle material and a completely different finish on the O1 blade. This time around I decided to use Osage Orange. I have a big box of Osage Orange my father-in-law found and cut up for me.
This was my moms knife and she uses it a lot . This is also one of my first knives so the second time around I put everything I had learned from that time forward into making it ” the best work I can do.”
Going Forward: I am starting to focus more on my finish work and trying to get to that next level in knife making. This means, I’m slowing down as much as it takes to finish with the best product possible. I do that today but I want to push myself further and really work on clean lines, no scratches, and perfect pins. Everyone has to have goals!