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  1. made this composite image to show the progression of a piece I'm working on. From left, the customer supplied design, my initial revised sketch, the finalised design, the knife after rough profiling the handle, after the initial carving, and almost finished: now I'm trying to get the blade colour back to where it was in the second last image, which was just a test etch at 320 grit...
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  2. Some more of my Things Made This Month...a stacked leather/brass/micarta single-edge dagger a la scian-dubh and sheath, French-style sabatier in 80crv2 and patnered meat cleaver in 1084 with cocobolo, brass corby's and dovetailed bolsters with (respectively) cherry and walnut scabbards, and an ebony and copper hunter from 80crv2 with the best hamon I've accomplished yet. Etching is a voodoo I have not mastered yet..regardless of steel type, I try ferric chloride, then vinegar, and always finish in coffee. Invariably, I hate the first or second etch, polish it out completely, and start over. I keep hearing to clean with alcohol or acetone but for me these always end up leaving streaks and I get a crappy etch. I start with these to get the bulk of polishing compounds off, then wash the blade in simple green and hot water and that seems to be the best.
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  3. My first post, not my first knife. Just finished this today. 80crv2, jade micarta, brass guard, bolsters, and liners. Now I need to do a sheath. Or maybe a scabbard with throat and chape..I have some copper brazing wire I've been itching to try.
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