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  1. How much steel can I buy with that? Joking aside I do plan on doing that as I get more into it. Right now I was just doing a little stock removal hoping to incorporate a little hammer work as I go. Just because it is fun! Goals help me succeed and I was thinking that this was beyond me me to upset that thin steel but I thought I would ask. Anyway I have done a little hammering but need to find just the right thing to start making that motivates me. I think I want to try making some leaf bottle openers to practice my hammer work. Saw that on Alex Steele Thabk
  2. Interesting, another good idea. I may just have to try them all! I think a hidden tang will be my first go since the tang is almost long enough for a full tang. No problem putting pins in since there will be plenty of space. I only need to add like 1/2 inch. This would save a lot of weight too as my first knife was quite a beast for a small knife. The next idea sound like drifting it would be a neat idea since I could lose weight and have a full tang. One of the reasons I wanted to make a bunch of small knives first. Lots of practice with different techniques and design
  3. Well it looks like it would be very difficult. I wanted to take from the width and lengthen it. I assumed it could be frustrating which is why I asked so I will aim on a different task first. Maybe I will just skip to trying a hidden tang. It is a small knife so it should still be durable. Thanks for the response. And thanks for saving me some material an frustration!
  4. Hello, I am very new to blacksmithing. I have only shaped a few things with a hammer and have made a stock removal knife. I am curious about how difficult it would be to upset 1/8 flat stock. I have an 11.6 inch by 1.5 inch by 1/8 inch piece of flat stock to learn to make knives with. I decided to make some small knives first to get the hang of it and to save money. I made a knife that I am fairly happy with but wanted to try to give a bit more handle to the next knife. With limited supply I thought making 2 knives from each piece of steel saves money and gives me more practice. So
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