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Chris Christenberry

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  1. My stamping was deep. Just lost a good part of it that went over the handle of the knife. I'll be more careful next time.
  2. Indeed I did, Alan. Thanks. Kind of thought it best to leave the knife in the sheath until it was dry, but one video I found said to dry it without the knife in it. Didn't make sense to me. Oh, when fitting the knife, I kind of washed out some of the stamp impressions. Kind of hard to re-stamp them now, but in the future, is there a trick to keep from doing that? Onward and upward.
  3. Okay, got the sheath stitched and the knife is form fitting right now. (is that a verb??) Anyway, my next question is how long to do leave the knife in the sheath as it dries?
  4. Thanks, Alan, just what I needed to know. Appreciate the heads-up, Alex. I keep that video in a file on my desktop. So I'm very familiar with his Paraffin soaking treatment. Plan on using it for some of my sheaths, but this one is just a sheath to protect the blade for a knife that will only leave the display case to be shown to someone. Don't think a waxy sheath quite fits that need. I think it's a perfect treatment for a sheath that will be used out in the weather..............but this one won't be.
  5. Working on my first folded sheath. Getting ready to sew it. I need to "moisture fit" the knife to the sheath. Is that step done before putting a finish on the sheath, or after?
  6. I picked up a heavy Engineer's hammer head at a garage sale many months ago. About a 4 to 5 pounder, I imagine. Turned it into a double diagonal cross peen and put a handle on it. Finished it up today. Haven't blackened and treated the handle yet but thought I'd post a picture. The handle beside it is one a good friend sent me for a template. Thought I'd include it for size reference. Sure do like that shape handle. It's pretty square at this point, with heavily rounded corners. I've found I like to radius the edges based on how the handle feels with a particular head. So this one is more rectangular than yours. I may end up doing a lot more work on the handle, but if I stop at this point, there's still enough meat on it to take off. Hard to put wood back on if I take off too much. The head now weighs 2 pounds and I think it's a good weight for the purpose. Of course, I won't know until I use it. Been so long since firing up my forge, I may have forgotten how!!!!!
  7. Dang, Garry, that grind looks really nice on the dagger.
  8. Indeed. I've only sold three full-sized knives in my "extra long career" as a knife maker. (though I AM working on two more!) I'd say that makes you a high ranking expert!
  9. A Kukri is on my list for "someday"..................someday when I'm qualified to make one!
  10. I'm watching this closely, Garry. I'm a Knight's Templar.
  11. Thanks, Alan. My plan was to ask if he prefers cross-draw or strong side carry. Also ask if he's right or left handed and what color sheath he would prefer. Those are the easy questions to answer. My concern was about style of sheath and complexity of decoration. I'm thinking folded sheath with minimal decoration............but enough to not make it dull in appearance. Maybe Josh will chime in with some thoughts.
  12. I sold this knife today. The fellow who bought it told my dealer he wanted me to make a sheath for it................my design. It's far from a plain knife and my thinking is I don't want the sheath to "compete" with the knife. With that in mind, I'm thinking a folded, cross-draw sheath with simple tooling. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  13. Thanks, Garry. I was rather proud of myself with the strap idea. Never been a big fan of retention straps in general. Thought this looked more "organic". I plan on hanging some kind of tassel from the end.............maybe horsehair.
  14. Alrighty then, here ya go. I still need to put Black Edge Kote or something similar on the edges. Think it will look a lot better with the Black handled Buck. Am I happy with my sheath? Hard to say. I'm a gal-darned perfectionist, so from that standpoint I'm totally disappointed. However, I'll seldom carry this knife and no-one but "me-I-my-picky-self" will ever see it, so in this case it'll do. I learned a ton making this sheath. First off I learned I'll never learn! By that I mean I always have to start with a project far beyond my experience. Most of the time I can get away with it..........but this time I didn't. Second, I think it will be a long, long time before I tackle another stacked sheath. (WHEW!) It was a fun project and I thank all of you who contributed input to help me through the process. I'll do my best to absorb all that was shared and apply it toward the next one.
  15. That's interesting, Brian. I checked their site before leaving the house on errands this morning and didn't find any wool swabs. I'll check tomorrow when I'm back in town.
  16. Interesting. Been watching Youtube videos and some people use dense sponges also.
  17. Wow, what a find, Jeremy. That ought to work a treat!
  18. Where's a good source for quality wool swabs in the Central U.S.?
  19. I've been working on my first sheath. I'm at the point I've got the front and back ready to glue together. Have to sew the belt loop before I do that, though because I designed it so the sewing is hidden between the back and one of the wedges inserted to compensate for the guard. Here's what I've got to this point. I know there are a lot of flaws but it's good enough to call it my first sheath. Oh, the spots on the front of the sheath are fresh water and not stains.
  20. Well, the custom knife I've been working on for the past month is finished and delivered. Customer called me yesterday afternoon and said her husband (the knife was an anniversary gift from her to him) announced that even though their anniversary is a month away, he'd taken advantage of a travel agent's special offer and (surprise, surprise) they were to board a plane at 7:30 this morning for a trip. She needed the knife last night................could I get it to her in time for the trip? I was close enough that it wasn't a problem really......................but in my haste to finish and get it to her, It completely slipped my mind to take any pictures of it. So all I can tell you is I was very pleased with it and think it would have passed the "test" if I'd been able to show you guys pictures. Thanks for answering all my questions during the build process. Next time I'll be sure to take pics. So now it's back to learning how to make sheaths. Started my first a couple of days ago. It's a stacked sheath. Already making mistakes............small ones, but I'm learning.
  21. Pretty cool. Shurap is just about my favorite Damascus blade maker. You ought to go on his website and look at the blades. It'll blow your mind. Thanks for posting that video link, Garry.
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