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Chris Moss

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  • Birthday 04/16/1987

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    knifemaking (duh)<br />I particularly like Japaneses style knives and swords. Hamons are a painting. blades are a canvas, clay is my paint, fire is my brush. the problem is.. i am still painting like Pablo Picasso.<br />i am inspired by the work of Don Fogg and Don Hanson in particular and many many many others.

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  1. Hey everybody, Finished this blade a little while ago and been holding onto it. It my favorite sword by far, but I had some big bills come through so I need to sell it to get some quick cash. I will be really sorry to see this one go, but bills come first. This is a light, small wakizashi that I built to be as fast and agile as possible while still going with a traditional design. A San Mai blade, cable Damascus sandwiching a 1095 core, distal tapered, with a gorgeous hamon . The fittings are textured copper and wrought iron, Full rayskin wrap on the handle and silk ito. The saya is tiger maple in a high gloss finish. The tang is nearly the full length of the handle and secured by a sturdy micarta pin. The blade is convex ground and wickedly sharp. For those of you who like lists; Here are the specs: 22.5" OAL Blade 15.75" Handle 6.75" Blade is cable around a 1095 core tapering from .2" to .1" about an inch and a half from the tip The sword weighs just under 3/4 lbs and just under 1lb with the saya The balance point is about 1/2" down the blade from the front of the habaki making the blade very light in the hand Textured copper and wrought iron fittings Silk ito and Micarta pin SOLD for quick sale (hopefully.) If you are interested in the blade please contact me via PM or at Knifemaker87@gmail.com. Money order or Paypal(plus 3%) The sword is ready to ship pending payment. let me know if you would like more pictures of a specific part or angle. thanks for looking! ~Chris
  2. This is one of 2 knives I made for fun from blades I forged on an Iron Kiss hammer. It was designed as nice user with a sturdy resilient blade, strong corrosion resistant fittings and a nice user-friendly finish. It is light in the hand and very agile. It is hair-popping sharp and comes with a stacked veggie-tan leather sheath with custom stainless belt stud and nickel coated brass snaps. I am asking $300 shipped for this knife. Please let me know if you are interested via PM or email: Knifemaker87@gmail.com. I do ask 3% additional if paying via PayPal. Redwood Burl Camp Knife OAL 12" Blade: 7" long, 0.19" thick Blade forged from DHIII W2 steel, polished to 800 grit with active hamon 304 Stainless guard and Micarta spacer Mosaic pin Stabilized Redwood burl handle Veggie-tan leather sheath with custom stainless furniture thanks for looking ~Chris
  3. Hey everybody, This is one of 2 knives I made for fun from blades I forged on an Iron Kiss hammer. It was designed as nice user with a sturdy resilient blade, corrosion resistant fittings and a nice user-friendly finish. It has a nice heft in the hand with nice palm and butt swells for a positive grip and comfortable use. The blade is nice and thick with a very strong edge made for heavy work. It is hair-popping sharp and comes with a stacked vegie-tan leather sheath with custom stainless belt stud and nickel coated brass snaps. SOLD. Please let me know if you are interested via PM or email: Knifemaker87@gmail.com. I do ask 3% additional if paying via PayPal. OAL 11.5" Blade: 6" long, 0.215" thick Blade forged from DHIII W2 steel, polished to 800 grit with active hamon 304 Stainless guard Micarta spacer and Stainless pin Tan G10 handle Veggie-tan leather sheath with custom stainless furniture thanks for looking ~Chris
  4. And, i got the pics from SharpBy Coop... and let me tell you... Coop has delivered! thanks guys! ~Chris
  5. the carbon fiber changes from a white to gray-black to green to light tan depending on how you look at it. it is a totally mesmerizing shift of colors as you rotate it in the light. did you check out the video? you can really see what it does in the light. thanks so much, and i am really glad yall like it. the balance point on the blade is about 0.5" in front of the guard. I think the pronounced S guard do accentuate that placement. i will also get final weight before i ship it off. it is deceivingly light. very easy to carry and use. thanks all! ~Chris
  6. thank you sir for your knid works, after being such a fan of your work that is high praise indeed! Sorry for the confusion on the bluing. I am using Perma Blue which is a cold bluing for repairing or refinishing guns. I have been wiping it on the blade with a sponge brush and then using a mixture of 2000 grit paper and 1500 grit free abrasives (and WD40) to accentuate the pattern. it is totally not a dumb question. as for the high sports. the paper does that, however the free abrasives to a little bit of work on the low spots as well, but most importantly it leaves a smoother finish that the paper which tends to leave a very shiny surface with sanding mark in it. thank you sir! i am very very glad you like it! and thanks so much for the stencil information. Okay... now for some info First off, the only thing i have missing in the specs is the balance point. which is very important. i will post that as soon as i can get the knife in my hands again. OAL:17" Blade: 10.25" blade 1.5" wide and 0.16" thick 150 layers of 1084 W2 and 15n20 Handle: Custom uni-directional carbon fiber Fittings: Anodized Titanium, and damascus steel I finished assembling and stitching the sheath. I also refinished the blade. i got it smoother and am much happier with it. I also coated the blade with museum wax to prevent corrosion. and i think the sheath and knife go together pretty well. And now... my first YouTube video is fitting to be used for the first take down, first Ti fittings, first carbon fiber handle knife, first real sheath i have ever made. thanks so much for looking ~Chris
  7. I really dont have any new information for you on this post, however I do have pictures, (:D:D). I sanded the handle to 2000 grit to make everything smooth and to get out some drips in the paint. Here it is cut and ready for buffing: Here is the knife all assembled. This is a preview. I am still not quite happy with the blade; I think it will take at least one more cycle of bluing to get it where I want it, as I got some streaking on the last blueing. You can see it on the blade, but it gets better each time, and I want it to be perfect. also..I wanted to point out how nice the gaurd fit is... I am very proud of that. enjoy the picture! Sheath coming soon.
