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: The knife I use
: ironcrossforge September 19, 2007, 03:23:37 PM
This is a small utility knife I made for the show that wasn't good enough, so I thought I'd abuse it.

52100 steel buffalo horn and NS guard and pins


: Re: the knife i use
: radicat September 19, 2007, 04:05:16 PM
The knife may not be something you want to take to a show (although I've seen a lot worse sell). Only you can make that decision. But, I don't believe you'll see any flaw in its performance in the field. And, if you want, you can change the grind, shape, or whatever. You're a knifemaker.         Clay


I made this topic a sticky. Good idea from ironcrossforge. 


: Re: The knife I use
: Ed Fowler September 19, 2007, 11:54:02 PM
The time for testing is before you go to the trouble to put a handle on the blade and spend the time finishing it up.

After working up a new method I usually spend a lot of time testing, then after it has passed the tests make one, finish it and  carry it for enough time to find any weak points. I carried my first 52100 blade for a year before offering one for sale.


: Re: The knife I use
: radicat November 15, 2007, 08:41:36 AM
This thread was started with the subject being a hand-forged knife that is actually used. It may not be what knife enthusiasts think of as an "everyday carry" (EDC) knife, but why not? That term can mean more than the typical manufactured latest designs.

I purchased a Bowen belt buckle knife about 30 years ago from a law enforcement supply store in a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C.. The only time I haven't worn this knife is when its possession would land me in jail.

I've only had one occasion to use it in defense and the guy had his hands on me (for a second). I had a 357 magnum about a foot from my face when I came close to pulling it on another occasion. Someone else with a gun changed his mind about that being a good idea, before I got the opportunity to go for it.

Those situations and the fact that it's still razor sharp, and in excellent condition, make it the best investment in a knife that I have ever made. Of course I have always had some work knife in my pocket. The original belt is long worn out.

The laws in my state make it necessary to have a concealed carry permit, since it is a dagger. The Bowen company carries single edged as well, at great prices.

There is no reason a knifemaker can't make one. There is a slight curvature from the blade back, to allow for the proper lay of the buckle against the belt. When in the hand, it is as though it were part of the hand. When worn, it has no appearance of being anything other than a nice buckle. The taking of it from the belt to hand is a natural, very fast maneuver, with occasionally practice.. The back of the belt serves as a  strop to keep it in tune after rare use.

This is a photo saved from the Bowen web-site.  http://www.bowenknife.com/





 


: Re: The knife I use
: ironcrossforge November 15, 2007, 04:23:51 PM
funny story about my knife....there is a supervisor where i work that carries a smith and wesson knife hes always having me tighten the screws on it ..one day he was talking about how well it holds a edge and this was right after i started carrying mine....well long story short..the knives went edge to edge....he was not happy about the nick in his edge...and mine well what can i say i didnt have any complantes about it not chipping or deforming........


: Re: The knife I use
: kbaknife November 18, 2007, 11:09:02 PM
Here is the knife I wear on a daily basis.
It's either the first or second kife I made after I returned from Willow Bow and the "Seminar".
This was made with everything "fresh" in my mind that I had learned.
I use it regularly and have just this week dressed a small handful of deer and it just keeps askin' for more!
She's a true friend.

(http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c247/kbaknife/kbaedc5.jpg)


: Re: The knife I use
: radicat November 18, 2007, 11:20:31 PM
Karl, you've made some amazing knives and I've wondered how you could let go of them. Now I know.


: Re: The knife I use
: kbaknife November 19, 2007, 12:14:52 PM
If I don't "let go of them" I don't eat!


: Re: The knife I use
: tomh November 23, 2007, 10:34:14 AM
Karl that is a beaut.


: Re: The knife I use
: kbaknife November 26, 2007, 01:58:19 AM
OK, guys!
There's 190 members on thias forum.
Let's see some EDCs!!!


: Re: The knife I use
: bg7m December 06, 2007, 12:32:10 PM
My EDC is a folder I made about 4 years ago, ATS-34 blade and carbor fiber scales. The hunting knife is one I forged from a 1.300 dia. 52100 steel ball. I made it for myself to test during hunting season. This is it's second season and it's working very well. Thanks,   Buddy


: Re: The knife I use
: Ed Fowler December 07, 2007, 06:06:48 AM
Very nice looking knives Sir!!
Thanks for sharing them with us!


