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Design suggestions?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Theknifeaddict, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Theknifeaddict


    Jun 13, 2012
    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 :D

    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.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  2. Spinerazor


    Mar 30, 2012
    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?
  3. Theknifeaddict


    Jun 13, 2012
    It's just the photo. Funny thing, it did actually have a re curve, but I decided to take it off.
  4. SBuzek

    SBuzek KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 7, 2006
    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.
    Keep at it
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    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 ( :eek: 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 ).
  6. Theknifeaddict


    Jun 13, 2012
    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.
  7. STR

    STR Knifemaker/Moderator Moderator

    Aug 27, 2004
    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.
  8. lonepine


    May 7, 2010
    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???

    - Paul Meske
  9. Theknifeaddict


    Jun 13, 2012
    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.
  10. JustAFleshWound


    Jan 10, 2012
    I would not drop the point as much. That is just me though.
  11. Mudbug007


    Nov 29, 2010
    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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