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Lil' Red, My first slipjoint

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Brian.Evans, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    Finally got my metal pieces back from heat treat.

    I'm not really impressed with this one. I drilled the scales back before I sent my parts off to heat treat, but accidentally drilled them with a #41 bit instead of a 3/32", which made the holes too big. I broke my drill press chuck, so I couldn't make new scale last night. I wanted to get it done so badly, so I just peened the pins wider.

    I sent a much nicer knife blade and spring to Texas Knife, but they lost the blade, so this one ended up being my first slipjoint. My next one should be orders of magnitude better.

    Closed: 3 3/8"
    Open: 5 3/4"
    Blade from plunge to tip: 2 1/16"
    Overall Thickness: 0.350"
    Steel is 3/32" A2, full flat ground. I did double long pulls because I put the first one too low.





    I am proud of this one. Never mind the G10 scortch marks, the spring/blade junction looks pretty good.



    I like to see how the geometry is by slicing paper as thin as I can get. This slices pretty well with the full flat grind. I only sharpened up to about 400-500 grit on an old oil bench stone.


    Hair shaving sharp!
  2. Frostyfingers


    Aug 27, 2008
    Not too shabby! I actually like the look of the double pull--it's something I've not seen before. Looks like a very useful blade shape, as well. I'm looking forward to seeing further work from you.
  3. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I think I like it!:thumbup:

    Nice effect with the double long pulls. Give an unusual look, and as a side benifit looks like maybe they will give nice traction pinching the blade open while wearing gloves. The sheepsfoot with swedge is interesting, and just long enough t scoop a sardine out of the can or slice Spam on a camping trip. And with a liner less G10 handle it much be light as a feather.

    Okay, you critiqued yourself nicely, so you know the next one will be better. Maybe call it the "back packer."

    It could even be a poor cousin from across the tracks to a sodbuster. Maybe like 'the gardner".

    I think ya have some real possibilities there. Run with it.

  4. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Make more!!
  5. woody d

    woody d Banned BANNED

    Jan 29, 2010
    dont care much for the red but i really like the blade design....the double pull is unique and unique is good. i also say run with it.
  6. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    Double tap
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  7. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    A lot of what I did with this knife was because I had nothing to loose.

    I messed up the pull, so I made a double pull.

    I messed up grinding the blade, so I made it a semi-sheepsfoot.

    I messed up the holes in the scales, so I peened them larger.

    Everything else was going wrong, so why not practice a swedge while we're at it?

    All in all, I'll carry this one until I make another one, if nothing else but for real world testing of my work.

    As far as light weight, I have plans to do a linerless in 3/32" G10 with 1/16" stock. Very very light, but very strong.
  8. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    I don't either. Lol. It wa the only stuff I had that was thick enough without ruining a much larger piece suitable for something else.
  9. ISKski

    ISKski Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2011
    :thumbup: :thumbup: I really like the profile of the handle! Its like a trapper meets a doctors knife.. Really makes me want to go ahead and give it a try!
  10. JAlexander


    Oct 16, 2003
    I like it. As learning experiences go, this one looks quite successful and useful.
  11. Grateful

    Grateful Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 5, 2002
    I like it. Looks lake a good sturdy user and the blade shape should be strong and useful. Backpacker would be a great name for it.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  12. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I love this post, even more than the first one!

    I may well have given up at the first, "I messed up...."

    I do like the look of the double long pulls, and look forward to what you mess up create next. :thumbup:

    ~ P.
  13. I like the looks of that one (including the red G10 ;)). :thumbup:

    Nice work! :)
  14. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    I like the Red. Maroon would be nice too.
    PM coming.
  15. DeadFall27

    DeadFall27 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2011
    What a beautiful mistake on the pulls, that looks awesome :thumbup:
    The simplistic handle shape is amazing, the blade shape is interesting and very useful...the whole package looks good to me.

    I agree with P up there, the fact that you had nothing to lose while building this one is wonderful; that's where you will find your best work. You never know, that mistake could just be a happy accident.

    Keep up the good work, I like what I see.
  16. Brian.Evans

    Brian.Evans KnifeMaker-EDC Knife Specialist Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2011
    So, it sounds like I need to make a pattern of this knife! The handle is growing on me. It is a heck of a slicer, that's for sure!
  17. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    That's neat! Thank you for sharing it.
  18. Humppa

    Humppa Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010

    That´s a nice looking knife. I really like everything on it. The red G10-scales and the sheepfoot with the double pull are great looking. I´d like to see more of your selfmade knives :)
  19. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer

    Jan 12, 2009
    I am on board with the red 100% for an outdoor use/work knife. On the job, it will make your knife easy to spot in another's hands or if left out when borrowed. And as when camping or hiking, the red will make it easier to find if dropped in grass or water. I have found that in the twilight hours this is most handy when out in the woods.

    I think the blade shape is great and looks like a great utility shape. The only thing I think that profile would not excel at is game prep or cleaning fingernails. For 99% or daily use I think it is outstanding whether a result of an accident or by design.

    Good work! Hope you post more of your next knives.

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  20. Thalestin


    Jul 20, 2006
    Looks like it is a good functional knife. You did an awesome job considering many mistakes. I really look forward to your next one :)

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