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Don Nguyen
05-22-2013, 08:39 PM
Hey all!

I finally kicked myself in the butt and got the hobbyist membership. It's been too long of a wait. School has been crazy, but I've got my whole summer for play time. I hope you enjoy what I have to post here and there.

To start off with, here is my very first knife finished back in October of 2011. Maybe one or two of you will remember it from way back then.

http://i.imgur.com/k79ut.jpg

El Pescador
05-22-2013, 08:51 PM
Got your pm.

Jmadams13
05-22-2013, 08:52 PM
I really like that handle. Looks comfy

Von blewitt
05-22-2013, 09:00 PM
Congratulations Don!

mc2442
05-22-2013, 10:17 PM
Congrats and good luck

Pensacola Tiger
05-22-2013, 10:17 PM
Good to see you here, Don!

Don Nguyen
05-22-2013, 10:27 PM
Thanks guys! It feels great to finally make stuff again.

Johnny.B.Good
05-22-2013, 10:30 PM
Pretty sweet looking, Don!

Congrats on your new status.

Dream Burls
05-22-2013, 10:32 PM
Welcome Don. Always happy to see another knife maker join the ranks.

turbochef422
05-22-2013, 11:37 PM
Great looking stuff. I really like your last 2 that you made. That handle in the line knife is awesome and love the profile of the other one. Something different always gets me going

jigert
05-23-2013, 05:37 AM
Congratulations! Great to see you here, Don!

mhenry
05-23-2013, 08:04 AM
Congrats Don

knyfeknerd
05-23-2013, 08:17 AM
It's about time you slacker!
:justkidding:
Congrats Dawn-the-win!
Can't wait to see some more work from you, and maybe a passaround or 2.

Don Nguyen
05-23-2013, 10:31 AM
It's about time you slacker!
:justkidding:
Congrats Dawn-the-win!
Can't wait to see some more work from you, and maybe a passaround or 2.

Haha, there's always someone who knows my middle name somehow. Maybe I said it some time on this forum and forgot...

Here's my fourth knife from January 2012. It was essentially the birth of the style that I stuck with. The handle shape was really by accident; I wanted to start off with an octagon shape, but I made the handle too narrow, so it ended up kind of like a diamond shape. I also wanted a dramatic taper towards the front of the handle (something I saw in some of Dave Martell's handles that I really liked). The result is that funky angular shape that I now use for pretty much all the knives now - it just happened to look OK :)

http://i.imgur.com/CENZp.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/bc6YU.jpg

NO ChoP!
05-23-2013, 11:17 AM
Awesome! Nice seeing it all from the beginning...

Lefty
05-23-2013, 12:57 PM
Congrats, Don!

Dave Martell
05-23-2013, 01:22 PM
Welcome aboard Don! :cool2:

Burl Source
05-23-2013, 08:49 PM
Glad to see you here Don.
I need one of your Star Trek Kitchen Knives.
Just teasing but I am serious.
...did that make any sense?

Don Nguyen
05-24-2013, 09:52 AM
Thanks!


Glad to see you here Don.
I need one of your Star Trek Kitchen Knives.
Just teasing but I am serious.
...did that make any sense?

And aaabsolutely not :D



Of course, many of you have already seen (and tried) the prototype of May 2012. Here's just a refresher picture. You can really see the handle geometry; lately I've been trying to replicate that lighting but I still have to play around with it.

http://i.imgur.com/NmaHA.jpg

But that's old news. You've seen that. What you might not have seen is the little experiment I named Whittle Woe. I'm working on version 2.0.

http://i.imgur.com/gppYx.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/3GPRy.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lMuoQ.jpg

GlassEye
05-24-2013, 01:48 PM
The Whittle Woe is pretty neat.

sachem allison
05-24-2013, 07:12 PM
i need one for a neck knife, Don. hefty, sharp and small but, if I poke someone in the cranium it better not break off.

Justin0505
05-25-2013, 03:00 AM
I know what natural talent looks like, and you've got it. You're some sort of engineering major right? These designs put anything I've seen from industrial design majors to shame.