  8. hey i actually painted the finger nail polish on the blade, then drew my mark on with a fine tip sharpie then removed the fingernail polish with an x-acto knife free-hand, then cleaned it up with a acetone soaked bamboo kebab skewer. it is just a sharpened piece of wood, but the tip is fibrous and cleaned up any small bit of polish inside the mark that the x-acto knife missed. i plan on getting some templates made but haven't found a good resource for them yet. i used salt as the electrolyte. I actually used my Ti anodizing set-up to do the etching. It is a variable AC power source that is converted to DC via a 4-way bridge. I grounded the blade and clipped the other lead to a electrolytic solution soaked q-tip and ran that over my pattern. it worked pretty well and got the mark pretty deep. i hope this helps! ~Chris
  9. Thanks guys! i am really glad you like it. I am nearing the end of the project and am very happy with it. The leather for the final sheath will get here in the next day or so. While the total carbon wrap didnt work out so well, I am planning on doing a carbon fiber inlay in the sheath, and it will have the stud anodized. I think it should make a really pretty package. Before I got to the final grits of polishing I etched my mark in the blade. This is the first time I have ever etched my name, so I didnt have time to get stencils made, however I used nail polish, (my wife doesnt use this color...) and got my mark in there pretty good. I am thinking about changing the mark to just be my last name. And then there were days of sanding... lots and lots of sanding. I think this was 320 grit. Eventually I got it to a clean 1500 grit and ready for etching. It took about 3 tries at etching and bluing before I got it the way I wanted it, and I am pretty happy with it now. It still needs some final touch ups (primarily the plunges). I also got the handle sealed with automotive 2-part epoxy clear that is UV protective so the resin in the handle wont yellow with age. I still have to cut and buff it. There is no way to show how intricate the carbon on the handle is. The fibers reflect on the light as you move it. Now all that is left is the final touch up and assembly for the knife and making the sheath. Then it is going off to Coop for pictures.
  10. Hey everybody These knives are for an order i have been working on. it started as just one curved kiridashi for marking and light chisel work, and then turned into a matching set of left and right. They are 1095 with Madacassar ebony handle and peened brass pins. They needed sheaths so the new owner could carry them around in his pocket as he apparently doesn't like belts. The sheaths are some of the first leather sheaths i have actually liked. You know what they say... practice makes perfect. thanks for looking! ~Chris
  11. I got the guard cleaned up to 400 grit and ready for blasting- I didn't want there to be any scratches that showed through. Also notice how I made a cap and a plug so I wouldn't round any corners. The sand blasting was done, and I threw it back on the handle just so you can see how it fit, and what the handle looks like now.. also to 400 grit. It will be getting a 2-part epoxy clear coat in just a few days, (once it warms up to above 60 degrees). I got my anodizing setup working. The only glass container that is large enough, that I had, was a beer stein, (works for me!) but that will be changing for my next go-around. The setup is very simple- a variable voltage AC source converted to DC over a 4-way bridge, and then a ion-rich solution, (I used TSP cleaning powder in water) with the leads hooked up to an electrode and the part to be anodized. The color is dependent on the voltage. This will be set at about 10-15 volts for a bronze color. Here is the guard ready for anodizing: And the Ti spacer in the solution. The anodizing process takes about 30 seconds to a minute. I need to make some Ti clamps, as the steel alligator clamp I was using pulls voltage away from the work piece, giving an uneven coloring. So these will get blasted again and the corners rubbed to a polish and then anodized again with Ti clamps. But I think this is a nice preview... And I did the key just to see what it would look like on a polished surface... pretty cool to watch it change colors! One or two steps closer to the final knife. I got the Ti parts re-blasted and the edges polished. Then I got them anodized to the proper color. Holding the part in the solution with a Ti hook I made really fixed the evenness of the anodizing.[/b] (thanks Chuck for the suggestion!) The handle is finished and ready for the clear-coat and I also got the finial to the finished dimensions. It looks pretty sweet if you ask me. The picture makes it look like there is a slight gap around the finial, but it is an optical illusion. I started polishing the blade and had to throw it together. All that is left on the knife is polishing, etching, and bluing the blade and clear coating the handle.
