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About rick2112

  • Birthday 12/21/1959

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    Traveling the country in our RV, watching the river go by in our backyard and way too many other things to list here!
  1. Just finished this new knife. Last week I met a new friend, Randy, at our neighbor's birthday party. I told him about how I've been making knives. He said he had some steel I might want for the knives. Turns out he worked at a medical office that had discarded several old circular steel blades used for cutting various materials used in braces and such. They had been sitting at his house for a while and he meant to throw them away. He brought them to my house the next day. The blades are about 16" inches in diameter and are 1/8 of an inch thick. Even though the blades were a little rusted and
  2. Just finished the sheath for my new bowie knife. Posted the bowie earlier. The sheath is from an old oak tree that fell on my neighbor's house. The rattlesnake skin insert is from a snake my son shot in his yard. <a href="http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/rickfenlon/Bowie%20with%20Elk%20horn%20handle/?action=view&current=DSC00448.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/rickfenlon/Bowie%20with%20Elk%20horn%20handle/DSC00448.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <a href="http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/rickfenlon/B
  3. Been very busy lately so I haven't had much time for making knives. Finally made some time to make this bowie knife. It was a custom order for a friend. He wanted a big bowie knife so this is almost 15 inches over all. I made the blade from a leaf spring and added the elk horn scales. (Got the elk horn during a recent trip to Alaska) This is the first time I tried to make scales from any type of horn. The visible cracks in the handle don't seem to affect the stability or sturdiness of the handle. Has anyone else tried tried making similar type scales from horn material? How do they seem to h
  4. Thx All I was debating about what kind of sheath to make for it. I was thinking about a wooden sheath with some rattelesnake skin on it. My son recently killed a rattler in his yard so I skinned it. The problem is that the wife has been on me for spending to much time making knives so I did a quick Kydex sheath. Women! as the old saying go's " Can't live with them, can't live without them!"
  5. Nice chopper! Hamons are still a mystery to me. Some day I'll figure it out.
  6. Nice shape to it! What formula do you use to get a good edge on a file steel?
  7. Really nice work Serge! I've been doing file knives lately and was wondering what heat treating formula do you use to get a good edge on them? A friend gave me about 50 Black Works and Black Diamond files from the 1800's. I've been heating them to non-magnetic and then edge quenching in transmission fluid. I then do a couple temper cycles at 450 degrees. I get an OK edge but I'ld like to get a better edge. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Just recently finished this one. I made it from an old truck leaf spring. Finally figured out how to make sure the steel doesn't keep trying to curve back to being a leaf spring. The first few times I used leaf spring steel I heated it up, straightened it out and immediately began forging the blade. I just added a step of normalizing the steel after straightening it and before I began to forge it. I should have figured it out right away but hay I'm still new at this stuff.(newbie screw up) LOL The blade is about 9" and I clay hardened the edge which made it razor sharp. I really like this
  9. Jake what do you use for de-greasing?
  10. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if stainless steel is hard to work with and what's the best type of stainless steel to use. I want to make something for my tackle box. I figured stainless is the most rust resistant. Also what temperature do you harden it at and what type of quenching liquid do you use?
  11. I was wondering if anyone could help me with the process to use an etchant to bring out a hamon. I currently have circuit board etchant from Radio Shack and some 2% nitric acid. Which is better and how do I use it?
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