My Pocket Kiridashi 2.0

Okay, I was not super happy with My Pocket Carry Kiridashi. It was a bit too chunky and irritated my thigh when wearing the business casual attire that is my daily dress. I liked the idea of the knife, though, so I took another stab at it. This is Pocket Kiridashi 2.0.

The first thing I wanted was a much more rakish outline to the blade. I backed the angle down on the chisel grind to make it pointier. Again, I used a scrap piece of Alabama Continue reading

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The SWAT Knife Revisited

IMG_5451A few years ago, I wrote an article about a knife I made to carry for SWAT. Since rekindling the knifemaking hobby again last year, I decided to construct another blade, this one as a homage to my two decades spent carrying an H&K MP-5 on duty. But this knife had to be special.

This SWAT knife would be the third blank of my 3 1/2”-bladed series in Alabama Damascus steel. I felt the handles should be black and OD green to reflect the uniforms I was issued. Although I glued up a pair of bi-colored slabs from commercial Micarta, I wanted to do something more personal.

On a lark late one Sunday afternoon, I found myself at a West Marine supply store purchasing epoxy resin and hardener meant for boating applications. The internet had sent me on an adventure to make my very own handle scales! Continue reading

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My Pocket Carry Kiridashi

I currently shuffle papers in an office for a living. Occasionally we receive packages and boxes to open and it seems like no one ever has a knife handy. Well now that I make knives, it is embarrassing not to have one on me, even in casual dress clothing.

There was this chunk of Alabama Damascus left over from the three previous knives I made. It was too short for a kwaiken, so I put the steel aside, not wanting it to go into the trash bin.

A kiridashi is a small utility knife of Japanese origin, sometimes found with a chisel grind. The piece of damascus was just right for this pattern. I traced around the outline of the blank on paper and came up with a basic design. A quick trip to the grinder and Continue reading

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Making John’s Knife

Here is a short video of the making of a presentation knife for a friend.

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Feeling Pretty Good

IMG_3697We made it!

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Gone to BLADE

Today, I am driving to Atlanta from Florida for BLADE Show 2017.  Here is my finished kwaiken knife and kydex sheath.  As a novice, I am happy with what I have made, but it has some flaws and I am eager to make the next knife a better one.  Since it is my first blade in twenty years, I guess I should be glad I made anything at all!

I have registered for Tom Krein’s BLADE U grinding class for Friday morning.  I am very excited to learn.  It has been a long year juggling family and a hobby of knife making.  It will be satisfying to walk into the show as something of a “maker” this year and not a writer/photographer.  I’m sure I will be looking for new cool things to stuff in my pack and be awestruck by the amazing work of true blade artisans.

Thanks for following along…

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Rushing Toward BLADE Show 2017

I have been very busy trying to keep my promise to myself to attend BLADE Show 2017 wearing a knife of my own making.  Well, I leave for the show tomorrow and I am still at work!  I am going to post some photos from the last few months showing my progress.

My goal was to make a few knives, but life is busy so I decide to concentrate on a single knife.  I chose the smaller of my blade blanks and made the decision to work up handles of the moonglow acrylic and Toxic Green Kirinite.  As you may have seen in previous articles about luminescent watches or tritium gunsights, I love things that glow in the dark.  This would not be classic, but I thought I would enjoy it.

I continued to work my flat grinds with my paltry 1 X 42 grinder, then finished the work by hand.  One reason was to take the time to clean up the lines, the second was because Continue reading

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