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    Made a Knife Over the Holidays

    About ten years ago, I made a couple knives from O1 steel and put one into service ever since for whitetail seasons and a couple Canadian bear hunts. Not pretty, but holds a great edge and never let my down. I pretty much set my meager knife making materials aside and went on to putter with other hobbies.

    Then, a couple years ago, I found a set of leaf springs in the creek in front of my house. I have no idea what they were from, but they looked relatively light, maybe from a wagon of some sort? Could have been there one year or eighty. Finally, in December, I cut a piece off and went to work.

    After LOTS of freehand stock removal including bench sander, filing, draw filing and hand sanding this is what I came up with. It’s not the finish quality I’ve seen many post, but not quite a sow’s ear. This past week I made the sheath.

    It was .25” stock so the tang is substantial. To give it better balance, I drilled a few extra holes before attaching the scales, took the blade spine to .20” and swedged the drop point. It’s about the same length of a Buck Vanguard and about .2 oz heavier. I like the heft!

    My goal was to make it with materials I had on hand, (the brass finger guard was made from a piece of all-thread) so originally I was going to use some walnut from the woodshed for scales as I did previously. I was concerned about the moisture in the walnut and came across a forgotten set of cocobolo scales from my decade ago dabbling.

    Obviously, the real wildcard is the “mystery steel”. With apologies to the real knife makers, machinists and metallurgists, I tried to harden and temper like 5160. Using my proprietary WAG method of hardness testing, I put it closer to Buck 420HC than Case CV. It holds a really wicked edge. The real test will be in the field. I still have some deer season left. With luck, maybe I can find out if it’s hunting knife or a really over built letter opener.

    Thanks for reading

    Keith





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    Nice looking knife! Good size and shape. I'd carry - and use - it.

    Let us know how it holds it's edge in use.
    With any luck, you've got a half-dozen more hidden in the leaf spring.
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    Very nice looking blade and sheath.
    Here's to hoping it's a Hunting Knife and not the alternative.
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    Great looking knife
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    Looks very nice to me. I like the shape of the blade.
    Make yourself a Med. Rare T Bone Steak and try it out.
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    Looks great!
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    Fine looking knife, excellent blade design, and great looking sheath, what's not to like? T Rex
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    You've got some real talent!
    Keep us updated on how it works out.




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    Thanks everyone!

    I actually found a pair of those leaf springs so I'm sure there's more knives left in them than I have left in me.

    Keith
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    Hey K,

    Wow! That is a fine looking blade!

    Well made!

    Later, Mark
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