Custom Knifemaking by Tim McCreight

By Tim McCreight

Ten tasks that jointly represent a survey of knifemaking talents. find out how to minimize, form, warmth, deal with, and end a knife.

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Thread a short length of waxed linen thread through a needle and tie a large knot in one end of the thread. It's possible to use the thread doubled, but the result usually looks messy so I prefer to use only a single strand. Begin from the back so the knot will be out of sight. Make an orderly pat­ tern of stitches, an X or two horizontal lines, for instance. You will go through several of the holes twice. Finish with the needle threa( it off. The the sl cemeJ as fol tions. to fin. gethe) or we Allc mend is the) limin.

This property would only affect a Chopper by Chuck Evans. This lO-inch self-handled utensil was forged from a rasp. (Photo courtesy of the artist) 38 / Custom Knifemaking large knife and would be most critical when the blade has cross-sections of widely varying thickness. Depth of Hardening-As described below, hardening is achieved by rapid cooling of steel. Some alloys are able to throw off heat faster than others, mean­ ing that thick sections can be rapidly cooled and therefore hardened. Steels with shallow hardening properties would not lend themselves to large objects that must be hardened.

Linen Micarta is used in this book in the lock back folding knife made in chapter 14. A similar material is called Pakkawood or Dymondwood. These products are made by forcibly impregnating plastic resins into natural wood. The result is a very durable wood-grained material that can be polished to a high shine. This is popularly used for handles in kitchen cutlery. Butt ( (Pornl 3 Qu Knife Design Ril NOMENCLATURE spine. In a single-edged blade this is along The drawing opposite shows two familiar knife forms with their various parts labeled.

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