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Old 10-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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From Arizona, Full-Time Student, Part-Time Knife Maker

Hello everyone, glad to be here.

While I am not very seasoned at cooking in general, I very much enjoy it. Always looking to improve at everything.

I am currently a full-time student at University of Arizona, Materials Science and Engineering major. It sucks up all my time, but when I can manage a few free hours, I like to make knives. I love a well-performing kitchen knife, and eventually I'd like to put in much more time developing the craft (perhaps even full-time).

Hope to learn tons from all of you :) Sincerely,

-Don Nguyen

p.s. Is it against the rules to have my Facebook page in my sig? I wasn't sure if it counts as a non-commercial page, and I can remove it if it violates the rule.

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Old 10-20-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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Knives. Making is indeed an art. I tried to get into it, but materials are so expensive, it makes no sense at al to even bother.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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It can indeed get very expensive, but the basic tools and steel can be pretty affordable.

Though, the search for new materials and equipment never end :)
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Hello Don and welcome to DC

Great to have you onboard!
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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Welcome. Glad you are here.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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It can indeed get very expensive, but the basic tools and steel can be pretty affordable.

Though, the search for new materials and equipment never end :)
So, where do you bye material. I was looking at some materials for a hunting knife and they wanted $200 hundred dollars, crazy
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #7
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Wow! That's insane.

Aldo from NJSteelBaron is the most popular guy to get steel from. You can get big amounts of 1084 for much, much less than that.

Handle materials vary, but you can get basic micarta/g10 from most knifemaking supplys, like TexasKnife and USAKnifemaker for not too expensive either. Stabilized wood can start to get a little pricey, but Mark Farley at BurlSource (.us, not .com) is a fantastic source.

There are a couple people that you can send knives to for heat treating. Darrin Sanders over at BladeForums is an awesome guy who provides a very affordable service. Big companies will do it too, but many of them are strictly stainless.
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