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A Fighting Knife by Rajala A Fighting Knife by Rajala
We had a course of making a knife in school so here is the first of that kind from my hands. I'm in no hurry in making a second one. I had no use for a kitchen knife and I don't have the knowledge of making them as efficient as possible so I skipped that one. In stead, I do know what kind of knife is good for stabbing and cutting and all sorts of killing, thanks to training on knife fighting in my youth.

With the handle I focused on a good grasp in different positions. I also tried to have the peak of the blade in a good angle for successful penetration into human flesh. ;)
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:iconjheinked:
beautifully crafted
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:iconmonkeymitch351:
Monkeymitch351 Oct 21, 2010   Artisan Crafter
this is really cool! how long is the blade? ;)
I am making a fighting/bush/utility/survival knife but I want to make a sheath for it, how did you sew up the leather?
and the handle looks great, what wood is it?
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:iconrajala:
Thank you, and sorry for the delay with my answers.
The blade is a bit over 12 cm long. If I remember correctly, I used a wax thread on leather. The handle is made of mahogany.
Good luck with your knife! ;)
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Monkeymitch351 Oct 26, 2010   Artisan Crafter
thanks! my knife is doing well, but how did you finish the wood? my poly coat just won't get hard =(
and this would make a sweet fighting knife, I had a weird dream I was fighting someone with this, and I got my ass whipped :O
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:iconrajala:
I used some oil for finishing but don't quite remember what.
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Monkeymitch351 Oct 31, 2010   Artisan Crafter
thanks. I think I have too many coats on =)
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:iconbhfiach:
Knife fighting? Bah. I doubt it. And the quality of the knife depends on the blade steel. Crap steel = crap knife. What steel DID you use? Everyone gets so easily impressed by shiny and well built blades, but a pretty knife isn't good for much. A true fighting blade is tough as hell. Being snazzy looking doesn't count for much if your opponent is wielding a kukri made of D2. So is this a REAL fighting blade? Or is it just a overdressed cheese knife.
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:iconrajala:
Oh, thanks for thinking that this cheese knife is pretty. In comparison to many other hand made knives this is rather stripped in looks.

Here's some of my thoughts about wielding this in a fight: I wouldn't go knife against knife, so the blade doesn't need to be super extra special hard. If the opponent has a thick coat, I wouldn't try to penetrate it, in stead I'd go for visible vulnerable areas like wrists or throat.

In other words this knife is not for brute force but is best suited for quick slashes. The handle is designed for this purpose: it offers a firm grip in different positions that can be changed on the run. Haven't seen a knife with "injection molded glass reinforced handle scored with grip lines" that enables the same well enough.
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:iconbhfiach:
Wood doesn't grip well when wet. And it absorbs fluids such as blood easily. True fighting knives never have wood handles. And you still haven't said what steel you used.
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