A fast & wicked pair of sisters - more knives!

Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by Matthew Gregory, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Active Member

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    Finished these up last weekend. Everyone that's laid hands on them can't believe just how fast and light they are - VERY deceptive in relation to their looks!

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    One's a bit plain, while the other is obviously pretty racy - easy to see the fact that they're siblings, though. Each blade is just a pinch over 7 inches long, with an overall length of 12.5 inches. Both are 3/16" 1095, have tapered tangs and gorgeous wood and ito, and were heat treated with clay - but with very different coating methods.

    The first provided all the flash - best hamon I've ever managed (with one upcoming possible exception) and Amboyna scales:

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    The next two shots give you a decent view of the sori that both have - such great curves!

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    This one's got a simple, straight hamon and curly koa scales under her wrap. I think it's understated, but elegant:

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    Comments welcome. I had a lot of fun making these two, and they really seemed to come together all on their own.

    Thanks for looking!

    Len, let me know if I'm wearing out my welcome posting all these knives in the gun photos forum!!!!
     
  2. airstream

    airstream Well-Known Member

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    beautiful steel
     

  3. kennygss

    kennygss Well-Known Member

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    Very nice. The 1095 makes for a nice hamon.
     
  4. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Asked before going to ask again do you sell these and were in WNY are you at?
     
  5. Matthew Gregory

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    I could have sworn I'd answered that - sorry!

    Yes, I do sell them. However, I don't take orders. This is a hobby for me, and I don't want it to become work. If you're interested, though, the piece here with the koa handles and the plain hamon is available.

    I live just south of Colden, NY in ski country. Glenwood, to bee exact.

    Thanks for looking!
     
  6. lazylabs

    lazylabs Well-Known Member

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    I am in the process of starting to build knives..... worked on the forge today. What kind of grinder/sander do you use?
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Ok looks like your about an hour and a half from me im in Rush NY . If your ever looking to sell one let me know I think they are awsome
     
  8. Matthew Gregory

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    I use a Wilton Square Wheel that I've modified the snot out of trying to make it something it isn't. I have every intention of buying a Bader B-III (best customer service on the planet, and great machines, too!).
     
  9. Matthew Gregory

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    The koa handled piece was supposed to be for me, but I'm perpetually making the one that was supposed to be for me! If you're interested, send me an email: mgregoryknives@yahoo.com

    This one, in specific:

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    Thanks, guys!
     
  10. lazylabs

    lazylabs Well-Known Member

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    I have been researching all I can I this one seems like it's the most versitile and I like the slots to configure tool rest options.

    Wilmont Grinder

    I am going to build one that is somewhat close to this design but I am not sure if I will go through all the trouble of making the tip over flat option. Have you ever seen/used one of these grinders?
     
  11. Matthew Gregory

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    I've never seen that grinder in the flesh before, but it looks like a good design and well built.
    My experiences with Bader are numerous, entirely positive, and offer more than enough flexibility for me. The only other machine I would likely consider would be the Weurtz TW90, and even still I'll likely choose the Bader just because of the customer service I've received from them - without ever even owning one of their machines!!

    I should also mention that I'm no longer willing to make, alter, or modify my machines to achieve an end result. Too frustrating, and rarely works as well as getting the right tool to begin with. I have very little free time as it is, and if I get the chance I want to spend it making knives, not wrestling with the tools!!!! The expense means less to me in the long run than the effort and time it takes to make it work, I guess.
     
  12. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    Great like I need another hobby.