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    This summer, I set aside the belt grinder, and picked up the air ratchet. I had taken a long look at my 1988 Toyota 4Runner, and realized I had been neglecting my baby. I've kept it up mechanically 100%, but I let the body and paint deteriorate. As the 1st gen 4Runners are becoming more and more collectable, and mine being the best vehicle I've ever owned, I decided to begin restoring her. I went from peeling paint on all body panels, the black shell-top weathered down to bare white fiberglass, banged up front & rear bumpers, and rusted wiper arms and wheels, to what you see below. Some minor interior work will be next. I'm thrilled with how she's looking now, and with the hardest part out of the way, I hope to get back on the grinder soon. 1988 Toyota 4Runner Dlx
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    Hello!! Well I went and done did it...here are the first one of this batch..the first blades I have made here in our new studio down in Florida.. Boy I am ever feeling it..not swinging a hammer for 7 months..I had to drop down from my usual 8# hammer to a wimpy 4# hammer...I am back up to a 6# and I should be back with my "Lil' Nubbin" 8#'r here in another week or so... All are pattern welded 5 with my infamous Bovine Ivory and one with Red Deer antler.. Turned out ok for someone who is a bit out of practice as they say.. These are for sale on my website...I am posting them presently..I just wanted to give ya'all a sneak peek... When the next group is done I will post those as well... Hope these pics turn out... JPH
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    Here is the result of about a year and a half of practice. I will not claim to be Sami, or even that this is a Sami knife. But a couple years ago I saw some of the beautiful work done by Sami Craftsman and decided I wanted to learn how to do it. This proved to not be an easy task. First, there is very little information out there on the process. Second, there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there. Third, most people I showed pictures of the knives to couldn't figure out why I liked them as much as I did. But... for some reason I am obsessed. I started following the few makers on Instagram I could find. I studied every post they made for clues. I asked questions and practiced. I found a couple WIP walk throughs and they helped a lot. I tried elk bone, mule deer antler, White tail antler, and Elk antler. I started cold calling reindeer farms for reindeer antler. I made multiple different engraving tools and failed many times before I found what I liked, and I'm thinking about changing it again. When I got to the sheath I spent hours trying to figure out what kind of leather to use, and subsequently the people at the local Tandy leather store thought I was nuts. But I finally found a place in Sweden that knew exactly what I wanted and shipped it pretty reasonably. Here is the result. My 13th knife. My first "Sami influenced" knife. It is a conglomeration of many experiments. It turned out quite fancy for my tastes and I think the next one will be more geometric, but for some reason I wanted to challenge myself with curves. 1075 blade, hand forged. White tail antler and cocobolo for the knife handle. hidden tang construction with threaded tang and holding nut with overlying wood inlay. sheath is leather and scrap walnut. Without further ado: Some in process Pictures: Some of my practice progress over the last year. You can follow along from left to right with some examples of my engraving attempts and also my progression of different engraving blades. I hope this isn't to many pictures. I visit this forum daily. I'm a pretty quiet person in general, and I do not post often because I don't feel I have much to add, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this forum. The level of craftsmanship on this site are inspiring and you all have taught me a tremendous amount. Let me know your thoughts. As always, critique is much appreciated. When you stare at something for so long the eye gets biased... That and all the little mistakes become glaringly obvious. Adam
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    Not sure if I've ever posted any of my work. Figured I'd post this one. Still got a little sanding/polishing left but it's pretty much done. Just a simple using knife. Forged out of CruForge V
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    I have no doubt you will design and fabricate some beautiful puukkos. Every blade seems to dictate how to carve and shape the handle. Puukkos are not simple designs. There is no one size fits all approach. I learned the T.L.A.F..A.R. (That looks and feels about right) many years ago and use that principle on every project. Your carving and tool design nail it solid. I for one look forward to seeing more of your work.
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    Well thanks for the grand welcome guys. There is a web site for Cyclekarts, it''s call the Cyclekartclub.com and at times over the past couple of years, I'll post a comment over there, but they keep taking shots at me over there because I'm to long winded, can ya tell? And......sometimes I post my personal opinion......which...... sometimes differs from the old experts over there, who don't take kindly to anyone who color's outside the lines that they've drawn. With all the work around here and the different directions that I seem to get pulled off in, the Cyclekart looks to be well off into next year. If I had chosen to use off-the-shelf parts and a conventional construction, it would only have taken a few months to throw one together, but noooooo, I gotta try to make all the parts my self, and to my liking. So....is 42 HRC to hard???? Well time will tell. My plan is to use the pasture on the back side of my property for a mini road course, that's on dirt of course. So.....that should give the front suspension a pretty good work out. I'll be building friction dampers to keep the wild oscillations under control. The rear is a solid axle as on most gokarts. I'll post how the 5160 holds up under duress when I get there. And again, thanks for the help. Denny Graham Sandwich, IL
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    Today I spent a couple of hours practicing Vine Filework. I Have a set of fittings that I am going to put this on and haven't done this one in a while. So I decided to practice it before I totally screw up a perfectly good knife. I thought I'd share this with folks in case anyone is interested. Most filework patterns have about 4-6 steps (other than layout), and can be reduced down to 4, when you consider that some steps are identical to one another, just on opposite sides of the work piece. I use a method Duane Dushane has in his video with a 2" square piece of 1/8" thick brass bar and number the sides 1-4. Then each side gets step 1, sides 2,3,4 get step 2, side 3 & 4 get step 3 and 4 is when you finish. You can keep this handy thing around to help you remember the process, or you can finish all the sides as a practice piece. If it doesn't work out well, simply grind the faces down and start over. Step 1 is cutting the lobes in on each side. Step 2 is cutting the thorns in. Step 3 is starting to remove the excess and create the curves. Step 4 is smoothing out the curves, sharpening up the thorns and generally cleaning up the shape. After a sanding to 600 and buff (red & green) I blacken the whole thing and lightly scrape the top with 9 micron paper to see where I am at. This still needs a little work on a couple of thorns and some curves.
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    And what it looks like on a tapered full-tang. I think this is roughed-in well enough to HT.
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    It made it easier for the coyote to load it into the weather balloon in such a way that he could pull a rope and have it fall. (Missing the roadrunner, and landing square on the coyote of course) Regarding filing the bar of: I'd spend $20 on a HF angle grinder. That is a lot of weld on there. You aren't going to hurt the anvil unless you start grinding into the face. You can clean up the last 1/16" with a file.
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    Holy cow, dude! I am seriously impressed! And I really like that handle-vise thingy you made for the stacked construction glue-up. On the leather, it seems that subject comes up here every few years. I know it's called half-tan, and I know you can only get it from Sweden or Finland. Somebody posted a link a few years ago, but I'm glad you managed to find it on your own.
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