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Oni Manta by HundredHands Oni Manta by HundredHands
EDC mark I prototype: Oni Manta 

Lockback Collapseable Knife 
All components hand-ground on stone wheels and sanding drum.

Blade length: 4.5"
Overall length: 9.75"

Mother of Pearl
Ebony
Titanium
440c Stainless Steel
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ladderblade Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I hope you can make bigger ones of this kind.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope that too ^_^
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Very nice...excellent concept...
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Many thanks.
Glad it works for you.
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ladderblade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Fear the katana! 
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ninja 
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ShinaRyun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Sweet zombie jesus, how gorgeous.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like ^_^
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19Jack89 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
really nice
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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Scout144 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I am no fan of folding knives, but the ones you make are just expertly made that I just had to make an exception. Nicely done.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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AmpOwl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What grind type do you use on your tanto knives? What grind would you recommend for a beginner, on an every day carry knife?
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hollow grind into my main cutting edge and either flat grind the edge leading into the point or I make it convex to boost strength for piercing.

I'd suggest you try a hollow grind if you're grinding it out on a wheel, or, if you're using a belt try either a flat or a tapered grind.
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AmpOwl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay. Thanks again for all the advice.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
All the best.
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DorainGray Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love the handle, looks comfortable.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I designed it around my hand.
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Baetu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The simplified perfection of a knife.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much.
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Zebalien Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty much what I want in a knife, especially that oddly-out-of-place beauty of the mother-of-pearl inlay. Honestly, it (in my opinion) just doesn't go with the knife- the organic patterns clash with the hard, fast theme of the rest of the knife. Perhaps a diamond of stainless steel? If I were to buy this, I'd prefer the handle to be made out of something I'd be less scared of scratching, but I have no art in my soul and see this as one hell of an EDC. Also, your stated price point... *shudders* I'll stick with my mass-produced Ka-bars. It is a beautiful prototype, but it's somewhere between an EDC and a work of art like all the rest of your stuff. One side or the other, please.
Again, a bit of carry knife hopes; perhaps a thicker rear of the blade, to facilitate easier opening? Though I really don't have a sense of scale, and am guestimating the blade to be about 0.1" thick.
(wow, I am really critical of somethin' I have no chance at ever duplicating. Well, I typed this much, I ain't backin' out now.)
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah this thing wouldn't be nearly as pricey on account of the only real cost being in the labor.
I did design it as a dailycarry prototype, but for myself, not production.  The blacked-out finish on both the blade and bolster will get scratched and scuffed, so will both the wood and motherofpearl scale.  I understand the point you make about the mixing of the abalone shell with the overall more industrial feel. I see what you're saying, & I'll take it into account for next time.  It's hard to tell from the pic but the scale is Ebony and I'd hoped the wood and shell together would kinda soften the feel and bring it back to it's Japanese Tanto roots.  Didn't quite achieve the desired effect.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
I value your input.
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kenter01 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
WOW,
If Blade-Runner had a knife instead of a gun.... this would be IT
great work
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Eric!
That's high praise, I'm glad you like it.
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kenter01 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's really very nice :clap
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TheDrowningEarth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
What kind of coating did the blade get? DLC, Cerakote/Duracoat/Gunkote, or something else?
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Y'know, I actually etched it in Ferric Chloride the way we do with Damascus blades to get that matte finish. By the way, your mobile suit design with the dual rotor-lift on the shoulders is awesome.
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TheDrowningEarth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I think I've seen some plain steel blades treated with FC, though the results weren't quite as dark and uniform.

Designing that thing was pretty fun. Hopefully I get to revisit those and take them to a higher level of finish.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope you do, your sketches have evolved great so far.

The acid worked well. We do a double-boiler thing to heat it up (put a jar of acid in a boiling pot of water) and it seems to really help the burn.
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U-R-IU Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
i really like this one! would like to have one :D
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I need to make more. I'd like to make another like this but from folded steel.
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U-R-IU Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
for how much do u sell these?
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Handmade custom folding knives can get pricey because of the time needed to handcraft them and the cost of materials. One of a kind knives like these range in price anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I'm just starting to look at selling my stuff and even if I charge a lot, I just barely break even, which is a bummer because it makes them too expensive for a lot of prospective buyers. But it's also part of what makes them special, so much goes into these little objects. I'm looking into ways to reduce my cost to make them so to make them more accessible to knife-lovers of all economic statures.

Right now most of my pieces would go for for between $500 - $1000 USD, which I know is a lot, especially when someone can get a perfectly good production knife for like a couple bucks. But this stuff's one of a kind, you give it to your kid when you die, y'know?

Sorry for the long long breakdown!
I hope you are doing well and doing lots of painting!
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U-R-IU Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Ahahah "you give it to your did when you die..." ahahah
then the materials u buy cost like 500-1000$ ? That is really expensive!have u been able to sell any? What will u do to make them cheaper? xD and here i thought i would buy one from u ahaha im so poor i cant afford fast food XD
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The steel is the most costly material involved, billets of it range in price depending on size, but a few hundred bucks is pretty standard. I'll get a couple knives, maybe 3, out of a billet. The most expensive part is definitely the labor. Lots of hours.
My goal to reduce cost is to be able to make them faster. ^_^
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U-R-IU Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
well u can always work like 1 month and sell for 10$ thats not the problem i think.

How would u make them faster? Any idea?
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're going faster as my technique improves, thank goodness.
Hmm...
Interesting. Perhaps you're right, I'll just give them away for free, yeah?
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
This looks like modern statue. I love your knives - you're an amazing artist. Love how you can make tools into art like this.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. I'm glad my work appeals to you. My hope is that these knives will continue to be useful hundreds of years from now.
I hope your day is smooth.
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :) I expect they will!
Likewise.
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14159265358979323846 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Love it. Easy to sharpen! Super sleek man...
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Yeah, this one's quite practical actually.
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Averant Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... Very nice of usage, blending geometry and function. +Fave! :D
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Kept it simple. This is not a fancy knife, just a big blacked-out cutting instrument that folds away.
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morrent96 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I have never seen a blade with this shape! Much more classic and visually stunning than any curved work I've seen!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I was inspired by the Ninjato, Hanwei's Ninja sword. Super simple lines, yeah?
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work! I really like the super angular feel...
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like how it came out. I wanted to keep it super simple.
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lord-phillock Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Artist
wow. That is so, so cool. REALLY.
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