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218mm Niolox Gyuto, ringed gidgee and 416ss handle.

Discussion in 'Tristone Bladesmithing' started by Chadd Smith, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. G'day,

    Below is a clients, (who also became a friend in the process) gyuto, he has been ever so patiently waiting for over the last few months. Fortunately for me we have both enjoyed the learning experience in regards to trying new techniques, and finishes which have been discussed via skype, instagram and over forty emails back and forth with many pictures drawn. I'm not quite sure who learnt the most :p

    It has been a challenge, mainly due to my willingness to try anything the client and now friend asked of me to try, which I feel was also a challenge for my friend due to trying to not "throw the kitchen sink at it" and fit everything into the one knife :D

    Numerous attempts on these variables, and my inability to let something leave the shop in a condition or with a finish that I could not be proud of and that I did not feel was worthy of my friends respect and finance in his first custom knife. To that end, it took me four tries to make the front SS cap with satisfactory fit and finish to the tang, which was the major hurdle in the process and a source of much anxiety. This was made all the more enjoyable as the tang slot was not rectangular and was slightly trapezoid in shape.

    Now I am happy to say I have a knife that I am proud of, and I hope my friend is also happy to receive and feels is worth his coin.

    218mm, Niolox blade at 62/63HRC, right hand asymmetric grind.
    800grit satin finish.
    Right handed Ringed gidgee and 416 D shaped handle.

    I still have the Saya to make, which will be another maiden voyage. I'll update this thread as I go, wish me luck!

    Also a special shout out to Mert Tansu for bugging me enough to take photos with a dark background. Without his support and advice this blade may not have been the same.

    Enjoy the photos,


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  2. Beautiful work!! Congrats :)
  3. Looks very nice indeed!
  4. chefcomesback

    chefcomesback Founding Member

    You know my thoughts on that one but I will say it again in public " it's damn good "
  5. That handle looks first class
  6. cheflarge

    cheflarge Founding Member

    Frickin' AWESOME!!! :cool1
  7. Thanks gents! I'm very happy with this. It was actually 228mm blade length* not 218mm.


  8. This is my first custom order and Chadd has been truly amazing to work with.

    I would reiterate what has already been said in that I have learned a lot about knives and knife making and made a true friend!

    Really excited to add this knife to the collection and cannot recommend Chadd enough!!! =)
  9. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    Wow, that's a beauty!
  10. Chadd, part me is hoping that your pass around knife is a dud. Because along with the pics of this knife, if it isn't i don't know if my marriage can survive me adding another knife to my 2016 list.

  11. Alex,
    I'd better skip you on the pass around then!
    Maybe I could get to keep it just a little longer in that case ;)
  12. I'm really hoping it is not a dud, I'd have to quit being a knife maker as I thought the passaround knife was pretty good lol

    I hope she is serving you well Kev! Im anxious to hear your thoughts :)
  13. Really impressed so far, need to use it a bit more.
  14. Haha. Nah I'll take the risk with the wife.
  15. Haha. I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Just wishful thinking on behalf of my bank account's behalf.
  16. That bolster is ridiculous. Well done man. Knife is looking good...
  17. Bill T

    Bill T Founding Member

    Frickin' awesome!
  18. scotchef38

    scotchef38 Founding Member

    Really nice,the bolster is very cool
  19. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Very pleasing to my eye.

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