  12. I got the gaurd set up in the vice. Using some copper to protect the face, I am holding it deep enough in the jaws that it should eliminate any warpage of the mating surface. Plus i would have to get it hot and the larger cross-section keeps it from getting too hot. So.. turn on the propane torch and get ready to do some bending! It only took about 3-4 heats to get the right bend. I used my drawing as a template.. and it is really, really close. This is why I left extra material on, because now I only have to get it as close as I can before removing the excess stock to reveal the smooth curve inside. I did the same for the top, and them popped it on the blade to see how it looks. Pretty darn good, if you ask me. Especially after having it stick straight down for so long. After then it was on to the laborious and tedious work of hand sanding... I still have the extra piece of aluminum on there that is the shape of the handle, so I don't round the back of the smallest spacer. This is what it looked like after I was finished with most of the roughing on the grinder.. and had moved to a drum on the dremel. This is the kind of work that makes me love my pana-vise. This is after a couple hours of work with 120-280 grit paper on blocks, files, and dowels. Popped it back on the blade with the handle. I am waiting to finish the handle transition till I am almost finished with the guard due to the soft nature of the carbon fiber. And here is a small preview... I wanted to see what the contrast looks like. This is a light etch on the Damascus. It is just a linear pattern, and will be topographically etched when the time comes and colored to match the blade, while the Ti. will get anodized. i think it will make for a real pretty contrast. I put another coat of resin on the handle and should be ready for finishing. should have an almost final fit and match of handle and guard very soon. I was planning on doing a light etch, to bring out the contrast, then blue the blade before going over it lightly to polish the 15n20 a bit for higher contrast without a topographical etch. Then I will sharpen the edge. The blade is really light and fine and is almost sharp now at an almost zero edge. It is going to cut like a razor. I did get the key done, and I will be honest.. I am REALLY excited about this- it is really trick! I think we are both going to be happy as a result of this knife. I cut the finial off, and designed the "key holes" to fit around the thread as they are deeper than the threaded hole. the key is Ti as well and will be anodized to match. next time i will make the finial a little bigger and deeper.. but you live and learn. The keys are hardened steel dowel pins.[/b]
  13. I got the dowel pins drill and set in the guard and spacers. With the holes set I heated the parts to pop them apart, then cleaned them and re-assembled them with short pins. Then I assembled the knife and glued the two spacers to the handle. The pins are a nice tight slip-fit so I slid the spacers off along with the handle and used the spacers as a template to drill the holes in the handle. I used both spacers in order to get enough thickness to ensure I drill the holes straight. It goes together with the pins, without gaps, and aligns perfectly every time. Okay, so now it is time to get the guard roughed out. I used Nick Wheeler's trick for this, and made a half template that fits on the blade ricasso. I covered the guard in layout dye to show the scribed line a little better. Then I used a scribe to mark along it for a symmetrical profile. I marked it once, but didn't quite like it so modified the template. I will cut to the inner of the two lines. Just a cautionary warning about grinding Ti- not only is it really tough on tools and belts the sparks are NO JOKE. I wore my leather apron, (normally I don't bother) safety glasses, dust mask and a long sleeve shirt. These sparks will catch stuff on fire a lot easier than steel, so I clean up my work-space before I go at it. Also... I completely destroyed a brand new ceramic belt roughing this guard out.. and it took me close to an hour.. TI is tough to work with. Once I got it close I re-blued the face and re-marked the profile as the heat from grinding discolors the dye. I finished the shaping and proceeded to cut the profile of the guard. This is a step that it is easy to screw up all of my hard work and have to start over, so I take it slow and continually check to make sure I haven't gone too far. I also drew where I wanted to go with a sharpie and then scribed a more precise line. After the profile was done, it was an easy task to cut the handle to match. It still needs a little tweaking and then I will be roughing out the guard to match the cross-section of the handle. I made a piece of aluminum that matched the profile of the handle shape and put it against the guard. This serves two purposes; I dont want to accidentally roll the part and ruin any of the grind, and I'm using it as a template as I rough the shape of the guard in. Being able to disassemble the knife repeatedly is really nice. I am going to do most of the handle work before I finish the blade as I dont have to worry about marring the finished surface. As all the mating surfaces are finished already, I can finish the blade last and not worry about ruining anything. So I roughed in the shape of the handle. Sadly I didn't get a picture of the roughed guard before I started the handl. I thought I did but i must have forgotten. There are some slight voids in the handle, but they can easily be fixed as I can fill them with fiber and resin. Unlike wood, where you hit a void and it just looks like you filled it, I can fill any voids with the original material and there will be no break in the continuity of the look or finish of the handle. I will get the handle very close to the finished shape before going over and filling any voids. Then I will bend the guard and start the finishing process.
