This one is made with CPM154 hardened to 59hr. The spine is 1/4 inch thick and the bevel is flat ground and I tapered the tang to lower the weight and move the balance forward a bit.
I discovered a store in town that carries some exotic hardwoods and swung by to take a look at what they have in stock. After a while I came away with a 3 foot long piece of Bubinga which caught my eye. I am not sure how well Bubinga will hold up as a knife […]
After getting a few knives under my belt I looked back at some of the first ones and decided that I really did not like this knife as much as I did at first. The handle was ugly, and that spine! what was I thinking? I thought it looked cool, but it does nothing to […]
Cutting leather is apparently not as simple as I thought. The other day I was was cutting a pattern out of some leather for a project and could not figure out why the pieces that I so carefully marked out would not match together. This was really bugging the snot out of me so I […]
There are so many different kinds of steel available with different properties that choosing the right steel for the job can be a bit daunting. Ask any smith and they all have slightly different opinions based on experience and sometimes just what they like to work with. I will try and break down what I consider […]
Design Goal In this post I want to talk a little about my design goals and my thinking behind them. In order to define my overall design goals, I had to think about form and function as I understand it. Function is important Function seemed pretty obvious to me. Useful objects should always do their job […]
So here is another completed knife with a sheath that I designed/made for it. The Warncliffe design is a mostly flat blade with a severe drop point. This design presents a lot of cutting surface for the size while keeping a usable point for fine work. This is probably my favorite fixed blade utility knife […]
OK, I have heard that I need to be careful and not try and heat treat metal that is too thin because it will warp, and discovered that it is sooo true! I basically turned a chef knife that I was working on into a potato chip of warped badness because I got it far […]
In my earlier post I showed my first attempt at a hollow ground blade. While there are some minor finish issues, I would be happy with the results, except for one fly in the ointment. One of the Corby rivets that I used was faulty. when I ground it down to the handle I found […]
One of my favorite books is 101 Knife Designs: Practical Designs for Daily Use Murray Carter talks a lot about two of the most used knifes, Kitchen cutlery and Daily use knifes. One of the designs that really caught my eye was the Warncliffe. So with some 154CM steel waiting to become a knife. I took a design from […]
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