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  1. Adam Weller

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Gentlemen, I am going to attempt a WIP type post. I am making a pair of knives as gifts for friends who recently lost their job due to wonders of the corporate Jenga game. As you can see from my prior post I have been significantly influenced by the Scandinavian/Sami culture: Might have something to do with the 3 feet of snow in my yard at the moment, or might have had something to do with my walkabout to the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland way back when I was in highschool. Not to much else to say. I will just start in with the pictures. Here is my initial sketch. I live in a tiny (population 3kish) town, high in the mountains, set on the edge of pristine lake with multiple ski resorts nearby, seemingly endless wilderness, and many cabins out in the middle of nowhere (some of these "cabins" are multi-million dollar mansions, others are the more traditional, cozy cabin in the woods). I wanted to convey this kind of place in the knives. I am hoping to pull off a hand forged 80crv2 blade (even though I have little forging experience). Handle is reindeer antler, some stabilized koa I bought quite a while ago, and bolster/butt from an old wagon wheel I found hiking in the woods. Sheath is the same wood, possibly inlayed antler, and half-tan leather. I have worked on the blades some, but I don't have all the pictures put together yet, so I'm going to just start with this. My hope is I will learn a lot through this process, so please critique as I go along. I am also using this as a personal motivator, usually my knives take months and I want to get these done quickly so I figured the forum may keep me accountable. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Busy day. My wife decided that she didn't really feel like sleeping under tons of snow, so my first job of the day was some snow removal This is just the first level, and I'm not down to the roof yet... The upper level was quite a bit deeper, but I had left my phone down, so no pics. Got a majority of it down. If each shovel full is 20-30 pounds and I specifically counted a million shovel fulls, I'm estimating the was 25 million pounds on that roof before this morning I started getting a charlie horse in my right arm so I called it a day about mid afternoon. The next project was a desk and cabinets. A friend was tearing it out of his house... So I got it from him and installed it in my house.I am pretty excited because it fit like is was made for the spot. I have kind of a crazy computer set up for my work, so I need a huge desk, and it fit the bill perfectly. But you guys don't care about any of that stuff, so I headed out to the garage. Took the 3rd knife out of the glue up vise and shaped the handle. I think this trio is turning out pretty sweet. And as promised, Here is my vise. The blade clamps between those two pieces of metal that I glued leather too. The allthread screws into nuts that I welded on either side and is removable so I can use it as a glue vise or just a blade vise. For filet knives you might need to make the clamp part longer? Maybe even add a second set of clamps? Here is the exploded view. looking down the barrel and with the plates in place Hope that helps! I use this thing all the time. With the pipe I welded to it, the blade can be pretty long and still be protected, also you can clamp it in a bench vise at essentially any angle you want. That's all I have for tonight. Adam
  3. Adam Weller

    Tribute to Farriers...A knife for them..

    I gotta ask - is the horse and flames etched in? Love the anvil guard. Overall gorgeous knife. A true tribute.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I made it on a whim a while back. It’s nice because the all-thread comes out and it is great for handle shaping - the tube can clamp in a bench vise at any angle, and the blade is protected and I’m protected from cutting my hand off. When I get the knife out I’ll take some pictures, then you can see what I did and make it even better!
  5. Adam Weller

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I skipped posting on Valentine's day for obvious reasons Tonight I didn't have much time either, so I grabbed my DMT Duosharps and put an edge on the scandi grind blade. I just run through the 4 grits (from their website): BLACK (X) Diamond - Extra Coarse Use to rapidly repair damaged or real rough edge. (220 mesh, 60 mircron) BLUE (C) Diamond - Coarse Transforms a dull edge to cutting condition. (325 mesh, 45 micron) RED (F) Diamond - Fine Use to put a great edge on slightly dull knives or tools. (600 mesh, 25 micron) GREEN (E) Diamond - Extra Fine Gives everything a polished and razor sharp edge. (1200 mesh, 9 micron) I strop with that chunk of leather. It came off one of those cheap Bota Bags I had when I was a kid. I've been using it as a strop for many years. I've never sharpened a scandi grind before, The angle is easy to keep because you are sharpening the entire bevel, but I did notice you have to move alot more metal... It came out pretty sharp. IMG_5752.MOV Now that it is sharp I mixed up some epoxy and glued it up. Back to waiting for glue to dry. Hope you all had a good evening. Adam
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    African Blackwood X 2

