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I finally have something worth posting after all this time

 

The blade is hand forged from a spring tooth harrow spring that spark tests and hardens like 1095. Three normalizing cycles and quenching in 130 degree canola oil gives a VERY fine grain structure. With a "clay back" of Rutlands, the blade came out completely straight. The hamon started showing up with 120 grit belt sanding and after 2000 grit hand sanding and six short FeCl etches it was popping nicely.

The handle is African Blackwood with blackwood and copper spacers with a 1/4" copper pressure fit guard

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Clean, crisp and elegant.

Absolutely, that turned out wonderful... the blackwood and copper go well together, and I love the shape.

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Nicely done ! I love using junk to make knives. Trash to treasure. I really like that guard too.

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Nice clean lines! Really pretty.

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Thank you all for the kind words. Gus, After 6 years I still keep the first knife like object hung up in my shop to remind me where I started. I read this forum to remind me where I want to go. LOTS OF HAMMER TIME!

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That sure is worth posting. Great work

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This took a little while, but I finally completed the sheath. Copper cone and throat with a forged copper stud. The body of the sheath is black lamb skin over a wooden liner. DSCN2865.JPG

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that is good stuff! I like the knife and the sheath. I am a sucker for copper.

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Alan, I remembered a "trick" that was demonstrated at a Northwest Blacksmithing conference some time ago. The demonstrator was using scrolling tongs he had made with long round jaws. As I had already thrown away cone attempt #1, I thought I would give them a try. Harbor Freight carries 11" long needle nose pliers, so about 10 minutes on my belt grinder and I had a pair of round jawed scrolling pliers.

I took photos of the whole sheath building process. If you think it would be worth while I could post them and the explanation in the sheaths and leatherwork section.

 

Kevin, I also am in love with copper. It's easy to work with and has a warmth like no other metal (that I can afford).

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This might be pretty stupid guestion but how the heck do you guys make the copper stay so bright. When I'm working with it all I need to do is glance away and it turns into statue of liberty. Colorwise, the shape usually stays as it was. ^_^

 

Anyway, thats one stunningly beautiful knife. Absolutely one of my favourites on this site. The copper blackwood combo looks really good.

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This might be pretty stupid guestion but how the heck do you guys make the copper stay so bright. When I'm working with it all I need to do is glance away and it turns into statue of liberty. Colorwise, the shape usually stays as it was. ^_^

 

Anyway, thats one stunningly beautiful knife. Absolutely one of my favourites on this site. The copper blackwood combo looks really good.

I've had best luck with car wax.

 

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Mike, You have come a long ways! Hope to see this piece at the Washington Show.

 

My old friend Bruce Evans put this tutorial together several years ago: http://beknivessite2.homestead.com/nssheath.html Its not quite the samething but I feel a lot of the same technics could be used for the throat and tip. Do something like this for you next project. :D

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Ray, it feels like a long ways. I found Bruce Evans tutorial during my search. I did use some of his techniques as well as some from other sources. I hope to convince the new owner to let me have visitation rights to bring her to the Kelso Show.

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