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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #100 on: September 24, 2014, 08:38:33 AM »
It reminds me of the blade on Buck's 103 skinner model, but with a full tang & much nicer handle. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #101 on: September 24, 2014, 09:33:22 AM »
Thanks, wolfy. I pulled up pics of a Buck 103; couldn't recall exactly what it looked like. I do see the resemblance.

I was looking at the Diamond Blades brand when I sketched it out. They run $400+  :'(
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« Reply #102 on: September 25, 2014, 08:14:44 PM »
Second coat of dye and sanded with #320. Finished with coat of Tru-Oil.





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« Reply #103 on: September 25, 2014, 09:03:51 PM »
I like that one a LOT, Sarge.....pure & simple, it would work for almost anything you asked of it. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #104 on: September 26, 2014, 07:27:22 AM »
Thank you, wolfy!

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« Reply #105 on: October 09, 2014, 09:57:58 PM »
I started this one the same time I started the Knife in the Hat blade and worked on them together. Just finished this one up today.

O1 steel, 1/8" thick
OAL: 9 inches
Blade: 4.5" long, 1.25" wide
Handle: 4.5"
Scales: Zebrawood finished with Tru-Oil


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« Reply #106 on: October 10, 2014, 07:58:38 AM »
this is really nice work Sarge.

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« Reply #107 on: October 10, 2014, 06:40:10 PM »
Thank you!
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« Reply #108 on: October 10, 2014, 06:41:59 PM »
  Very Nice looking sharps, man!
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  Keep 'em coming!
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« Reply #109 on: October 15, 2014, 03:59:39 AM »
Thanks, MnSportsman!

Gave that last one to my dad for his birthday. I really liked it so I'll probably try to make something else similar.
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« Reply #110 on: October 16, 2014, 10:43:53 PM »
Nice work! Been a while since I popped in this thread. I really like the Dadely on page 2. Makes me want to order some blanks to handle...

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« Reply #111 on: October 17, 2014, 02:17:17 PM »
Thanks for stopping in, PW. I like a lot of the Green Rivers, especially the Dadley.

I still need practice with the rivets. They turned out okay on the Dadley. On the hunter, I ground the head off one and had to re-handle it.


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« Reply #112 on: October 29, 2014, 02:57:00 PM »
Messed up the dang rivets again. Guess I need to invest in a dedicated bit instead of trying to improvise.

This is my big ol' Hudson Bay style camp knife with curly maple scales. I think I'll re-do the rivets before finishing it.






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« Reply #113 on: October 29, 2014, 05:28:44 PM »
looking good sarge  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #114 on: November 09, 2014, 09:56:15 PM »
I'm waiting on a delivery of some rivets, loveless bolts, etc. so I can finish up the Hudson Bay knife.

Not very bushy ... but here is a scalping knife I've worked on some this weekend. Knife is all but finished but I haven't yet made a sheath.


O1 steel, 1/8" thick
OAL is 12"


Blade is 6.5" long and about 1.25" wide, hammered texture


Handle is 5.5" long and basically round, a bit larger than 1" diameter at the butt and a bit smaller near the blade
Scales are walnut with 1/8" brass pins, rubbed with linseed oil

This is before I sharpened it ... ouch!


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« Reply #115 on: November 10, 2014, 06:12:54 AM »
Very nice traditional knife, Sarge!  That one would be at home at any rendezvous I know of. :thumbsup:

HINT: When testing for sharpness next time, just try shaving a little patch of forearm hair. ;)
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« Reply #116 on: November 10, 2014, 08:08:32 AM »
Thanks, wolfy! And I appreciate the hint ... LOL


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« Reply #117 on: November 10, 2014, 04:54:31 PM »
Wicked cool, Sarge. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #118 on: November 10, 2014, 09:34:16 PM »
Thanks, Diogenes!

Finished it up today. I laced a piece of leather on the handle and made a sheath. Think I'm finished now ... I think.