    Love these, Very nice and clean. I really like the texture on the bolster/guard, may I ask how you get that texture on them?
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    Sgian Dubh ish blade WIP

    Perfect! As long as you know what your getting into Definitely on the splintery side, but when done right is gorgeous. I had to dig through the forum a bit, but here is one of my knives I made with Wenge and it is still one of my favorites. Adam
  8. Adam Weller

    Sgian Dubh ish blade WIP

    Nice design and a great start. One thing... You mention Wenge/texas ebony for the handle (I think that's what that says down at the bottom). In my opinion, Wenge is one of the hardest woods to carve and I'm guessing texas ebony is not to far behind on that scale. Unless you have pretty extensive carving experience you might find a friendlier wood.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Next installment. Not to much to add as today was pretty redundant with yesterday. took the second knife out of the vise and did some grinder work to get the handles down to the shape I want them. I'm not gluing up the scandi ground one yet because I do want to put a final edge on it before I assemble. By the end of the evening these two look like this. And, a spine shot of one of them. I took the handles up to 120 grit so far. I'm still thinking I want to work on the bolster and the cap, so I'm working that out in my head. Then I will peen the tangs and the construction portion should be pretty much done. Thanks again for the compliments, I'm glad some are picking up some things. I'll say it again,pretty much everything I know I derived from this forum. I have been a daily visitor since it was Don's site back in the day. I think I became an official member in 2007? If I'm helping to propagate the knowledge I have picked up in that time, I'm happy. Haha, Not sure if i'm being scolded here, or if I should take it as a compliment I guess I'll take it as a compliment... Part of my master plan, make you all think I have a clue what I'm doing. It's coming, though you might find it pretty mundane. I've found the concept of engraving is simple... the execution of said engraving is damn near impossible We shall see if I can pull it off. Anticipation is the worst part. That first cut, after all this work... Is killer. One of the things I wanted to work on was consistency and repeat-ability, I figured 2 would stretch my limits, so I went with 3. Well, off to bed. Another early morning moving snow. A parting shot: This is the front of my house. The front deck is about 2 1/2 feet off the ground... So the snow starts well below the bottom of those doors. If I were standing in the snow you would barely see the top of my head (I'm 5'10"). There is also a second floor there, with windows and everything! Usually I can look out the second floor bathroom window and look down our driveway. Not anymore, just a wall of snow. At some point that cornice will fall, It usually happens in the middle of the night and wakes up the whole house. Stay warm out there... And to those of you in New Zealand, stay cool! Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks Wes, Alan and John. I feel honored It's definitely an interesting and vulnerable process for me to show my methods, and I think I feel like everyone knows this stuff already because all of it was derived from this site in some way or another. Having not made many knives I don't consider myself an expert by any means.
  11. Adam Weller

    Little Edc WIP

    I use a rectangle of hardened steel, if I want alittle more give I use a piece of gasket material on the metal or I use a piece of oak I had laying around...
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Thanks Wes. I feel like I might be documenting it too well, but I know I love watching other WIP's and I wanted to kinda kick myself out of my usual lurker/comfort zone... I know I'm probably not teaching anybody on here anything, but I'm hoping if someone sees something I could do better they will let me know. It's also a good motivator so I can get this project done, especially when I come home tired from work, move a couple feet of snow, do the usual family stuff, and am really tempted to just be done for the day... Now I have a reason to just go spend some time in the garage and then I realize how much I needed that garage time in the first place. On a side note, I hope you are doing okay in this weather. I'm used to it as the average annual snowfall here is 132 inches, I'm hoping we break all the records this year. Had an earlier meeting at work this morning so I had to clear 2 feet of snow off our driveway by 630. It's still coming down pretty fast so with drifting I will probably do about the same when I get home tonight. Cheers.
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    Frame Handled Fighter (been some time since I posted)

