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Well this is a design that has gently morphed over the ages. From a Japanese suicide tool to a modified blade that can look modern, the Kwaiken is one I have not had the pleasure of meeting at my grinder. I love all the modified grind angles that have come about, but I wanted to do something without the visual transitions of those angles. Something “smooth” visually.

I wanted THIN so I started with 1/8” CPMS35VN as I can grind the blade this material as thin as I want without warping from heat treat. I also wanted to do this with a flat grind as this will cut like a straight razor. There will be no chopping with this blade as it screams SLICE!!!! Before any edge or heat treat, it already bit me. Wink

I know that this should spark some opinions on HOW a Kwaiken should look, but it pretty much is one in my book. I just like being a little different! Should there be more made or revamp the idea? Hey it’s all for fun!
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Posts: 5086 | Location: Nashville Tn | Registered: October 12, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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That's a good looking blade, should finish nicely. I've collected this style for almost 30 years, seen a lot of interpretations of the Kwaiken. I think at this point you won't go wrong with what you envision it to be.

I started with Phill Hartsfield's back around 1990, the knife I liked the least was his Kwaiken. Thin steel, didn't allow for a pronounced grind. Today I own two "Kwaiken", one by Jason Knight, one by Ben Tendick and they are very different.


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Those guys have very different styles. I really have become a fan of Bens, he’s a grinding Wizard, what am I saying, they BOTH are! I WISH I could throw steel around a grinder like those guys.
 
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I WISH I could throw steel around a grinder like those guys.


You're doing fine, the fact that you keep expanding your skill is proof.


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Ran into this at Northern Knives yesterday. Locally designed and made. Smaller than yours but a thick blade. I was impressed at the versatility of the blade.

https://www.northernknives.com...ta-handle-p123021899




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This blade will be available to “ Finish-it your way!” I will post an advert in the Classifieds!!
 
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