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  1. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    This project has been a ton of fun, I'm glad some other people find it interesting as well! I will be away from the shop for three weeks starting tomorrow, but I got in one last bit of work on this. There's some left to do, but I ought to be able to wrap it up before the deadline. The sheath insert will be made from a piece of grey birch knocked down this spring by snow and wind. This hatchet I made a a while ago ended up a little thin in the bit, but it works pretty well for carving! The insert is made without a split using a knife and rip saw. @jake pogre
  2. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    If you ever want to appreciate sand paper, I highly recommend doing a burl handle without it. This was fun, but definitely a challenge. Here are the tools I used for handle shaping. The knife is has an asymmetric grind and is long enough to hold with two hands, so I used it like a drawknife for a good bit of the shaping. In the middle is my scraper/burnisher for kinko work, which proved useful for sand paperless finish. I wrapped up the stone finishing with 300 then 800 grit water stones going lengthwise. I then switched to my oilstones to add the secondary
  3. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    Another good while of polishing and the blade is up to 220 grit, ready for handle work to start. This is where the handle started: a grey birch stump I pulled out of the freezing mud late in the fall of 2018. Pretty sure it was blown down the preceding spring/winter because there was a decent amount of spalting and insect damage, the latter of which was tragic because it had some really gorgeous wood in it. Here is the piece I chose, it's a little grimy from storage and you can see some of the holes from grubs. I also boiled this before drying it which darke
  4. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    Thanks Alex! Though today that may not be the case because it’s polishing time! This is the blade after about an hour on a 120 grit Sun Tiger stone. I’m hoping this was the longest stage of polishing because I had to even out the dips from filing and warps from hardening as well as thin down the edge. Not sure exactly how high I’ll take this on stones, but I have plans for the final polishing step. Next up is 220, then starting the handle!
  5. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    Starting to get there with the blade. Roughed everything in with a course file, then used a smooth second cut fill to draw file it all flat. Perhaps a bit thin, but it should lose too much more thickness. Spine is nice and rounded after draw filing. I will often use the bend-and-file trick, but this time it’s all the “angry duck” for the fuller. Using a guide, this didn’t actually take that long. My scraper has some chatter probably because of the wooden body, so some cleanup with a riffler file fixed it up. From what I can tell, s
  6. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    Thanks guys! This is a project I've wanted to do for a while. I wasn't quite happy with the forging. This is the first case of doing things differently than I normally would; the end of the tang wasn't pointy enough, which would have been a pain to fix with a file. A little hammering and now there is less tang and more blade which is also somewhat narrower. This is going to be a hidden tang with homemade glue, so I wanted it to have a good taper to develop some holding force when I pound it in. I may do some filing tonight when it's not 100+ degrees in the shop.
  7. Aiden CC

    Found KITH

    I've done a few projects with found steel and wood, so I figured I would do it for the KITH this year. In addition, I am finally taking the advice I got from a Design and Critique thread from a while ago and will be adding a few more "rules" to try and get a finished knife that captures the spirit of older pieces. All of the materials for the knife and sheath were found or harvested by me. That includes the glue and finish, which will be pine pitch and birch tar respectively. In addition, I won't be using any power tools or sandpaper for the shaping. I was thinking about making a few scrapers,
  8. I’ve really enjoyed that stump anvil, it’s a polished (could use a touch up) 12lb sledge hammer head set in an Aspen stump (not the best wood for this, but it’s pretty and was free!). I primarily use it to thin, shape, and texture ingots for kinko work. I think part of the problem is that I started the rivet with my 18Oz cold forging hammer because it was already polished. I realized that might be a bad idea and polished a much smaller hammer to continue, but at that point it was too late. Kevin, I think you’re onto something about it being a zen thing. There are some styles I m
  9. Thank you Joshua! I definitely aim to have some range. I keep a rolling list of all of the stuff I want to try out and I’ve built up quite the backlog of new things to try. Alan, my pricing model has for a long time been 2x materials + labor + pain and suffering . Unfortunately, these are for me (my worst customer and has never paid me a dime!). They’re one of those things where I think it’s going to take a lot of tries to get a pair I’m satisfied with. Don, the loops could be hot bent too, I chose to do it cold to minimize scaling and to have an easier time comparing the h
  10. Got the second pair hardened and in for tempering. After all the grinding. It’s covered in layout fluid, but the inner sides of both of the blades are hollow ground on a 10” wheel. This seems to help making sure that one of the three points of contact is the crossing of the two edges, if that makes sense. I think on the last pair the slight crown of the surface meant that the bearing surface included the steel around the pivot and not the edge when the scissors were mostly open. The thinner handles bend more easily, especially with the fork. This was all with
  11. Definitely a number, but nothing to do but forge on! And also try out the cracked ones on every weed I can get my hands on. This aspen sucker never stood a chance... I started a new pair, here is a more in-depth look at the forging process: Setting the edge steel on a flattened piece of 5/8” round 1018. It overhangs a bit on the left and top which keeps the mild from wrapping around it. It is also scarfed much more acutely than for a weld of like materials to keep it from digging in at the toe of the weld. The weld 90% there, just lacking
  12. Unfortunately these ones are going to the scrap bin. I opened up a hairline crack in one of the blades trying to back off the bend a hair and broke the tip off of another. Another pair will be on the way soon though
  13. Thanks for the tip, Gary, I’ll have to try that. I do all of my beard trimming with scissors, so I’ve done a good bit of sharpening, but have always deburred on a stone. I wanted to drill the pivot early so I could use it for layout. It turned out this position was not great for the edge profile (big tip overlap and having to open very wide for the root of the cut). A bit of grinding made it somewhat better. I buddied two sides up for profile grinding. This is why I wanted the pivot drilled early. A steel rivet and brass washers in the work
  14. I’ve wanted to make scissors for a while. Recently I’ve been getting into propagating plants from cuttings, so I figured I would make a set of scissors/shears meant for that. The design is based on Japanese bonsai shears, since I figure those are meant for an analogous task. I may regret not doing “recurve” shears if I end up wanting to do any hardwood cuttings, but it’s a while before things go dormant. The drawing is a bit asymmetric, but just like with tongs, both sides are actually the same exact piece, so I can mark the halves against each other. Math sugge
  15. Thank you for the advice Daniel! I read through that thread (and watched a number of your YouTube videos) when I first decided to try this last year, but it’s probably worth revisiting. It would make sense that the bottom of the fire isn’t hot enough. When I upgraded my blower I noticed the steel came to rest lower, but not quite to the bottom. I’ll try running the furnace longer on startup. Do you think angling the tuyere down more could help with that as well? It’s currently only a few degrees below horizontal. As for the scale, that may be the case. I’m going to clean up my bil
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