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Really nice fit of these bolster, Joshua, seriously.

No way to “adjust” the fit after solder w/o touching the already etched twist.

 

Gary LT

 

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47 minutes ago, Gary LT said:

No way to “adjust” the fit after solder

Ain't that the truth!. 
The blind pins will help getting the fit right pre-etch. I check the final fit after etch and before soldering. I had to do a little extra grinding and hand sanding to get it really smooth inside the fingerloops. A Trizac A-45 made quick work of that.

The shallow depressions in the back of the bolster and on the face of the blade stem allow you to clamp the bolsters tight against the blade. The outside keeps any solder from running out.

 

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There is a little slot in the top of the bolster that is covered by the scales. This is where you feed the solder in.

 

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The blade prep. You can see this is before etching. To keep this area clean for solder, I protected it with nail polish during the etch cycles.

 

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I cut a tiny piece of solder and put it in the bottom of each hole and a thin silver bearing solder wire lays in the depressed area. Insert the pins into the holes on one bolster and push the pins through the blade. Put the next bolster on the pins and clamp. Heat the bottom of the bolster and feed the solder into the top of the groove. When the channel fills, stop. You have now soldered the pins to the bolsters and the bolsters to the blade. No seepage or clean up needed. Just use some metal polish to remove the discoloration from the bolsters. I've been doing nickel-silver bolsters this way since about 2018. I learned the basic technique on this forum actually from @Brian Dougherty in this thread. (it really pays off reading the pinned threads on this site) I just added the recessed channel technique to contain the solder.

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(Yes I remember Brian’s post concerning dovetails, bolsters, etc.) Soldering bolsters….I have no problem soldering bolsters and I can avoid solder over flow, for the most part…! This approach is a step further and I can using it in the future.

Much appreciated Joshua.

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Yesterday I hollowed out the backs of the scales and drilled the liners for epoxy. I also created rough depressions in the frame of the handle under the drilled holes. I forgot to take photos of the whole process, and here is the primary holes in the liners with black dots marking the location of additional 3/16" holes that were drilled later.

 

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This is glued and curing right now. Next, I will peen and dome the pins, sharpen, and the knife is done.

I have a few sheaths to make including this one.

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It is done. Lousy day for taking photos outside, so you get some shop photos with the phone.

Name side

 

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Stamp side

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Name side after oiling the wood a bit.

 

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Handle top

 

Handle back.jpg

 

Handle bottom

 

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Let me know what you think.......

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19 hours ago, Eric Estlund said:

Only semi related: do you like the rio pin polishing rods? Do you hold them, or use a handpiece of some sort?

I use these: https://www.riogrande.com/product/red-fine-abrasive-silicone-polishing-pins/332694GP/?code=332694 in a rotary tool with the matching mandrel: https://www.riogrande.com/product/red-fine-abrasive-silicone-polishing-pins/332694GP/?code=332694
I really like them. For most pins, I only use the red rods to start and the green rods to finish.

Honestly, I think rubberized abrasives make this whole process of polishing pins, rope filework, and generally finishing most metal parts so much faster and easier.

I also use a variety of small wheels for different applications.

My entire process for handle pins is here: Finishing Handle Pins - Video and Multimedia - Bladesmith's Forum Board (bladesmithsforum.com)

 

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I made the sheath today

Front

Front.jpg

 

back

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side view

 

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Josh

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