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Garry Keown

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    Rifle stockmaking, hunting knives, wood and the beautiful grains and colours that God has given us to turn our hand to.

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  1. Yes and it started as a throway quip by one of the guys and it got picked up and they ran with it. They had a choice between my three hunter styles with different handle treatments and the boner. Boslters or not, lanyard holes and right or left handed sheaths. They all wanted scales from a piece of rimu I had that was rejected for furntiure making as it had numerous bark mpockets and checks but there was some nice colour in it. That accounted for about half of the blades and the rest except for two 'spares" were ordered by guys on other forums and a neighbour and they have chosen cocobolo , olivewood, curly maple walnut and jarah for the scales. Bolsters are all ebony or jarah. The one hidden tang is one I did some time back from the end piece of a length of O1 and has brass, jarah and beech for the handle.
  2. If it is any help, this is how I take the blade from the unsharpened state to shaving sharp. A 3 step process with 120grit belt to form the secondary bevel and the 600 grit belt to refine and create the wire edge with a strop to finish it to sharp.
  3. No Chris, I am retired so this is just an offshoot to my rife stock making hobby. I have been making knives and riflestocks for myself since the early 70,s and since I retired about 7 years ago have been making stocks for a number of friends which seems to have expanded to a few stocks sent to the US, Canada and Australia as well. Because I had been posting some of my rifle and knife projects on a couple of forums it seems that a number of people wanted a simple working knife and this thread is the result of the group buy sugestion on one forum and a few requests from another one.
  4. This morning I got all the knives out of the clamps Profiled them with the 60grit belt on the 12, 4 and 1 1/4 in wheels, run them through the bandsaw to do the primary shaping then used the 12 in wheel to get them to a rundimentary shape. Then got a couple handsanded and finished up to 360 grit. I did have to make a new finishing block as my other one will only hold about 10 blades and it will be easier if they are all together in one place when I am doing the finish which is a few of coats of thinned spar varnish (sanded between coats) to seal the surface then the oil finish can be done over the following couple of weeks.
  5. Chris, I make it a general rule never to use glue of any sort under 8 degrees c without a way to keep the temp from dropping. It was about -4 or so this morning and didn't really get much above about 10-12 all day but I got all the handles fitted to the bolstered handles and the front end of the plain scales done so they could all be epoxied and pinned and with that done, they will all sit in the clamps over night with the light on them.
  6. I got back to the shed today and all the blades that were to have bolsters were attended to. The bolsters were all fitted then pinned and epoxied on. It was a real treat to be able to use the little clamps instead of the much longer and way more clumsy clamps I had been accustomed to using. Seeing as we are having very hard frosts in the morning I set a light with 200watt bulb to create a heat shield above them to stop any epoxy degradation from the cold.
  7. On the forum that organised the group buy knives I am currently working on, there were some comments on my 3 dot makers mark with a sugestion that I use "Trinity" as a makers name and I was so pleased with that that I have spent some time on the computer (as illiterate as I am) and come up with this as a card to go with my knives and rife stocks. I will get a good pic of this stock and knife I made and get someone that is smarter than I am to get them sized to suit so that the knife is on the left and leaning toward the center top and the rifle on the right also leaning in toward the center top to acentuate the triangle theme. This is the knife and rifle I will try to get apropriate pics of. So when I get that done is there anyone on the forum who is computer literate enough to do that for me and to make the 3 dot triangle a little more in keeping with the size I actually mark on the blades.
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  9. While doing the modern bowie hunter (rasp knife) for my friend I had it in hand numerous time in the handle making and finishing stage and became quite enamoured of the style I got orders for another two and while I was cutting them out I decided to do something with a large slasher blade I had been given some time back. I hadn't wanted to cut it up for smaller blades so after seeing a number of larger bowies on the forum and elsewhere I decided to use it for as large a knife as I could get from it, so drew one out to see what it might look like I welded a piece of 1084 to the end so I could get a full tang handle as I hadn't wanted to go with a hidden tang. I didn't want to do the hidden And profiled it to give me a knife with an over all length of 15 3/4 inch laid up beside these other blades with the top one having Myrtle scales, the center one having Rimu and my one having bluegum. so what do you guys think of the large blade as far as design and style goes. The top two are orders and made to suit the the comisions requirments
  10. First knives are not only a right of passage Chris C-S, but an enormous learning curve. I think we can learn more from our first knives than we do from any subsequent one, even as we see great strides in design, fit and finish as our practice shows in the results. My first knife was made almost entirely with an angle grinder but I still have it and se it occasionally. If it was all I had, it would still do the job it was expected to do and did do near 40 years ago.
  11. I am still having trouble getting my belt to to track true on my platen plate even though it will do so on the other 4 tool heads so after I take the file guide off and do the heat treating I dont trust it enough to do a freehand belt finish. It is more accurate to do it by hand at this stage even though I have tried a number of different aproaches to the platen plate set-up.
  12. Have finally finished getting these blades handsanded after the heat treating so they are now ready for the handles but that is going to wait for a couple of days as I have something else to do in the meantime. This is how I do all my handsanding with 220, 360, then 600grit papers round a 3/4 in square hardwood block.
  13. I have 11 done so getting there. I rejected one after doing one side so have another cut out and profiled and will get that one up to speed tomorrow. Just as a break from the sanding I cut out another two rasp bowies that have been ordered and while they have blades of just 5 1/4 and 5 3/4 I also cut one out from an old slasher blade and it is a bit larger at 15 3/4 OAL. I will post something on them when I finish this lot but it was a nice break today to cut and profile them.
  14. Thanks Brian. Hand and fingers are going to know about it, I expect.
  15. The blades are all heat treated and tempered so the next few days will see a lot of hand sanding and many sheets of W&D paper to get them all up to a 600 grt finish