That Whittle Woe looks great, I'd love to take one for a spin and once I get my thoughts organized, I need to talk to you about placing some orders.... I should get em' in before the wait list goes to 2+ years like all the other guys with skills like yours.

Don Nguyen
05-25-2013, 11:19 AM
i need one for a neck knife, Don. hefty, sharp and small but, if I poke someone in the cranium it better not break off.

Haha, I don't think it would break so easily. They're pretty rigid, but I'm thinking of thinning it out a little. 2.0 already is going to have a thinner grind just from the design, but I'm trying out going even thinner.


I know what natural talent looks like, and you've got it. You're some sort of engineering major right? These designs put anything I've seen from industrial design majors to shame.

Thanks so much! That means a ton to me. I'm a materials engineer student, but I don't think that has played any part to how I've made knives so far; it's a lot of theory at the moment. Back when I was a kid I wanted to be a car designer and spent a lot of time designing stuff. It's been a while since then, but the designing aspect never left me. It's one of my favorite parts in the knife making process.



After the prototype was finished, I worked on two lasers, finished August 2012. The handles are less radical due to the nature of the handle material; it was thinner, so I couldn't do the full prototype shape. I was also a little doubtful of the super angular shape (now I'm not).

http://i.imgur.com/BvEqu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/I3D3sah.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hbBpQc8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RYCKl.jpg

These are extremely thin; so much, it was a pain to do, and I wont try again. They are about 2.2-2.3mm at the choil point, and about 2cm from the tip they're down to 0.8mm at the spine. The grinds go up about 2/3 of the blade height if I remember right.

Brad Gibson
05-25-2013, 12:40 PM
Really cool knives, I'd really like to try one of them out. Beautiful work, keep it up!

Don Nguyen
05-26-2013, 12:37 PM
I had an old heat treated blade for a while that I never got around finishing, so I decided to. The design isn't exactly what I'd call effective or even visually appealing, but it got done anyways. I wasn't sure what to call it, but it was kind of close to a santoku and nakiri, so maybe santikiri?

http://i.imgur.com/eX18G.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CpCrA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BMVA4.jpg

That one was my 9th overall knife, finished November 2011.

sachem allison
05-26-2013, 03:14 PM
looks like a thai style chef knife

Don Nguyen
05-26-2013, 03:36 PM
Oh, you're right. I never made the connection. I guess that's what I'll be calling it from now on :)

stereo.pete
05-26-2013, 10:38 PM
Don,

I've seen you posting on another forum that I have been frequenting and it's very cool to see you progressing as a knife maker. What I find to be the most fascinating is how through an accident you created your own unique style, which IMO is incredibly important and is what separates the many good knife makers from the great ones. Now don't let that get to your head, keep working on perfecting your craft!

Don Nguyen
05-27-2013, 01:07 PM
pete, I really appreciate that!

Here are my latest ones, done about a month ago. Two 210mm gyuto in 1084.

http://i.imgur.com/DEoLcNf.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/uTALMuh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YXQXwTP.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RWYIGmA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BqS1h5S.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Yxiz2mx.jpg

And that's that; those are 10 and 11 out of 11 total that I've made.

azchef
05-27-2013, 01:21 PM
I love the blue in the handle, it's really sharp

chuck239
05-29-2013, 02:33 AM
Don, what steels are you working with? Do you do the heat treatment yourself or send them out?

-Chuck

Dream Burls
05-29-2013, 08:37 AM
I must say Don that when I first saw your angular handle design it seemed a bit weird to me. Guess I was just too used to the typical wa handles, whether they were oval, D or hexagonal. Now that I've seen a number of your designs they have really grown on me. You have certainly created a unique approach. Well done.

Don Nguyen
05-29-2013, 10:17 AM
I love the blue in the handle, it's really sharp

Thanks!


Don, what steels are you working with? Do you do the heat treatment yourself or send them out?

-Chuck

Right now I'm working exclusively with 1084 (and probably soon 1095). I'm looking into other steels right now to add but that might be quite a while from now. Some of them I do myself and some get sent out.


