First Commisioned Knife Done!

Last September a friend asked me to make them a knife and showed me a couple of pictures of what they had in mind. 

The design was more tool than a knife. There is a cutting edge on the bottom, a saw back on the spine, and the tip was blunted to facilitate prying things open. I took that design and reworked it into something that is unique while maintaining the requested look and feel.

Beveling is done, time for clean up
Beveling is done, time for clean up

 

The knife is crafted from an 1/4 inch bar of o1 tool steel.  My shop doesn’t have the tooling to make a saw back so I elected to change the spine into a “chopping” edge with a higher angle bevel than the cutting edge, more like an ax head than a knife. Instead of a blunted prying tool on the tip, I elected to make it a chisel point.

checking the actual shape blade matches the pattern
checking the actual shape blade matches the pattern

Several things didn’t go quite as planned, there are some lines that I am not completely happy with and the first 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the blade is mostly there to add length. Doing it again, I would extend the cutting edge further back towards the handle. The knife is very heavy despite cutting large holes in the handle. Given a few more years of experience and some different tooling, I would add a fuller and skeletonize the handle to cut the weight back.

Getting ready to start beveling the chisel
Getting ready to start beveling the chisel

Overall, I am very happy with how the knife turned out, the lines are crisp, I couldn’t be happier with jimping, considering it was done with chainsaw files and by eye, and it is incredibly sharp. Check out the gallery below for a few more build pictures and some completed shots.

Makers mark added, its done
Makers mark added, its done

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