Once upon a time…

In a galaxy far, far away…..

Huh?

Oh. Yeah… wrong story..

😀 :p

I was talking about starting to make knives again, and a friend on the forums asked if I had any pics I could post of what I used to make… Did a little digging and went through my old photobucket account.. 

Actually have to give photobucket credit, I haven’t touched that account for 6+ years, and some of it was uploaded over 10 years ago, and its still there… Some of the addresses are slightly different, but some hot links to them all the way back to 2007 are still working! Too bad they screwed around with the interface so much that it sucks to upload stuff(at least on my connection speeds), or I might still use them..

Anyway, was thinking I might as well post them here too.

EDIT; OK, I dunno whats with the pics, they all show fine on the forums, and in my blog composition software… Maybe try right click and view individually, or copy address to a new tab/window to view if they don’t show here?   No idea otherwise, since I know they are there, and I have them formatted in right as far as I know how to, the same way as the ones that Do show… 

Sorry.

 

Here are some of the ones I made, of what was my favorite pattern to make, the Nessmuk knife;

all with eather a flat grind or a combination flat and convex grind, convexed edges, 3/32″ 1095 IIRC

the first I made, ~7″ overall in tulip wood… I still have this one, its my main camping knife, it went on the great 40 round moose trip last fall..(I caught a lot of flack on the forums for the 40 rounds of spare ammo that i took hunting… Its a running joke now.)

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one in redmulberry;
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one in birds eye maple; (Dam my leather work was clean on those days!!  )

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a short 5″ overall in osage, This ones somewhere in Australia…

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A hidden tang in curly maple, with ugly oak pins…. Still have that one too, Its my go to scraper/battoner/utility knife in the basement..

Old pic when it was made;

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Pic last night;

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a matched set One 8″ and one 6″ IIRC, in redwood burl;
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Here is one thats not a nessnuk, but it came from one, it was my nessie pattern on a piece of steel too narrow for it… basicaly what you get without the hump on the back. Called this a bird and trout, planned to make a lot of them but never got around to it. A long time friend here has this one now, I took it along a couple years ago for butchering hogs at his place and he fell in love with it, so I gave it to him. Great compliment to me that he liked it so much, he hunts a LOT and also butchers a lot of livestock, so I know he’s used a Lot of blades…

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Those all pre-date the spring of 2007, (the thread on another forum that I just went and copied my pics from, was in May of ’07… ) Doesn’t seem that long ago… and yet it seems forever ago.


 


An IIRC curly oak handled wharncliffe carver/bush blade shown with the bird and trout knife..
Flat ground 3/32″ 1095(see a trend here 😉 ) This one ended up somewhere in the UK when it sold, as I recall.

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This was my idea on a personal defense blade.
IIRC this one ended up with someone at EDCF… I think I donated it as a proe in a giveaway a few years ago.

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the first prototype Sodhart. 3/32″ 1095 and amboyna burl. Pics taken when I was testing it on a snowmobile day trip, March 24th 2008.(nice to see I dated Some stuff!)

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I Think I still have the chunk of burl that was cut from, might be able to make a twin to it now!


 


I called it the Texas Toothpick.

This bowie is flat ground, full tang with integral steel bolsters, bloodwood scales and brass pins, in a thick leather sheath.

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And, a picture for scale;

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Thats a Bear MGC 4-1/8″ closed trapper… 😀

Bowie is done like any of my other knives were, fully heat treated, no glue or epoxy used, pins peened to hold the scales(That was fun!) Was ground out of a scrap of 1/16″ 1095, so its a hair under that thickness at the bolsters… tang and blade spine about a 1/3 of that thickness.

I still have that little sucker, should actually take some clearer pics, I guess.


 


Probably the coolest, or at least in the top 3 of the coolest knives I ever made. If I do say so myself… :oops: Christmas 2005 IIRC.

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All the colors except the lines in the bricks(ink) are natural wood colors, holly(white snowy chimney top), padauk(orange chimney bricks), blackwood(smoke handle and ‘stone’ front of fireplace), redheart(stocking and handle), logs are oak, walnut hearth, floor and wall… Blade can be seen behind the carved brass flames. 3/32″ 1095 blade.

Was for a Christmas themed KITH(knife in the hat, everybody makes one, and then names are randomly drawn to see who gets what) on a makers forum. The theory was you pull the “smoke”, the black handle, to get the knife from the fire.

One of my fondest memories from making cutters, I had SO much fun building that.

 

 

And, last;(for now, and for then!)

Last knife I ever made from scratch, spring 2009 for a contest/drawing/giveaway.
Redwood burl, damascus guard, blued blade, want to say about 7″ of blade from 5/32″ or 3/16″ 1095, or might have been O-1… flat ground, convex edge.

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  1. Weston

    Yeah, only half the pics show up, but they look great!

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