Hillzula

Discussion in 'ESEE KNIVES' started by Core Knife Co., Mar 7, 2011.

  1. basb

    basb

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    Apr 27, 2010
    Now thats a good sign!
     
  2. jpadia

    jpadia KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    297
    Oct 15, 2010
    I've been intently following your WIP at the Bladesmith Q&A forum and gotta say it turned out great! I look at all the work it takes just to make a handle and boy is it intimidating to start from chunk of metal. I have yet to make that jump. Anyway, great knife and don't ever sell it!
     
  3. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    I think it's awesome,great job!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  4. Inkedshooter

    Inkedshooter

    310
    Dec 28, 2010
    Very cool!! I was starting to wonder if any of the members here, besides the knife makers, have gotten the erge to take a shot at making their own knife. It's a longer process than you think. It also gives you more respect to the knife makers out there that do it for a living. Looking forward to seeing more pics and maybe a sheath to go with the new knife??
     
  5. R.A.T.

    R.A.T. Randall's Adventure & Training

    Feb 4, 2004
    But i don't want a knife made on good equipment. I like that one.
     
  6. Core Knife Co.

    Core Knife Co.

    Apr 8, 2009
    That's what I said!

    Originally Posted by MHill

    I'll make a promise to you however, if I ever do get to a point where I can afford some real equipment and am able to make a better quality knife. I'll give you this first one. Why? Because I love my Izula and I appreciate everything you and Mike do around here for t he community.
     
  7. orchunter93

    orchunter93 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 4, 2010
    great first attempt! i know my first...actual forging turned out pretty darn bad, but i wasn't too upset since it was a first
     
  8. Inkedshooter

    Inkedshooter

    310
    Dec 28, 2010
    Some real nice knives are made one at a time by hand. You do not need alot of fancy equipment to make them. Unless you wanted to make a living from making knives. Being your first knife, you can tell you put some time into it. I say stick with the files and hand sanders.... Or maybe get a small bench/belt sander. Belts are cheap and materials are easy to find.
     
  9. R.A.T.

    R.A.T. Randall's Adventure & Training

    Feb 4, 2004
    I interpreted that as the first one off the new equipment, not the one you posted here.
     
  10. R.A.T.

    R.A.T. Randall's Adventure & Training

    Feb 4, 2004
    See, you need to trade that to me for about 5 new Izulas :)
     
  11. nutnfancyfan

    nutnfancyfan

    518
    Nov 30, 2009
    wow thats really impressive, and thats your first knife?!:eek: thats amazing. your skill looks to almost equal that of several makers that ive seen who do this full time. i truly think you could have a future as a knife maker
     
  12. The Government

    The Government

    Aug 21, 2009
    :eek:

    If you can do that with a file, consider what you could accomplish with machines.

    Very nice work:thumbup::cool:
     
  13. Anglewood

    Anglewood

    72
    Jan 7, 2007
    I must concur with what everyone else is saying, that is some seriously nice work. Great job on your first knife!

    -Connor
     
  14. Cash427

    Cash427

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    Mar 27, 2009
    Do it.....:thumbup:
     
  15. matthewdanger

    matthewdanger

    Jan 29, 2003
    Nice work. It looks amazing considering you worked the grind with files! That knife has more character than any that could be made with the proper tools. I shudder to think how long it must have taken you to full convex .25" stock with a hand file.

    I think its worth more than 5 Izulas. :)
     
  16. sheriff125

    sheriff125

    268
    Jun 3, 2010
    on behalf of my client he would part with his prototype for $100,000 which he would give his agent (me) 20% :D
     
  17. Core Knife Co.

    Core Knife Co.

    Apr 8, 2009
    I see how you interpreted it that way now. I promise though. After I skin a deer with it and make number 2, this one is yours, as a gift.

    I really want to learn how to jig and dye bone. While I'm saving coin for a belt grinder, I'm going to take a drive over to Eastern Washington and visit "Dead Cattle Canyon" and pick up a bag of cow chin bone.
     
  18. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    nice job - you do the jigging with a dremel or drill press?
     
  19. Decklin

    Decklin

    436
    Oct 19, 2010
    Nice work, turned out really good. I love the look of it.
     
  20. NaturalMystic

    NaturalMystic

    May 24, 2006
    Great job Michael, and a great story too! I don't know how old you are but down the road you can tell your grandkids you made that knife by hand, with some inspiration from the Izula, and one of the Izula's creators was so impressed that he wanted to buy it from you, or trade it for more Izulas! Don't get much better than that!

    Also, good luck getting back to work. I've had my fair share of lay-offs. EDIT: I was looking at the pics again and besides the shape, and the challenges you faced making it, I really like it because it it oozes character. Again, very well done for a first attempt. You should be proud; I know I would be if I made something like that.
     

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