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    Knife build-along.

    Just for fun, here is a pictorial of part of my process. First pic is after design has been hammered out on paper, along with steel type, blade length, etc.

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    Shape is cut out, then glued to steel, and blank cut out on bandsaw.

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    See the resemblence? The owner LOVED the Spyderco Manix, so we used the same handle shape, but adapted the blade and steel to his uses.

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    Finishing the shaping of the blank. This is the small wheel attachment, made to order for finger grooves...

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    Once the blank is shaped, the handles are cut out to match. This step could have been done later too, but there was a reason I did it this way on this knife- if only I could remember what it was!

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    And into the heat treat oven. This is my oven, just warming up in the pic. It will be running at 1650*f or so to treat the A2.

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    After the heat treat, it goes into a dry ice bath. This helps it hold a sharper edge, and prevent any cold weather brittleness.

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    And then into a toaster oven for tempering. Monitoring the temp with a thermocouple. Trying to keep the blade pretty hard, it isn't going to be a rough use knife. Remember- a Spyderco owner.

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    Checking the hardness. I think this was a check in between a couple of tempers, it ended up around 61.5rc as I recall.

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    Blade is done! Grinds complete, logo etched.

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    Gluing up the handle scales. Gtech marine epoxy, so it will sit like this overnight. Gtech is not brittle and a touch stronger than regular epoxies.

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    And all done. Sheath is completed, knife is sharp, owner is waiting for me to get done taking pics so he can take his knife away...

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    Nice job and thanks for showing how it is done.

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    Great looking knife. I have some that I want to put new handles on and wondered if there's a company that sells knife making parts, like to studs to connect the handle to the tang.

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    NICE! I love watching talented people make knives, I am neither talented or artistic so I use used up saw blades to make my knives I am just make functional blades, nothing fancy.

    Do you have any video? I would love to see your process.

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    Great grind lines. What grinder are you using? What hardness tester are you using? Did you build your own furnace? Thank you for sharing your work!
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    How much do you charge for a knife like that?

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    Very interesting and educational post. Nice looking knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakemo View Post
    Great looking knife. I have some that I want to put new handles on and wondered if there's a company that sells knife making parts, like to studs to connect the handle to the tang.
    Try this one. Have not used them but they have some nice toys.

    https://knifemaking.com
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