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Lady's and gentleman’s when we decided to make first knife - we are beginners! We have a lot of questions; unknown things, tips and tricks! I start my first knives and that’s why I decided to start this group! Professionals are invited!

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What steel to use?

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Alexander Noot Jul 21. 16 Replies

This is not going to be a steel snob topic, but I will research and list all the steel alloys that pique my interest. I invite you to do the same about your preferences. I am going to start off by saying that I prefer a carbon steel like D2, but…Continue

Tags: steels, Blade

Making Micarta

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Max McGruder Jul 6. 3 Replies

I will post a few videos we have seen also but this is probably one of the best set of instructions I have seenMaking Denim Micarta…Continue

Tags: Micarta, Making

Stabilizing your own wood

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Robert Burris Jun 4. 48 Replies

Well Donnie decided last weekend he wanted to try stabilizing his own wood.The process is not quick.  We have stabilized one set and dyed three, all are in the drying stages…Continue

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Started by Risa Muenchsdorfer. Last reply by Carl Rechsteiner May 28. 3 Replies

Hi Everyone!Cherokee Knife Supply is sponsoring Knife Days, A How To Series on Knife Making. Renowned professional knife maker Michael O'Machearley of O'Machearley Custom Knives will be in town to teach a hands-on class in knife making for…Continue

Inlay a Shield?

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Robert Burris May 27. 8 Replies

The Two-legged Parser Ever wonder how the old time pocket knife makers used to inlay the fancy little nickel shields into the knife handles? They used the simplest of tools but the only one I know which will drill a hole of any shape - this tool was…Continue

Tags: legged, Parcer, two, shield, inlay

Self taught trick to making pins like this-

Started by John McCain. Last reply by John McCain Apr 29. 3 Replies

This is stabilised Malachite stone and brass,for example.As this is a 1/4…Continue


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Comment by Alexander Noot yesterday

No such thing as a dumb question by the way. I wondered the same before I tried.

No one ever told me and trying myself finally cleared it up.

Comment by Alexander Noot yesterday

The groove serves a number of purposes.

First of all it makes it so that you can keep the taper straight (so that you don't grind away more at the top side of the handle than at the bottom side.

Second of all it makes for a much faster taper with much less worry (see above)

It helps you to know when you've tapered enough.

And it does reduce further weight. But that's just a nice coincidence :-)

Comment by Tom Peterson yesterday


Nice looking blade Sir! I have a dumb question for you though - why did you put a groove in the tang? Is it to allow for more epoxy to bridge the entire tang and/or to further reduce weight? I haven't ever done it this way - always just drill multiple holes - but I always like to learn from other makers who are more experienced than I am. Thanks!

Comment by Alexander Noot yesterday

For those who still measure in imperial...

6mm is around 9/32" and 1.5mm is around 1/16th"

Comment by Bob Robinson yesterday
Really nice job on the tapered tang Alexander. Will make a fine blade for someone.

Comment by Alexander Noot yesterday

Ground out another file knife this evening. It's like the one Steve Hanner has. But slightly smaller and with a radical tapered tang. It goes from 6.5mm thick at the start of the blade to 1.5mm near the butt of the handle.

Comment by Alexander Noot on Saturday

I did. I think I might've briefly hit bone with that one. It's healing well though.

Comment by Bob Robinson on Saturday
Nice knlfe with paracord wrap. That cut on your finger looks nasty, looks like it got you good.

Comment by Alexander Noot on Saturday

Got another one finished. Not before it bit me pretty hard though.

Comment by Bob Robinson on July 24, 2014 at 10:14
Nice work Alexander.

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