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Been fairly busy lately with shop improvements. Had time to get a few pieces done. Found a new leather guy. I will not be making any more sheaths myself. This guy is amazing... and is reasonable. Made a custom butcher block cutting board and had it laser engraved for a client. The hunter had 2 other brothers, but they sold before i could even get them home. One with eastern red cedar, one with osage.cuttinboard.jpg

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forgot to add my first Saya attempt. My hidden tang skills need more work. And saya needed to be tighted up a little.

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thanks guys! the pics dont do it justice trust me. The guy has been doing leather work for 30+ years and it shows! That is called a sheridan scroll (sp?) the other had a feather embossed on it.

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Thanks Dennis  :D

The Gyuto paring set posted above are in Cocobolo that i received in block form from NCWOODs. Has anyone else noticed significant wood appearances in the same block? When i slabbed these handles they looked the same. but after shaping it took on quite a different look. Hearthwood/sap wood maybe? Its a little annoying since this was supposed to be a matched set and they dont even look like the same wood lol

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Looking great Gabriel. It seems you are getting a handle on things. (I crack myself up). Cocobolo can be a tricky wood. Lots of variation in grain and color throughout a piece.

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Thanks Mr States. Just finished this one up minus sharpening. 8" oval wa handled gyuto .005" edge before sharpening :( i think shes too thin! Chechen Bolster w/ olivewood

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By the by Joshua, i did some crazy searches for rivet drill bits to no avail. These were carefully drilled with a brand new drill bit on my presses slowest setting and still have some ugly around them.. i was too afraid to peen them.

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34 minutes ago, Gabriel James said:

By the by Joshua, i did some crazy searches for rivet drill bits to no avail. These were carefully drilled with a brand new drill bit on my presses slowest setting and still have some ugly around them.. i was too afraid to peen them.

For straight pins, with domed heads you need to make one of these:

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and use the method that Wes Detrick explained here: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/33380-how-to-dome-pins-or-at-least-one-way-to-do-it/

More pics of the pin tool & process here: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/34657-it-lives/#comment-336716

 

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the knives look solid and clean, and the leatherwork is damn good. I am struggling with leatherwork due to low motivation. Still, it must be learned.

 

 

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Thanks Kevin, That was what my ailment was from also, I dreaded taking a hunter or EDC order cuz i didnt want to do the leatherwork. BUt this guy seems to have resolved all my issues! I would dread starting the sheath!

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Starting the sheath isn't the problem for me. Starting is easy, finishing it takes forever........

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