latest knife

Here is a link to the website i've started working on. http://www.geocities.com/son_of_bluegrass / Here is a page with my latest knife on it
http://www.geocities.com/son_of_bluegrass/smithing2.html
The knife is made from 1095 tempered to 325. The handle is black walnut with nickle silver bolster and stainless pins.
Opinions welcome.
Ron ps Alvin when I remember to get a pic, I'll send you the result of the paring knive blade you sent. (misfortunately it broke short). The hacksaw blade got put on the back burner untill I get more time.
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r payne wrote:

Nice work Alvin.
I like the shape of the blade on the new one. Do you plan towards a shape, or do you let the metal be what it wants to be when you are working it?
Of the few knives I have made, my best results came from starting out not knowing where I was going, and just letting the shape develop.
Cheers Trevor Jones
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Trevor Jones wrote:

I've done both. Most of the time i follow my muse. Which means I fire up the forge and beat on hot steel.
BTW I'm not Alvin. (i think he does better work than I)
ron
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r payne wrote:

DoH!!!
Sorry Ron!
Cheers Trevor Jones
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Thanks ;) sure is! ;)

I'm guessing that method works for you because you're artistic.
When letting it come to me as I go, I tend to not like the results.
As far as drawing a picture of a knife blade I like the looks of, I've never ever accomplished that. :/ I can grind one I like the looks of tho. :) I've always felt like a sculpter. The fact that I'm at the bottom of the heap of all the people that think of, or call themselves, sculptors, don't matter, that's the group I feel like I fit in anyway.
If that makes a lick of sense to you, could you explain it to me, please? ;)
Better yet... :) exlain how you see youreslf in relation to the hobbies you have.
Alvin in AZ
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snipped-for-privacy@XX.com wrote:

I'm not very artistic at all. I deal well with straight lines, but I can appreciate the options in a part that I have on the anvil, and see that I either like it or don't.

I've drawn a few blades that I have made after the fact. I've only done one that turned out anything like I drew, and that was recently. Seems that the patience that comes from time spent, can aid somewhat in getting from A to B without burning stuff to crumbs. Actuall ground that one from some damascus billet that I forged a few weeks back at a friends place. Got a nice even hollow grind on a 10 inch bench grinder wheel. Going to have to send it out for heat treating sometime soon. I'd do that muyself, but I got the blank looking nice enough that I'm leery of mucking it up with scale and all that.

It makes sense to me, but if I could explain it, I'd probably be a psyciatrist rather than an aircraft mechanic. And I'd know how to spell psyciatrist.

Ideas go off in my head like a drop of mercury hitting a linoleum floor!
Except theres a limit to the directions the mercury will go.
Almost all my hobbies have something to do with metal, or at least with making things or making things work. Machining, casting, fixing stuff, blacksmithing, muckin' about with old airguns, was into old clocks and watches pretty hard for a while, RC airplane models, building a recumbent bike from castoffs, keeping my beater car alive, model engineering, welding stuff, old british bikes.... stuff like that. Currently working towards getting a small foundry setup built in my backyard.
Cheers Trevor Jones Cold Lake Alberta
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On Tue, 2 May 2006, r payne wrote:
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http://www.geocities.com/son_of_bluegrass/knife12.jpg
I like that pattern, nice handle shape too. Is the primary grind flat.
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snipped-for-privacy@physics.mun.ca says...

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It is mostly flat. Which is to say it came out about as flat as I get with hand tools. I'm thinking of taking a diamond plate and convexing the edge some. But that will have to wait a day or 2 till i get some time. Personally I think the handle is a little small for my hands.
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