Phantom Bowstrings
Figured a long winter
Equipment
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RJ Hunt 24-Apr-19
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Kicker Point 25-Apr-19
Fuzz 25-Apr-19
RJ Hunt 25-Apr-19
LUNG$HOT 25-Apr-19
jingalls 25-Apr-19
RJ Hunt 26-Apr-19
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midwest 26-Apr-19
RJ Hunt 27-Apr-19
From: RJ Hunt
24-Apr-19

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So I started making my own knives. Been quite a learning curve and quite fun but after 5 months got a couple done. Been using 1095 and O1 steel. Ordered a furnace so will be trying some a2 and some S35vn

From: RJ Hunt
24-Apr-19

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From: RJ Hunt
24-Apr-19

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My neighbor stopped by to see what I was doing and asked if I could make a tanto style knife so here was my first go at it. Came out pretty well.

From: RJ Hunt
24-Apr-19

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Then another friend saw the tanto I made for my neighbor so he asked if I could do something similar for his son. So I did that one. Hollow grind with a flat ground point. I also tapered the tang and lined the black micarta handle.

From: RJ Hunt
24-Apr-19
Most winters I spend killing coyotes but this has been a fun hobby to pick up. If you are like me, a knife junky, is fun as if you can dream it you can make it.

From: Kicker Point
25-Apr-19
These are beautiful. Good job.

From: Fuzz
25-Apr-19
Great looking knives!

From: RJ Hunt
25-Apr-19
Appreciate the feedback. I ponder making my own broadhead a but don’t want to dive down that rabbit hole yet.

From: LUNG$HOT
25-Apr-19
Good job. Not bad for a beginner.

From: jingalls
25-Apr-19
Nice job!!!

From: RJ Hunt
26-Apr-19

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I started out with a set of files, board for making bevels and some anealed O1 steel. After a couple nights with a hack sawed shaped blade and now horrible looking bevels I thought this is horrible. Got to be a better way. I ended up researching what knifemakers use and found out I need a belt grinder. $2000 would not fly to buy one so I bought a treadmill off Craigslist for the motor and electronics and pulled out my welder and some steel from the scrap yard no started working. Bought some wheels and a week later I had a frame made.

From: RJ Hunt
26-Apr-19

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Here was the finished 2x72 belt grinder I made.

From: RJ Hunt
26-Apr-19

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Then I purchased a rubber coated wheel for hollows and really ripping steel off

From: midwest
26-Apr-19
Outstanding...all of it!

From: RJ Hunt
27-Apr-19

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I found my kellyville shirt and wore proudly today. Been working on some other blades and such. Some have come out pretty cool and others need some improvement. Anyhow. These are out of 1095 and been messing with heat treat and quenching technique. I now have a huge respect for those old time swordsmiths that can do this over coal.

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