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Custom vs Production

Post  Ade on Fri May 04, 2012 3:29 pm

As you may know,i have an interest in "cutlery".

Production knives,whilst being well made and easily available,are a bit soulless and lack individuality.

For the price of a reasonable production knife you can get something like this:


8.5" industrial circular saw blade steel,wenge handle.

I made a sheath for it:




Unbelievable edge retention and cutting ability,you won't find this steel on a production item.The handle is designed to fit my hand,which it does perfectly....and it's a totally unique one off.

Thinking about an all round utility knife?

Think about a custom built one.
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  DaveCollins on Fri May 04, 2012 4:29 pm

Ade, do you think you could produce a seax?

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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  Ade on Sat May 05, 2012 12:59 am

Not personally Dave,but i know a couple of fellas that have made seax blades lately....and would be more than happy to take on a comission Wink
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Post  Peter on Sat May 05, 2012 4:30 am

Ade, that is a work of art you should be proud of.

Sadly, my efforts fall somewhat short of yours. In fact I am still at the learning to sharpen existing knives stage.

I only hope to produce something like that one day. Well done mate Cool
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  Ade on Sat May 05, 2012 4:59 am

I have to give a lot of credit for this one to a bladesmith i know that turned my material choice and design into the blade you see.

...but i take full credit for the leatherwork Razz
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  RichardZ on Sat May 05, 2012 10:34 pm

Anyone heard of ceramic bladed knives?

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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  David Turton on Sun May 06, 2012 12:46 am

as an aside to Ade's great work, ceramic knives are used by many street gangs to 'fool' metal detectors.

In fact when the last Home Secretary (Judgmental Jacquie) gave South Yorkshire Police several hundred thousand pounds to install detectors in schools (daft waste of public money), and those stupid 'walk-abouts' in rough areas (accompanied by a dozen coppers).
anyway on the mean streets of certain areas in Sheffield, we asked many street kids how they would get past the detectors, they said, ceramic knives, or sharpened other non-metal objects.

as an extra Ade is a well respected member of my association and until recently was our Cornwal Rep..he is very talented inmaking weapons


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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  Ade on Sun May 06, 2012 2:30 am

Good post Dave,I know quite a few makers that use ceramics and other non-metallic materials...but they have started putting metal inserts in the knives to stop them being so "stealthy".I think there may have been a change in legislation regarding non-metallic knives,i'll nip over to Chris' Q&A and ask.



p.s.Ceramics are nice,but they're brittle and an absolute pig to sharpen!
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  RichardZ on Sun May 06, 2012 10:02 am

When it comes to sharpening, ceramic knives are almost considered "throw away"


That said, I was looking for a discussion about the knives themselves.

Not how can these get misused, per past metal detectors

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Bladesmithing

Post  D, Shadow on Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:48 am

Hiya Ade,
Is that one of you know who's, it is a cracking piece of equipment. And as you know I'm quite partial to his work myself Smile
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  Ade on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:45 am

D, Shadow wrote:Hiya Ade,
Is that one of you know who's, it is a cracking piece of equipment. And as you know I'm quite partial to his work myself Smile

Sure is,it's one of my two "BoneSaws".You can have a play with 'em both on saturday Wink
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Re: Custom vs Production

Post  D, Shadow on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:41 pm

I may try and sneak one away in my bag, You gotta keep an eye on me Very Happy
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