My Very First Knife!
I had a work friend of mine, who happens to be a hobbyist here, cut out and grind the blade. It is 52100 and is hardened to 61 hrc. I drew the profile, based on the KS/ Sab profile. It's a touch taller, has a touch less pointy-ness, and a long, thin western tang. The grind was done especially for me as a lefty. The taper could use a little refinement, but the initial edge has produced great results.
The handle is stabilized redwood burl from Burl Source.
The pins are 3/16" from Jantz?
The saya is curly makore with a black walnut spacer. (it has a cool-color changing figure)
I rounded the choil and spine and mirror polished them.
I'm really pleased so far....
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That looks awesome Chris. Profile looks spot on. Congratulations on the first , I'm sure it won't be the last.
That is too freakin cool. I liked it so much, made me laugh. Great job!
Dude that is spot on! That is a lot of pins though :biggrin: Great work.
I love the smooth, clean edges on the handle, even with a couple extra pins it looks good. And damn what a saya, a sure step up from poplar.
Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic responses, I really appreciate it!
The idea behind the handle comes from my love for long, slim wa handles; except I suck at doing wa's, and am getting semi-decent at westerns. I am super happy with how it feels in hand; it's exactly what I wanted.
As far as the pins, what can I say...I'm a sucker for mosaics.
I did a rehandle project on an old Pimble Hickory that had a short tang, so I turned it into an integral, using the two original pin holes, and adding two more to the back of the handle to even thing out. I liked the results so much I thought I'd replicate it. I think as long as you keep the rest of the handle simple, it works.
It's 255mm on the edge, plus I left a machi-like area, as I wanted to replicate the feeling of a wa in-hand.
48mm at the heel
balance a pinch in front of the heel
5 3/4" handle
2.45mm at heel/ 2.0mm halfway/ 1.48mm inch from tip
Looks great! Narrow western handle can feel really good, and the more exposed neck for a western is a good idea.