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Although I am not officially in the KITH this year, I have been doing several 1 cubic inch knives lately as kind of side projects. The idea for this one came from Mace Vitale through Matthew Parkinson. Mace made a rather large ring out of 1ci and it got me thinking....

 

I took a piece of 1" drill rod (W1 steel) and flattened it out in the press

1 starting rod.jpg2 flatten.jpg

 

Once I got it down to about 1/4" thick, I punched a hole in the center and slotted it toward one side.

3 Hole punch.jpg

 

4 Slot.jpg

 

I opened it up with some chisels and started to spread the hole out.

5 Open slot.jpg

 

 

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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I worked the slot/hole with a bunch of different drifts.

6 Drift.jpg

 

Eventually, I started using some of my axe drifts to enlarge the slot and neck down the sides with the drift in the slot to make a pear shape.

7 Neck down.jpg

 

Then I spread the sides and edge out using a cross peen

8 Spread.jpg

 

Flattened and refined the shape bit.

9 Flatten.jpg

 

After some minor shaping and clean up on the grinder

10 Start grind.jpg

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Very cool forging, I am still amazed at how much freedom you get when forging, the metal can be anything you want.

 

Is this going to be an ''ulu'' type kitchen knife?

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Yessir. 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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  • 3 weeks later...

Freaky things happen sometimes when you are in pursuit of Hamon.

 

Hamon final (1).jpg

 

Hamon final (2).jpg

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Cool. Are you going to polish it?

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"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

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6 hours ago, Charles dP said:

Cool. Are you going to polish it?

The weirdness appeared after taking it to 9 micron sanding. This has a heavy texture I can only attribute to the long vinegar etch I used. The photos are taken after polishing with Blue Magic. I think I will leave this the way it looks. It is supposed to have a more "rustic" flavor.

 

2 hours ago, Alex Middleton said:

Im digging this little blade Josh.  Gotta feel pretty good to drop that JS after your mark!

I like it as well, and it's a keeper. I think it will make a good head knife for my leather work.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

http://www.dosgatosdesignsllc.com/#!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

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