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A little more progress:

 

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The tang end sticking out will be penned over. There are some weld flaws there but I don’t think they extend to where it will be peened. I plan on doing all the engraving before I put it all together.

 

Now we are too the blank canvas stage. I get really nervous because one cut could ruin a lot of work... Getting the design right and then getting over that inertia for the engraving is the hard part.

 

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Bad lighting/bench photo, but I finally got a chance to put some leather pants on this guy.   

Well, at the prompting of Josh... nudge nudge    here is a couple more pics of this knife. It comes at the price of delayed deadlines and field of broken promises, but I’m slowly getting it

Got the first knife back from my friend who was taking some pictures of it for me. I’m really pleased, she did an amazing job capturing it! Now to get some time away from work to get it in the mail.

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12 hours ago, Chris Christenberry said:

That thing is absolutely gorgeous, Adam.  I've never seen anything quite like it and am really impressed. 


Glad you like it!
 

12 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Love it.

 

:) this is important when your working with something that someone else has worked on!

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I showed this to Liz last night. (she was skeptical about the collaboration effort when I proposed it)

She said "wow. That's beautiful and it's nothing like you have ever done."

To wit, my response "That's why I asked him to do it."

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26 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

I showed this to Liz last night. (she was skeptical about the collaboration effort when I proposed it)

She said "wow. That's beautiful and it's nothing like you have ever done."

To wit, my response "That's why I asked him to do it."

 

Nice! The wife stamp of approval is always good! I remember you mentioning she had her doubts (in a PM I think)... It's not done yet (several critical parts to go), but I'm glad I'm getting her to sway :D

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, Adam Weller said:

getting over that inertia for the engraving is the hard part.

 

I can only imagine....

Looks great guys!

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I cannot post the exact words that came out of my mouth, forum rules against profanity...….

Don't tell me you drew that freehand, because I will surely fall off the chair again and just lie on the floor for a while.

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2 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I cannot post the exact words that came out of my mouth, forum rules against profanity...….

Don't tell me you drew that freehand, because I will surely fall off the chair again and just lie on the floor for a while.


Well I did quickly sketch it on the antler in pencil before I engraved it if that’s what you mean :rolleyes: Glad you like it! I’m kinda struggling with the design and how traditional I want it to be. 

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Another quick progress peek:

I’m hoping this works. Some things I’m worried about with this antler. It was the only piece I had that would fit these dimensions, but it has some characteristics I don’t like. I really either need to make good friends with a reindeer farmer or become on myself... I need more antler!!!

 

Things are moving slow. I work in a hospital and have 4 kids on an extended spring break. Enough said.

 

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Hope everyone is well. Stay home, protect those around you.

 

Oh - I wanted to show some in progress pictures:

 

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Incredible. That pommel, set into the handle with its texture and finish is absolutely beautiful and very motivating. And when the wife says that. You should be very proud my friend! Another reason why a handmade blade means so much! Months of thinking,pondering, erasing, and planning. I salute you!!

Tom

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8 hours ago, t cudworth said:

Months of thinking,pondering, erasing, and planning

Funny you mention that - I had drawn out the engraving design for the knife handle and thought it was the one... but as I worked on the sheath I liked it less and less. Sooo, I just erased the whole thing and I am starting over. I have no idea what it is going to turn out like at this point.

 

BTW, Glad you like it! Thanks for the encouragement.

 

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Well, at the prompting of Josh... nudge nudge :unsure:

 

here is a couple more pics of this knife. It comes at the price of delayed deadlines and field of broken promises, but I’m slowly getting it done.  What a crazy year. 
 

I wanted this knife to have somewhat of a narrative, I shied away from the perfect straight lines and the look of it being laser cut and strayed more towards the thought that it was engraved over time, by the campfire with things that the author saw/experienced at that time.
 

I must admit I’m kinda disappointed in how the sheath came out, the antler portion had porosity and despite my best attempts you can see it when the ink goes on. I’m trying to decide to just roll with it or make another, I don’t have any more antler of that size so I would be stuck with all wood or leather covered (which I’ve never done). 
 

I’ve also decided I want to move toward more locally available supplies instead of relying on shipping and exotic materials. 
 

Here yah go Josh, I hope you like it so far! Sorry for the poorly lit and somewhat out of focus, phone pictures)

 

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I think the handle is nicer than the blade! 

If you like, I'll send you some antler. I just scored an elk shed last month while hunting.

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Thanks guys, glad you like it.

Josh, no need to send elk antler I have plenty of elk and deer (mule and white tail) around here. I just don't have reindeer, and you have to get alot to make it worthwhile and find that good pieces. Elk is harder to shape because it's thin and you run into the inner marrow much quicker, but that is definitely what I can get around here so I need to figure out how to use it. 

 

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For the small knife, You shouldn't need anything really stout, I think. Maybe something in the tines would work?

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