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first knife on new grinder

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finally got the grinder built and belts ordered.  since my forge is not 100% i decided to grind out the first knife from an old usa nicholson file.  first i brought the hardness down by toasting it in my toaster oven for an hour at 350.  twice.  after i ground the profile i stuck the blade portion in the dirt and softened the tang with a propane torch so i could drill the holes.

to get the bevel angle i set the platen at  approximately 10 degrees.  then clamped my blade to a piece of angle iron.

the handle is walnut.  i think.  held on by corby bolts and devcon 2 ton.

 

 

 

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the sheath is veg tan.  my hand got a little shaky putting my last name in with the wood burner.

sheath is designed to be a pocket slip.  when im hunting, i leave my knife in my backpack side pocket.  hate stuff hanging off my belt and poking me in the gut when i sit down.

 

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I don't know if there was supposed to be photos of the knife...

Anyway, for now I just noticed you tempered your file at 350°f which is very low for the steel(probably W2). It should yield around 63-64hrc. 

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ya.  i should have gone higher on the temp.  its a bear to sharpen.  figured that out after the fact though

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That is a good looking knife and sheath.

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I like the lines.  I can't help noticing that gap at the end of the tang, though.  Purely aesthetic, not a problem otherwise.  I fill those with colored epoxy too. :lol:

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ya. the gap is an oops. i was carefully sawing the slot and checking fit over and over. then bam. its too long!  ahhhh

 

also. the bevel at the tip is different on each side. not sure why it did that. everything on the grinder is square. 

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Mix some of the sawdust from the handle with your (clear) epoxy (peanut butter consistency) and use that to fill in the gap.  It will do a decent job of blending with the wood - not a perfect match, but better than a gap.

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