  14. I am trying to figure out the cross-section of the handle where it intersects with the spacers and gaurd. I want it to be slightly smaller than the width of the guard and fit with the curves of the s-guard, so I look at my handle drawing and extrapolate lines for the slot and the height of the finished handle. Then I square the guard with the lines and trace the width of the guard on top of the lines. To get the width of the slot I line up the slot with the lines I traced for the outside of the guard and then trace along the outside of the guard that is technically "inside" the drawn guard width. I do this for both sides, and since the offset of the pen tip is the same it should create the exact width of the slot in precisely the middle of the drawn guard width. Now, because I extrapolated the height of the handle as well as the location, (vertically) of the slot, I should have the slot drawn in the correct position on my template that has the maximum dimensions of the handle cross-section. In order to get the profile symmetrical I can either fold my template in half vertically, (lining up the edges) if I only want it to be symmetrical vertically, or if I want it completely symmetrical I fold it both ways. Then I simply cut it to the desired shape. I may have to unfold it, check, refold and modify the cut if I am not happy with the shape. Now I have a completely true, square and symmetrical profile that I can use for roughing out the handle profile onto the guard or the handle. Now that I have everything cut out and fitting, I am going to glue the parts together and drill the dowel pin holes in the spacers and guard, then in the handle. Once everything lines up I can do the profiling on the handle. I am going to polish the blade first though.
  15. I decided that I wanted to make a second guard for two reasons; I wasn't quite happy with the tolerance of the first guard, and I wanted a little extra length to play around with for the curved sections of the guard. So I cut out a piece of Ti on the saw and put it in the vice on the bridgeport to make everything flat and square. Once I had the block square and to the right dimensions, I used the existing part to scribe the rough location of the slot onto the face. Now, since I had the existing part, I took the dimensions from that and figured out what I needed to cut. I dont want to bore you experienced guys with this... but inquiring minds might want to know:). The slot I wanted to make was 1.075" long and .160" wide. To cut the slot exactly that size I needed to do some simple calculations. I am using a 1/8" endmill for this. Length: this one is easy. Simply subtract the diameter of the tool from the length you need to cut, since the machine records length of travel from the CENTER of the tool, so; 1.075" (slot length) - 0.125" (tool diameter) = 0.95" Width: I know how wide the slot should be and how wide the tool is, but I need to know how much to move the tool "off center" to cut the right amount of material off each side. Again... machine travel is from the center of the tool. 0.160" (Slot width) - 0.002" (how much I want to leave on each side so I can file it in) = 0.158" then 0.158" (finished slot width) - 0.125" (tool diameter) = 0.033" (extra material total) but we want to take it off each side to make sure the slot is centered, so; 0.033/ 2 = 0.0165" (amount of material to take of on each side of the 1/8" slot) So, you find the center line for your block. There are a bunch of ways of doing this, but I use and edge finder most of the time Once it is on center I line up the outside edge of the tool with the outside edge of my slot and set the machine to Y-axis to zero. Milling a slot like this with a small diameter tool took about 0.03" of material off each pass. I usually leave 0.005" once each end of the slot is cut while I am roughing it out, and then go to the full length after I have cut all the way through the piece. This makes the sides and ends of the slot smoother and less likely to have the tool chatter or taper the slot. Once you know what you need to do, you just have to make the passes and keep the tool cool and lubricated while it runs. Another change to this guard is that I am taking Nick wheeler's advice and cutting a slight relief in the back of the guard to allow for better fitment. I am interested to see how it works! I didnt like how the second guard fit and so I am touching up the geometry of the tang a bit and hopefully the 3rd time's the charm, should have an update for you later. I have had zero time to work on it since the last email. I got a big job in at work and I have been working overtime and weekends. I got about 2 hours to work on the knife after putting in 12 at work. I spent the entire time fitting the guard. The other two fit fine... but I wanted it to fit GREAT so... that takes time. At the end of the night, I got it:thumbup::cool:. It needs some final tweaking to get it perfect but it is almost there. There was sharpie on the blade so there is a slight exaggeration of the "seam" and this is only the first fitting up to the shoulders. Now that the guard is fit and everything is on I will drill the locating pins in the handle spacers and guard before doing the rough shaping. The blade will get finished, and then after the guard gets bent it will all go back together for the finish shaping. After that it is just anodizing and final polishing.
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