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Garry Keown

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I got the first pair  "Patriot" table knives done now so these will become a standard offering with each having the red and blue on opposite sides.. 3mm white G10 liners with 5mm red and blue G10 handles on the 4 1/4 inch 12C27 stainless blades. Have a Sgian Dubh, a JT Ranger and a dagger finished and in the drying rack for now. 

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Bit of a departure from the norm there Gary. Not my taste but looks well executed.

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Not to my taste either Charles but was something different to try after it was suggested to me by my agent. The blades themselves are,  although with different handles.

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Not my taste either, but an absolutely brilliant idea. I could see a serious market for those with matching forks. I'm pretty sure they would sell as 4th of July picnic tableware.

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1 minute ago, Joshua States said:

Not my taste either, but an absolutely brilliant idea. I could see a serious market for those with matching forks. I'm pretty sure they would sell as 4th of July picnic tableware.

A fork is something I have yet to do but you are correct and I will have to do some experimenting to try that.

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Just now, Garry Keown said:

A fork is something I have yet to do but you are correct and I will have to do some experimenting to try that.

Make it easy on yourself. You only need two prongs.

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3 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

Make it easy on yourself. You only need two prongs.

So you are not suggesting a table fork as much as maybe a sausage fork or similar

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10 minutes ago, Garry Keown said:

So you are not suggesting a table fork as much as maybe a sausage fork or similar

Well, you said "experiment" so I figured start with the minimum and work up.;)

I'm also thinking picnic

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Lots of thought to go into this one yet then B)

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22 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Make it easy on yourself. You only need two prongs.

 

Here you go Joshua. This morning I got a piece of 1/8 in stainless (from an old riving knife off the bench saw) and made up a pattern from one of our english silver ones to see if I could get the prongs cut evenly. Getting the curve to the fork will be a simple procedure as I will grind the shape on a piece of 1 1/2 square stock for both top and bottom and press the shape in before HT. It was the cleaning up of the prongs after cutting them that caused a bit of head scratching but with the slack belt I think I can get it about right. My grinder is running with a belt speed at over 3000 sfpm  and it is very easy to get the fork caught and flung away as it did when I was trying it but I have the 2 HP 3 ph motor to be wired in soon with a VFD so I can slow the belt speed right down to about hand sanding pace so the catching effect will be eliminated.

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I would say that you have done a fine job of it!

13 minutes ago, Garry Keown said:

It was the cleaning up of the prongs after cutting them that caused a bit of head scratching but with the slack belt I think I can get it about right

This was also my trouble when trying multiple tines on a fork. I did find that having a notched work rest, so the rest extended past the front face of the belt helped to support the fork and not roll the inside edges so much. Keep at it man. This is looking great so far.

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Spent a couple of hours getting the bottom die done for the forks from a length of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 mid steel, so just have to make the top die now and I can see if they will be a success or whether I have spent time to no effect.

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Got the handles all shaped up on 8 of the knives today ( from the thread todays grind) and the ninth one I found a flaw in the wood that was too big to fix or fill so cut the handle of and fitted another one to it so it will get done tomorrow. Meanwhile all the rest are in the rack with coats of finish on them  so I spent the last couple of hours today and ground the top die for the fork press. Still have to shorten the front and do something with the back so that I can hinge it which will keep it all in line for pressing the forks to shape before heat treating. I may weld a 3 inch bar to top and bottom so a heavy duty hinge will have wide support to keep it all in allignment 
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