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    Design suggestions?


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    So I made this knife and I really like the design of it but I was wondering if there's anything you'd change. I think I'm gonna make a second one. This is only the second knife I've finished so bear with me


    EDIT: Steel is 1/8" thick 1084 with black micarta scales. Not sure how it was heat treated because I sent it to a friend.
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    i think its looks good as is, maybe id add a slight re curve, but that's just what i like. is that handle going up at an angle from the blade or is it just the pic?

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    It's just the photo. Funny thing, it did actually have a re curve, but I decided to take it off.

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    Congrats on #2,I would move the grind up,draw a line from the center of the point and through the middle of the handle and move the grind up to that hieght.Also drop the butt of the handle just a tad.
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    I agree with Stan. A higher grind line will make for a better looking and cutting blade. Dropping the butt and rounding the handle a bit will make it more hand friendly.

    Also, sanding and polishing the front of the scales before asembley will give you a nicer front end on the handle.

    While most everyone likes a thong on a shapely gal at the beach, peoples opinion about thongs on knives vary. However, that knife looks like a good candidate for a thong hole in the butt ( that reads a lot worse than it is intended to ).

    When posting photos or asking advice, it is always good to give some specs and info. Steel type, length, materials used, and any other info that would help, (like HT methods and tools you will use ).
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    I actually already have a hole drilled in the tang for a lanyard, but I didn't know if micarta was strong enough to handle the drilling since it was so close to the edge. I had already cracked a set of rosewood scales I had made for it that way. I'll be sure to do that next time.

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    Maybe 'shoe shine the handle' a bit more and give the grip some 'anatomy' or use a slack belt and that will aid a lot in comfort chopping I would think over the more squared off handle design you have now. If you have handled one of Hossom's knives or a Loveless style handle something like that makes a much bigger difference than people think when it comes to a long day of brush clearing or chopping.
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    How did you darken the blade for the tactical look? And, are those rivets holding the handle scales on or something else. How did it happen when you split the rosewood? Maybe you did something wrong???

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    I used bluing paste from a gun store to darken the steel. They are steel pins with an epoxy holding the scales together, and the rosewood handles.... I just drilled the hole too close to the edge.

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    I would not drop the point as much. That is just me though.

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    I'll echo some of the others in that the butt should be dropped and the scales rounded. I'd actually prefer them contoured. Sure makes it comfy for long periods of use. I have a RAT 7 that has slab micarta handles and after a while it can be a pain to use.

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