Could Be A Knife Or Maybe a Prison Shank

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  1. hashbrown

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    Either way my 11 year old wasn't playing video games! We talked about the time he was wasting on those damn games a couple of nights ago and I told him to come up with some projects he would like to make and a list of supplies. Today he asked for an old file and a antler. I just kind of stayed out of his way and this is what he came up with. I was quite proud of him!

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    Looks good to me. And 2 points for the hair!
     
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    Better than prison shank! Time to cook him a steak and let him try it out.
     
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    He will be lucky to keep the hair until he's 30 all the men in our family are bald headed as a grasshopper.
     
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    We will throw him one in the coals!
     
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    He made an awesome looking knife!
    Great job Dad! :dblthumb:
     
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    Well done, indeed
     
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    Hate to be the one to say it but he really should be wearing gloves. Grinder with what looks like no handle or guard is asking for a nice cut.

    Knife looks great though!!!
     
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    Thanks! and he's mine to look after.
     
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    Dudes got talent.
     
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    it's a good start-that's how i started messing on these things, but i was in college at the time! the head start could really get him hooked! nicely done
     
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    @hashbrown I have no problem with kids playing video games, I have since I was about eight. And I know all to well how easy it is when you're young to get caught up in it where you don't do much else. On occasion I still played until a while ago when the day was over or extended rains.

    I think its great how you got him back out where he can rebroaden (word?) his focus. Especially doing something else with his hands. There may be some bladesmith courses in your area or maybe you could call up a local blacksmith and take a trip together. He may flip when he finds out there are craftsmen that still do that and knife making for a living. Or maybe he already does idk? Either way it lets you guys spend some quality time together.

    Nice job son. Nice job dad.
     
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    Really nice work!
     
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    Thank you! Sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm a commercial builder this kid knows about using his hands ive made sure of it. He is different than most any kid you have ever seen. He can hop on a skytrack, backhoe, loader, roller about anything used in construction and not only move it around but work it better than most men. He has recently been spending more time than I find positive on these things. I'm sure it's probably a lot of my own fault for pushing him hard to be a man when he's only 11.
     
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    That’s no prison shank. They are made from junk and sharpened on the floor. That was crafted by his hand. No doubt with sweat and perhaps some blood (the knife will take its blood eventually wether we like it or not. It’s a necessary part of the process). That is a gentleman’s tool.
     
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    Funny. My dad has owned his own Construction company for 50 years, and I'm a subcontractor. I was going to mention in my last post that when I would spend to much time playing video games as a kid, my dad would "find me something to do" /slash/ put me to work. lol I started when I was eleven.
    I didn't mention it because I didn't want to seem to suggest to you to put your son to work.
    If you work with your hands and figuring out complex problems, then he probably has the same tendencies, which is what video games do for him. Thats why refocusing should be great.

    Sorry to sidetrack. I was just seeing the parallels and I can relate to what you mentioned about him is all.

    Let us know if you take him to see a knife maker or blacksmith, that'd be a cool outing for sure.
     
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    Congratulations, you just started a hobby that will last a lifetime. Nice job.
     
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    Way to go! That's an awesome looking knife.
    Congrats to you both.
     
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    Very cool! He did a nice job!
     
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    Very nicely done and my compliments to the parents. Video games taught me how to read maps and compasses and stand up to bullies. It's not always time wasted. But it can be when not properly regulated. Everything in moderation as they say.
     
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    Our kids do loads of stuff.
    Because they have rules about being on the phone, the small one has an hour and the 11 and 13 have two.
    We discussed about boredom being fuel to the brain, one has to come up with ideas to not get bored.

    And the knife is super cool!
     
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    Lot of blackpowder shooters would love that knife.
     
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    A fine job young fellar. joe
     
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    Awesome job on the knife. The kid has a good eye for design.
    Good parenting, Dad.
     
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    Way to go!!! Turned out great! In that second picture you can almost hear the famous Tool man Taylor grunt.
     
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    Good job on the knife and kudos for getting him away from the video games. We get a hurricane now and then and when the electricity went out for several days, I saw kids out playing that I didn't know lived on my street.
     
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    Excellent! Please make sure he keeps the knife. There is only one “first knife”.
     
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    That is a fine looking knife!
     
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    Very creative, your son has some natural born talent and skill. With guidance he can become an excellent craftsman. Not everyone can.
     
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    Interestingly enough, baldness is an X-linked genetic trait. It comes from the mom's side of the family.
     
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    Nice work, how long is the blade?

    GOD Bless you and your family

    Kenneth
     
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    Awesome! Time to put that blade to use!
     
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    Soooo cool!!
    Kids spend waaayyy too much time on screens. Proud Dad I’m sure.

    I brought my boy out into the woods very young and by age 6-7 was doin below freezing overnights w me.
    To this day; we still do our traditional overnight 6 miles deep every December w canteens in our sleepin bags.

    I see NO DOWNSIDE to enrolling them in our craft!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    That;s not a shank

    THIS is a shank
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    Nice job on the knife. Can't wait to see his next project.

    BTW - with the one photo - he looks like just the kind of person you don't want to meet in a dark ally...

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Looks great! Better than my first one!
     
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    ^^This!
     
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    X 2! Nice keepsake for sure!
    Just wondering.... was it heat treated and tempered?
     
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    Nice job on the knife.
    I also was a RATT fan when I was 11, but that was 1984 (same year as that Ratt-N-Roll tour shirt).
     
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    Great job. It looks way better than my first ever attempts.
    Make him keep that knife, and when he’s older and making Turley grade knives...He can see how far he’s come.
     
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