: Re: The knife I use
: caknives January 03, 2008, 05:35:45 AM
Thats a real nice look'n hunter! Nice work.


: Re: The knife I use
: DanatSavageSmith February 05, 2008, 10:34:59 AM
My EDC is a Shadowfox folder, given to me by my teacher, Rod Chappel as a reward for assembling about a hundred more of them for him.  This knife is the only one that we semi-mass produce and it has never failed me, even when I've roughly abused it (cutting polypropylene hausers, chopping down an alder tree to win a bet, etc.)  It has a 4" 154CM blade cryogenically heat treated to 60-61Rc, the pin is 7/16" in diameter 440C as are the divider barrels, the lining is titanium (not sure what alloy) and the scales are glass reinforced nylon.  It's built to be tough!  It is 10" open and 6" closed.  I made a water formed leather belt pouch for it and it almost never leaves my side, except when I have to go into the Seattle city limits, they have some truly stupid laws about knives there.

http://www.geocities.com/chappelknives/Shadowfox.jpg

-Dan


: Re: The knife I use
: caknives February 10, 2008, 10:08:03 PM
My EDC is a knife I made at Eds last seminar. 52100 and Willow bow sheep horn. 4 inch blade and sharp as all get out ! I know what your thinking Ed, we used JD 5160 load shaft steel. This was a piece that Eldon had in his truck and let me play with. ;D I try to abuse it every chance I get but so far its won every time.


: Re: The knife I use
: Vanilla83Nikki February 11, 2008, 09:04:16 AM
I am not a knife maker but I am a collector and carrier.

My EDCs come from Spyderco.

- Centofante III ( http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/closeup.php?product=24 )
   This one is my all purpose knife ... lightweight enough to carry it everywhere and anywhere.

- Harpy ( http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/closeup.php?product=3 )
   This one is heavier ... made more for emergency situations and has actually been intimidating enough to save me from
   an attack once before.

- Civilian ( http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/closeup.php?product=60 )
   This one is rather large so I carry this when I have to travel to certain places.

I prefer pocket knives rather then fixed blades for EDCs.  They are easier for me to carry without them being noticed.


: Re: The knife I use
: radicat February 11, 2008, 09:38:24 AM
Welcome, Vanilla83Nikki. Nice post and some great knives to show us. I sold Spyderco knives for a while at boat shows and the like. They are some fantastic line cutters. Fun to demonstrate that too.

Looking forward to more of the interesting stuff you have to tell us about.     Clay


: Re: The knife I use
: Vanilla83Nikki February 11, 2008, 01:32:43 PM
Welcome, Vanilla83Nikki. Nice post and some great knives to show us. I sold Spyderco knives for a while at boat shows and the like. They are some fantastic line cutters. Fun to demonstrate that too.

Looking forward to more of the interesting stuff you have to tell us about.     Clay


Thanks for the warm welcome.  It will be nice to be a part of a knife community :-D


: Re: The knife I use
: Santi February 27, 2008, 09:20:59 AM
Been EDCing and using this for coupla years now.

(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/3295/36053632365236103648360oe0.jpg)

4" blade. Forged from an old file.


Produced a nice stain on the blade everytime it's been used . . .

(http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/2817/mvc346stv2.jpg)

:D


: Re: The knife I use
: radicat February 27, 2008, 12:03:15 PM
Santi, your knife and the incredible photography are a joy to view. Thanks,      Clay


: Re: The knife I use
: Ed Fowler February 27, 2008, 03:19:48 PM
Nice knife, the stains are just part of the history of the kinife.
Gotta know - what kind of fruit is that you cut?


: Re: The knife I use
: Santi February 27, 2008, 03:56:37 PM
Thanks Clay. 

Gotta know - what kind of fruit is that you cut?


