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    crimsonfalcon07's blade gallery - a hobbyist grinder's creations


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    Well, this is where I started. With an old file. No heat treat, nothing. I keep it in a prominent position to find out how far I've come.



    All kinds of problems with this knife. Tang wasn't the right size, so I ended up filling the sides with that metal putty stuff, and the handle scales were cut wrong, so the grain angles the wrong way. Yikes!

    Long story short, and a bunch of pictures of misshapen blades, I eventually started using actual steel and found Darrin Sanders, who was just starting a heat treat service (and, in my case, providing LOTS of helpful advice).

    One of the first blades I made and that Darrin heat treated for me:



    After much ado, I started trying to design an ergonomic handle for my favorite grip style, the saber grip. Ended up with these:



    Also was inspired by Barry Dawson, and made a couple fighters:



    I tweaked my handle design to the point where I feel that it's got almost a glove-like fit, and started fitting different blade styles. Also made a little EDC version.



    That one let me know that a choil would be comfortable for choking up on the blade.



    Did some experimentation with Damascus, thanks to Alabama Damascus (who I highly recommend, and want to mention that their customer service is superb).



    I've made a couple swords:




    Both are getting reworked, and the gladius is off getting kydex pants...

    And here's some of my most recent work:




    I'm in love with this persian. I contoured the handle like usual, then decided to experiment with my dremel. I really like the way it came out; the extra texturing really makes the grain in the bocote look interesting.




    I feel like I've come a long way since I started, and hope to continue learning with every blade. I started out making blades on a 3x18" belt sander and a bench grinder, and then progressed to a 1x30, which I've been using for a while. I just traded one of my utility pattern blades for a craftsman 2x42, and will use that until I have saved up for a real knifemakers grinder. Eventually I might get a heat treat oven too, but Darrin's service is so good that that day will be a long way off, I'm sure. For anyone who's starting out, I highly recommend Darrin's service and advice. Hope you enjoyed my journey thus far; I know I sure have.

    More pictures to come. I hope someday to look back at this thread and always remember where I started.
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    Wow, I love that Persian. That texturing makes that Bocote pop. How long has it been since you started on the file knife? I have enjoyed watching your progress and can't wait to see what you will accomplish with better tools and more experience. I also want to thank you for the kind words about my heat treating. That is something I also look forward to seeing you get into one day. Keep up the good work.
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    Counting back, its been a little more than 9 months since that first file knife. Can't wait to try out the new grinder once the new belts for it arrive.
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    Well, another year, a bunch more blades:

    Santoku with tiger and finch:



    Khukuri in Alabama Damascus. I've got another in 1095 getting completed now.


    EDC:


    Dagger:


    Camp knife:


    Hawksbill (this one is actually a pretty old one that Darrin heat treated for me last year that I cleaned up, reprofiled, reground the blade, and altered the handle. I love it now:


    Dao:



    Mini-dao bush swords.


    A lot of firsts for me.
    Beckerhead #149
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