I must say Don that when I first saw your angular handle design it seemed a bit weird to me. Guess I was just too used to the typical wa handles, whether they were oval, D or hexagonal. Now that I've seen a number of your designs they have really grown on me. You have certainly created a unique approach. Well done.

Thanks Myron!

Don Nguyen
06-21-2013, 04:29 PM
Newest one. 250mm Gyuto, profile inspired by Masamoto. Insane material from Craig Stevens, and some ivory paper micarta. The micarta was the worst material I have worked with to date; I've used other paper micartas, but this one has taken the cake. Gummy, burns, stains, peels, everything. A lot of swearing took place when finishing the piece...

3.5mm spine thickness at the choil, 1mm towards the tip.

http://i.imgur.com/D0mhEdg.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/HqjhZ3U.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ZAz0yTu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/mkaEXXd.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/QytYB1x.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5HYhiLA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/nHZKaf9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Q4qN3qz.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/R93CCJ9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WwBKTJJ.jpg

turbochef422
06-21-2013, 05:25 PM
I love it. Gotta get me one.

Pensacola Tiger
06-21-2013, 05:40 PM
Very nice, Don. That ivory Micarta looks good, even if it was a PITA to work.

Zwiefel
06-21-2013, 06:00 PM
That might be the best looking handle and saya I've ever seen. extremely fine work Don!

Dream Burls
06-21-2013, 07:32 PM
Outstanding work Don. :happy3:

JMJones
06-21-2013, 07:38 PM
WOOT!

jimbob
06-21-2013, 08:36 PM
Wow, nice. I now must one day hold one of your knives.

NO ChoP!
06-21-2013, 11:52 PM
Really nice. Love that mirrored choil shot...

Don Nguyen
06-22-2013, 02:37 AM
Thanks guys!

knyfeknerd
06-22-2013, 09:26 AM
Hell yes!

Mr.Magnus
06-22-2013, 09:37 AM
Wow thats a pretty looking knife! love it Don.

Zwiefel
06-22-2013, 11:05 AM
I must say I find the distinctive angularity of your knives very refreshing and aesthetically appealing. I also like how the angle of the handle in the bolster area seems designed to facilitate and support a pinch grip. Very clever design that is a lot harder to do than it would seem at first blush.It cuts pretty well too....if that's important ;)

Burl Source
06-22-2013, 02:22 PM
Usually when a newer maker tries to develop their own style instead of staying with the standards, they fall flat on their face.
Not so with you Don. You are making some really nice knives with a refreshing, modern style.
Keep up the great work.
BTW: the new knife looks great.

Brad Gibson
06-22-2013, 02:31 PM
Dang, I didn't see the saya on Fbook... That knife is amazing don! When is someone gonna do a pass around on one of these?!

sachem allison
06-22-2013, 02:35 PM
we did already.

Brad Gibson
06-22-2013, 02:38 PM
Bah! Before I got here.... I guess I missed out.

mhenry
06-22-2013, 03:02 PM
I also really like the beautiful angularity of your handles, very unique

stereo.pete
06-22-2013, 07:22 PM
Don,

I love everything about your knives...except your logo. I am sorry but it isn't clean and neat, and it should be, because your knives aren't rustic at all. Have you thought about creating a logo, using a stencil and etching it or possibly purchasing a stamp?

P.S. The mirrored choil contrasting with the satin finish of your blade face is down right sexy!

Mr.Magnus
06-22-2013, 07:39 PM
i love the fact that you use engraving, looks handmade and unique.

Don Nguyen
06-23-2013, 11:17 AM
Bah! Before I got here.... I guess I missed out.

There will be one in the future! Possibly in a couple of months; I'll keep in touch with you on that.


Don,

I love everything about your knives...except your logo. I am sorry but it isn't clean and neat, and it should be, because your knives aren't rustic at all. Have you thought about creating a logo, using a stencil and etching it or possibly purchasing a stamp?

P.S. The mirrored choil contrasting with the satin finish of your blade face is down right sexy!

I definitely agree on this point.

