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Offline mazo kid

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Friction folder build
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:05:44 AM »
I decided that I would like a friction folder to replace the one I foolishly traded away several years ago. I had purchased that one at a rendezvous. Well, they are a bit harder to make than appears. Also, keep in mind that I am NOT a knife maker by any means. OK, here are the materials I picked out to make the knife:

That white shape is the pattern I made out of heavy paper.

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2014, 10:07:53 AM »
I made a template for keeping the file pattern somewhat even:

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2014, 10:09:44 AM »
Sketched out a pattern on the blade for rough shaping of the edge:

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2014, 10:12:51 AM »
After heating the blade to bright red (took 2 Mapp torches to get it evenly heated!), I heated the blade on a steel plate over a burner on low heat to draw the temper. I had tried to do this with a torch but ended up drawing too far. Re-heated the blade and this method seems to work very well.
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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2014, 10:15:06 AM »
OK, I'm calling this pretty much finished; still need a bit more edge sharpening, but this is it:

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2014, 10:18:06 AM »
I would still like to do something on the antler for decoration, either the crown or the spot on the tine itself, but will have to think about that a while!

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 10:34:41 AM »
Hot damn mazo, the more I know you the more I like you!! Great minds think alike, here's one I made a few years back, don't remember if the blade was a hoof rasp or a coil spring of an 80 "Vette
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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2014, 12:30:44 PM »
Very nice! I have a lot more respect now for anyone who builds these knives. Check your PM.

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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2014, 01:13:46 PM »
Mazo, that is a very neat knife. And you say you are not a knife maker? My friend, you definitely ARE a knife maker. You just made one, and a nice one at that. My hat's off to you, sir.   (T^   {?|
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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2014, 03:56:38 PM »
Mazo, I think it looks good! I like it!  (T^
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2014, 04:44:11 PM »
Nice looking
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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2014, 05:59:59 PM »
Mazo, that is a very neat knife. And you say you are not a knife maker? My friend, you definitely ARE a knife maker. You just made one, and a nice one at that. My hat's off to you, sir.   (T^   {?|

I quite agree, you have now entered the relm of being a knife maker as you not only made one, but did a pretty good job of it too. Congrats on the new friction folder, may it bring you joy when ever you use it. (T^
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Re: Friction folder build
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 08:33:22 AM »
Thanks guys, but anyone who makes a knife may technically be called a knife maker. That doesn't mean he/she has the skills to produce a high end product. I'm just glad that mine have turned out to be of decent usable quality and look pretty good!