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Im late to the party here, but WOW! A whole lot to take in, this is going to look incredible when its finished. 

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I didn't get in much shop time  today but did manage to get the first of  eight dogwood flowers roughed out.  These will all get inlaid side-by-side into a billet of 1084 using a canoe & 1084 powd

I've had this chunk of meteorite laying in my shop for some time and decided it's time to use it.  I've made two blades from this chunk already.  I'm not sure just what type of  blade I will make from

The finished knife along with another chunk of the meteorite.  Hope that you enjoyed the trip through this one.  

20 hours ago, Gary Mulkey said:

after I scrimshaw them

Bonus round! Get more popcorn Clifford :D.

 

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1 hour ago, Charles du Preez said:

Bonus round! Get more popcorn Clifford :D.

 

I'm definitely a better bladesmith than I am a scrimshanter.  Let's hope that it turns out to my liking.;)

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Here's a look at the frame tang after being roughed out.  This is a three layer tang using my normal damascus steels.  The inside layer is 1/8" 1080 and the outside layers are .065" 15N20.  When ground & polished the 1080 will get gun blued and the 15N20 will get a small  amount of filework and polished.  This will also be what I do for the front handle spacer.  [The grey blotch in the center of the rear dogwoood flower is a remnant of my anti-scale compound from H/T'ing.]

 

I was planning on making a scrimshaw scribe for doing the the inlay until I saw one online that I liked made of carbide so I probably won't start any scrimshaw work until  this weekend after the new scribe arrives.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the frame tang finished and the handle scales contoured ready for the scrimshaw.

 

I'm thinking that I may add two more handle pins toward the front of the scales and give all six of them a decorative head just for a little extra bling.  We'll see.  Who knows as I'm designing this one as I go.:)

 

The back of the hilt will get some 1/8" 416 forged to a 2" diameter to match the back of  the handle and a pommel nut turned from some 1/2" 416 stainless.   Hopefully it will make for an attractive total package when done.

 

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Progressing with the hilt:

Here I've blued the middle section of the frame tang (1080)and filed the outside two (15N20).  I've applied a sealer coat to the walnut scales so that when I ink the scrimshaw I won't be inking the walnut as well.

 

I think  that I'll wait until I get my public shop  open this weekend to do the scrimshaw.  If I can draw a crowd it will make a nice demo.  If not, it will give me something to  do.;)

 

My next step will be to fashion a front handle spacer.  It will be three  pieces (like  the frame tang) with the middle one fileworked and the outside two polished.

 

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8 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

I like this one a lot. Probably your finest work since January :lol:

:lol: Indeed

As always, just amazing Gary!

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That is something I've never done.  I'm eager to see what sort of pattern you put on them.  I am assuming i primarily going to be shading?

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Now that I have the blade and handle scales done, it's on to handle  fittings.  I'm going to change direction a little on the hilt and not use the ball tip guard.  I think  that I'll go with a classic oval guard  with filework to  match the handle  spacer.

 

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1 hour ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Wow, was that 1084 powder you used the canoe?  It really blackened up nicely.

Yes.  It's 1084.  It wasn't that dark right out of the etch.  I did a coffee soak to get the dark color.

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