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  1. I've been working on this lockback folder as a gift to a longtime friend/coworker who is retiring soon. Finished it on Sunday after about 3 weeks of work. The blade is O1 steel, hardened at 1475 deg F for 15 min, quenched in warm canola oil, then tempered at 400 deg F for two hours. The scales are Hawaiian koa wood, which the recipient chose since he's spent a lot of time on the big island. The rivets are brass rod with a copper core for some visual flair, peened and epoxied to keep the knife together. Brass liners and pivot, stainless thumb opener. I also have a full album of pict
  2. Something I am working on, using a bit of African inspiration and Japanese technique. Copper, shibuichi and sterling silver. I am still thinking about the blade material and shape. It will either be a traditional kogatana blade using 1070 or W2, or a damascus blade. Comments welcome!
  3. Hey, just finished my first folder. I copied/pasted this from my blog post, which I write for non-bladesmiths. Any tips/suggestions? Here is my newest creation; a friction folder pocketknife. It started out as a small piece of 5160 I had cut off while trimming a larger blade (I’ll post pics when I’m done with that one). I forged it into shape, did some trimmings here and there, straightened it, then I did the curls in the friction lever by heating and curling with pliers. Once all the forging and hot work was done, I normalized twice (which basically means taking out all of the stress form
  4. Hey all, I was planning to post pics of this sweet little folder when it was completely done, but I couldn't resist tossing this pic up a little early: I have a tiny bit of finish work on the handle and then I will run a bit of lapping compound through the mechanism to polish up the movement. The blade will be given a light rubdown with 800 through 1500 grit wet/dry paper and finally I will give the whole thing a short soak in vinegar to start a nice even patina. But being L6, this is the last evidence we will likely see of the differential hardening I give all my blades. Feel free
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