I've had a few people in the past interested in how I make my knives, so while I had a little breathing room I decided to follow one of my new designs from start to finish.
Here we go!
First, here's the original page from my design book; with basic sketches for a full size and compact model. All my designs start out on paper, usually as sketches I make while watching TV or just sitting around. Ones I like go into a giant folder, and are transferred to graph paper in full or 1/2 scale drawings as soon as possible (I have hundreds of sketches and I'm always adding new ones, so it's impossible to keep up). The final drawings then go into my design folder.
The idea behind this design is a heavy- duty knife suited for as many different uses as possible. I've based it on the classic drop point hunter profile, since it seemed to me the best blade shape for the job.
The knife is 1" wide, and will be cut from 1/4" thick barstock. I personally prefer thinner, lighter knives- but since I get a lot of requests for thicker blades, I decided to bulk these up!
The bevels will be hollow ground almost all the way to the top. This will make a deeply hollow ground blade that will take a razor edge, while leaving plenty of strength at the spine. The larger model will also have a slight recurve for slicing- probably not as obvious as the one in the drawing, but enough to add some curve and belly to the otherwise straight edge while keeping it easy to sharpen. The handle design is meant to accomodate any grip position desired- I'll post some in-hand pics later on down the line as well.
To be continued!