First is a little wharnie that I started years ago. I wanted to try a high bevel, but my skills at the time weren't up to it.
I grabbed it out of the basket last week, meaning to work on it, with a couple others. I figured one of them would get my attention, and this was the one.
I'm actually satisfied with it. The grind is more of a sabre grind, but I get it flatter with each attempt. The bevel comes within 1/32 of an inch of the spine, although I cheated by filing the ricasso a little.
The second one is a knife/prybar (nearly) matched set. I saw the same thing on Facebook some time ago, and really liked the idea, but wanted to do it myself.
I had a chunk of leftover steel from something else, and eventually realized that if I cut it half the long way, it would do for the set.
Still some work to go, but I haven't messed it up, yet.
Still WIP-ping myself through the knife/prybar set, thing. I'm not done with it, but I'm tired of working on it for now.
I don't know what the hell I'm going to to with the knife, though. I kept seeing this little knife by "Split Cutlery" in image searches. So, I made my own. Yes, there are subtle tweaks, but it's like saying it's not a copy of a Busse, because I didn't drill a hole in the guard.
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I dig them short, I you made one smaller and more keychain sized I carry the crap out of it. I like the raw industrial feel to them.
Thankya. It was a total accident. I've had a bunch of flat stock stored in a damp back room for a couple years, and I didn't feel like grinding out off all the pitting. I like it, and I'm glad you do too!
I would have gotten back to this thread sooner, but I've been working.
This was going to happen anyway, because I love kiridashis, and they are a good way to use the nubs that are too small to make a regular knife out of. I especially wanted to keep some of the pitting on the back end of the bar, so it got a scrubbing with a wire brush, and I called it good.
It's hard to photograph exactly how flat the bevels are. I had to check them with a straight edge to find that they are still a little concave. I'm happy with it.
Finally, a pic with some other stuff, to show how small this thing ended up being.
My attempt at a "camp knife". And a departure from my usual emphasis on ergonomics. Heavily influenced by Hellize, although it's also intended to be an attempt at juxtaposing straight lines and curves, to create a design which exists in dynamic tension with itself.
Or some such bullshit. Anyway, here's the knife:
And the drawing, which is a minor revision. It's hard to tell when you're just looking at it on paper, but once I could wrap a hand around a 90% done version, I realized the handle and blade had to be a little wider. I'm basically pleased with it, but minor tweaks were needed.
I actually have been thinking about this in terms of graphic design. I'm a Laconico fanboi, and his knives have the same sort of lines/curves thing going on. I've noticed it in other places too, and it always catches my eye. It's just that when somebody starts talking all artsy-fartsy about it, I think everybody rolls their eyes.
Very large belly on that. What type of grind will you go for?
Convex, at about 25 degrees. The "camp knife" genre is a compromise. It's supposed to be able to chop/baton, and handle closer tasks like feathersticks and skinning. I may go a little lower than that, but I would rather sacrifice slicing ability to keep the edge from getting bitched up!
I made a smaller one with roughly the same pattern. That one is going to have a flat ("scandi") grind, and I have the feeling they will pair well together. May sell them as a set, and see if Revs wants to do a scout-carry sheath for the pair.
Well, I'm not sure exactly what to call this. The big one is going to have the same thing at the choil as the little one, so maybe a picture will help.
Is the small version, and I'm going to grind the big camp knife all the way back, too. That way it can actually do those close-in jobs that a camp knife is supposed to do.
Digressing into knife philosophy, the choil is a feature that I feel is unnecessary about 90% of the time. It does make the knife easier to control. But it takes up real estate that I want to use for other things. Now, you're carrying a bigger knife, and you have to stop and re-grip for some jobs.
Some of this is the responsibility of the knife user (right tool for the job and all that), but it's also the responsibility of the maker. The same extra control you get from choking up on that choil can be there all the time, if you pay a little attention to your handle.