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:: Red Forest Woodsman :: by HundredHands :: Red Forest Woodsman :: by HundredHands
Named for the Redwood Forests where I grew up in Santa Cruz County, Northern California. I started this knife a year ago and didn't finish until last week. I didn't keep track of how many hours went into it.
It's production was interrupted last August when I was the victim of a hit-and-run while riding my bike. I broke my knee, my hip, dislocated my right femur, and severed a tendon in my right quad. Needless to say, knifemaking took a back-seat for about 6 months while I relearned how to walk and stuff.

The Tenth Knife of my apprenticeship to KnifeMaker, Larry Detloff of Santa Cruz, California.

Blade length: 4.125"
Overall length (open): 9"

Damascus Steel folded by Mike Norris.

Blade: Stainless Damascus (Vortex pattern)
Bolsters: 440c stainless steel
Liners: titanium
Scale: Amboyna
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Brother-Kelevra Apr 1, 2014  Professional Writer
King-o-Fools Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the blade looks like a topographical map. Fit the "woodsman" name you gave it.
Thank you.
It's great steel to work with.
GaryStearly Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really nice.
That is honestly one of the most beautifull folding knives I ever came across! I tip my hat to you sir!
One question: I tried making a knife once (Saex), just improvised it - I don't have much experience with tools/metalworking. Overall it came out OK but I found it incredibly hard to give it an edge and to make it taper it thin ebough. I used a grinding wheel and it took forever to take material away. Is there difference in those stones like with sanding paper or did I perhaps bought steel that was just too hard?
Thanks Kenny!

Putting a keen edge on a piece of steel takes practice, subtle variations in your grinding angle will greatly effect the knife's sharpness and ability to hold an edge.  I also use wheels, a simple silica carbide wheel does a lot of the work and some rubberized-grit wheels (called Cratex) for clean up and refining, & yeah work can be slow going. Still, it's possible that it was the steel or the wheel.  All that besides, great job taking the hands-on approach to experimenting with knife making.

I hope you're well.
Cool, thanks for the explanation! I might give it another try this summer :-)
Best of luck to you and I look forward seeing more of your work!
Arietzor Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one!!!=);):)
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