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« Reply #119 on: November 11, 2014, 09:20:34 AM »
Sarge, is the leather handle wrap for... looks, hand grip or better friction fit in the sheath, or possibly all 3... looks great btw  :cheers:
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« Reply #120 on: November 11, 2014, 10:34:40 AM »
I like it! The leather work looks great (as usual) but I wonder about it's intended purpose too. I wish I could stitch like that.  :doh: Kinda interested in your progress on "the ole Hudson Bay" too

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« Reply #121 on: November 11, 2014, 12:04:19 PM »
Thanks, guys! Short answer on the handle wrap is "I don't know." I've looked at dozens of pics of scalpers and other Native American knives and some are wrapped in leather, leather laces, etc. Not sure if it was originally done for adornment or grip or retention in the sheath or something else. I saw something similar on The Last of the Mohicans knife at North River Knives and copied / stole the design. I did it for looks on my scalper. Not sure if it will serve a practical purpose or not. Perhaps a better grip with bloody hands when scalping ...

Hey, Creek. I should see a UPS truck today and get what I need to finish the Hudson Bay.


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« Reply #122 on: November 11, 2014, 12:23:11 PM »
Everyone needs a better grip when scalping with bloody hands! Makes perfect sense now  :cheers: It looks very nice.

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« Reply #123 on: November 16, 2014, 02:31:02 PM »
good lord that is some great work.

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« Reply #124 on: November 16, 2014, 04:34:12 PM »
Sarge: To think, in just a year we've gotten to watch you progress from a guy just starting out making knives to a genuine knife maker. You've done some beautiful work in the past year. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #125 on: November 16, 2014, 05:59:21 PM »

Sarge: To think, in just a year we've gotten to watch you progress from a guy just starting out making knives to a genuine knife maker. You've done some beautiful work in the past year. :thumbsup:
I'll second that. I just went back through the entire thread and was amazed again (re-amazed?) at your skill. Nice work.


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« Reply #126 on: November 16, 2014, 10:01:19 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for noticing I've been at it for a year now. Still a novice but no longer a rookie  ;)
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« Reply #127 on: November 17, 2014, 07:02:26 PM »
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Thank you, gentlemen. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for noticing I've been at it for a year now. Still a novice but no longer a rookie  ;)

You mentioned having some issues with rivets. Are you using a countersink bit after you drill the thru holes?

Track of the Wolf sells one for their knife kits that works perfectly with their rivets. It's cheap too.

Your work is really nice, I'm still in the kit build and rehandling stage of my own knife building journey.

So many things to build, such little time...

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« Reply #128 on: November 17, 2014, 07:09:27 PM »
Should have included this too.

I read that you're using Tru oil for some of your handles. Have you ever tried mixing it with Armor-all?

I read about on a gun forum, apparently the two combine into some sort of catalyst that makes a really nice satiny finish that cures very quickly. I haven't tried it yet but I'm intrigued. I use boiled linseed oil on my wood-working and my garden tool handles but hate the long curing time.

And again, really nice work. I particularly like the re-using of some of your blade materials. I've started keeping an eye out for used files...already have a couple of saw blades to play around with.
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« Reply #129 on: November 17, 2014, 07:32:40 PM »
Hey, John. No, I haven't used a countersink bit and I'm sure that's the problem. The rivets have worked perfectly a few times and they've rolled a few times. I just bought a 100-pk so I'm definitely going to invest in a countersink bit. I'll check out Track of the Wolf.

I've read about mixing Tru-oil with linseed oil and poly to help with cure times. I used Tru-oil on Bolivia Rosewood and it remained sticky for several days - maybe the oils in the wood or humidity or something? That's the only problem I've had with it. I had not heard about the Armor-all trick. Sounds interesting. I'll give it a try.

Thanks for the tips and your kind words. Good luck on your journey. Give one of those files a try :-)


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« Reply #130 on: November 24, 2014, 06:27:21 PM »
Awesome work all around!

Google the Armorall trick before doing and do it on some scrap.  I couldn't get it to work right for me.

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« Reply #131 on: November 25, 2014, 05:58:06 PM »
Thanks, Grizz!


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« Reply #132 on: December 19, 2014, 07:38:27 PM »
Whew! I'm glad to be done with these. Ol' rookie knife maker here committed to a bunch of knives for Christmas gifts and had to kick it into high gear.

Finished these three last week. They are like the first knife in this thread but instead of Dymondwood, I made OD & black micarta.


Finished these 5 today. Good grief! What was I thinking? They are 4" blades, handles are almost 5". Here they are in progress...

From left to right, the scales are black walnut, Bolivian rosewood, walnut again, African Mahogany, and curly maple.

