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Charlie Meek

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  1. Wes I hate it but that’s what the wife wanted. I told her that it would just show how lazy I was sanding it but she didn’t care. I would have preferred to leave it a satin 320 or 600. This one has no hamon so I was already disinterested. Haha. After the copper liners came off the first time and I had to redo the scales, I was ready for it to be done. Those pins are great, just can’t get them hot. Initial roughing with a sharp belt is ok but it’s totally files after that.
  2. The wife wanted a small gp knife to throw in her purse so this is what I came up with. W2 through hardened, dyed camel bone scales, copper makers mark pins and copper liners. This little sucker was more work than a big knife but the sheath came out quick and painless. Back pins should have been peened a lot more but I worried about cracking the bone. I’m not much on buffing a knife but she wanted some shine. Now you can see the scracth marks I missed really well. Ha
  3. So it's coming along slowly. I went back, thinned it down a bit and cleaned up the taper. Unforuantely I had to grind down my mark but luckily I have some of the swanky pins with my mark in them. This marks the second hand sanding I've done to this blade. As shown is nearly finished with 120. Just have to take out a few marks where I had some help from my die grinder. Maybe it'll be finished this month. Haha.
  4. Thanks a bunch Doug. Fingers crossed!!
  5. Well folks we finally have a survivor. After the last one where my defeat was due to errant clay application and not dealing with decarb from the oven, I may have managed to redeem myself. So here it is: 1095 from Aldo, clay coated (Satanite) 11.25" to the start of the ricasso 90% flat ground with a bit of convex roll along the edge especially at the belly. So far its gone through one tmpering cycle. Have to deal with a warp near the top third on the second but barring failure at that point I think we made it. This was not a completely forged knife. I forged the tip and most of the tang. The rest was ground. Its an awful big knife and its just too hot to forge much right now So far I've sanded it down to 80grit on one side to check for issues. Should have a pretty nice hamon in the end.
  6. Unfortunately I lost that blade in a secomd quenching round. The hamon wandered too close to the edge and I redid the quench. It cracked about a minute after I quenched it in water. I waited too long to temper.
  7. To my knowledge, these aren't stabilized. They came from USA Knifemaker though. These seem pretty dense but we will just have to see how they perform. They shape up well and take on a great gloss with white rouge.
  8. Thanks Clint. I'm still learning these beasts but making progress.
  9. First time working with bone for handle material...it stinks but it feels really nice in the hand. 5.5 inch blade. Hand forged w2 from Aldo. Dyed camel bone scales with stainless pin and logo pin. Etched in Ferric and polished with Mothers and Rotten Stone with Pumice Oil. My pin placement got off a bit while but all in all seems like it came out ok. Now to build a sheath.
  10. Here is an image of the custom mosaic pins I ordered from Alexey in Russia and a link to his Facebook page. As far as i can tell they look pretty great. I think he only sells via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/custommosaicpins/ They just shipped yesterday so I'll post some more images when I have them on hand.
  11. My first forged knife and first forge almost 10 years ago. Posting is still on the forum.
  12. Yup it was decarb. Lessons learned. Super grain though. Very tight and gray, no sugar or sparkles.
  13. Thanks a bunch
  14. My little redemption blade after totally screwing up with last bowie over decarb and not knowing how to use my swanky new oven. 5" Blade 1095 from Also, hand forged and clay coated Gray g10 scales abs nickle silver pins. Lightly and springy. Gonna be scary with an edge. It was forged with my new digs from JJ Simon. I think that hammer just upped my whole game.
  15. I gotta get by there. I still need to pickup an anvil. Looks like the decarb and cleanup was a lot of the issue. The little knife i just heat treated came out like a champ at 1525.