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Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:52 am

Hey everyone.

I am a pretty new hobbyist maker. I made my first knife in October of 2011 and since then have made a little over 10 knives. I don't make that many because I am a full-time student, and also because I am slow. I've actually handled very few real knives (one Carter, and.... that's it I think) and I don't even cook that well, so my work is based purely on what I have studied, imagined, and messed around with.

Here is the very first one, October 2011. Simple, yet ineffective (hardly cuts anything).

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:15 am

Welcome to the jungle Don, stand up and be proud, the only knife I ever made was a cardboard cut out!

Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:11 am

Post the show stopper Don....come on????

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:52 am

Haha, MadRookie... everyone here has to see the full progression first.

On to my 4th knife of January 2012. This one was the turning point where I picked up my style; I was a big fan of octagon handles, d-handles, and ones with big tapers. I experimented and somehow got this shape, which stuck with me ever since.

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My 5th knife was my official prototype. It's been through a lot of use since completion mid 2012.

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Patina'ed

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:40 pm

Just got home and I have some time, so I'll post up the rest now.

Couple of lasers around August 2012; I don't make them this thin anymore.

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Here is a little santoku/nakiri/thai chef's knife

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:54 pm

Here is a pair I finished I think May 2013.

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:59 pm

And the very latest, June 2013. 1084 steel (all my knives are 1084), 3.5mm thickness with full taper, ivory paper micarta, stabilized cedar burl from Craig Stevens. This one was a royal pain in particular due to the paper micarta. I've used other papers before, but the ivory was a nightmare - gums up, burns, stains, aesthetic lamination issues, everything.

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Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:24 pm

Beautiful!

Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:34 pm

I just checked this thread on my laptop and some of the photos are gigantic... I'll have to go back and change that soon. Sorry if I have destroyed your eyes...

Re: Don Nguyen Knives

Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:31 pm

DON <> Yes, their size screws up the entire page format, but at least they're pretty pictures... 8-)
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