    I love it when I see your posts because I know it is going to demonstrate upper echelon level design, have an impeccable fit and finish, and in some way or other involve rust bluing... You didn't disappoint with this one.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Got some time a little sooner than usual today so I wont be posting this at midnight tonight P ulled the first knife out of the vice. Pretty rough, but looks and feels really solid. I start intermittently shaping the handle. I take it very slow and use a sharp belt so I can keep the heat down. Of note, I have found it is much easier to shape handles with the grinder horizontal. When I built the bench for my grinder (which subsequently became the bench for my band saw) I built it with a piano hinge in the middle so I have two options for grinder positioning. I think it works pretty well. Normal position, with the bandsaw in place. I put the bandsaw on the floor, and tip the grinder up, prop it up with a block of wood and it becomes a horizontal grinder. Anyway, back to business. While I'm waiting for the handle to cool down between grinding sessions I start to glue up the next one. Eventually, I have the second one all glued up and the first handle starting to take shape. Not much to report. Hope the day was well. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Quick visit to the garage tonight. I decided I was just going to glue them and deal with the bolsters later, hopefully that doesn't come back to bite me. So get the parts ready and clamp the blade in my knife vise thingy that I made. I use West Systems G-Flex Epoxy, as from what I've seen it's pretty tried and true. Start layering the epoxy and the parts. When I get to the handle portion I spend quite a bit of time making sure I fill the entire void of the handle. I also have theorized that this fills and stabilizes the remaining marrow (spongy bone) within the antler portion of the handle, if that matters in any way shape or form. Finish off all the layers, I trimmed the tang to the right length before I started stacking. This will be peened over and make the handle solid. But, for now, I put the all-thread on the vise and clamp the handle. There is a hole in the wood that the tang sticks into. Now just wait for a day or so... and we move on to the next one. The local bridge troll accommodations are pretty cool, I haven't been down there since this last storm, I might have to throw the snow shoes on and go check it out. Probably wont be able to find it. Later, Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I don't consider myself an authority on the Sami culture by any means - it mainly became a fascination of mine after seeing a couple knives from that culture. I was drawn by the intricate engraving and wanted to learn how to do it. The Sami culture is sub culture in the Scandinavian culture that consisted of the nomadic reindeer herders in the far north. The knives were made by the herders for daily work as they worked with the reindeer. Obviously they were made with the materials on hand which primarily included reindeer antler sheds and wood. The classic Sami knife doesn't really look like the knives I make, which is why I describe them as "sami influenced". A lot of times the sheath and handle are made completely with antler. The modern versions are incredible showpieces and are absolutely incredible examples of craftsmanship. Google Sami Culture knives etc. They have a lot of traditional dress (buttons) and instruments (drums) that are made with the same techniques. I've learned most of what I know from makers on Instagram. My favorite makers include Roman kislitsyn, Larsen Havard, Frederik Prost, and Jonas Sandstrom. These guys are amazing, I swear they engrave with a laser or something. I don't want to post a bunch of pictures of their work because of copyright issues, but I strongly encourage you to look them up.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Back to play. The tang is going to be peened so they cannot remain hardened. I wrap the blade in a wet cloth, grab the torch and carefully watch the colors move up the tang. I then fit the cap for the butt of the knife. This is the same process as the bolster. Drill, File, Check, repeat until it fits. Then fit the handle to the curve of the cap. Do it three times I still had some time, so I started to shape the handle on the first one, just to get a sense of what it's going to look like. I started by grinding the bolster and cap close to the final shape, just to use as a guide for the handle. I use a really sharp, high grit belt at a pretty slow speed to hog some material off. The super careful part here is to not left the antler get hot at all. If it does, it gets brittle and really screws up the engraving later. I quickly move to a rasp and aggressive file to get the material off. I'm not going to deep yet because I'm not really sure how I'm going to proceed from here. I would like to etch the heck out of the bolster and cap, and I want to do that before it is glued and peened to the handle, but I'm not sure I know how to do that and have a good fit at the end... Any suggestions? I'm going to think about it some more. Anyway, here is where I ended the evening. Just as a side note, we made it up and down the canyon on Saturday. 