Screw the contest. Make your own razor!!!!

Bruno

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I forge a couple of blades today. Daylight limited me to only one for this purpose.
@DrDalton was the second taker so that will be his.

I was going to make at least 2, but for the first one I made the mistake of starting the tang with too small a piece of steel. Habit, I guess, because it was enough to forge a tail at finished size, but not to forge a long stub like these blades need.
 

Bruno

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I cleaned up the blade I forged. Sometime this week I'll do the hollow grinding and then it will be ready.
 

32t

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Here is my beginning idea. Sholderless, french point, thumb notch, fish tail.
Hope this pic works. Might do some grinding on the spine too. Maybe some scallops.
A baleen pattern? A vertical pattern welded would look cool!
 

Bruno

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Vertical lines are definitely possible if you make a thick billet like how your Mike Blue billet started. And then you could flip it 90 degrees and hammer it flatter and wider.
And then you'd cut end slices that you could forge into a razor.
 

32t

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I see a whale in your design with its mouth wide open .

Vertical lines such as the ones on the paper could represent baleen.

A vertical pattern weld would be one way to get that look.

I tend to think out loud.:)
 

DrDalton

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This arrived in the mail:

And this is what I was thinking of doing, an homage to the "spike" by union cutlery, with a shortened Hoshi Tombo 8000 tail.
Nothing fancy.


A slightly rounded head,
A straight line from the head (along the spine and tang) to the tip of the tail,
A straight edge matching the spine
A square point
Tang width at shoulder slightly less than blade width (about 10mm)
Tang taper extending past shoulder and heal (shown in red)
relief grind on under side of tang at shoulder (also shown in red)
 

Bruno

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Interesting. So the tail is a rectangular stub? I don't think I've seen it like that. Interesting.
 

Gasman

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Glad you hrought it up Bruno. Im only been using straights for a year so i figured maybe i just had never seen the one he's talking about. But i guess we are all different in what we like.
 

32t

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I like the square tail.

The point of this thread to me is trying something new and learning. I think that conservative is better in this situation.

In my avatar the lower left tang is the first one that I forged. I went with the flow and I think that it looks cool but in many ways it is useless and impractical.
 

Bruno

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I've seen that with those traditional Japanese pocket knives as well.
And indeed: everyone likes something different.
 

RezDog

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I got this razor from my wife and children for Christmas, and I have to say, the way the tail/handle is shaped it is a challeng to strop. I used it for a week and in the end I was getting it a little better.
 

Bruno

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Wow! that is nice. And the razor is cool but I also like the stand. At the Gembloux knife show the scrap bin contained piece like that stand but I couldn't think of a use for them so I just left them there. I'm going to have to pick up some this year.
 
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