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First decent knife


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Here's my first knife made from carbon steel. Base stock was an old spring drag tooth, with copper pins and a maple handle treated in ferric acetate. Since I'm not sure on the exact carbon content, I tempered to purple. I would rather have to sharpen it more often then have it shatter.






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Sadly, no, I did not make the hawk. I bought it off a smith at the Platteville Colonial Re-enactment last summer.

I started the slot with a table saw, roughed out with a band saw, and finished it with hand files and sandpaper.

Originally, I was just going to have the leather loop around, but I didn't have enough material. The idea for the steel and copper ring just kinda popped into my head.

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