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ensis-trading 24-01-2013 03:50 PM

Do Many Items Sell On The Auction Application?
Hello all,
I'm Niall Harris, I'm a new to the forum and I hope I am posting in the right place.
I'm curious about the auction application on the site and the general trading side of things on UKBF;
Do many knives sell on the auction? or; do most transaction happen on the classified adverts?

I have joined the forum to get tips and pointers for my own crafting and hope to share any knowledge I do gain through my own experience. Although I love to make knives, I wouldn't mind making a bit of Guinness money off it but i'm not going to get greedy.

Please do let me know if I have posted this in the wrong place, i'm unsure whether this is for advertising auctions and not asking about them.

Otherwise, i look forward to any replies.

Many thanks, Niall Harris

HillBill 24-01-2013 03:58 PM

Welcome to the forum mate.

In all honesty, nothing much sells on here, its a forum consisting mainly of makers :)

ensis-trading 24-01-2013 04:02 PM

Hello HillBill,
Thank for your reply and the welcome.

Do you know of any good trading websites that are UK based? or have a big UK audience?

I'm fairly new to making knives although my love for them is age old, I am interested in trading them though but i'm unsure where to start.

Thanks very much,

HillBill 24-01-2013 04:10 PM

Not really mate, you could sell them on Amazon perhaps, they allow it. :)

Do you have any pics of your work? And what sort of volume are you wanting to sell? If its just odd knives then there are other forums such as British blades. or if you are a genuine maker you could set yourself up a website.

ensis-trading 24-01-2013 04:53 PM

I have had a look at selling on amazon, I couldn't work out how to make new listings and such, also I don't think there is that big of a market for one-off or custom blades on there but I could be wrong. I plan to list some on etsy but I believe that is mainly american based I'd have no issues with exporting them but I was wondering if there is anywhere UK based for handmade knives.
I don't have pictures of my work so far, I have mainly used stainless steel to start with before I set about using tool steel just to get an idea of the method and what order to do the steps in.
In terms of volume, at the moment I plan on just a few a month at the moment but would like to get some serious making done once I have to know-how and confidence to do so. it takes me a good 60 hours or so before I am 100% happy with a knife and with any luck I should get faster and still maintain the quality in time.
I'll have a look around other forums to see where would be best to start trading.

Thanks very much for your help!

HillBill 24-01-2013 04:56 PM

You started on stainless? Its normally the other way around. Tool steels such as 01 are much easier to work with and heat treat and are generally cheaper too.

How did you heat treat your stainless blades? :)

ensis-trading 24-01-2013 05:27 PM

Yeah, stainless and mild. I didn't heat treat them, I only did it to get an eye for the grinding and profiling, it was only cheap stuff around 20 for 6 meters. Although I did buy some tool steel from Cromwell which I hardened and tempered to somewhere close to 60 rockwell if I remember correctly. It was some time ago that I made that knife however. I'm not too please with the shape but i've but a short hollow grind on it and it can hold an edge even after I hacked a bit of aluminium sheet just to test it of sorts. That's now the knife in my tool box for when my Wenger just isn't enough.
I did find tool steel easier to work with as you mentioned that they are. The stainless didn't take grinding too well I found.

Is it possible to harden stainless blades? or does it need to be stainless carbon steel to harden them with heat? Work hardening is always an option but as I said, I only wanted to get some idea of what to expect using stainless before spending 20 on tool steel stock.

HillBill 24-01-2013 05:41 PM

There are a lot of stainless steels that are hardenable, many of them are specifically designed for knives and are quite easy to work with. Not cheap though and need specialist HT equipment. :)

Mike Bowler 24-01-2013 07:57 PM

welcome to the forum show some pic's then

ensis-trading 25-01-2013 01:05 PM

Hello Mike,

I have found a picture of the second knife I made. Although it looks a bit untidy I think I must have been half way through the finish at this point. I will look for a picture of my first knife, my first one was mild steel and that one was just a test as to what I could do.

I hope I have attached the picture correctly

Cheers very much,

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