ChrisSquires
Just in search of information. Have been interested in knife making and blacksmithing for most of my life, would like to explore it alil further.
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Anthony San Miguel
Welcome to the forum, Chris!
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ChrisSquires
Thank You
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jmccustomknives
Howdy from Roll Tide Alabama!  Looking forward to watching you grow in smithing.

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Hank Rearden
Hi Chris, Glad your here. Tells what you're doing now as far as smithing goes.
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NorrinRadd
Welcome aboard!
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Hey, Chris! Hope to see you around here often. Be sure to expand your skills to more than just knife making; in my opinion it's worth it to know several types of metalworking.
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ChrisSquires
Thanks for the warm welcome, Currently I am just gathering information. Other than one failed stock removal attempt, I have no experience at all. I got overly ambitious on my plan and led myself into water deeper than my skills could tread lol. Ive talked to a few knife makers around my area and they all had basically the same advice, just find a piece of metal and get after it, just to see if it something I want to explore further. I have been extremely busy at work lately, but things are beginning to slow down alittle and I am planning on a redo of the first attempt, without some of the design issues that complicated the original effort. I will keep you posted on this. Knife making is my primary interest in smithing, however I do want to learn basic smithing in general. Given where the country appears to be heading things like smithing and farming are things a man just needs to know. IMHO
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jmccustomknives
Tru dat.  For first knife designs, keep it simple.  No bigger than 41/2".  Files are fine, but if you are going to use them there are some great videos (and lots of bad ones).  Check out my youtube channel.  The latest video is on checking your files before making a knife from it.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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ChrisSquires
Attached is a picture of the first attempt, I was planning to cut a superman insignia thru the blade, bit off way more than I could chew Click image for larger version - Name: 10511111_10203522169955240_1765602229981945313_n.jpg, Views: 13, Size: 48.61 KB
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ChrisSquires
jmccustomknives wrote:
Check out my youtube channel.  The latest video is on checking your files before making a knife from it.
I will check it out tomorrow, internet better there
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