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Old 10-12-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Do you guys remember Sudsmonkey? http://iam.homebrewtalk.com/sudsmonkey He hasn't been around HBT in a long time, but he and I have stayed friends. Well, as much as you can be friends with someone you've never met....................
Anyway, he isn't brewing any more, but he's got some new hobbies. He's a blacksmith, with a forge. He started making knives a while ago, and he made one for me.

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He has told me how he does it, but I'm not well versed in tempered carbon blades, so most of it goes way over my head! I do know that it's made from old saw blades that he rehabs, and he made the grip to fit my hand. The knife is all hand made, and he made me a skinning knife- that's why it's shaped the way it is. I didn't get to use it yet (Bob skinned a deer while I was at work on Friday) but I'm looking forward to it.

I never had anything "nice" like that before. Just cheap Cabela's type knives. This knife even feels weighted differently, if that makes sense. It's a totally different feel, not to mention the sharpest knife I've ever touched in my life.

Anyway, I just wanted to brag up the workmanship here. He told me it took him about 70 hours to make this knife! It's hard to tell in the picture, but it really is attractive.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:44 PM   #2
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He's not going into business with Jack, is he?

That's pretty effin' sweet. Seventy hours is crazy, though!
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Very nice! I have a skinning knife that a friend of my dad's made for me that's made from a saw blade tooth from a mill. Excellent knife.
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:46 PM   #4
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Man that is nice, and the hardend steel of the saw blades means that it can go a while longer between sharpening, if he does demascus blades, that is what i would tell my wife to get me for christmas, very beautyful steel, anyway congrats on your new and very cool knife

 
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What is the handle made out of?
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:48 PM   #6
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What is the handle made out of?
I don't remember exactly- he asked me if I wanted a wood or "something else" grip. He told me that the wood is much prettier, but this is non-slip and feels good. I'll ask him again- things I don't understand really just slip right through my head. I do know that the blade is full length, and the grips are on either side.
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"Full tang," I think is the term you want. Waiting to hear from Chad, since he's literally written the book on knives.
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Here's an old email talking about how he does it:

I don't have any pictures of forging, and we have dial up this far out in the woods, so uploading them would be an ordeal. I'd be glad to draw up a diagram of how it works if you'd like. Basically, I start with a piece of steel, either flat or round, forge it flat, point it, draw it out to get my length and width, bevel it, then hammer the bevel all the way from the cutting edge to the spine of the blade. The blade ends up looking like it's made of concrete because of all of the hammer marks and forge scale on it. After a bunch of grinding and cleaning up, it's much more presentable. On your knife, the edge bevel runs back from the cutting edge a certain distance until it transitions over to the flat part of the blade. On my forged knives, the blade is a flat surface, or continuous bevel, from the cutting edge all the way to the spine.
I'm still working on the first forged blade to that pattern. We'll see how it turns out. Maybe I can get some pictures and save them to a disk? I did that with the knife I made for the frind of Sudster's( remember him from HBT?) nephew. I'll see what I can do.
Stock removal, where the blade' s cut out, filed and ground to shape, can all be done by hand. For forging you need, well, a forge. I have a forge built, but I'm having trouble with the burners. They run for twenty minutes before blowing fire out the top. Not too good! I'm using one in my buddy's shop until I get set up at home. Be glad when that happens.

I asked him again what the grip is made out of, since I don't remember!
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Old 10-12-2009, 11:54 PM   #10

That is very cool. It's amazing the variety of craftsfolk who make products by hand. Congratulations on your new knife!

 
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