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i've made a few myself.
unless you have lots of expensive machines to cut down on manhours
it's a pain trying to make a living from it.
lots of competition too.
the stainless materials will be a pain to treat unless you farm
it out in bulk to a pro.

i've bought stuff from jantz supply and texas knifemakers supply.
they're reliable if they're still in business. quite a few
different folks carry pre fab blades. i've done some with what
they called semi-finished blades, basic shape and heat treat done,
just needs final shaping and polishing

just me, i'd go with the previous ^ ^ ^ ^ post and do a few
kits before you decide to jump in the deep water.

I have no intention of trying to make a living or huge sums of money in this endeavor. Simply want to take my hobby and love of custom made knives to a different level.

Both places are still in business that I can tell.

Though I am going to use a forge, mainly going to use it for heat treating. My main focus will be using the stock removal method for making knife blades. I plan on concentrating on buying quality blade steel stock for making blades.

Has anyone seen or heard from Tango?

Looking at his profile, it was the middle of November since the last time he was on the forum.

Outdoors / Re: ..goofy friggin' weather..
« on: Today at 11:22:32 AM »
Chance of snow in Plano over next 2 hours, they say....

Who is "they" - watch out for "them"  :P

Them is always more trouble than they! :th_thicon_lol:

Outdoors / Re: ..goofy friggin' weather..
« on: Today at 11:20:53 AM »
Mid 40's, and my weather app is telling me that there is a chance of snow!

Seems that many in LE are not in favor of these new laws.

Outdoors / Re: ..goofy friggin' weather..
« on: Yesterday at 11:55:49 PM »
Mid 70's today, partly cloudy, and it started raining about thirty minutes ago.

What's "nice by"??!!

Ummmm....... Let me get back to you on that! :th_thicon_lol:

So who has been naughty or nice? :th_thicon_lol:
How do you define “Naughty“?  :th_thicon_idea:

Ummmm........ Let me get back to you on that! :th_thicon_lol:

So who has been naughty or nice? :th_thicon_lol:

Chicken fried steak, home made French fries, country style gravy, yeast rolls, and green beans on the menu for tonight! Mmmm good! :rocknroll2:

Old files,saw blades,leaf springs,plow discs,Railroad spikes all make very good knife blades.

Axxe,you could just buy some knife making kits,and start from there. The blades are already cut & shaped,they just need to be finished.

I'm leaning towards buying knife blank material, then shaping the blade, and then heat treating the blade.

But that is a good option as well. I looked over their website a few weeks ago.

First of all, I detest bullies. For the majority of them, they are cowards who prey upon those that they think are weaker. They need an old-fashioned butt whooping!

And sad to say, many times the schools are complicit in allowing the bullying to happen in the first place or allowing it to continue by doing nothing about it.

Many schools also have zero tolerance policies about violence,  so they further hinder someone from being able to defend themselves, in fear of being punished for defending themselves.

Axxe, Search for specially knife shops in your area.
Try to find one or more that offers knife making classes and enroll.
You'll get a look at the various tools, techniques and raw materials.
Plus you may make some future important contacts.

None in my area that I am aware of. But I have been in contact with a few on PTF these last few days. I started pretty much the same thread there to gather some input and advice. So far I have gotten lots of feedback from the members there.

Also have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as well. Lots of information out there if a person wants to find it.

Have any photos of your finished projects?

Not yet. I can't post pictures from this iPad. Or possibly more accurately, I am not technically savvy enough to know how to! :th_thicon_lol:

Hopefully, pretty soon I am going to invest in a new laptop or tablet, that I can then use to post pictures again.

Outdoors / Re: Owls!
« on: December 08, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
The large owl that I have been seeing for the last several months, I would guess his wingspan at about 3.5 to 4 feet.

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Old Honda Mower
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:23:45 AM »
I have to agree with DCD. You can get a great mower that will last a good number of years, but they are pretty expensive. As DCD mentioned, most consumer grade riding mowers are made by MTD, or AYP. (American Yard Products) in the United States. Pretty much any riding mower under about $2000. Getting above that price point, they tend to be more brand specifically manufactured, and better made.

If possible, look into getting a garden tractor with a mower deck. They look like a larger riding mower, but they are built with much thicker steel in the frame structure, and have much heavier duty transaxles and other mechanicals.

Check out Craigslist and the local classifieds. Sometimes you can find some really good deals on good used ones if you are an informed buyer, and know what you are looking at.

I am thinking about taking my knife making to the next level, and would like to start making custom knives to sell.

I am looking for input, advice, ideas and suggestions in taking on this endeavor, and would appreciate any feedback in this area.

Any thoughts or questions would also be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Outdoors / Re: ..goofy friggin' weather..
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:22:21 PM »
Global Warming for sure. 
Global Cooling for sure. 
Climate Change for sure.
Rising Temperatures for sure.
Falling Temperatures for sure.
Acid Rain for sure.
Alkaline Rain for sure.
Seasonal Weather Change for sure.
Daily Weather Change for sure.
Coming Ice Age for sure.
Coming Desertification for sure.
Nuclear Winter for sure.
Volcanic Winter for sure.

Did I miss one?  :scream3:

TXAZ, you really should think about being a weather forecaster! You're a natural at it! :rocknroll2:

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Re: Old Honda Mower
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:18:34 PM »
35 years is incredible! 
I’m trying to think if I ever had a mower hit 10.  I don’t think so.

Same here! I buy used riding mowers usually off Craigslist since I know that they are going to take a beating around my property. I just keep repairing and rebuilding them until they are beyond any more help. It's still cheaper than doing the same thing with an expensive new mower for my purposes.

Gun News & Laws / Re: Gifting Question
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:11:29 PM »
Most excellent answer by our astute leader Ship. :th_thicon_idea:

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