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Faye last won the day on January 12

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  • Birthday 11/07/2001

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  1. This one is a commissioned piece for a benefit auction put on by the His Cavvy Foundation. Material is 52100, brass and desert Ironwood. Blade length is 2 7/8" handle is 3 3/4". I made a right handed cross draw sheath for it, as they are very popular in the cowboy world, and I made the knife handle very slender so it will fit close to the body and not be in the way of elbows, saddle horns or chaps. Originally, I made three blades of this design for three different orders. One broke when I tried to stamped it, the other broke when I tried to beat the guard on, and naturally the only survivor had the ugly stuttered stamp on it. With a hard fast deadline of next week and not quite enough material to comfortable grind it out and restamp, I'll have to live with that flaw. Other than that though, I'm very happy with how this knife came out.
  2. The edge thickness is 0.025 with a slight convex grind. So it might be possible to recover some weight and feel with some heavier handle material, particularly with a thicker chunck of metal for the bolster.
  3. Makes me wish Tennessee was closer. That is a fabulous little knife. I love the micro Damascus and the color of the hot blued mainspring up against the bronze.
  4. So I forged out a kitchen knife the other day from 2" x 1/8" and it came out pretty thin. I opted to leave a forge finish to retain as much thickness as I could. It warped like crazy in HT despite my best efforts. I got most of the waves out in tempering, and ground the rest of them out, but now the knife is about 0.065" at the base of the spine. It is 7 1/2" long with a 2" heel. This knife was supossed to be for a customer, but I'm concerned I've hit the too thin mark. Should I send it to the customer with a note not to do anything stupid with it, or keep it in my own kitchen and see how many watermelons I can cut before it breaks?
  5. Nice to have you back Zeb! For the first time in my knife making career I am going to have a fully funtional vice in the shop. Picked up an indian chief a few days ago and gave it some TLC. It's a little rough around the edges, but it has a handle so that's a step up from what I have. No more dropping vice grips on my toes! Or at least less often.
  6. I had an unfortunate morning. While stamping some blades forged from 52100 I had one break. Very unusual for me, given how thick it is and that I was stamping on a flat ricasso. I also effectivly detroyed my makers mark stamp in the process. I thought the dramatic change in grain structure rather intresting, and the grain structure as a whole disappointing, given that I gave it a good thermal cycling after forging.
  7. @Gazz I heard something similar mentioned at the class I attended, using a wheel barrow wheel for the foot control. I would like to make one, just not sure where to squeeze it in the shop without creating a large obstacle to the things I use more often.
  8. Been practising a little. Still a long way to go, but this one kinda looks like a scroll.
  9. I believe that is what he called it.
  10. The paint on the handle was the biggest dislike. Design and use don't bother me, but the finish totally killed my artistic side. I like making pretty knives, with complementary colors and shiny finishes. This one seemed totally bland and turned an enjoyable new project into something I just wanted to be done with. Just personal preference. That almost backfired. The knife was warm enough that it started to melt the ice, and the ice was pretty thin so the photo session ended very quickly.
  11. A shop magnet and my 72" belt grinder. It's not as centered as it should be, I didn't think to mark the center until I realized it was off center. Only the top is sharpened. The 'spine' has a false edge. It is supossedly a design developed by an undercover narcotics cop for tight quarter combat. The idea is pulling a blade up to make a wound bigger is easier because it uses stronger muscles than pushing down or sideways.
  12. So a friend from church asked me to make a self defense knife of his design. There is a specific name for it but I don't remember what it is. The only thing I enjoyed about this build was the challenge of forging the handle to shape. I put some Indian rosewood scales on it and had it nice and shiny when he said he planned to paint the handle with truck bed liner to make it 'grippy' and 'non reflective'.Oh the self control it took not to tell him what I thought of that. So after a long internal struggle, instead of letting him bastardize a knife with my makers mark, I painted it myself and gave it a patina to tone down the reflectivness. Despite my qualms about the knife, at the end of the day the customer is happy and I have gas money to go to my ornamentation class. I don't plan on adding this one to the portfolio I show to other customers though. It's part of my skill set now, but not my kind of style.
  13. That is beautiful!! Love the guard.
  14. I made some red neck gravers out of some cut masonary nails and tried my hand at some caveman engraving on the end of some copper round stock. Spent maybe four minutes on it is all. I'm signed up for a bit and spur ordamentation class in a few weeks and they are gonna teach silver/gold inlay and soldering, among other things. I got an email saying to bring my hammer and chisels, and somehow I didn't think they meant my rounding hammer and hot chisels. I'll play with these over the next week and refine the graver shapes and sizes. I think I'll use my notebook and pencil more at the class though.
  15. I got a wild hair and decided to make a bit. The knife maker in me messed it up and made it super straight, thin, and light. My horse said the mouth piece needs some slight adjustment too. I lost count of how many times I sanded the shanks and mouth peice and then soldered or welded something to it and had to resand. Or I melted the copper inlays out and had to redo those. I had to make the shanks twice too. Learning new processes is always fun. It makes me appreciate making knives.
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