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Bob Ouellette

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Hi everyone. It's great to be back. It really has been too long since I've been able to pick up a hammer, put some steel in the fire, and make something. This is a knife that I started back in November that I found laying around unfinished. It's forged from 1084 I had also forged out a wrought iron S guard. I tried a new treatment for the guard and blade. I rubbed them with vinegar, then let them rust a bit before boiling them to turn the red oxide black. For the handle I used brown ebony that a friend of mine gave me last year. I originally planned to use steel for the pin, but I found a piece of silver wire in my tool box and decided to use that instead.

 

I'm planning on making a wood and leather sheath. Also, I apologize for the poor photo, I'll get a better one tomorrow when the sun is out. Please tell me what you think.

 

 

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Bob, Welcome back. Old habits die hard. It sure didn't take you long to get back into the swing of things. :rolleyes: I like it. Wade

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Bob, good to have you back in one piece.

I like the shape of the blade thats cool...

 

Bill

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Thanks guys. I really like the way this one turned out.

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Here's a slightly better picture of the other side.

 

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When I see your knife, the comment you made regarding mine is more obvious.

 

If I follow a line from the tip through the center to the end of the handle it lines up well. Also, the flow from the tip along the spine to the top of the handle at the rear is easier on the eye. It flows well.

 

Glad you made it through AIT. Where did you go? For me basic and all was one of the best experiences of my life, I never want to do again.

 

SAPPERS FORWARD!

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I really like that knife. Simple and effective

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Looks awesome Bob, glad to see your back. Keep 'em coming

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When I see your knife, the comment you made regarding mine is more obvious.

 

If I follow a line from the tip through the center to the end of the handle it lines up well. Also, the flow from the tip along the spine to the top of the handle at the rear is easier on the eye. It flows well.

 

Glad you made it through AIT. Where did you go? For me basic and all was one of the best experiences of my life, I never want to do again.

 

SAPPERS FORWARD!

 

Thanks everyone, I'm really glad to be back with my knives and tools.

 

Jarrett, I was up in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. There were some good times during AIT, and if I could, I'd go back to basic, just not with a bunch of immature high schoolers :lol:

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Bob,

looks very well constructed. One of those that, the more you look, the more you realize the attention to detail. It also doesn't have too much decor - just right.

 

Question: Is the blackening from rust-boiling more or less permanent than the blackening you get from heating and coating in motor oil? I want to try blackening using low-tech and traditional methods.

 

thanks for sharing,

Kevin

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Thanks Kevin. I'm not sure whether the black oxide is more or less permanent than an oil coating, it's just a different type of texture. I understand the black oxide to be part of the steel rather than a topical application. I hope someone with more knowledge on it will chime in.

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Nice blade battlebuddy. how does it feel to be back home?

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Holy s% Thibault, it feels f*%$ing awesome to be home. I've started a goatee :D It feels sooooo good. How've you been?

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This only works once you have a good covering of fine rust.The more even the covering the better the result.

To help with blackening of the steel add a medium amount of tea leaves to the water and simmer it, not boil it, until the rust (red iron oxide) turns black. You will need to seal the metal with a wax or oil to prevent the black powder from rubbing off on your hands as you handle it though. Once sealed it is permenant.

 

shaun

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Jarred, I missed it so much that I went back to visit the weekend after I graduated. SSG Douglas was at the barracks saying, "Why are you out of the right uniform troop? Where's your reflective belt and your phase badge?" All I said was, "You took them" :lol:

 

Shaun, thanks for the input. This was my first time trying the black oxide finish and I was a tad bit impatient. I'm sure I could have let both pieces rust over night before I put them in the water. Also, thanks for the bit about the tea leaves.

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