MYO knives

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MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Tue 27 Dec, 2016 8:39 pm

Only recently found this interest after successfully "doing up" some old kitchen knives for daughter #1 who is moving out soon.

Sourced blanks from a couple of places . Fun projects. Nice combination of OCD, woodwork, metal work, aesthetics, and usefulness. Thought I'd share!

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Damascus drop point, Banksia nut with blue epoxy fill, homemade pin.
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Handle and pin detail
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Damascus drop point. Banksia nut with dark Alizarin Crimson fill.
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Folder. Fiddleback maple handle. Home made pin from copper and brass rod
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Folder. Pin detail
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Re: MYO knives

Postby whitefang » Tue 27 Dec, 2016 9:30 pm

The demascus blade with the banksia handle is beautiful. When do you start selling them? :D
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Re: MYO knives

Postby Nikad19 » Tue 27 Dec, 2016 10:16 pm

andrewa wrote:Only recently found this interest after successfully "doing up" some old kitchen knives for daughter #1 who is moving out soon.

Sourced blanks from a couple of places . Fun projects. Nice combination of OCD, woodwork, metal work, aesthetics, and usefulness. Thought I'd share!

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Great looking knife well done. I'm doing a bushcraft knife over the xmas break. I'll post a pick when it's done.


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Re: MYO knives

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 6:46 am

Nice
i really like those Old Man Banksia scales
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: MYO knives

Postby neilmny » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 7:33 am

Works of art Andrew :wink:
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Re: MYO knives

Postby Nuts » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 7:41 am

A knife is a knife to me, even so i'd buy a couple of those Banksias, amazing! You need to give up your day job :)
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 1:09 pm

Nuts, until a few months ago, I also though a knife was just a knife! And then I started looking at them more carefully...

A tent is just a tent, right?!

But, looking more carefully, I now appreciate a variety of levels of aesthetics about knives, from the whole shape, to the blade , to the handle design and patination, to the pin design and intricacy. It's been fascinating. I'll keep my day job though. It pays better!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby simonm » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 1:17 pm

Very nice work Andrew.
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Re: MYO knives

Postby benoloughlin » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 3:49 pm

Beautiful work!
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Re: MYO knives

Postby oldpiscator » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 4:17 pm

andrewa wrote:Nuts, until a few months ago, I also though a knife was just a knife! And then I started looking at them more carefully...

A tent is just a tent, right?!

But, looking more carefully, I now appreciate a variety of levels of aesthetics about knives, from the whole shape, to the blade , to the handle design and patination, to the pin design and intricacy. It's been fascinating. I'll keep my day job though. It pays better!

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Any chance you might use one of those knives in the course of your day job (suitably sterilized of course)? :shock:
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Wed 28 Dec, 2016 4:27 pm

For those patients who won't get to the point, you mean?!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 6:40 pm

Had shed time over weekend.....all small knives - blades 6.5-7.5 cm, knives <18cm.

Collected some ? Eucalyptus nuts from Phillip Island over NY weekend, impregnated them in pale green epoxy, and sliced this into bits for the scales..

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Small filleting knife - Burl scales
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Same blank. Phillip Island banksia scales with blue epoxy fill
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Details of home made pin - copper tube inside brass tube, with wire infill
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Pale blue epoxy in Banksia slices
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Going to give the small filleters to fishing buddies.

Hope everyone enjoys the aesthetics!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby Neo » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 9:07 pm

Nice work again with these latest. I can picture a little map of oz or tassie done in wire.
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 9:19 pm

Wrong! Next knives will probably be personalised knives for daughters 1-4. I just need them to think about whether they want a big samurai sword, or a Bowie, or something more discreet. Hoping the latter!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 9:29 pm

Khukris
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 9:42 pm

Khuki, or Khukuri....aesthetics don't do it for me, sorry. I don't like the bend in the knife. I like a gentle knife, if there is something that fits that description - hence the drop points. I don't like aggressive styles, or significant angulation. I like gentle curves. And I don't want a knife to kill anyone. I want to fillet fish, and cut cheese and salami!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby whitefang » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 10:17 pm

Those seed pods are from a Melaleuca. Regardless, thread new knives look good too!
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Re: MYO knives

Postby Strider » Mon 09 Jan, 2017 10:31 pm

I have a deep underlying love for Sheepsfoot blades. The ultimate practical non-agressive tool!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby Moondog55 » Tue 10 Jan, 2017 6:57 am

Funny thing is; even tho I know The Gurkali use them as weapons I think of mine as firewood and woodworking tools
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Fri 13 Jan, 2017 10:17 pm

whitefang wrote:Those seed pods are from a Melaleuca. Regardless, thread new knives look good too!


Thanks, clearly I have no idea! I did have some eucalyptus seed pods I've set in epoxy, but not sure whether I want to continue with thei project yet, as the malaleuca seed pods suspended were great.

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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Fri 13 Jan, 2017 10:20 pm

[quote="Strider"]I have a deep underlying love for Sheepsfoot blades. The ultimate practical non-agressive tool!

Not heard of sheeps foot blades until your post. They are aesthetic.

Latest 2 projects are about to be finished, so will post some more piccies. Beyond that I think I'm almost done with knives, but would like to make each of my girls a special knife....

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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Sat 14 Jan, 2017 8:37 pm

Finished today. Damascus and banksia nut.

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Re: MYO knives

Postby undercling-mike » Fri 27 Jan, 2017 7:24 pm

These all look fantastic! I'd also recommend a sheeps foot as a very practical and non aggressive blade shape.
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Fri 05 May, 2017 8:28 pm

Banksia scales, yellow epoxy fill as a carver ( Jantz blank) - a gift for daughter #2's best friend

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Chillis in epoxy - for a good fishing mate who recently sent me some home grown chilli for making chilli jam. Complicated process suspending chilli in epoxy, but eventually got it right. And built on an expensive Jantz Damascus blank.

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A kayaking/ packrafting knife - wanted something with a hook for cutting ropes easily, which would also be functional around camp. Daughter #3 commented that it was a really "FU" knife for a girl - pink epoxy in Banksia, but with one of the most brutal knife blades she'd seen!

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Another carver for my closest fishing mate, with whom I've had some great NZ adventures. Trout flies in epoxy, graduating from clear to green

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Another expensive Jantz Damascus carver for another fishing mate - this guy loves saltwater fly fishing, and Yamazaki Japanese single malt whisky, and we've enjoyed some good trips to Kiritimati chasing bonefish, hence the flies are local to Kiritimati, and the Whisky labels , again embedded in graduated blue epoxy.

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Hope you enjoy!!

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Re: MYO knives

Postby Moondog55 » Sat 06 May, 2017 11:48 am

Those flies trapped in epoxy amber are simpy stunning
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Re: MYO knives

Postby andrewa » Sat 20 May, 2017 10:56 pm

Thanks. I'm pleased with them too ( actually , ecstatic, given the cost if the knife blanks I was working on!)

Looking at some other natural stuff for next batch - there are these lovely bright red seads from our Magnolia Grandiflora, and was even thinking of some "Micarta" style autumn leaves ( Micarta is layers of different coloured paper/fabric etc all epoxied together in a block, and then shaped to produce a "grain" appearance.

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