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"SnarkNado" Fighter.


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Here is my latest, a takedown fighter.  It has a 9" san mai blade in 410ss/150 layer core, hollow ground with slight swedge. Fittings are of parkerized 4140ht in a captive-nut takedown construction, with screw-on sculpted scales of green canvas micarta, shadowboxed to the handle frame.  I got to play with interesting stuff like inventing (at least for myself) the takedown type, putting new sculptural details into the guard, and exploring my new love for parkerizing chrome moly steel.  That crystalline black is the BEST!

I called it the SnarkNado because I severely binged on listening to Snarky Puppy while I made this knife, and so it has been infused with that musical joy.


Pics and a vid...

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Wesley, the frame itself is tapped for 2-56 screws, and it's thick enough that screws can thread into it from each side.  Another way would have been to use standoffs in larger holes, but you can see by the frame width I didn't have a lot of room to work with there.  The guard details are cut in with files, on the back they were cut in with a chainsaw file and then background hogged away on the milling machine.  Then when fitting the handle up, I had the frame assembled and the alignment pins in, and drew it up tight to make an impression on the front of the scales, then filed the notches some, checked the fit, filed more, etc.
As far as the park process, it's sand up to 400 grit by hand, make sure it's clean/no fingerprints, etch in dilute ferric chloride for an hour or so, brush off oxides, neutralize, water rinse, and hang straight into the manganese phosphate bath at 190f for 10 minutes or so.  Pull out, air dry, water rinse, warm dry, scrub oil on with a cloth.

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I love this knife so much!  It has everything that I love.  

I love the black the Parkerizing does to the steel.  I think that I may be trying this sooner rather than later.  Is there a place you would recommend getting the supplies for the process Salem?  I know Brownells have some stuff, but was wondering if you went that route.

 

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Hey Wes!  Thanks for the felicitations.  I got the Lauer brand manganese phosphate parkerizing concentrate gallon from Midway supply, seemed like the best price for a recommended product.  It's worked great, a gallon has lasted me about a year, and that's with some negligence on my part.  Only needing to re-up now.  They sell pre-dip solution too, but the ferric chloride you already have on hand works just fine.

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Yessir, the very same.  Works great on mascus or full blackening carbon steel!

 

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5 hours ago, Salem Straub said:

Hey Wes!  Thanks for the felicitations.  I got the Lauer brand manganese phosphate parkerizing concentrate gallon from Midway supply, seemed like the best price for a recommended product.  It's worked great, a gallon has lasted me about a year, and that's with some negligence on my part.  Only needing to re-up now.  They sell pre-dip solution too, but the ferric chloride you already have on hand works just fine.

I appreciate the info Salem!  

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Thanks a bunch guys!  Some days it really makes this life easier to find a kind comment.

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Thanks a lot, Jim!  It actually went to Paul Long for a sheath, so I'll post a pic of what he came up with when I get one... it's always a real honor to have a customer send one to the Dean of Leatherworkers.

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