jmccustomknives
New to the forum.  I guess I'll share a little about myself.  I've sold welding supplies since the '90's and several years ago accidentally stumbled into knife making.  I got bit bad.  It grew into a passion.  Since I was self taught I've made just about every mistake in the books, and scribbled a few in too.  I enjoy making knives to be used.  
I soppose I'll start with a pic of my latest knife.  This winter has killed me in as much as shop time[frown].  This one is forged from 2pc of 7/8 crane cable.  The blade is 10" long with a total length of 15".  Cable Damascus guard and pommel with stabilized Buckeye handle. [006-4]

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

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Hank Rearden
Beautiful work. I'm on your path as well. I read an article from the Backwoodsman on making a knife from a rasp file. Since I always had an interest in smithing I asked myself what's holding me back. So, I told the family I'm going to do a few things for myself for a change and they are welcome to share. I started gathering tools about a year and a half ago. This spring I'll be burning coal regularly. I made a few fire tools already. Being my worst critic I would do a few things different with them next time. They do work functional.

Your knives are what I would aspire to. Any chance of you making a step by step posting of making a knife as a tutorial? You have a student here.
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jmccustomknives
I saw that the site was a little short on knife making.  I did add a couple of WIP's.  I've got a few more.  My shop isn't full of tools, one thing I like to demonstrate is that you don't need a shop full of tools to do most smithing and stock removal for making knives.  I like to point out that it was done for thousands of years with much less.  That being said, many new makers will tend to bite off more than they can chew and loose interest because of difficulty and lack of knowledge. 

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

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