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Made a couple of knives on the weekend.

 
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May 30, 2017 11:50 |  #1

Spent my weekend making these two.

Hunter - five and a half inch blade. Black butt handle. Brass highlights.

General Purpose knife - (GP) /personal carry knife. Hammered finish spine and ricasso. Ancient eucalypt/box handle. 3,1/4 inch blade.

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I've been having difficulty photographing them properly. There are so many beautiful features and details the camera misses. I am using bounce and diffusion, as well as ambient light and have experimented a bit. The trick is to get the shiny blade without blowing it out, while capturing the colour, detail and figuring in the wood. Also, when you turn it in the light, the gold highlights I have placed in the cracks can shine beautifully, but to capture it as well as the rest of the knife, it's hard to do all at once.

Some of the best knife photos I've taken are outside in the shade during the daylight, sitting on a rock in the garden.

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May 30, 2017 13:27 |  #2

Nice job on those knives!

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I've been having difficulty photographing them properly. There are so many beautiful features and details the camera misses. I am using bounce and diffusion, as well as ambient light and have experimented a bit. The trick is to get the shiny blade without blowing it out, while capturing the colour, detail and figuring in the wood. Also, when you turn it in the light, the gold highlights I have placed in the cracks can shine beautifully, but to capture it as well as the rest of the knife, it's hard to do all at once.

Some of the best knife photos I've taken are outside in the shade during the daylight, sitting on a rock in the garden.

Have you tried not directly lighting the knife indoors?
Look at the knife & Browning threads here for some ideas: FAQ - Studio Lighting


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May 30, 2017 14:14 |  #3

I would make my own lightbox for those! You can get creative with mirrors or reflective lucite for the bottom surface too. I wouldn't have the light directly down on the knives but from opposing angles.

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Jun 01, 2017 04:45 |  #4

And another finished today. No idea what the wood is....but it's pretty.

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Some previous knives.

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Jun 02, 2017 08:35 |  #7

Let us know when you start selling these!


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Jun 02, 2017 16:52 as a reply to TeamSpeed's post |  #8

I do, but only in Australia. Pocket money for my other hobbies and projects. :D I won't solicit here. Blades By Baz on Facebook.


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Jun 03, 2017 17:49 |  #9

Beautiful work. It's always a pleasure to see an item manufactured by a craftsman.




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Jun 03, 2017 19:48 |  #10

Terrific work there, Baz! You should put something together to commemorate your work on the suit :D


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Jun 14, 2017 06:04 |  #11

A few pouches. Leather work is not something I really like, but I can't send razor sharp knives to people without something to protect them.

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Changing/evolving my style a bit more. Going for five and a half inch hunters now. Liking this.

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Four hunters.

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Found a couple of chunks of very old wood in a creek bed. This is how it turns out semi polished. The chunk on the ground is a diamond in the rough.

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Bottom of a dead Banksia. Problem is, I don't know how long it's been dead for. Sanded and oiled a block to leave in the shed a few weeks and see if it warps or splits. Very pretty grain pattern. Might be good to stabilise.

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Jun 21, 2017 23:19 |  #12

More blades to help with the next big project. I've already started it, but I'll reveal a bit later when I've got something to show. In the meantime, these little babies have been helping me to get materials.

The latest four I spent my entire weekend making. The short one is one of the last short ones I'll be making.

This time I took them outside on an overcast day and photographed them in the shade.

1075 carbon steel blade. Brass guard. Brass and G10 spacers. Brass highlights in natural features. Eucalyptus handle. 5,1/2 inch blade.

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1075 carbon steel blade. Brass guard. Brass and G10 spacers. Brass highlights in natural features. Ancient blackbut stump handle. 5,1/2 inch blade.

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1075 carbon steel blade. Brass guard. Brass and G10 spacers. Brass highlights in natural features. Very old creek driftwood handle. 5,1/2 inch blade.

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1075 carbon steel blade. Brass guard. Brass and G10 spacers. Ancient Eucalyptus handle. 3,1/4 inch blade.

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Jun 21, 2017 23:32 |  #13

these are incredible works of art! Gorgeous.

doing a composite of a couple of shots might help to get perfect pictures, won't matter if the blade is blown out on the keeper shot of the handle.

Wish I was in Australia, I'd buy one. Fantastic work, beautiful detail.


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Jul 01, 2017 22:18 |  #14

Have you tried cross polarized lighting as we use in copy work? Really helps with controlled reflections and highlights.


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Jul 10, 2017 13:38 |  #15

I would love to do stuff like this. According to my wife I don't need anymore hobbies though. :p




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