My son decided to take up knife-making, and he just texted me this picture of his VERY FIRST knife-making attempt. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty impressed, particularly since he made the thing entirely from scratch. He said he machined the blade and shank from a single piece of steel he bought at Lowes, and he made the micarta blank by layering heavy paper bonded with resin and then shaping it.
I asked him about the quality of the steel, and he said it is nothing special. It's just a piece of blank steel that Lowes sells for fairly cheap.....and that this one was just for practice.
"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." --Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791