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That is some gorgeous wood Garry.  Out of curiosity, why do you feel the handle should extend closer to the plunge lines?  For aesthetic, or utility purposes?

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2 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

That is some gorgeous wood Garry.  Out of curiosity, why do you feel the handle should extend closer to the plunge lines?  For aesthetic, or utility purposes?

Mostly for asthetics Alex. with just the smallest part utility

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Fair enough.  FWIW, I like the look of both.

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Just finished this second ever forged oner.  5 1/2 x 1 3/16 1095 with stainless and gabon ebony furnitureIMG_20200423_143751.jpg

 

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I have been talking to a butcher about boning knives and the difference between how a novice (me that is) uses a boning knife out of the front of the hand, as in standard knife hold where the professional holds the knife with the blade out of the back of the hand whicu necessitate the different designs in the blade and a slightly fuller handle than I would make for a conventional knife.So with that as a guide I made these two with one having a 5 1/2 in blade for sheep/fallow sized animals and a 7 1/4 inch one for work on cattle sized animals. Swamp kauri handles on the 1/8 in 1075 blades with black micarta pins.
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Have just done the hot waxing on these today so just have to put the final edge on the blade and they can go on the courier.

A 7 1/2 in chef with paper micarta on 12C27 stainless

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Pocket Ranger with Leopardwood over curvebacked buff horn on the 1095 blade

 

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PH EDC with macrocarpa over curve back buff horn on the 1095 blade

 

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Pig Sticker with Desert ironwood over curve backed buff on the 1095 blade with both sheath options

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This is a Hunter Skinner with canvas micarta on the 1084 blade with this being the prototype offering of the steel with the knife. This was an idea put forward by Bruce so he gets the first one out the gate.

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Great looking batch, Garry!

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Sure do like your work, Garry.

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love the work. I especially like the filet knife.

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Some more away today and some ready to go
7 inch chef 12c27 and exhibition lacewood burl.
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Wapiti Hunter Butcher with walnut and CB buff horn on the 1095 blade
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Light hunter with CB brass and black lacewood on 1084 with steel
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Small game in 12c27 with eucalyptus over micarta

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Mini bullnose with matai on the 1084 blade.

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bullnose skinner with ss bolster, buff horn and ss spacers with tassie blackwood on the 1084 blade.
Safari knife with gidgee over ss on 1095

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You're a blade makin' machine, Garry.

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Posted (edited)
4 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

You're a blade makin' machine, Garry.

I love my "job" :D

I do have to admit to having two sets of the scales for the bull nosed skinner with the SS and buff horn sitting on the bench after having had to burn them off and start again. On one the ss spacer was about .5mm off of parallel as I inadvertantly had the buff horn on one side the wrong way round and didn't notice it till I went to shape the handle.

The second on the pin I put through to hold the buff, spacer and wood together was a fracxtion hign and I could see the faint lightening of the horn over it as I started the final polish so that was another set I had to burn off.

For the third one I cut grooves accross the base of the ss spacer and when the 3 pieces were epoxied together I finished the cuts into the underside of the horn and wood so it has an epoxy kep rather than a pin.

Valuable lessons learned as these were both $50 scale sets so there are still some learning experiences to be had that hopefully are not repeated

Edited by Garry Keown

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Well, you made a good call.  That bullnose skinner is my favorite of that batch!

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Whew, it's certainly reassuring I'm not the only crafts person on the forum who has to take "side trips" sometimes. :D

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Never too old to make a mistake or learn something new

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Amen to that, Garry.

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This lot just needs an edge on the blades and they are off to new homes

A PH EDC with very rare quilted NZ macrocarpa over 3 pin CB buffalo horn in stamped sheath with attached steel. There is more activity in the macrocarpa than a pic can show.

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A 7 inch chef with a very pretty piece of Lacewood

 

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and a J T Ranger with fiddleback Gidgee in left handed cross draw sheath.

 

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A pair of mini skinners
First has a very nice set of Lacewood handles

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This one with its attached steel has Desert Ironwood

 

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A Safari knife with Acacia over brass with attached steel

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The purple dyed Pig Sticker

 

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The mini Bull Nose Skinner with fiddleback Tasmanian Blackwood over 3 pin CB paper micarta. I havent done a sheath for it yet but will do one with attached short steel next time I am doing leather work. (and yes I know there is a hair on the blue background sheet)

 

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