Hi all, my name is Rudi and i have been lurking on the forum for some months. I recently moved back to Port Elizabeth from Botswana. Initially my plans was to to run a construction business but after a few months of losing my mind with the local labor and generally not enjoying the work i found myself looking to an old interest. Knife making. I spent many late nights partitioning my fathers garage, i moved back with my folks while i got my business moving, with salvaged hardboard (from a shipping company) and some par pine. Thankfully i have most of the machinery needed thanks to various metal working businesses i have done over the years i just have never had everything in place to start making knives efficiently so other than the occasional workshop knife i haven't had a complete build in a while . I don't intend the knife making to be a business rather a hobby to prevent early onset madness from the day to day staying alive and maybe a few sales once i make a knife i don't end up torching in frustration.
My early knives were all done with big bastard files and i suspect i will still use files on forged blades since i found it to be very effective. But i now have a belt grinder and need to learn how to use it, after turning a expensive stack of steel into scrap i decided to build a jig from scrap... seriously i only bought the lock nut everything else i picked up on the side of the Botswana bush roads. The plan now is to have a bunch of mild steel blanks cut for free hand practice and use the jig on the good steel. The jig works lovely on straight grinds and on straight hollow grinds. Oh and credit for the design comes from many many pictures online. Thought i would share the weekends work with you all!