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Salem Straub

"Sangre" takedown small bowie.

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My latest finished piece... I really had fun with this one.
5.5" san mai blade in 410/CruForgeV, with parkerized fittings of 4140ht, and heirloom fit sculpted grip of manzanita burl.  Takedown construction.

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That is one lovely knife Salem. No surprise there B). Apologies for the newb question: what is an heirloom fit?

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The contrast on that blade is nothing short of awe inspiring.

Did you also parkerize the blade?

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Thanks guys!  Heirloom fit means that the wood is proud of the guard or other fittings slightly and evenly all around, so that if the wood ever shrinks slightly it will still not be below the metal.  It's in vogue right now.
The blade has a ferric chloride etch followed by coffee blackening to increase contrast.  Works a treat!

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That is right up my alley.  Beautiful work Salem.  Did you braze a piece of all-thread at the end of the tang?

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That's what I did!  A v joint and brazed.

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5 hours ago, Salem Straub said:

The blade has a ferric chloride etch followed by coffee blackening to increase contrast.  Works a treat!

Salem I got to ask more about the process you put this blade thru?? The upper portion of the blade appears to have a satin finish. How to you not screw the upper portion up when you put it thru a ferric chloride etch followed by coffee blackening?? It looks like no matter how you would do it the soak first,............ then sanding out or vice versa a sanding and then a soak! One is gonna screw up the other process. So what am I missing!  I love the contrast but I can't get it in my head how you done that!!!

If you would care to share I will definitely lend my ear, cause I want to learn more!!!! By the way this one is awesome!

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It's actually not horribly difficult, as the skins of the blade are 410 stainless.  They etch at a very slow rate, while the CruV core etches black within a couple minutes or less.  I just etch long enough to blacken the core, which leaves the skins untouched.  It's all at a 600 grit hand sanded finish to begin with.  After the ferric etch, I neutralize and then water rinse, all without wiping the blade, then hang it down into the instant coffee sludge for a couple hours to set the oxides very dark.  After that I water rinse and then warm the blade a bit and rub oil onto it.  Done!

Occasionally if the core is mascus or something, you'll find yourself etching long enough to darken the ss areas a bit.  In that case, they can be selectively scrubbed clean with flitz or better yet, the 1500 grit silicon carbide loose abrasive you'll have on hand if you used to be a hamon obsessive.

 

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Thanks Salem!

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Very clean work on that one Salem.  Thanks for sharing!

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On 19/11/2017 at 4:57 PM, Salem Straub said:

Heirloom fit means that the wood is proud of the guard or other fittings slightly and evenly all around, so that if the wood ever shrinks slightly it will still not be below the metal.  It's in vogue right now.

Thank you

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