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Karl B. Andersen
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I like the facets on the handle, very cool.

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Karl, Not sure if I've seen this already since you are in high gear. Can you really tell a difference with the stabalized ironwood? Does it still smell like dog crap when your working it?

Doesn't smell at all, except for the stabilizing agent, which I don't mind that much. It's really really solid, Ray.

I've used a bunch of other people's stabilized stuff, but WSSI's is the best - by far!

And, to answer your question and Edgar Figaro's, I do my handle shaping with files by hand. So I'm not heating up the wood anyway. I don't ever get any stink that way. Also, I think if helps to resist any further movement of handle material when it never gets hot.

I can tell by the filing how much stabilizing agent is in the wood, and WSSI's goes ALL THE WAY!

Edgar, I cut out the handle profile on the band saw. Get it down to its widest thickness really flat on both sides. Stick the blade in the vise. Then i sort of draw lines on the sides where I want the corners to be all around the handle. Then, pull out the coarse flat, half-round and round files and have at it!

Then I do all my hand sanding through 220-400-800-1500-buff. I sand right down to the guard making it smooth.

With my take-down assembly, I can then disassemble and hot blue or etch my wrought iron, polish stainless, etc.

This handle never once touched the grinder for shaping - just the initial flattening and smoothing out the band saw cuts.

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Interesting stuff.

The lines you draw sound like the ones I do when rough sanding curved handles. I then just go back and sand them round, basically cutting off the corners.

Might have to try me a faceted handle sometime =]

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Interesting stuff.

The lines you draw sound like the ones I do when rough sanding curved handles. I then just go back and sand them round, basically cutting off the corners.

Might have to try me a faceted handle sometime =]

I really likr dong it that way. You start with a block of wood, make a bunch of lines and marks here and there, and basically just "connect the dots" with the file.

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Hi Karl,

Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to show your work and teach. I always appreciate your attention to detail and fit and finish.

Take care, Craig

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