genesaika Posted November 5, 2017 Share Posted November 5, 2017 So I finally got started on my first knife doing some stock removal since I'm still working on my forge design and saving for materials. Anyways, it's a skinning knife with a gut hook that I designed after a Persian style knife. I started with a 18 in. X 1/8in. X 1 1/2 in. Flat bar of 01 steel, which I cut down to 9 in. I guess this will be more of a work in progress thread for me, even though I wasn't too interested in making one. I've found that I have some questions that need to be answered. I've attached a picture of my knife so far, it's been shaped to my design and I've drawn out the edge profile on both sides of it. I also have the gut hook roughly sharpened, I need to get some finer files to make it really sharp. My plan is to have the handle curve up the thumb rest, which will have grooves cut into it. I will also be used 2 pins and a lanyard hole. Now for my questions. First off, that do you think about my design overall? I'm happy with it and it's comfortable in all the ways I hold a skinning knife, but always nice to get criticisms. The more important question though, I'm having trouble deciding on a handle material, so any suggestions? I have some African padauk and purple heart, but I've heard they aren't too good for handles. I'm also leaning more to a purple color, I found some nice dyed curly maple scales, but I'm worried about the effect blood might have. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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