BlackMetalViking

My First File Knife

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Nice looking profile. How thick was the file to begin with, or how much hammering did you have to do to get it to the finished thickness? And what did you use to quench it with?

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Thanks guys!

John: With regards to thickness I only had to hammer down the bevels, the spine is original thickness, I'd say its around 1/8" and I quenched it in fresh motor oil. 

Theo: I'm going the K.I.S.S. route, just some leather lace. It already has excellent hand feel, I just need a little more thickness.

Thanks again for the great feedback!

Viking

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Nice looking knife! Did you grind off all the teeth of the file before forging?

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On 10/22/2016 at 7:53 PM, Charcold said:

Nice looking knife! Did you grind off all the teeth of the file before forging?

Thanks Charcold! No I did not grind off the teeth, I just went at it. 

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Nice... The handle shape looks great, must feel super secure in hand with the way it wraps around

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On 10/27/2016 at 3:24 PM, NFLIFe said:

 

Nice... The handle shape looks great, must feel super secure in hand with the way it wraps around

 

Thanks! It does have a nice hand feel, I think it will improve once I finish it too, I still need to wrap the handle and put an edge on it. I shut down the smithy for a bit while I build my next forge over the winter......and the ol' lady wants a few of her wood projects finished, so more work, less play.

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Nice! Looking good.What a fun use for an old file.

I've only made one knife in my life. I made it years ago in shop class in high school. It was from a thick old file. Had to hammer it thinner to start with - a lot of hammering. I quenched it in water - mainly because I had no idea what I was doing and was just following the shop teachers instructions.

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