CPKhuk

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Lorien, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I have always appreciated Bladeforums for the Work in Progress threads that people post here. I've learned so much over the years, and have been able to be more efficient by learning from other people's successes and failures. I'm grateful to Bladeforums for providing a platform for this and to all those who've shared their processes so freely here over the years.

    Hopefully there will be more successes than failures to learn from this thread, but it's what it is and you'll get it all, warts included. I have every intention of doing my best to make this thing happen, and am committed to seeing it through to the end. Although it might take a couple/few months.

    There's been a little interest expressed in the product manufactured as a result of this project, and I have the go-ahead from the Man in the Big Pants to share some info with you all, so this thread is going to give those of you who are interested a behind the scenes view on how this new model is going to manifest itself.

    I've been asked to preface this stuff with the disclaimer that I am an amateur knife maker. My skills will evolve quite a lot through this project, and if you know anything about knife making, you'll see that. The level of skill that you will witness over the course of the development of this new model is in no way indicative of the quality of the finished product you will be getting directly from CPK.

    My intention is to focus on how the design part of the equation comes into play here. Design for me is an iterative process, and having an actual knife in hand that I can use is my goal here. What you see probably won't be pretty, but it will give the kind of feedback required to getting to the next step.

    For this project, I'm using Bohler Uddeholm A2, which I'm able to procure in a precision ground finish that ensures that things will at least start out straight and square enough. My preference is for CPM 3V, but getting that stuff in the dimensions I need is not practical. I bought two pieces and once the first is profiled and I can get a sense of where everything is and where it should be, I'll trace it to the second piece and make changes if required. I plan on using that approach throughout this process.

    I work almost everything out on paper, (that can be worked out) first, and when the profile feels right to me, I'll make a tracing and glue it to the steel. What you're seeing here is the result of rough profiling with a portable band saw. The next step will be to clean it up with the grinder and make sure everything is square. The grinder should be arriving very soon, but here's the tool I used to get to this point, (a drill press, as well).

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    Stay tuned...
     
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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Aww yeaaahhh! In on one!:D
     
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  3. co556guy

    co556guy

    Dec 13, 2011
    Stop eyeballing my wallet! :p
     
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  4. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Thanks for sharing this Lorien ... I look forward to watching it evolve. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. folder geek

    folder geek Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 28, 2012
    Love a good WIP, tuned in:thumbsup:
     
  6. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Now we’re talkin’
     
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  7. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Ha ha, you had me at the cardboard cutout!
     
  8. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Hell yeah. I’ll need this, maybe a little patch knife and stropping knife thingy too pls.
     
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  9. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    It's a chakma and karda, ya heathen;)
     
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  10. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    You know I’ve always passed on these. But I’ll say I’m really going to want one of these !!!
     
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  11. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Damn. Is there no end to the CPK knives I must own?

    This looks amazing as always. Looking forward to being able to follow along the journey.
     
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  12. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    Yes! Give us these too! :D
     
  13. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Oooh!
     
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  14. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Oh shit... My wallet just went to red alert, and unless I'm mistaken, phasers are locked on me right now. :eek: :p
     
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  15. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    there will be no companion knife specific to this project, soory.
     
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  16. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Set phasers to FRAG.
     
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  17. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I have often thought it would be cool to see your design process from start to finish.

    Subscribed.
     
  18. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    I'm sad there will be no chakma and karda, but I am excited to see this project progress.
     
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  19. Chris A

    Chris A Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 5, 2012
    Can’t wait to see the finished product. Have you seen the Swag Off-road bandsaw table? I have one and it is sweet.
     
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  20. Chris A

    Chris A Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 5, 2012
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