There's a difference between "I'm happy with it", and "I'm stopping with what I have".
This is the second one.
I wish the patina was a little bit more even, but this is my second go at it. I want to tighten the cord wrap, but I've done it three times, now. I wanted the bevels to be more symmetrical. I used it to open a watermelon, and it pushes to the left, which means the presentation side bevel is more convex. But it's been heat treated, so changing that would be nearly impossible.
Cord wrap grips like G-10 or Micarta that's been bead-blasted by somebody who knows what they're doing. It also makes it almost impossible to have really sharp corners on a handle, which leads to your second question. But first, some pictures.
The glare really shows the curve in the bevel:
I've used it to cut up quite a lot of cardboard. I consider corrugated to be the benchmark of cutting performance for EDC knives, since it's thick, fibrous stuff.
This diminutive little knife does not hurt my hand, even when the edge starts to go away, and I have to saw a little to get through a cut. I was concerned that the little corner at the bottom/back of the handle would start to dig, but it does not.
The reason for this has as much to do with the convex edge as it does with whatever knowledge and experience informed my original design. I didn't think it would make much difference: I did convex edges because they're easier than concave or flats.
Now that I've experienced how easily it cuts, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2016 11:33:49 GMT -8 by Shorttime: What the hell, spelling?
When I think concave, I think axes and splitting knives. Glad for your happy mistake.
Yah, me too!
Every production knife has concave bevels. When I started considering making knives to (eventually) sell, I looked at production knives as a starting point for features that I might want to include on my own stuff.
That idea died a quick and silent death, as I noticed that most of the features on production knives serve no discernible purpose, or make the knife harder to use.
I tossed around the idea of trying hollow ground bevels, because some makers do. Now? Never gonna happen.
The second pic might give a better idea of what happened. Or rather, what the end result was. I'm not sure exactly what happened to get to this point. I'm usually very careful about the bevel shoulders, because Mister Loveless said they were easy to mess up. There I was, smugly filing away, thinking because I was going slowly, that I had some kind of magic protection against fuck-ups.
The Universe seems to disagree.
Instead of tossing this in the "I'll get back to it" pile, I'm going to try an experiment.
Before picture (so I know where I started):
Same side, different angle.
That side is much nicer than the other, and it's the side I can't keep, because the other shoulder runs back further into the ricasso, and you can't put the steel back on. Well, you can, kind of, but it's not that easy.....
There are expectations of knives, and at least some of it is built on complete balderdash. Every knife is a compromise between cutting performance, strength, and the real wildcard, ease of manufacture. I don't have to tell you that the first two get compromised pretty regularly in favor of the third, but unless you reverse-engineer each knife design, it's probably impossible to tell what got fudged to make it work with the tools at hand.
"Knife culture" has it's own oar to stick in. We've been conditioned to believe that "crisp, even, symmetrical transition lines, between bevel and flat, are one of the hallmarks of a professional knife maker." But then, in a different discussion, people acknowledge the "saber grind", as one of the strongest blade shapes, and also one of the best at cutting, if it's done properly, yadda yadda yadda.
I have no intention of trying to make everybody in the knife-making industry get their stories straight, because there are smaller, easier-to-climb hills, that I could choose to die on. I'm just glad that the Internet makes it easier to find a target audience.
Huh. Maybe "target" isn't the right word to use.....