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Old 03-08-2015, 10:49 AM
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Here's a hefty blade I finished up awhile ago. Unfortunately I didn't get any pics as I was making it. I will try to do better on the next one.

The blade is made from 1/4" thick 5160 steel and has a full flat grind. Its a hell of a slicer despite being so thick. The handle is black linen micarta. Overall length is 9-5/8" with the blade being about 4-5/8".

The choil (crescent shaped cut out just in front of the handle) is supposed to let you choke up your grip to do detail work. Its a popular feature on knives this style if you look at what the big name companies are selling. I decided to give it a try and this will probably be the last knife I make with it. I think its kind of a waste. I would rather have the cutting edge come all the way to the front of the handle and then there would be no need to choke up your grip.

I made the sheath too. It has 5 layers of 8-9 oz leather in it and is hand stitched. That was a real bear. Its made to carry horizontal (cross draw). Its an experiment but I'm hoping I can carry it comfortably when I'm trail riding my horse instead of trying to stick it in a saddle bag. Every once in awhile you need to cut briars etc. that are blocking the trail. I also like to build my camp fires the (somewhat) old fashioned way and I can use this to split kindling and shave curls of wood fine enough to light them with a ferrocerium rod.

I have never used 5160 before so this was my first try heat treating it and so far I'm impressed. I normalized it 3 times to reduce the grain size, and then did my best (have to guess temperature by eye, using the color) to hold it just above non magnetic for 10 minutes and then quenched in 120 deg oil. Tempering was done in the kitchen oven, one hr in at 400 deg F, let it cool off, then back in for another hour at 400 deg F.

So far I have done some light chopping with it, split some small chunks of 2x4 end to end using a baton on it, and then done some whittling and it would still shave the hair off my arm and easily slice paper.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:15 AM
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Nice work. I agree I dont care for the choil also. Should last you a life time.
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:36 PM
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Very nice work, especially all the detail on the sheath.
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:39 PM
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Very nice!!!!!!!
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:27 PM
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I have zero exposure to knife making but what I always like about your work is seeing the S H A D E somewhere in it.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:03 PM
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Looks to be a nice skinner. Very professional work. I too, like the SHADE trademark.

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Old 03-08-2015, 05:45 PM
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Very nice.

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:53 PM
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All I can say is WOW!!!!
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:10 PM
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Something to be very proud of. Very nice!
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:19 PM
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All I can say is WOW!!!!
Oops double post, but the compliment still stands!
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