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So am I...…….:blink:

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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If any of our "newer" makers get anything out of this thread, I hope it is that things just don't go the way you plan, most of the time.

 

Any way, the best laid plans often go awry. The second side of that practice piece didn't turn out right. I am now very grateful that I had the foresight to create a practice piece. After that little slip that made a flat line in exactly the wrong location, I realized that I have a bunch of really good quality files, and it would be best to slow the process down and do things by hand. I also learned that it would be best to leave the profile shaping of the round ends into bishop hat shapes until later in the process.
So the real guard went back into the file jig and using a lathe file I cut the bevels. This went surprisingly quickly.

 

File cuts.jpg

 

I sanded these flats down on the disc sander at 400 grit. I finished filing with an 8-inch mill file, so they were pretty smooth from the file.
I have to smooth out those ridges caused by the file stop. First I bevel the edges.

 

Sanded cuts.jpg

 

Then I went back to the 10 inch wheel at a very slow speed and blended the ridges down.

 

Smoothed out.jpg

 

Then I shaped the ends. Now it's hand sanding time with some 400 grit paper! Yay!
I also used some very fine needle files to move the lines around.
Side 1

 

Side 1.jpg

 

Side 2

 

Side 2.jpg

 

There's a little more work to do on this and then I will sand the profiles and try and smooth out the visible bottoms of the curves and the ridges on the surfaces.
 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Preparing for the final assembly. 

 

 

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Guard close up.jpg

Hamon 1.jpg

Name shot.jpg

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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  • 2 weeks later...

5 of 6 are now done. One is on the injured/reserved list after a catastrophic bluing accident.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Well, Josh, I can say I approve of the remaining 5!  Beautiful knives, one and all.

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WHEW!!!  If I could only know now what I "thought" I knew back then....................

 

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Tremendous effort Josh.

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"Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes" - Tom HALL - Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon wine.

 

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  • 3 months later...

For those of you who were wondering, there were two knives started in this thread that I finally finished.

The boot knife is a frame handle with .06" 416 vine file work around the entire handle, and 15N20 vine file work in the spacer.

1 name side.jpg

 

3 spine.jpg

 

4 belly.jpg

 

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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The other one was what I call a "field knife" or a Hiker. Sort of a general use sheath knife. This is a take-down with Nickel-silver guard, nickel-silver and bronze spacer and pommel. This one is W2 from that Hunk O'Steel I bought from Ray Rybar back in 2016. Ironwood handle.

 

Name side V2.jpg

 

Off side V2.jpg

 

Crazy activity in the Hamon.

Activity 1 V2.jpg

 

 

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Love that fine filework on the spine Josh. A good pair of eyes and a steady hand would be a must. 

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