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2018 Project WIP

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One of my goals for the next year is to try to draw new customers into the custom knife world, people who have never considered buying a custom knife in the past.  To do this I decided that it would be best to build multiple copies of a knife that most of the general public would recognize and want to own & display.  Since most people aren't knowledgeable about actual historic knives, I went to  Hollywood for my inspiration.  I believe that there are few Americans who have not seen either Alan Ladd, Richard Widmark or John Wayne handle "The Iron Mistress" in the movies so that's what I will be making.  To keep the price as affordable as possible I'll be selling these copies without engraving or sheath.  I'm going to  offer this first batch for $750 each and see how I come out on it.  At that price I'll just be breaking even but hopefully will bring some new customers into the world of the hand forged knife.  Each will include nickel  silver escutcheons & fittings, a 416 guard, and a brass spine in order to match the original.  :) We'll see if I can continue to do this at this price.

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I got a start on this project today.  I'm going to initially make three; one with walnut, one with blackwood and one with  rosewood handles.  Each will have a blade of W1.

 

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I'll try to keep  you updated as I progress with this project.

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Look forward to seeing how these turn out Gary. I'm sure they're gonna be works of art like everything else you make

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I got blade no.1 forged this morning.  I'll try to continue with blades 2 & 3 later today and tomorrow.  :) It's always a pleasure to have forging to do when the temperature is 16 degrees and the only heat in the shop is the forge.

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Three ladies ready for the tempering oven:

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Hopefully I get started  on the fittings tomorrow.

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Great forging as always Gary.

They look great.

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I got  the brass spine applied to  the blades.  Hopefully I'll get them finish ground and ready for hand sanding tomorrow. :) (If the Bowl games don't get in the way.)

 

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I feel your pain Gary, its 3 here.  But the forge is cozy!

Tom

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I guess that I  shouldn't complain about the weather as this is the first year in the last 3 or 4 that we've actually had winter temps.  I don't mind so much when I have forging to get done but handle  work in a cold shop is a different story.:)  I actually fired up my propane heater today.

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Wow!!!

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41 minutes ago, John Ricks said:

Yep, just plain awful.   I have around 100 blanks, including the walnut.   The Maple was cut in 1993 and has been silently air curing ever since.  When I trim a blank for the duplicator I keep the cut offs for knife handles.  With the correct oil finish they really look nice on a big blade. enhance

How much Would you charge for some handle sized cutoffs? I love the stuff, and own a couple 2" tall boards, but it sure is pricey. 

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1 hour ago, Gary Mulkey said:

Thanks, John.  That's a gracious offer but no thanks.  I don't ever use any maple.

Sure, no problem.

I deleted the photos as I felt I was hijacking your postings.

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So is the cold weather giving you problems?  Sure sounds nasty on the news.    

 

Looking forward to more progress photos!

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On ‎12‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 6:59 PM, Zeb Camper said:

How much Would you charge for some handle sized cutoffs? I love the stuff, and own a couple 2" tall boards, but it sure is pricey. 

Next time I cut into a blank I will save some for you.   

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Due to  the arctic cold front that hit here last  week, I haven't done a lot  in the shop recently until today.  Finally I got around  to working on the three ladies this afternoon.  Unfortunately the router bit that I had used previously for the escutcheon inlays on the handles proved to be slightly over sized so I had to make a trip to the local tool store for another and start the handles all over again.  Hopefully the photos show that I used walnut, rosewood & blackwood for these three.  I got them cut out, slotted for the tangs & the N/S escutcheons inlayed today.  Hopefully I'll get them shaped and  started on guards for them tomorrow.

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Yes, they are starting to look interesting.  I'll be looking forward to the finished products.

Doug

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Did you solder the brass strips on?  And are they just flat?  

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31 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

Did you solder the brass strips on?  And are they just flat?  

They are both flat & soldered on.  I used a 500 degree solder applied while the bottom half  of  the blade was in water.

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I thought so.  Just curious, since most of the Musso-type bowies with brass strip spines use a strip bent into a U-shaped channel.  I like your way better.

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17 hours ago, Gary Mulkey said:

They are both flat & soldered on.  I used a 500 degree solder applied while the bottom half  of  the blade was in water.

That must be challenging to do.  The brass strip would have to be dead flat in order to just lay it on the spine and solder it.  Even then it will tend to curl as it is heated.  Do you wire it down as you solder it?

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3 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

That must be challenging to do.  The brass strip would have to be dead flat in order to just lay it on the spine and solder it.  Even then it will tend to curl as it is heated.  Do you wire it down as you solder it?

I tinned both surfaces first so that I didn't have to apply any solder while heating.   I then laid the piece of brass on top  of the blade which was half submerged in water and held secure with a c-clamp.  I heated one end of  the brass with a plumber's torch in one hand while pressing down on the brass with a small scrap  piece  of steel in the other hand and repeated this as I worked my way down the blade.

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