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A Little WIP action. the blades are HT'd and in the temper oven right now (so far the Hamon is SICK)

 

Matching set, going to be fairly simple, Black paper Micarta, SS Guards, 1095 blades

 

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Do our major stock movement on the Bar

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Shaping is a pretty well refined here

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Knock the scale off on the grinder and true up the profile

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Looking like a knife now

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Set it up in the filing jig to work in the plunge lines

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To make these

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And now the hunter

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Now file in the shoulders for the guard to set against

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Hunter Clay layout for HT

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Bowie Clay layout for HT

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Those blades look great, they are going to be an awesome set.

I really like the second handle, the first one has me worried about the comfort of it... That point doesn't look like it's in the right place, IMO. It may be comfortable, but if it was me, and I'd never used the design, I'd make a quick mock-up out of cheap softwood to see how it feels. You may have already tested the pattern for ergonomics, and if it feels good... B) I say use the second handle for both, it has that classic canoe shape that looks good and is very functional.

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Those blades look great, they are going to be an awesome set.

I really like the second handle, the first one has me worried about the comfort of it... That point doesn't look like it's in the right place, IMO. It may be comfortable, but if it was me, and I'd never used the design, I'd make a quick mock-up out of cheap softwood to see how it feels. You may have already tested the pattern for ergonomics, and if it feels good... B) I say use the second handle for both, it has that classic canoe shape that looks good and is very functional.

 

Actually I use that handle shape very often, it's very comfortable.

 

However, I was intending to use the more common handle for both, those were just idea sketchs

 

Thanks,

 

Stephan

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Both blades polished now, I really like the Hamon on the bowie, turned out great

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Paper towel and masking tape to keep the blade safe

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Guard stock scribed and center punched for drilling holes.

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There we go, a fairly decent fit

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Now cut the guards off of the parent bar and start shaping

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To get this

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Now I go to my very very high tech lapping machine to flatten the faces....

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A little JB Weld in the joint

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Klean up that squeeze out with some goof off

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Lookin' good Stephan. I can't wait to see them all finished up.

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How much was that lapping machine and where'd you get it?! :P Great step-by-step. I can't wait to see the finished pieces.

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certainly my pleasure, I have a bunch more pictures if anyone has questions about a certain step.

 

Stephan

(no pictures today, had house guests over last night)

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Excellent description of the process, dude! One question: I have that same model of lapping machine, and sometimes I have noticed it likes to take a bite off the end of a finger if used hard. Do you ever run into that problem? Last guard I did bit a little chunk off because the edges of the slot got so sharp. :ph34r:

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Excellent description of the process, dude! One question: I have that same model of lapping machine, and sometimes I have noticed it likes to take a bite off the end of a finger if used hard. Do you ever run into that problem? Last guard I did bit a little chunk off because the edges of the slot got so sharp. :ph34r:

 

I wrap a rare earth magnet with a piece of tape for a handle and use that, it'll really wear out your fingers working the piece directly.

 

:rolleyes:

 

Stephan

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Hmmm... Well, I never claimed to be smart, just smart-a$$ed. :lol: (smacks self upside the head)

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In regards to the lapping machine, I had something shown to me just the other day that I may just have to get.

Apparently Uncle Al is now making a bowie polishing/sanding holder.

I'm not seeing it on the site, but Brion Tomberlin had one he showed me the other day.

The aluminum body has one peg milled onto it. The adjustable bit in side it has another, so you put the two pegs inside the slot, tighten the screw and it'll hold it giving you more to hold onto.

 

Think he said he had them at one of the shows for 25$

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On another note, a granite slab piece and stick down sandpaper works well, or spray adhesive on the paper =P

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On another note, a granite slab piece and stick down sandpaper works well, or spray adhesive on the paper =P

 

Mine is the sink cutout from a friend's granite counter tops

 

works fine

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Rockin right along, ready to do some handles on these bad boys.

 

 

 

Get our block of Micarta slotted out to accept the tang

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Make sure the face of the Micarta block matches with the guard

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Layout our pieces of spacer material

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I drill holes for the slot and connect them with a razor knife

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Check everything again

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Fill the slot with epoxy (not "full" but mostly, the idea is for most of it to squeeze out leaving the tang fully bedded in epoxy) then stack our spacer material with epoxy in between each layer.

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Here we are all glued up and ready to start shaping

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Rough shape pretty well done

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This will be the last of this series of WIP shots, I will have finished photos of the knives and sheaths up with the for-sale thread soon.

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Bowie:

Steel: 1095

Thickness: Distal Tapered 3/16 In

Blade: 9 In

O/A: 14 3/8 In

Grind: Flat grind Convex edge

Finish: Hand rubbed with awesome Hamon

Handle: Black Canvas Micarta with Red and Black spacers, 416 Stainless Steel guard

Sheath: Leather pouch

 

Hunter:

Steel: 1095

Thickness: Distal Tapered 3/16 In

Blade: 4 In

O/A: 9 1/8 In

Grind: Flat grind Convex edge

Finish: Hand rubbed with awesome Hamon

Handle: Black Canvas Micarta with Red and Black spacers, 416 Stainless Steel guard

Sheath: Leather pouch

 

 

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Those turned out great =]

 

What'd you use to do the slot in the micarta? One of those broaches?

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Those turned out great =]

 

What'd you use to do the slot in the micarta? One of those broaches?

 

Yep, drilled and I made myself a broach out of W1 drill rod, I'll try and get a picture tonight but it'll be later. I'm going to my sister in law's HS' football game

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I thought you were gonna get pictures! <_<

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Stephen, those turned out great!

I take back what I said about the handle, it looks much more comfortable in 3d. Beautiful finish, the hamons look perfect, great choice of materials.

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hey thanks for the step by step! really helpfull to see how the forging was done!

 

I need to get some of that 1095..

 

 

I too would like to know what you used to slot the micarta... whatever it was would really be helpfull!! lol

 

beautiful knives! great tutorial!

thanks very much for sharing

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