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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:17 am 

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Couple of new ones. First up is an old Sabatier blank from a century ago, modernized. I narrowed the profile, got rid of most of the bolster, and did a contemporary hidden tang handle. The handle is figured bog oak with ivory micarta racing stripes. This was the most difficult project I have ever done by far. I thought it would be easy with the blank mostly forged out, but as Devin Thomas said in another forum, it would be easier to start from scratch.

Next is a small, simple paring knife for a friend. He has been the most generous friend, allowing me all the shop time I needed to get these knives done. If not for him, I would not have had many of these knives completed. He doesn't know it's his yet, but soon he will. His favorite steel is ATS-34, so I decided to make this one out of ATS-34 as well; Butch Harner was extremely kind and offered to HT this one free of charge.

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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:42 am 
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Beautiful knives my friend! I'm seriously going to have to get down to Tucson here soon. Maybe once this suji I'm working on is finished I'll bring it down so we can talk geometry lol. I'd love to get your input!


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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:38 am 

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holy sh! t, nice work Don


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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:06 am 
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That's a thin phucking edge! Nice!



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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:36 am 
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Very sexy I might add.

Love the flat edge & handle contours.

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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:06 am 

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Great looking handles dude! Great friends helping you out too!



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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:00 am 

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All of these are hardened. They will now slowly get straightened out and then ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
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Sweet! Did you send them out or harden them yourself? What steel are they?

I'm really liking the bottom one :).


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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:43 am 

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Yep, I did them. They're all 1084.

The little one is very popular in fact :)



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 Post subject: Re: Don Nguyen Knives
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Don, please send me a Gyuto to test....????

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