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David Pessall

6th knife made

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This is my 6th knife made...almost finished.  It's O1 tool steel with maroon and black G10 scales, drill rod for pins. Working this since Friday afternoon.  Just epoxied this afternoon.  Finish shaping handle tomorrow. This is my 2nd attempt at a small skinner. Other knives are small 3 finger size.  I actually like those little ones. 

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Pretty neat! That last ones... I remember a design like that. Called a clinch knife? 

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A little more work. The pins are staying a little proud of the scales when sanding. They are made from drill rod. It's what I have a lot of. Having issues around the finger guard.  Keep having to take more off each side after doing the other.  Light sanding really with 400 grit. Hard to keep them even.  It's getting smaller and smaller. Suggestions?

Should this be in another thread section? 

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When sanding pins in handle material, use a hard backer on the paper or it will cut more of the soft material around the hard pins, leaving the pins a little high.  And drill rod is okay, but not ideal should you ever need to peen the pins.  

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The other abundant material I have on hand is PB102 phosphor bronze rods. Mostly .125" and .188" diameters, a few a little bigger. I figured the drill rod would look better. The bronze does sand easier!

I'll put a hard backer to sand a little more.

 

 

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Bronze works fine, but it can conflict with some color schemes. You can also get small diameter stainless barstock, 303 and 304 work fine. No real need for anything harder than that.

 

Your knives look good! Keep it up. 

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Nice work

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