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After my first folding knife was made, a good friend stopped by to see it. After about a half hour of him trying to buy mine, he decided he wanted one with some 'subtle' differences. So, here's the current run-down of the touches he wants: Purple Heart for the scales, polished blade and spring, silver spring saddle, silver diamond pin rosettes, silver heart inlaid in the wood, silver pommel scales with blind silver pins, bronze pivot pin, bronze finger-pull rivet on the blade, bronze spring saddle rivets, and stainless steel inner scales and pull-ring. Yeah, he's not asking much. lol Everything on this knife is going to be polished, including the Purple Heart scales. What you see below is the progress made so far.

 

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Today's progress... The blade was heat treated, sanded, then polished. The bushing was set and drilled, the finger-pull rivet was made, fit, and set, the inner scales were filed for final shape, the pull ring was made from stainless steel, and the spring now has its defining shape. As for the Purple Heart wood scales, that plan has changed due to shipping issues, so we're going to use walnut.

 

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The silver work has begun. I got the heart inlays and the diamond rosettes cut and shaped. I also carved out the handle scales for the inlays, but I still have some fine tuning to do. As for the spring saddle, hopefully that will be tomorrow.

 

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A question for you all... how many have cast their own materials for knife making? What you see here is an ingot of silver cast today for a few more parts left to make. The ingot is about 2 1/4" long by 13/16" wide by 5/16" thick. My friend and I used silver from old silver contacts and some sterling scraps. After using a worn 80 grit belt on the sander, the ingot was polished. After two quick passes, all of the scratch marks are gone and the luster and shine is phenomenal, so we're both thinking the grade of silver is at least .900 or higher.

 

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Almost there. I do have to make another scale though. The side pictured in the last photo shows the slight gap between the wood and silver. Hopefully, this one should be finished by Tuesday.

 

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And now, she's all finished. With a total of 37 logged hours, I am utterly pleased with this one. There where a few firsts for me on this project. The biggest first was working with silver, including casting. Another first was doing an inlay. I have been wanting to do an inlay project, but nothing really worked. Okay so here's the materials break-down: spring steel for the blade and spring; non-magnetized stainless steel for the inner handle scales and pull-ring; bronze rivets and pins; walnut (finished with boiled linseed oil) for the handle scales; sterling silver for the diamond rosette washers, heart inlays, and spring saddle; cast silver for the pommel scales, and brass for the blade pivot bushing. It photographed pretty well, but as usual, the picture doesn't do it justice.

 

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be freaking awesome if there was a spade and a club on the other side :P Very nice as it is however! This style of folder seems a bit more in my realm of possibilities... but that is a huge investment of time!

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You know Gabriel, I thought about that too after I finished it and took a long look at it, a club and spade would have been pretty cool. And thank you. I think the time invested will payoff rather quickly and it was well worth it.

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Originally, the wood choice was going to be Purple Heart, but due to shipping issues, walnut was the next option. I think the walnut worked beautifully, plus it matches the rest of my friend's collection.

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