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4th Knife - Wharncliffe Desk Knife

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by write2dgray, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. write2dgray

    write2dgray Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 17, 2012
    Here are some photos of a Wharncliffe desk knife I just finished up, it is the fourth knife I've completed. I started the knife a couple months back under the tutelage of J. Neilson and finally had time to finish out the handle and final edge. It was inspired by desk knife designs by Case/Bose that I've always loved. I first sketched it up on paper then refined some of the curves in CAD.


    The 3 1/2" blade was ground by eye from 1095 steel with an overall length of 6 1/4". The handle material is old Westinghouse micarta boslters and stabilized bog oak.


    All comments and feedback greatly appreciated :). Thanks for looking!

    Cheers,
    David

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    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  2. Maelstrom78

    Maelstrom78

    Sep 21, 2013
    Very nice. A darn sight better than my 4th!
     
  3. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    nice!
     
  4. write2dgray

    write2dgray Gold Member Gold Member

    272
    Jan 17, 2012
    Thanks Maelstrom78 and Hengelo_77! As a maker, I see all the flaws, but I'm happy with the result :). I'm glacially slow at this, but apparently faster than the wait for a desk knife by T. Bose to become available :p.

    Now I need to make a sheath or possibly wood block/holder of some sort for the desk!
     
  5. Fish30114

    Fish30114 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    That's a beautiful knife! I have a very similar design in my line--I love wharncliffs. Oh yeah--your showing off with your photography skills--what is that background that looks like burled wood--and ice??
    Very cool pics!!!
     
  6. write2dgray

    write2dgray Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 17, 2012
    Thank you very much, I have a new found love for wharnies for simple household tasks.

    This is not your DSLR in a lightbox photo session :rolleyes:. Shot with Google Pixel phone, no filters or editing - only cropped. I threw a chunk of burl in the melting slushy snow in the backyard and used a little copper sample I had sitting around as a prop for the blade. I was feeling inspired and I think it came out pretty good for an impromptu 2 minute shoot, it took longer for the knees of my pants to dry :).
     
  7. golfer1

    golfer1

    158
    Nov 24, 2016
    Nice, simple design. I also like wharnke like blades. Gotta ask what a "desk knife" is though.
     
  8. write2dgray

    write2dgray Gold Member Gold Member

    272
    Jan 17, 2012
    Glorified letter opener. Simply a knife to leave sitting around your desk, rather than one to be pocketed, packed, or carried. A small blade designed mostly for opening letters and the occasional light snack prep :).
     

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