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I started getting into a new hobby. This is the first Ive finished. Made this skinning knife in my garage. Used a table saw blade for the steel, handle is red oak with brass pins. Pretty sharp, just need to shoot me a deer to see how it really performs and how well the edge holds up. Whataya think?knife2.jpgknife1.jpgI know saw blades don't make the best knife steel ever, but I'm just practicing on these first ones, and it was free :signlol2iu: . I've almost got a forge completed so I can do my own heat treating when I get some suitable steel. More to come, after deer season of course.

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The design looks great. It should hold a decent edge unless you ground it really hard and took out the temper. What sort of forge are you building? Is it a gas forge or coal forge? I prefer gas as they are faster to get going. But I temper my metals in a glass fusing kiln I have. It can be a very rewarding hobby.

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I think you did a really nice job on that knife. I sent you a PM.

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Thanks guys. Sorry for the low quality pics, phone pics of course.SJ- it's a propane forge. I'm using an old propane tank for the body. I'll post up some pics when I get it running.Braz- PM replied.

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Very cool!! I think it looks great especially for your first.Good luck on the Deer!

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That looks real nice :good: I have one simular but mine has more of a curve to the edge and it works great for skinning and fleshing, Course I didnt make mine :good:

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thanks for the kind words. I have a couple more cut out and ready to work as soon as deer season is over. If only I didn't have to work, I could get so much more done...

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Great job! That's a hobby that could bring in some extra cash.

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Cool, I like the size. Too many people think that they need a 12" rambo knife for everything when the smaller knives are so much easier to control. How do you measure hardness. Saw blades tend to be springy, don't they?

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the knife looks great for your first one ....looking forward to more pics of your creations .....best of luck with the deer season ....

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Thanks again guys.Fjold- not sure on the hardness of the sawblade steel. These first few are more for practice, so i'm using it because it's free. Once I get my forge running i'm gonna get into some of the carbon steels, probably either 1080 or 1095. They're less finicky in the heat treat area.JimT- I'd be glad to send you one, once I get some more practice and better steel. Wouldn't want to put out a knife with questionable quality.

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My SIL's (brother's wife) brother started out making knives in his garage. He's pretty well known now, P.J. Tomes

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Thanks again guys.Fjold- not sure on the hardness of the sawblade steel. These first few are more for practice, so i'm using it because it's free. Once I get my forge running i'm gonna get into some of the carbon steels, probably either 1080 or 1095. They're less finicky in the heat treat area.JimT- I'd be glad to send you one, once I get some more practice and better steel. Wouldn't want to put out a knife with questionable quality.
Sagedog, it's exactly what I'm looking for and with an exceptionally sharp blade and nice leather case. You let me know when and how much and the check will be on its way. Awesome but like you said you want the quality there too. Let me know when you're ready.

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The design looks great. It should hold a decent edge unless you ground it really hard and took out the temper. What sort of forge are you building? Is it a gas forge or coal forge? I prefer gas as they are faster to get going. But I temper my metals in a glass fusing kiln I have. It can be a very rewarding hobby.
SJ... you've got all the cool stuff!

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Yeah, I have all sorts of equipment. I have too many hobbies and rather than pay somebody for something I'll buy a piece of equipment and do it myself. It can be a bad habit but then there isn't much I can't do either. LOLHere is one of my old knives I made with the antler scale grips. It's a copy of my old Schrade below it. I made several and gave then away as gifts but I can't find the pictures of them right now. I guess there on the old computer I better get it fixed. :roflmao3[1]: This has better steel in it and it's literally razor sharp. But soft enough on the back to hit with a hammer without breaking the blade. Plus the grip is fit to my hand so it's very comfortable to hold.DSC_0011.jpgRimrock also makes some very nice knives. Maybe he'll post one up to show us.

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ShooterJohn and Sagedog,Nice work on the knives Gentlemen! Very utilitarian designs. I like using a dedicated skinning knife. It sure beats using a poorly designed blade for such a specialized job.

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