I really like the idea of signing my own blades, but as you can see it just isn't up to quality like I'd like. I'm building my own etcher right now and will look into stencils or maybe a good way to mask and sign, then etch; that way I'll still have signed it, but it should come out much cleaner and sharper.

Thanks for your thoughts Pete; much appreciated.

Eric
06-23-2013, 01:45 PM
Don: I just wanted to say how much I like the looks of your last knife. To me it looks like a beautifully ground blade;the convexity and thin edge especially. I bet it is a great cutter. Nice work!

Dave Martell
07-03-2013, 09:50 PM
I had a chance today to handle one of Don's earlier knives and I have to say that I'm very impressed with it. His F&F is superb! The grind, the profile, blade thickness - all great.

Don, you're going places, keep it up! :thumbsup:

Dave

Don Nguyen
07-04-2013, 07:26 PM
Woooo! Thanks so much Dave; it means a lot to me hearing that from you!

Dave Martell
07-04-2013, 10:39 PM
I speak the truth here Don. :)

maxim
07-05-2013, 08:25 AM
I must say it is TRULLY unique knives you make !!! Too cool :doublethumbsup:

ejd53
07-05-2013, 11:02 AM
i love the fact that you use engraving, looks handmade and unique.

Yes, and it seems to work just fine for Bill Burke. Perhaps if you just used the D.N.?

Don Nguyen
08-13-2013, 08:16 PM
Couple of new ones. First up is an old Sabatier blank from a century ago, modernized. I narrowed the profile, got rid of most of the bolster, and did a contemporary hidden tang handle. The handle is figured bog oak with ivory micarta racing stripes. This was the most difficult project I have ever done by far. I thought it would be easy with the blank mostly forged out, but as Devin said a while ago, it would be easier to start from scratch.

Next is a small, simple paring knife for a friend. He has been the most generous friend, allowing me all the shop time I needed to get these knives done. If not for him, I would not have had many of these knives completed. He doesn't know it's his yet, but soon he will. His favorite steel is ATS-34, so I decided to make this one out of ATS-34 as well; Butch Harner was extremely kind and offered to HT this one free of charge.

http://i.imgur.com/SpOJCU7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/koL9khq.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/60ttqSe.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qiTuR92.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PSNh4iq.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/RNyxRaH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lsoM4O7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/QqIlsgl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/FNIzuhO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NAQnYzY.jpg

ecchef
08-13-2013, 08:20 PM
Don, that Sab is the nicest conversion I've ever seen. Truly remarkable. Great job!

cclin
08-13-2013, 08:24 PM
Don, that Sab is the nicest conversion I've ever seen. Truly remarkable. Great job!

:plus1:

greasedbullet
08-13-2013, 09:58 PM
Yeah. That Sab just blew my mind.

Zwiefel
08-13-2013, 10:20 PM
That is just amazing...looks like it's actually hollow ground? or maybe I'm cross-eyed.

Also: LOVE the new logo on the blades. MUCH more deserving of the quality of knife that you are producing.

Totally jealous :)

Mrmnms
08-13-2013, 10:23 PM
The more I see your work, the more I like it. Your style is unique and looks so functional. How do you think the thin edge will hold up on the stock Sab?

cookinstuff
08-13-2013, 11:26 PM
wow Don, you have a great eye and talent to go with it. That Sabatier I don't even know what to say.

tripleq
08-13-2013, 11:34 PM
Don, that Sab is the nicest conversion I've ever seen. Truly remarkable. Great job!

Big plus 1 on that!

GlassEye
08-13-2013, 11:52 PM
I will have to agree with everyone else regarding the Sabatier.

Von blewitt
08-14-2013, 01:55 AM
I'll say it again here Don, Outstanding!!! I'm over the moon with how this came out. Thank you!

Don Nguyen
08-14-2013, 02:18 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm not sure if it is actually a true conversion, since it was never a fully complete knife in the first place. It started out as one of these:

http://i.imgur.com/cX9dGRC.jpg

All of the difficulty was essentially singled out to that bolster. Not only was it difficult to shape and finish for someone of my experience, it was also small. This really limited possible designs, basically singling it to a basic round bolster. I went and forged on the bolster a little bit to move the metal a little bit wider and flatter, but even then it was small for my preference. I spent a long long time (distracted during class times) trying to design a suitable handle and that is the result you see.


