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    Open Source Idea -- Custom Butter/Table Knives

    I am in the beginning stages of planning for a set of 4-6 damascus butter/table knives. My idea is to have different forum knife makers make a butter knife (w/o handle) to spec with a different type of damascus steel. Then I would send the knives to one person for the handles. So basically it will be 4-6 different types of damascus with the same style handle to sort of make it a set.

    I want the knives to be versatile -- to be used as regular table knives, pastry knives, condiment spreaders, cheese knives etc. I am thinking of those vintage butter knives (see pictures below), but I thought I would throw it out to the forum for input. Since it involves different makers I want the specs to be sound first.

    Some things I am considering (or not decided on) are:

    * Making one side with a bevel or making it equally flat/sharp on each side.
    * Wa handles or a modified full-tang wa like Del's knives.
    * Optimal length? If it is too long it gets cumbersome for condiments. I've even thought of doing a longer one paired with a shorter 'brother' for condiments.
    * Shape of blade. I am fond of the very rounded tip with no belly.

    Does anyone have any good ideas or things I should consider? See some of the exemplar photos below.

    Btw, I've already mentioned this to a couple knife makers and will be contacting others. If any are interested please PM me.

    k.
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    I'm more into the idea of normal kitchen knives than butter knives. If they are sharpened and can be used as general table knives - I can spread butter with a steak knife but not vice versa, I would love to get on board for a set of 6 to make this more sensible for the makers in volume (if that is a consideration).

    If you want to keep this one of a kind, I'll happily bow out...

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    see if you can find some pics of the old russell green river works table knives, I think that might be what you are looking for.
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    Son, I think you are right. It has a nice length, a clear bevel to one side and the rounded tip. Here are some pictures I rounded up.

    Thanks.

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    some of my favorites
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    I just bought a couple samples off of eBay to see how they look.

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    Cool idea. Will be fun to watch this come together.

    I would keep the butter knives small (like the one at the bottom of your first post). They are easier to use and to rest on one's butter plate.

    Wa handles are definitely my preference when it comes to kitchen knives, but I don't know about table knives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    I just bought a couple samples off of eBay to see how they look.

    k.
    that was you, Bastard! I was just in the process, when somebody beat me to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    I just bought a couple samples off of eBay to see how they look.

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    I was high bidder. You sniped those in the last 5 sec. I need a quicker Internet provider and a automatic bidding program. Bastard!!

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    That's hilarious that all three of you were bidding on the same item. You two just cost Drinky some money!

    Let's see what had you all so excited.

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