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  1. @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.
  2. Been practising a little. Still a long way to go, but this one kinda looks like a scroll.
  3. I believe that is what he called it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. That is beautiful!! Love the guard.
  8. 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 t
  9. 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.
  10. Thank you all for the compliments. I can see that. The back half has a pretty dramatic tear drop shape that flares back out just before the end of the handle. So it doesn't feel bulky, but the profile does look like it could benefit from a deeper finger groove. I'm a little foggy on this terminology. If it's refering to knuckle clearance, it's great.
  11. This knife I made just to practice kitchen knife geometry. It is forged from a persian ribbon billet with twist borders. It might have been a nice knife had the resident knifemaker remembered to fish mouth weld the billet first. oh well. I ground it to 0.095 at the widest part of the spine, and 0.007 at the edge before heat treat. By a pure miracle, it survived heat treat without any hick ups. After clean up at 220 grit, I took it to 400 on a slack belt to convex the bevels a little. Not sure if I got a true convex grind on it, it's probably more like a convex on the bottom 1/4", but I didn't
  12. After wrangling a stray alignment pin back into place, I got the handle shaped and sanded today, but forgot to get a picture before I took the guard off. I'm really excited for this one to be done. It should be a slicer, with a 0.095 spine, a zero edge, and something like a convex grind. I'm messing around with different geometry than I'm used to, we will see if it works.
  13. Faye

    Rancher edc

    Thank you Dave. I could have cleaned up the ricasso a little more for sure. One of these days I'll get a smaller stamp for my smaller knives. Thank you for the tip on the plunge lines. I struggle with those, especially getting them right where I want them. That will definitely help. There is a reason this knife does not have a choil. One of the primary uses for this knife will be castrating calves at brandings. My dad adopted a knife I made several years ago as his cutting knife, and it has a choil that he mentions at least once a year as being the knife's only flaw. So that is
  14. Faye

    Rancher edc

    Your planning diligence puts mine to shame, but it inspires me to think more and do better. Thank you.
  15. Faye

    Rancher edc

    I'm pretty sure I knew what you were going to say before I finished it. I get making the tang thinner to accommodate pin placement, but how thin would you go? This knife was 9/16" wide at the ricasso and I had a 5/32" hole drill halfway down the tang that landed smack between the two front pins. I made it as thin as I could without losing the back half of the tang. If that hole hadn't been there though, how thin would you be comfortable making it, especially with a thin and soft frame? I had to read that whole last section a couple times before the light bulb came on and I unders
  16. Faye

    Rancher edc

    They are. That was as far in as I could get them without going through the tang, it is not exactly a knife design that makes a frame tang easy. The back ones I moved a little farther in for structural peace of mind.
  17. Faye

    Rancher edc

    Thank you. I used multiple coats of food grade mineral oil.
  18. Faye

    Rancher edc

    480 layer damascus with brass, african blackwood and cow bone. This is the first time working with cow bone for a knife handle, it was specially requested by the rancher who comissioned the knife. I kinda counted on it being a lot thicker, but when I cut into it I had to do some quick thinking and went with a frame tang. Perhaps a little unorthodox but it gave it a cool look. Glue up was a mess and things didn't end up in prefect alinment unfortunately, but its slight enough I can live with it. The blade is 3" and the handle is 3 3/4" Thanks for looking, critique is welcomed.
  19. It's a product of being a homeschooler who lives surrounded by much older people. I hadn't thought of offering a return period. I'll keep that in mind for sure. I agree. When the gentleman told me what he wanted the hatchet for I scratched my head for a while. I had never heard of anyone using a hatchet to process game. He said he uses it only to quarter elk, I do not hunt or butcher animals though, so I didn't question it to much. Thankfully he is a local guy and I've know him a long time, so if the wedged handle totally fails when he beats the snot out of it, he can bring i
  20. So my very first hatchet attempt got seriously reprofiled after I ground down to solid welds. It's pretty but not very correct. I'm not sure if its a mutant hybrid, or if there is a technical name for something that looks like a tomahawk and has a hatchet style poll. I used red oak for the handle and used Don Abbott's iron acetate recipe to dye the stripe. The damascus turned out way cool on this one. I was thinking about keeping it, but I put a picture on my facebook page and have a couple people who want to buy it. I have a hard time selling rejects though, so it will probably end up as
  21. Elk antler. I got a little heavy handed when I closed the edge, and you can still see the wayward hammer blow on the right side of the bottom of the eye. It is on the very edge, so while it looks like the sides are super uneven, they are really only slightly uneven. If I had been thinking when it happened I would have put a matching one on the other side and then a few more down the blade and called it decorative hammer work.
  22. The important one is done and ready to go! The eye on this one is by far the best out of the five that I made, which is maybe a little sad cause this one is still crooked. I have little doubt that it will preform very well, despite the imperfections. Thank you to everyone who imparted their wisdom, and encouragement. I greatly appreciate your help and patience.
  23. I'm so glad that the forging and grinding are done. Now I'm just having fun.
  24. So I happened to pull out the design drawing and see how much of a curve the edge needed and I noticed that my latest sucess fell drasticly short of the required demensions... Yay for me, I made another one! Outside of a rather forceful hammer blow on the edge that has to stay, it came out fairly well. It is etched and has a handle rough shaped. I do wish there was a little more damascus showing, but at this point that is something I can live with so long as I get this off my bench. My next hair brained idea is to inlay some antler peices into the handle about half way up.
  25. Those gremlins have been working over time. The measurements on the shop board for a hatchet order were mysteriously wrong, so I was making hatchets of the wrong size. I think I might prefer the pack rats to the gremlins.
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