That is just amazing...looks like it's actually hollow ground? or maybe I'm cross-eyed.

Also: LOVE the new logo on the blades. MUCH more deserving of the quality of knife that you are producing.

Totally jealous :)

It looks hollow grind but that is where the bolster starts to come in. It's easier to see in this picture what you're looking at exactly:

http://i.imgur.com/koL9khq.jpg


The more I see your work, the more I like it. Your style is unique and looks so functional. How do you think the thin edge will hold up on the stock Sab?

I'm not exactly sure how it will hold up. It's kind of a laserish knife so it's not really intended to be for hard use, and I figure that if needed it's much easier to make an edge sturdier than to thin it out otherwise. I trust the new owner's judgment very much and he will quickly be able to determine what is best for this knife (elsewise I usually don't go with this thin an edge).

BTW what you are looking at is an already sharpened knife, if you cant tell. The pictures might not show it but there is a very thin line which is the bevel of the edge.

knyfeknerd
08-14-2013, 02:28 AM
Really slick Don!

eaglerock
08-14-2013, 02:29 AM
Looks amazing !!

Brad Gibson
08-14-2013, 02:30 AM
Don those handles are awesome man. Insanely cool looking! Nice work

jigert
08-14-2013, 03:38 PM
The handle on your paring knife looks... wicked! Nicely done!

stereo.pete
08-14-2013, 10:17 PM
Don, your logo is improving, well done sir!

Don Nguyen
08-14-2013, 10:39 PM
Thanks guys!


Don, your logo is improving, well done sir!

Still working on it though. I think 24 volts is too aggressive and it's giving me mixed results, so I will have to try modifying my etcher to 12v.

sachem allison
08-14-2013, 11:09 PM
I want the whittle woe.

Don Nguyen
08-14-2013, 11:59 PM
In time, Son! Patience!

Actually... it might be a while, now that school is about to kick up again... :O

jgraeff
08-15-2013, 12:18 AM
i actually have a sab i would love you to do this to! thats an awesome make over i bet she is a wonderful cutter now! like your style man good work!

sachem allison
08-15-2013, 12:54 AM
I ain't got no money!lol!
In time, Son! Patience!

Actually... it might be a while, now that school is about to kick up again... :O

CrisAnderson27
08-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Hey brother...beautiful work, as usual!

Don Nguyen
08-23-2013, 10:53 AM
120mm Parer with stabilized sapele from Myron. Weird wood to work with, but pretty neat.

http://i.imgur.com/BiN9Nr4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CoRqhJb.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Q16hpOU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AgavxH8.jpg

CrisAnderson27
08-23-2013, 10:59 AM
Very clean!!

statusquo
08-23-2013, 12:59 PM
Very nice design! I would prefer a smaller simpler makers mark though.

turbochef422
08-23-2013, 11:41 PM
I love it. Definitely want one.

Daniel Fairly
08-24-2013, 07:28 AM
Very nice work Don!

Don Nguyen
11-07-2013, 12:54 PM
It's not a knife, but it's certainly something I'm proud to have made :) The bench, sander, and grinder were assembled by me. The disk setup was generously given to me by Charles Vestal, a really fantastic maker; all I had to do was get a motor and disk (then make the belt guard for safety). I had a lot of help with the lighting and electricity, but I wired the motors/switches myself.

Finally I can get some stuff done, assuming I have time between my classes and club.

http://i.imgur.com/rCNZxB4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4y6yERu.jpg

Here is a random one of forging:
http://i.imgur.com/ZVMayXw.jpg

sachem allison
11-07-2013, 01:14 PM
Awesome, whittle woe!

NO ChoP!
11-07-2013, 03:05 PM
Cool! I love shop pics!

Burl Source
11-07-2013, 10:49 PM
Dang Don,
I have grandchildren older than you!
I am just teasing you but it is nice to see someone your age developing their talents and doing such nice work.
I agree with you about Charles V. A very talented knife maker and very nice guy.

