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Mattys knives!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Tinbum, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I was at a shooting bash this weekend and Chris Allum produced possibly the most beautiful little neck knife I've ever seen. Damascus steel, georgeous scales, frankly I wanted it! When he told me it was made by a 15 year old, I assumed t had been made in a sweat shop in Wales or some other carp-hole, but no! Our very own Matty had made it.:eek:
    The wife saw it and was smitten (she loves guns and knives, I'm a lucky boy) but declared it too small.
    Has anyone else got one! Post a pick if you have.
     
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    We haven't got any sweatshops here - the weather's too cold to sweat.
     
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    I dont have a Matty knife but I do have other bits made by his skilled hands.
    Seen some lovely photos of his work though.

    Said it before and I will happily say it again, He's a tallented youth with a bright future ahead of him.
     
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    Where the heck did you find her and is there another one similar anywhere ?

    :)

    Not one of Matty's, but a neck knife nevertheless, made by my own fair ?!? hands and I use it often:

    View attachment 103399

    I am busy making a broadly similar one for another member on here as a gift - I forged the blade last weekend and rough ground and etched it to check the pattern. Early indications look interesting :)

    I will post pictures as and when I get it finished out.

    I'd like to see some pictures of Matty's knives though :D
     
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    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I'm happy that I'll be able to say "I remember when he was a lad" when you're famous!;)
     
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    My gorgeous wee knife is in this thread here.

    Great bit of kit, just the right size and nice and workable. The scales are just lovely. :)
     
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    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    matty's doing me one soon, maybe he'll do a thread on the 'making of' :D
     
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    Can do that mate,a work in progress thread sounds fun :)
     
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    That's some nice work there Matty :up:

    My current project, the one I forged up last weekend, for a fellow AGF member:

    View attachment 103400

    The etch is uneven due to a fairly rough grind and my greasy thumb print :rolleyes: but it was only to check the pattern before I sand and polish the blade properly. It will have a Nickel Silver guard and some nicely figured wood for the handle, and a leather sheath, once I get it done.

    The wire sticking through the hole in the tang is for dipping it into the etchant solution (ferric chloride in this case).

    Do you do hidden tang knives Matty or are you sticking to full tang at the moment ?
     
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    Full tang for the minute 177,I attemped a stacked leather washer knife a while ago,it was a small scandi ground in 01,I stuck it in an onion to put a patina on it that looked similiar to growth rings on a tree but I ended up shaping the handle way off in relation to the tang so I'm not sure what I'll do with that one to be honest,I've put it down to experience :D

    What steel are you using for your damascus? it looks great!
     
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    1095 and L6 - both steels are similar enough that they are both hardened in heat treating, so no soft layers like you might get with other mixes. No point in mixing layers that look nice but only end up with one steel properly hardened IMHO...

    PM me your address - I'll sort a couple of bits and bobs out for you to play with ;)

    Might take me a week or two - I don't get much time to forge at the moment :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi guys here's the knife I bought from Matty at the AGF Bash, after I'd seen Chris Allum's.
    I've been learning to sharpen it on an old oilstone. It will now slice onion ultra thinly, so I'm on the road.
    Neil82 though, showed me how his knife could shave the hairs off his wrist.

    Like Nick, I now want a beautifully scaled knife like Chris or SUM BITCH'S

    Wonderful work Matty & SUM BITCH
    I feel a commission coming on.....

    ATB
    Gwyn
     
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    Thanks Gwyn :)
     
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    it's amazing mat ... almost everyone that sees my knife is seriously taken by it ...... nicklebum AKA tinbum caught me whilst i was eating dinner with it .... my bloody steak was cold by the time i got it back :)
     
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    Matty mate, you have a talent and I'm very happy to see you exploring it and you being encouraged to do so. Keep it up mate.
     
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    This is a Damascus steel knife from Whitby. I think matty's knife is better
     
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    Make a long bladed fillet/bowie knife matt! I want one :) now I'm Tempted by a Webley & scott SE knife to match my Webley longbow, but they look a bit cheap tbh
     
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    Doing a deep bellied Damascus skinner for Gasman soon if that interests you Tom?
     

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