Forged Hunter Knife - WIP 10/15/17

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  1. EddieMullins

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    I had a good friend ask me to make a knife for him, a hunting knife with about a 6 inch blade. I don't have standard production models currently,and he didn't have a specific design in mind so I ended up rough forging three knives, this is the one I chose for him. The other 2 may be available later.

    It started out as ~ 6 1/2" of 1 1/4 x 1/4 of 5160.

    6 1-2 x 1 1-4 x 1-4 5160.jpg

    First I started drawing out or thinning the blade and forming the point

    5160 point 10-15-17.jpg

    continue thinning and shaping maintaining blade width , chalk lines for reference

    5160 blade 10-15-17.jpg

    next to thin and begin to shape the handle , the 6 1/2 inch stock is now almost 12 inches long

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    next I use a fuller to help make the transition from the blade to the handle and start narrow the handle to the desired width.

    5160 fuller 10-15-17.jpg


    I continued shaping the handle and then start forging the bevels

    5160 bevelr 10-15-17.jpg

    I did a little more minor adjustment in the forge, then annealed.

    This knife is the lower knife in the group. As shown it has almost exactly a 6 inch blade, but I just did not like the proportion so convinced him to let me shorted to about 5 1/2", which is the pencil line profile seen. The other two may be available later. The top one I am seeing a slight recurve. This one is a beefy work horse, the middle one, nice and light.

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    next I started final profiling and did the initial grinding. That's as far as I got today. More to come later.

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    Very nice! I can't wait to see the ending.
     
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    Those look great!
     
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    Nice work sir! I'm really liking the top knife, that recurve shape just speaks to me.
     
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    I liked it too. I think I may accentuate the re curve a little more when I get to the grinder with it. Its mostly still 1/4" thick so it has some heft, undecided on how much I will thin it, the weight seems fitting for this one.
     
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    Been a busy few weeks for me, and had to wait on the handle material, but I have the knife assembled and ready to sharpen and finish the handle.

    5160 knife WIP a 11-12-17.jpg

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