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Wood knife prototype

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I'm working on a new (for me) knife design and thought I'd try a prototype first. Since I came from a woodworking background before I got into knives it only takes a few minutes to do this and gives me a real thing to hold, I'll be doing this more often! Let me know what you think.





 
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If this is my project , I would change only the line of grind .



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I like the wood prototype more and more. I "cut" stuff all day yesterday and got feedback from others. I think I need to go just a tad longer on the handle. Oh and with 6 and 8 year old boys these prototypes won't go to waste!
 
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I like the look of that natlek, but i only have a gough jig for "grinding".

With a little practice it can be done . The most important thing is the position of the blades on jig . This small knife I make for my daughter . I grinding with file on jig .

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I like the look of that design but I wonder if the forefinger can slide forward and be cut by the back end of the blade.
 

Rhinoknives1

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I would do a FFG on that design, it looks comfy in the hand & should be a real slicer, not a pry bar. You are doing well testing your concepts. Stay safe & have fun
 
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Interesting, so do you just use the eye bolt for angle adjustment but free hand the plunge, not using a stop bolt?

Here we go .............I think it is clear in the pictures how to grind . I made a small blank, just to show you .Steel is / 2.8mm thick / front suspension torsion spring from old Volkswagen Beetle :)

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It will be my first slipjoint knive ...........with one side bevel

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And I would suggest you another tool for your file jig , to use sandpaper .This way , you can bring grind to finis .........
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PS . file jig mount in a vise give me a lot of room for maneuver in any direction ................
 
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I handed the prototype around to family and friends and most of them agreed that the handle could be just a bit longer. Here is the new prototype along with the original, a bit longer blade too. Time to move this design to steel!

 

Park Swan

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I agree with Natlek about moving the grind line more parallel to where the handle ends, the totally squared off grind makes it look like a kit knife shape to me. One other tiny detail that's really bothering me about the prototype so far is the pin at the back of the knife - it should be centered on the axis of the handle to look proportional IMO. Great work so far!
 

DEllis

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A bit more curve to the top corner of the plunge would be good, but end it ahead of the ricasso area(like your first picture) to keep your finger protected from the edge IMHO

Darcy:)
 
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I agree with Natlek about moving the grind line more parallel to where the handle ends, the totally squared off grind makes it look like a kit knife shape to me. One other tiny detail that's really bothering me about the prototype so far is the pin at the back of the knife - it should be centered on the axis of the handle to look proportional IMO. Great work so far!

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A bit more curve to the top corner of the plunge would be good, but end it ahead of the ricasso area(like your first picture) to keep your finger protected from the edge IMHO

Darcy:)
Add these 2 together and you got a winner
Square straight lines have their place but I agree it looks like a kit blade .

Also agree with the pin needs to be centered.
 
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You guys have a good eye! I thought the pin was more centered than it was and it wasn't far off, but it sure makes a difference in the looks after seeing the centered version, thank you!

 
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