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.
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.
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.
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.