Thursday, September 12, 2013


DH1 - Drop-Point Hunter

The DH1 is born from a piece of Crucible's S35VN knifemaking steel. The basic stock is 5/32" thick and 9" x 1-1/2". I printed the template on paper and transferred to a 1/4" plywood. See my page on Knife Profiles for details on how to do this.

This is the finished product, sans sheath.

 After the template is made, the profile is traced out with white paint pen on the steel.
 Hacksaw is busy and hot.I prefer the bi-metal 24 TPI (teeth per inch) as these stay sharper long with more teeth in contact with the steel. They do cut slower, so be prepared to work at it. I spent about 1 hour with the hacksaw.
Perhaps one day this process will be done on a small band saw.
 This is the rough shape. I have used the hacksaw only up to this point.

This is after some "get close to the line" work on the bench grinder. Keep a tub of water handy as this thing will get hot when grinding.

The next step is to get the shape just right with the belt and drum sanders.

Working the bevelling jig.

The S35VN is certainly easier to cut than CPM154 and 154CM. I guess this is as good a time as any to decide on whether this is a flat grind or a Scandi bevel.

This will now have to be worked drilled and worked on the belts for pre-forging polish.


Unknown said...

Can you put some more pictures of the beveling jig up? And how you are using it?

D. Comeau said...

Hi, I have some pictures in the Shop Jigs & fixtures page.

I welded a small plate on to a steel rod. Then drilled two holes in the plate. A second plate with matching holes clamps on the file with two machine screws and nuts. Once set, clamp the knife blank down to the jig table and trace it out. Then mirror it so you trace both sides (these traces are symmetrical on the centre line). I use several different files this way -- bastard cut to smooth