I'm not so sure how one called it in english. Not very hard to find in Thailand.
It's Flacourtia indica (Burm.F.) Merr  -->  http://www.aluka.org/action/showMetadata?doi=10.5555%2FAL.AP.VISUAL.KPAL00000048

(http://aycu34.webshots.com/image/45073/2005423608414559679_rs.jpg)


Ok, I did a bit of Google. And found that it's called governor's plum.  :D


: Re: The knife I use
: ironcrossforge February 28, 2008, 01:16:00 AM
i like the wraped handle...nice looking EDC


: Re: The knife I use
: Ashcraft Knives June 16, 2009, 06:12:18 AM
S30V and afzelia burl, with a simply sculpted copper guard.  I carry it in leather in a horizontal draw left of my buckle. 
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/bhuam/puguard.jpg)
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/bhuam/puleft.jpg)
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/bhuam/puright.jpg)
(http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/bhuam/putail.jpg)


: Re: The knife I use
: Grease-man December 31, 2009, 04:21:38 PM
I've been EDC'ing this one since the Blade Show this year: 

Made by H.L. Holbook of Sandy Hook KY
CPM154, dyed box elder burl, small, light, very comfy, sharp as the day is long

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o249/grease-man/knifepics054.jpg)

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o249/grease-man/knifepics056.jpg)


: Re: The knife I use
: Harry Mathews May 18, 2010, 02:48:08 AM
This is a knife I made for myself and so far, have managed to keep. It is very similar in size and shape to the old Imperial, black plastic handled bowie I grew up using in the 1950's. I got used to that shape and style of knife back then as a general utility/hunting knife and decided to try it again. I use it nearly every day and have for the last two years. It has dressed deer, squirrels, fish, made sandwiches and cleared brush. It has opened an untold number of cans, boxes, bags, plastic bubble packs and once, my finger. Whatever I have asked, it has done. It has a forged, 5", 1095 blade, an ash handle and the guard is made of damascus. It doesn't hold an edge as well as my CPM S30V, 3V, M4, D2, BG42 or ATS 34 knives, but I know how to sharpen it and it does what I want it to with no problem. It stays on the seat of my truck when it is not on my belt and is beginning to show some age. In a few more years it will have the look I'm after. ;D

While I make my knives to sell and don't usually get attached to them, I do have a few favorites that I don't plan on selling and this is one of them.

(http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL782/4063224/8540767/372051317.jpg)


: Re: The knife I use
: bladesmith November 02, 2010, 06:26:09 PM
52100 steel, brass guard, Water Buffalo horn handle, aluminum thong hole.
OAL: 8 3/4", blade edge: 4", 1/4" thick, hand forged from 3/4 round bar, differentially hardened in H2O.

Palmer..


: Re: The knife I use
: Ed Fowler November 03, 2010, 04:01:32 AM
That looks like a nice knife, congratulations.
Question: Why did you harden it in Water?
and naturally how does she cut?
Thanks for sharing!


: Re: The knife I use
: bladesmith November 03, 2010, 06:37:24 PM
That looks like a nice knife, congratulations.
Question: Why did you harden it in Water?
and naturally how does she cut?
Thanks for sharing!

Ed,

 Why water ? I tried oil at first but, there were just to many variables for me. I couldn't quit get the right viscosity, temp, brand, type, etc. There is a lot of data out there and opinions and I just kept running around in circles. ( probably should have talked to you and got the low-down on oil, but I didn't know you back then, I was just a guy making knives in my shop, out behind my house.)

So, I turned to water. And it just worked for me. The quenching/cooling graphs in the Machinery's Handbook helped alot. I also have to give credit to Mr. Ochs, He gave me some simple advise that helped me get over a couple of problems.

How she cut ?, she cuts great !!!  I always put an edge on my knives that will shave your face. And I wanted a tough long lasting knife. So the edge is thick with a wedge shape, a very tough, durable knife, the kind of knife that will get me thru whatever comes my way.

I wish you the best Mr. Fowler.!

Palmer...




: Re: The knife I use
: Ed Fowler November 05, 2010, 04:21:56 PM
Palmer: I used a water quench on the first knives I ever hardened, but had a lot of trouble getting a finished knife using a water quench that would result in a tough blade.

 I would really like to read about the water quench, the tricks you learned and any discussion about destructive tests you would like to share.

 


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