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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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nelsonsea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
very nice
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jheinked Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
beautifully crafted
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner 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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Rajala Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
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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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner 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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Rajala Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I used some oil for finishing but don't quite remember what.
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Artisan Crafter
thanks. I think I have too many coats on =)
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bhfiach Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
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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Rajala Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
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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bhfiach Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
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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Mr-Hutton Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
id love too see a sword
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:iconrajala:
Rajala Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
It might be nice to see a sword but making one would be far from it. Honing the blade is definitely one of the dullest things in the world. =P
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Mr-Hutton Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
its a good knife and a great sheath
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Rajala Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
:)
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Deryllithe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Hienoa työtä, erityisesti pidän tuosta tupesta. Puukonteko on taidetta. :D

Vai että puukkojunkkarikurssi... =P
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Rajala Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Kiitos!
Kyllä siinä on taiteelliset fiilikset kaukana, kun kymmenettä tuntia hinkkaa terää sileäksi. ;)
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Deryllithe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Voi kuule dahlin, tiedän sen harvinaisen hyvin, on rystyset vieläkin ruvella siitä armottomasta hiomisesta... Lisäksi luupöly on mukavaa haisteltavaa. :lol: Mutta silti, hieno puukko on taideteos, käytännöllinen sellainen. ;)
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Rajala Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Hiominen voisi olla periaatteessa meditatiivista, mutta mun mielestä se on vain turhauttavaa. Rälläkkä, hiomanauha, viilaus/kuumaviilaus ja tietyissä jutuissa virsikirjat on ainoita hiomisvälineitä, joita tykkään käyttää. =P

Tein tuon puukon oikeastaan vain sen takia, kun halusin kokeilla nahan työstämistä ja kahvan ja messinkihelan istuttamista. Nuorempana keräilin teräaseita hartaudella, mutta erityisesti takomishommiin ryhdyttyäni kiinnostus lopahti täysin. Miksi tuhlata hulluna aikaa yhden tylsän rautalatuskan hinkkaamiseen, kun voi tehdä samassa ajassa monipuolisempia ja paljon elävämpiä töitä. Mutta tämä on vain mun vinksahtanut näkemykseni.
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Deryllithe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
No siitä meditatiivisuudesta voi olla montaa mieltä,kiitos kaikenlaisten jännien äännähdysten. Toisaalta kun osaa sivuuttaa karmean kirskahduksen zenmäisellä tyyneydellä, on jo aika pitkällä meditoinnin polulla. :lol:

Kaikenlaista pitää kokeilla sanon minä, onkin tullut säädettyä kaikkea pitsinvirkkauksesta takomiseen. Puukontekoon innosti myös jonkunsortin päähänpinttymä siitä, että jokaisella metsästäjällä pitää olla omatekemä mettäkaveri, eli puukko. =P
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
This is absolute brilliance! It is no wonder you have been on a delay of posting things. The scabbard is very artistic looking as well! I really like the design and patterns in it. I would like to see you make a leather piece of torso armor some time. Your craftsmanship has really improved from the last time I checked your Gallery!

Keep it up! What a knife. Glad to know you have skills in knife fighting like I do!
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Rajala Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Thank you!
Huh, a leather armor? I think I'd need to concentrate more on leather working to be able to do something like that. ;)

Knife fighting is fun. Should start training again when I have more time.
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PeacefulSoul Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
That's what I meant, work yourself UP and then do something like that 'sometime.'
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Dr-Torture Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
That's some fine craftsmanship.
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:iconrajala:
Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Thanks!
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Dr-Torture Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
If your like me, I bet you keep it at its sharpest at all times.
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:iconrajala:
Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
And have a small layer of oil on the blade at all times to keep the rust away.
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XburiedinblackX Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
First comment in English!

Trained in knife fighting? Very nice... bet that's a useful life skill. :P

The knife does look like it would be easy to use... is that your reflection in the blade, or am I imagining things? o_O

Also, this may sound random, but did you make the scabbard as well?
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Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
A good morning starts with a nice little knife fight. Right after a cup of coffee. Or maybe not. =P

Indeed that's my reflection! I re-colored it a bit because there was too much red on it, thanks to my hair.

Scabbard is also of my making. It was actually the most interesting part and I'm now thinking of objects where I could use leather without having to make a knife. ;)
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XburiedinblackX Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Ah, coffee and knife fights. What better way to start one's day? ;)

Heheh, I just saw the shadows, and I was like, "Is that a camera? o_O" Looks fine though :)

Oooh, nice... I love the patterns on the leather. I'll have to keep an eye out for any future leatherwork from you!

*Secretly has a leather fetish*
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Taicuri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Todella hieno :D
mutta toisaalta, millainen lapsi opettelee puukkotappelua? "I do know what kind of knife is good for stabbing and cutting and all sorts of killing" mutta sitten taas toisaalta tää lause on vaan ihan liian vakuuttava :D :+fav:
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Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Kiitoksia!
No en mä nyt sentään lapsi silloin ollut, teini lähinnä. =P
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Taicuri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
No mutta se ei muuta kahta faktaa:
1) puukkotappeluista on hyötyä
2) pirun hieno puukko! :D
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Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Aivan! :D
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obiskus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Jaahas, sitä on sitten oltu puukotuskurssilla.. :D
Hieno tuli. Ja tuppi näyttää siltä kuin siinä menisi jotain iilimatoja tai vastaavia.. jännittävää. Mitä puuta sulla on tuo kahva..?
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Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Jei!
Tuppeen tuli testailtua pienemmänkin kuvion tekemistä, kun ei ole aiemmin tullut tehtyä tuollaisesta nahasta mitään.
Kahva on mahonkia. Olin ottanut kesätöissä puuroskiksesta talteen tuollaisen hyvän kokoisen palikan, josta riittäisi vielä pariin-kolmeen kahvaan.
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Artimisia-absinthium Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hieno eikä liian koristeellinen :)
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Rajala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Kiitos. Tuppea intouduin koristelemaan enemmän kuin oli tarkoitus, kun nahan muovaileminen osoittautui mukavan jännäksi puuhaksi. =P
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