There seems to be a big increase in new people here in Shop Talk. That is a good thing. FIF has been a big influence. However, the repeated I want to make a knife threads and resurrected old threads can clog up the forum. Things to help you get started right: #1 - The biggest thing anyone can do to help us help you is FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE COMPLETELY. Your age, location, and some info about yourself will allow others to offer you help, materials, good advise, and local sources. BTW, Somewhere in the Cold North isn't a location … Norfolk, VA; Flat Rock, TX; etc. is. #2 - Read the Stickys. There is a ton of good info there. #3 - Use your real name. If you already have joined Bladeforums, a name change is only $10. We all know who Kevin Cashen, Salem Straub, Fred Rowe, Stacy Apelt are. I don't know ( and likely won't care about) nightrider36, Deathray 2000, Scooby-Doo, or LazyDave21. #4 - Reach out to a nearby maker for help and advise. The internet is god for searching and data (most of the time), You-Tube is good for videos (some of the time), but sitting down or going into the shop with a real person is way better ( all of the time). #5 - Look at the DATE on a thread you pull up in a search. If it is more than a year old, don't resurrect it. Post a new thread and link the old one in your question.