The first steps in my knifemaking journey. Fully hand built skinner with ebony handle thanks to inspiration from Aaron Gough.
Around 2014 I started seeing posts about people that had built their own knives but it always seemed to require a large amount of tooling to get started. I came across Aaron Gough's excellent beginner knifemaker series on YouTube and realized that it would be possible. After many hours on YouTube, reddit, and forums I started to build the jig that would be the foundation of my endeavor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9iNDRwwBQQ&ab_channel=GoughCustom)
Starting out with a flat piece of O1 tool stock, I began the process of shaping then hand grinding the knife. Working in a slightly dark basement shop I found a pair of headphones and realized how many strokes it was going to take.
After getting it roughed out with flies and draw ground, it was time to heat treat. A small two brick forge and a torch were enough to get this one heat treated.
Handle fitted out with Ebony.