100 miles each way, the trailer made it home. Towed nice and smooth through a lot of slush and ice on a steep mountain road. The wife always gets nervous when she can look over the edge and see the river way down there, but even she stayed pretty calm. So far we've probably got about a foot of snow at home, they are claiming another 2 feet by Wednesday. I hope so, but I wont hold my breath. The ski hill loves this! Pretty excited about the trailer. We (me, wife and 4 kids) basically live out in the far reaches of Idaho's mountains during the summer, riding mountain bikes on the gnarliest trails we can find. Last year the kids were relegated to tents which sucked when it would rain/snow on us. So now we can fit everyone (and the giant pile of bikes) inside. Mondays almost here, hope you had a good evening. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    No update last night = No garage time Headed to the nearest city to pick up a 30' trailer today. Scheduled the pickup a couple months ago, and it decided to coincide with this massive storm. So far I think they have blown it out of proportion, we only got 5-6 inches overnight which is minimal. We will see how it plays out on the trip home as it is 2 hours driving on a super twisty, two lane road up the side of a steep canyon to get home... Always a fun time when it's blizzarding. Thanks guys!
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    I kinda miss the days as a kid where we got snowed in and couldn't go anywhere. I remember having a sleepover at a friends house and being snowed in for several days before the plows showed up. Doesn't happen anymore. We got 20 inches the other night and I still had to get up and drive to work (the roads were clear). I was shocked the kids actually got a 2 hour delay start, usually it takes closer to 3 feet to get the school administrators to even consider it. In their defense, the Road department always has the roads clear before I get out of bed.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Just one pic tonight... you’re seeing this in the 15 minute blurbs I get to spend in the garage each night. Starting to resemble the initial sketch, kinda. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    Only quick minute in the garage tonight. Trying to fit the handles to the bolsters at this point, got the two blades with a ricasso nearly done, maybe alittle more fine tuning to go. First I keyhole out the center hole with my fancy, very specialized tool... When the tang fits all the way to the bolster I draw a parallel line on the handle. Then, using a combination of the disk sander and hand sanding I work it down until fits flush with the bolster. I have never done this before either, which is why I wanted to try a curved bolster on this project. There will be vulcanized paper in that gap when all is said and done. When I get this done it’s on to the butt of the knife then handle shaping. This was actually a few days ago. Had to stop and take a picture as I drove through town. Adam
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    This is helpful, Thanks! I guess they really just develop their own "pseudo-plunge line" over time. I guess my concern stems on asthetics only and as soon as I finish the knife and sharpen it the bevels will no longer have a nice finished, "just off the girnder" look to them that I like so much (from what I understand you sharpen a scandi grind by sharpening the entire bevel). This is why I was thinking maybe I should sharpen before fitting the bolster because you would at least (temporarily) avoid that until you had to sharpen it the first time.
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    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    One more bolster to make, here goes. I'm still not sold on this scandi grind bolster concept. It just seems as soon I get this all assembled and completed I'm going to sharpen it and the bevel is going to look funny. Not sure how I'm thinking about this wrong, because I see so many cool scandi blades that are perfect all the way up to the bolster... Are they just never sharpened? I'd love to see the close up shot of a scandi blade right against the bolster that has been sharpened a few dozen times. Not sure what to think, but I'll give it a go. Drilled and cut out A little filing and alittle blunt force trauma (big hammer and a copper pipe). I have found a few good wacks takes care of that last little gap that you want to get rid of, and seats the bolster on there nice and tight. To get it off, loosen the vice and set the bolster down on the vice and it only takes a couple little taps on the tang. It's done. another tight fit, if I do say so myself. Going to start fitting the handles next. I hope this evening found you well. No glamour shots tonight, I figured your all probably getting tired of snow pictures, and that's pretty much all we have right now Adam
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    9" western Chef's - Damascus

    Beautiful! I think feather Damascus is my favorite pattern, reversed or normal. It just makes the blade flow. Love the shape of the handle too!
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    What is the best way to cut a recess into a scale?

    Oh, I think I get your question now. You're recessing the tang for the appearance of a hidden tang construction? I thought you were doing it for full tang construction. I've actually never done a hidden tang in that method, I just drill into a solid block of wood or antler, rather than make a wood sandwich. I do do my wooden sheaths that way though and for me its just a lot of time with a chisel making half the blade fit on either side and then gluing them together with no gaps.
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