Got a nice knife? Let's see it.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Price of knowledge. You're not going to get a fancy expensive knife, you're going to learn the basics of bladecraft. It might feel like getting ripped off, but since there's no degree in bladesmithing, and few groups doing formal instruction, that's a pretty average/fair price for what you just described.

    Can you teach yourself? Sure, but it takes an exponentially longer time for most folks, and you end up wasting a lot of material and fuel making mistakes that could be prevented by seeing an instructor do it right, right in front of you. That's how I kicked at the pricks for years, before attending my first hammer-in. Seeing the work, done by people who knew how, allowed me to take several quantum leaps in my skill. I'd practice on my own for a year, just using what I saw online (and today's youtube content is vastly superior to what was available 10-15 years ago), and then when I could work in person with masters of the craft, suddenly everything would change and my brain would hurt after 3 days of sponging everything I could.

    Good luck!
  2. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Dahamit, you're not helping. :D I guess I have to get off my lazy butt and make a Bark River clone for my best friend and a kitchen knife for my brother in law.

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  3. Bart Jones

    Bart Jones BGY 504

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    :clap

  4. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Thanks for the advice (and experience).

    I think it's something I'd like to try, and if not now, when, so I have to do my customary thinking twice and three times before doing something, and come to a conclusion.
  5. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Added these beauties to the collection last week:

    Alan Elishwitz's Jeckyll has Chad Nichols African Savannah damascus and Lightning Strike carbon fibre:

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    This Gold Class Benchmade 42-101 is Rob Thomas Reptillian damascus with anodized titanium spacers:

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  6. mhpr262

    mhpr262 Banned

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    That knife has really beautiful classic lines.

    With the cutting edge stopping so abruptly it will be impossible to sharpen the whole length of it on a flat whetstone, however. The dull part of the blade edge should recede a few milimeters after the edge, or there should be a concave section removed where the edge stops and the dull part begins.
  7. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    Yes, that was the first and didn't come out just right. It was good learning experience, though.
  8. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    A family photo:

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  9. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    You make that photo yourself? Very nice. :thumb
  10. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I had an Al Mar Tanto butterfly that got taken by the coppers --- out of a jacket pocket in a parked car, the bastids. I sure did like that knife.
  11. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I had my house robbed this past summer and along with the jewellery and electronics taken were a number of pieces from my knife collection. Luckily, the dimwits didn't know what they were looking at, making off with only combat and fighting knives and leaving behind the damascus and ivory, etc. Among the knives stolen were two vintage Benchmade balisongs: a 45 and a 35. So, I've been on a bit of a rampage recently replacing what was lost. Gotta admit I am drawn to the balisong - lost two, replace with seven :D (and two more on the way!):

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  12. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Thank you!
  13. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I've never seen an Al Mar butterfly. Shame it was lost.
  14. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    Me brother made this (but wouldn't sell it to me)

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  15. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Wow!
  16. Just GO!

    Just GO! Countersteer it.

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  17. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Holy Guacamole!

    I'm going to assume your brother is a bladesmith and/or an engraver of prodigious talent. Tell the layabout to make you another one, only get it right this time. :lol3
  18. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    I strap this one to the luggage rack of my bike on camping trips:

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  19. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    He's a bladesmith-I don't know if I would call him talented. What good is a knife no one wants to use? :lol3
  20. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    Just GO,
    Nice looking knife...and pics.

    PS-RagE, yours too.
    bill