Does this mean we will be seeing more knives from you.
I am picturing a Star Trek style run of paring/steak knives.

Don Nguyen
11-07-2013, 11:22 PM
Dang Don,
I have grandchildren older than you!
I am just teasing you but it is nice to see someone your age developing their talents and doing such nice work.
I agree with you about Charles V. A very talented knife maker and very nice guy.

Does this mean we will be seeing more knives from you.
I am picturing a Star Trek style run of paring/steak knives.

Haha, I do agree that I'm pretty young compared to most other knife makers.

This will allow me to finally work on some knives without having to make appointments or use the school's not-so-great equipment, but it will still be really slow with how my scheduling is with school.

Lefty
11-07-2013, 11:45 PM
Awesome, Don! You look like a seasoned vet. You been sculpting your guns?

DevinT
11-08-2013, 12:27 AM
Is that your hammer?

Hoss

Don Nguyen
11-08-2013, 01:29 AM
That's a little giant at the Pima Community College Devin. It's not in such great condition, since it's been neglected all these years (and the school doesn't have the money or care to fix it). Most of the equipment there is pretty harsh, and this hammer is no exception. Everything just squeaks and squawks, and the dies are actually hollowed out from use.

Don Nguyen
12-10-2013, 12:46 AM
Temporary teaser pic.

http://i.minus.com/ibnVF6dWwVQmOV.JPG

ramenlegend
12-10-2013, 01:01 AM
Sold! to me..... I don't think these are for sale... right?

Lefty
12-10-2013, 11:41 AM
Gorgeous, Don!

Don Nguyen
12-10-2013, 11:52 AM
Thanks guys!

ramenlegend, the green one is spoken for. I'm keeping big red temporarily for filming purposes though.

sachem allison
12-10-2013, 11:42 PM
whittle woe!

Don Nguyen
12-11-2013, 12:15 AM
Son, you gotta wait till Summer!

sachem allison
12-11-2013, 12:21 AM
whittle woe! whittle woe! whittle woe! Bwahahahaha!!!!!

Don Nguyen
12-19-2013, 07:07 PM
I lost a bet. It was supposed to be hugely in my favor, but somehow it happened.

Here was my wager...

http://i.imgur.com/oCPNQS6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AJfeLs8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4ALMpq2.jpg

Don Nguyen
12-19-2013, 07:50 PM
Here is Big Red. I will have more pictures of other recent ones soon.

http://i.imgur.com/9ddexeX.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DvguxNQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/bX8lDhx.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/M0c9rRs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ZnhErvV.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/DvN2Cbp.jpg

brainsausage
12-19-2013, 07:53 PM
That choil relief bevel is fecking awesome Don.

toddnmd
12-19-2013, 07:54 PM
I lost a bet. It was supposed to be hugely in my favor, but somehow it happened.
Here was my wager...

C'mon! You gotta give us more than that! Spill it!

Don Nguyen
12-19-2013, 08:16 PM
C'mon! You gotta give us more than that! Spill it!

Haha... it was a dumb, small bet. I basically said that if you've never heard this song, you would never be able to guess the artist, who is very well-known but for a vastly different style. Aaand... she got it right.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpO0-IE7W9Q

bear1889
12-19-2013, 09:10 PM
Hurt me, hurt me, make me write bad checks! Big red is finer than frog hair in a dry desert wind,

ecchef
12-19-2013, 10:11 PM
Don, love that polished choil relief!!! Beautiful piece.

BTW... I would have guessed David Gilmour.

Mrmnms
12-19-2013, 10:59 PM
Sounds a little like Jeff Beck too. Very cool knife and tune.

marc4pt0
12-19-2013, 11:00 PM
Big red, oh how I admire thee. I must admit that I'm just a huge fan of your work, Don. One of these days I hope to have one to play with!

JohnnyChance
12-20-2013, 01:02 AM
I also love the choil relief. And the taper on the tang. Even the background. Glad mine is almost done.

Don Nguyen
12-20-2013, 02:57 AM
Thanks guys!

