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    My Allan Goodman scimitar blade knife broke! This was the 0.030 steel blade. It took me a year to get used to this blade, but once I had used it a while, I really liked it. The curve of the blade makes a regular cutting movement into a slicing action and the knife glided through basswood like butter...
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    Allan is difficult to contact, so I ordered a replacement from Helvie. Not an exact copy, but a similar one. Since they have a backlog, I decided to experiment a bit. I took the blade that was left, ground down the back 1/2 inch of it a bit (wasp-waisted) to give the epoxy something to hold onto. Took a scrap piece of Padauk I had in my scrap bin, split it, hollowed out an area for the new tang of the blade and epoxied it back together. I now have a 1 inch scimitar-bladed detail knife. I can't cut off chips as large as I was able to before, but it works quite well on smaller areas of smaller carvings.

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    Last edited by Claude; 08-19-2019, 01:33 PM.
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  • #2
    Wow Claude, that must have been upsetting to break your favorite knife! The nature of the break makes me wonder about the heat treating process. This is a strong argument for having several backups for your favorite tools. LOL

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    • #3
      Well Claude, where there is a will, there is a way. Nice recovery but empathize with a broken favorite knife. This too shall pass.
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Great recovery of a blade, Claude.

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        • #5
          Always feels good to accomplish something, and you did a good job of the knive
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            There you go Claude, now you have turned into a knife maker. Looks like a little too much sideways pressure on your blade. Nice save.
            If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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            • #7
              Well I'll be Darned Claude you are a Knife Maker and not a Bad one . Merle

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              • #8
                Nice save Claude!... just curious, .... I wonder how long the piece (tang ) that was left in the original handle is? Might be enough steel in that old handle to make another knife..
                Wayne
                If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Soggy View Post
                  Nice save Claude!... just curious, .... I wonder how long the piece (tang ) that was left in the original handle is? Might be enough steel in that old handle to make another knife..
                  Wayne
                  Now he tells me! I never thought to check - just tossed the handle in the trash...

                  Claude
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                    • #11
                      Wow, what a bummer. I love that knife so much I bought two, one directly from Allen and one at a carving show. Hope you can contact Allen! Nice work on the new knife.
                      Terry

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                      • #12
                        Nice job Claude!

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                        • #13
                          This brings up a good question. How's Allen doing? Anyone heard from him or seen him at any of the carving venues? I'm a subscriber to his You Tube channel but the best I can tell he hasn't posted anything, even music, in 11 months. No doubt that he makes some nice knives. Out of necessity I've had to purchase some OCCT and Helvie because I never could get in touch with Allen and they fill the bill but it doesn't take anything away from his knife making and carving talents. I'm still hanging on to his autographed copy of the Carving magazine with his article on "Shelf Elf's!"

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                          • #14
                            Nice job!!
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                            • #15
                              sounds like a good job that had to be trickly what has helped me before is to put the new knife blase in and then wrap blase and the tip of the handle with string and then epoxy it all together. a little more contact for eerything to hang on to

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