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Here is an assortment of knives I have made over the years using various types of material for both the blades and the handles. There are basic designs and modifications. A few designs are from knives I have seen and others from my imagination. I tried to make knives that would suit my special needs and meet my special requirements.

As you can see, a few turned out fair, a number of them were adequate, and some of them downright disastrous. I used O-1 tool steel, given to me by a knife maker who also explained me how to make knives, old files, screwdrivers, curved linoleum knife, industrial and regular band saw blades, concrete nails (both round and square), dental picks, and, the metal tines from the street cleaner brushes. My best knives were made from old German and English straight razors. The handles are made from an assortment of hard woods, including purple heart, zebra wood, cherry, dowels and, even the wooden ribs from an old patio umbrella. Occasionally, I would use the cut off ends of some of my walking sticks.
 

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Very interesting, you have quite a collection there. You will have to tell us how some of the more unusual knives were used.
 

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That is indeed quite a collection. All seem like they would function very well for the purpose they were made.
 

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love the different woods om them. a large collection.

Surprising what skills people have .Its good to see
 

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Great collection. You have done some nice work. I have gathered a number of carving knives over the years. My favoret knives to work with were made by Brandant R of Old Stump Knives. I have made some handles and used blades by Deepwood Venture. But I have never made my own blades.
 

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Those whittler carvers look great! I tried making one a couple of years ago and was just about to glue in the blade
into the wood and ended up in emerg for stitches and a tetanus shot.
I ended up buying some flexcut whittlers but love the custom stuff, much better.
 

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A very interesting collection of knives, I make some of my knives it adds more satisfaction when you have made the tools to do the job, I normally make mine from sawzall type power saw bi-metal blades,and being an engineer I re harden and temper them prior to fitting the handle and final sharpen.

Would like to hear the story behind the different blade profiles.
 

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The "deep dogleg" is a concrete nail bent at two opposing 90° angles with a flat chisel tip. I designed it for a friend in Florida who does a lot of cotton bark carving. He uses it to clean out the bottoms of the deep pockets in the bark.
 

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