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Lil Chopper - Knife Prototype by soupcan13 Lil Chopper - Knife Prototype by soupcan13
I've been wanting to try this for awhile and decided to pull the trigger on it. The entire knife(sans the titanium bolts) was designed on the computer and will be 3d printed in stainless steel and then sharpened by moi(handles in black resin) The blade features a stylized chisel/hatchet edge, with gimping along the back spine and grip, an aggressive finger choil will allow the user to "choke up" on the blade for detailed cuts. The long slot along the blade is intended to let the user hold the knife horizontally, apply the tip of the pointer finger, and use the blade for fillet or skinning purposes.(the circle at the end can be used as a detent point for a kydex sheath, but that comes later) The hollow space between the bolt holes can be used to hold supplies(matches, fishing line, hooks etc) and the rear chainbolt has a pass through tunnel so it can be used to loop a lanyard/retention line. There is a standard size bit driver socket in the hilt, a glass break/skull punch in the pommel, and most importantly a bottle opener in upper front of the blade(booze+sharp stabby things is always a great idea). This angry lil girl measures in at 6" from blade tip to pommel punch. NE stands for "Not Equal", coming from the thought that all men(and women) are created equal, their training and equipment give them an advantage in combat.

I have no idea if this is going to work...stay tuned for updates....
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BadLukArt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It looks very similar to a Dwaine Carrillo design. If you are unfamiliar with his work I would recommend that you check it out. Carrillo uses 154 cm blade steel typically. If you really wanted a quality piece to rival some of the top knife makers in the industry I would suggest using the best materials you can get your hands on. (cpm) S30V is one of the best blade steels on the market today. As far as the handle you can also get your hands on either Carbon fiber or G-10. You have an overall very cool design and I would love to see it created. I would lastly recommend, (If you are not already aware or planning) considering the width of the blade tempering the blade steel to multiple different rockwell. The highest point pushing just past 60 and the spine and shank dropped to 55-58 to allow for the blade to handle more abuse. The lower rockwell on the spine will allow the blade to absorb more front impact without breaking or chipping. I am a knife demolition tester and those are my recommendations. I hope not to offend by merely suggesting.
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Badluk!

No worries at all man! Thank you for all the info/suggestions! I totally agree on the s30v(my Zero Tolerance 0350 is s30v and I have loved it dearly since the day I took it out of the box) I would love to see this knife with g10 scales....I just gotta find someone who can machine g10. As of right now this is just a prototype/experiment. I have never seen anyone 3d print a knife and want to give it a shot. I am going to have it printed out and then grind/shape the edge myself...time will tell....
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BadLukArt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would modify this print with dimensional information. (If you don't already have one) Such as width, length, thickness, milling degree angles etc. There should be at least one machine shop near you that will mill the entire job for you as long as they have legitimate blueprints. Grinding that type of blade will prove difficult, especially taking into consideration the angle, thickness, and edge size. Its much less work for a more guaranteed result. And really not to much money. Considering what you would pay for a comparable custom made knife.
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wardoog Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Design is very nice,but it needs better point for piercing if you use it as a fighting knife..but it will be a great slicer..
Anyway i hope to see it in action,once again,awesome design!!
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks man! Yeah if you jammed this into someone/thing the bottle opener would probably end up getting all snared, I am envisioning this being more of a utility/work knife(with a healthy dose of goofy/industrial design behind it) The nice thing about a chisel point like that is you dont have to worry about fouling or snapping it off when gouging and prying things. Keep checking back I will post the follow up picks as soon as I get my hands on the print out.
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Dreadcross Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice concept. Hope it turns out well.
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thank you! I checked your sword/knife/metal working, very cool!

Check back in a bit, I will post pics of the prototype and finished product.

S
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks Mif! Keep checking back for updates, I ordered the titanium bolts and am going to print out all the components in resin first to piece together a prototype, I will post pics as soon as its all together

-soup
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ChallengerMage Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda think this looks awesome!
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@BS -thanks for the feedback,

"The massive hollow in the handle"
I own several versions of the rat izula which has a similar hollow and it performs beautifully(in my experience the majority of structural force is taken right around the hilt localization, less material past this point does not effect the strength of the handle portion of the knife. I have seen a few reviews wedge a blade in a crevice and hang from it to test its durability, but unless you are going mountain climbing and feel like stabbing a mountain, I do not see much use for this. ;)
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"the exposed metal on the handle will be uncomfortable"
I am a big fan of the hest tactical folder(own the 2.0 version) and the entire frame lock side of knife is metal(ti alloy) metal in the handle can be just as comfortable as wood/g10/resin it just has to be ergonomically shaped, although I am a big fan of angular abrasive grips for water/oil/blood scenarios
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"for skinning tasks, a nice curve is what you really need"
totally agree, the skinning/filleting ability of this knife would be a distant fallback feature, its main use is for a combative defensive/utility blade

"there's a lot i'd be worried about in terms of function"
if I can bust glass, open bottles, turn screws and hold a sharp edge with it, I'll be a happy guy

all that being said, to each his own, knives are much like their creators/users it takes all kinds to make the world go round.

@LW - 6" from tip to pommel
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