Here they are finished up.


A couple close-ups

Mahogany and curly maple


Walnut and rosewood


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« Reply #133 on: December 19, 2014, 08:04:44 PM »
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« Reply #134 on: December 19, 2014, 08:09:39 PM »
Sweet...

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« Reply #135 on: December 19, 2014, 08:10:12 PM »
Don't burn yourself out, Sarge......the weeks preceding Christmas can be hard on a knifemaker! ???

Your work is getting more impressive with each one of your posts, BTW! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #136 on: December 19, 2014, 09:10:41 PM »
Man, I like those a lot. Superb.
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« Reply #137 on: December 19, 2014, 09:25:55 PM »
Thanks, guys!


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« Reply #138 on: December 19, 2014, 09:49:57 PM »
Oh, man!

"We knew him when..." eh guys? :)

Grab 'em now boys, before he gets rich and famous! ;D

Sarge, you're knocking them out the park, buddy! :thumbsup:


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« Reply #139 on: December 19, 2014, 10:09:30 PM »
I won't forget all the little people. LOL

Thanks, KK!


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« Reply #140 on: December 20, 2014, 05:11:06 AM »
Those look fantastic Sarge. Nice work!

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« Reply #141 on: December 31, 2014, 03:59:40 PM »
Last knives of the year.... I started these two a while ago but they've been on the back burner. I was able to work on them yesterday and today.

This one is finished. It is Fallkniven S1 influenced. No sheath yet; I'll probably make one similar to the leather S1 sheath.

It's O1 steel, 1/8" thick, about 5" blade, half flat grind, homemade canvas micarta, stainless 3/16" pins and an aluminum lanyard tube. Blackened the blade in a vinegar bath.


First time I've used a liner. Not much contrast. I shoulda used another color.

This Bowie is not quite finished but I went ahead a tool a pic. Probably won't get to work on it for a day or two.


Also O1, 1/8" thick. Blade is about 6". Scales are Bocote with 1/8" brass pins. I made the guard from bar stock, that was a first. Not perfect but turned out okay.


Wood turned out well...I think. Still needs a little work and some Tru-oil.

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« Reply #142 on: December 31, 2014, 04:02:53 PM »
Sweet! Love the bowie  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #143 on: December 31, 2014, 04:07:01 PM »
Two big :thumbsup: :thumbsup: for both of those, Sarge. Happy New Year, man. :cheers:
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« Reply #144 on: December 31, 2014, 04:16:48 PM »
 Sarge, you have MAD knife making skills!!! :hail:

I love your take on the S1, man! SWEET blade! The micarta looks sweet on there! I like that your clip point isn't as 'clippy' as the S1. (If I'm seeing it right.)

I am not a real big fan of the Bowie, but I gotta say, that right there is a sweet looking knife! You might have just changed my mind! Wood does indeed look great!

Sarge, awesome, awesome blades!

Happy Mew Year to you and yours!


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« Reply #145 on: December 31, 2014, 05:04:42 PM »
As always, thanks guys!

Yes, KK, that is accurate. It's more "droppy" than "clippy".

Thanks again and Happy New Year!


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« Reply #146 on: December 31, 2014, 06:06:20 PM »
I LOVE BIG BOWIE KNIVES! :drool:
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« Reply #147 on: January 07, 2015, 12:55:26 PM »
Had a little time to play today and made two sheaths.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the Bowie and finally decided to go all cowboy.


I cut the fringe by hand ... big fun. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. It's still kinda stiff; I'm trying to soften it some. I tested the dye and thought it was a good neutral brown. It ended up being a bit reddish. Not crazy about that but it's okay.

Now I'm really happy with this one. It's the first sheath I've done in black.



A big "THANKS" to my friend, Dano. He hooked me up with a very cool D-ring with a removable pin. Since I'm prone to glue and stitch down a loop without putting the d-ring on first, this ring is perfect.


The removable pin gives the option of the standard belt loop or the dangler loop. Thanks again, Dano!

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« Reply #148 on: January 07, 2015, 03:41:02 PM »
Lookin' GOOD, Sarge! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #149 on: January 07, 2015, 04:03:17 PM »
Beautimus!!
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Love the looks of the workmanship, Sarge! & I agree with ya, Dano is the Man! Helluva guy!
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