Johnny, yours has been quite the adventure :)

knyfeknerd
12-20-2013, 03:07 AM
Dude, Don, you've got to stop doing whatever else it is that keeps you from making knives!
You must do it full-time!

ecchef
12-20-2013, 09:51 AM
I also love the choil relief. And the taper on the tang.

Yeah...add that to the specs on mine too! :jumping2:

Zwiefel
12-20-2013, 11:47 AM
This is beautiful....but what is it?

Also Big Red is gorgeous...more evidence of your spectacular talent and work ethic.


I lost a bet. It was supposed to be hugely in my favor, but somehow it happened.

Here was my wager...

http://i.imgur.com/oCPNQS6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AJfeLs8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4ALMpq2.jpg

cclin
12-20-2013, 12:21 PM
This is beautiful....but what is it?

"kiridashi" a small Japanese blade traditionally used for woodworking, carpentry and leatherwork. nowadays, it use as utility knife.....perhaps as a Japanese style EDC/neck knife/pocket knife.

crunchy
12-20-2013, 04:26 PM
Wow that big red is a babe!

Lefty
12-20-2013, 05:08 PM
You're very likely a genius.

Zwiefel
12-20-2013, 05:20 PM
"kiridashi" a small Japanese blade traditionally used for woodworking, carpentry and leatherwork. nowadays, it use as utility knife.....perhaps as a Japanese style EDC/neck knife/pocket knife.

Cool! Thanks!

split0101
12-21-2013, 01:35 PM
Big Red definitly has some great lines. I love the shape of the handle and how it carries over to the choil, it really goes well together. You're definitly on to something.

Brad Gibson
12-22-2013, 06:21 AM
badass KU Don! That is amazing!

Salty dog
12-22-2013, 07:50 AM
I like the shape of the handles. They look like they are easy to manipulate. Although I think I would prefer less space between the handle and agi.

ecchef
12-22-2013, 08:14 AM
I like the shape of the handles. They look like they are easy to manipulate. Although I think I would prefer less space between the handle and agi.

I see what you mean Scott. More like the previous designs?...
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NO ChoP!
12-22-2013, 11:11 AM
I think it may just mimic the feel of a wa handle in-hand. I like it.

Don Nguyen
12-22-2013, 12:11 PM
I'm on the same page with Scott on that. I was trying to go for more of a workhorse type knife, so I skeletonized the whole tang and lengthened that distance just slightly. I really love the balance I got, but I would move the handle just slightly closer.

It's a fairly light knife, about ~200g, but the balance is pretty far forward, which is what I aimed for.

Salty dog
12-22-2013, 04:31 PM
I have a couple Chroma knives that have a tapered flat tail, the only thing I like about them. I use my pinky and ring finger a lot.

Don Nguyen
12-23-2013, 11:30 AM
The Chroma was actually one point of inspiration I took! There were a bunch of random things that came together to create that handle design - I'd be lying if I said I actually planned it all out though.

Don Nguyen
12-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Here is the trifecta in its whole.

http://i.imgur.com/eSnTjev.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NNGtk4R.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/otxuRXH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/qFW2kV3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BFX5rns.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6WIktQO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fSjAuY7.jpg

Higher resolution: http://min.us/mbqyod2TasA5bD

brainsausage
12-23-2013, 11:51 AM
The black/ivory one is pretty much fecking amazing Don. Are these all spoken for?

Don Nguyen
12-23-2013, 12:36 PM
The black/ivory one is pretty much fecking amazing Don. Are these all spoken for?

Yep, they're all spoken for :( :)

brainsausage
12-23-2013, 02:12 PM
Of course they are:angry1:

JMJones
12-23-2013, 09:11 PM
congrats on your exposure on Reddit. Cool seeing a knife maker on there.

stereo.pete
12-23-2013, 09:47 PM
Nice work Don, I love seeing you progress!

Don Nguyen
12-24-2013, 12:09 PM
Thanks guys!

John, I got quite a bit of activity from that Reddit post:

http://i.imgur.com/qviKpRG.png