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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2014, 09:00:40 AM »
I'll second Beast's assessment! :thumbsup:
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2014, 09:22:00 AM »
Sarge, that's one sweet looking user! :drool:

Well done buddy! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #52 on: July 24, 2014, 07:23:12 PM »
Thanks, fellas!


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« Reply #53 on: July 24, 2014, 11:43:35 PM »


That's great! Why pay $80?  8)

And this one:


This one's a real looker. Well done! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2014, 07:23:09 AM »
Thanks, Diogenes. Man, I really like your Wharncliffe project! I might try a similar mod one o' these days.
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« Reply #55 on: July 25, 2014, 03:29:58 PM »
Thanks, Diogenes. Man, I really like your Wharncliffe project! I might try a similar mod one o' these days.

Glad you like it! I've been sanding the scales the past couple days. I'll post pics up when I'm done and let you know how I like the design. :)
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« Reply #56 on: July 25, 2014, 05:55:16 PM »
That is def cool lookin, and I'm sure its equally as functional  :cheers:
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2014, 07:45:05 AM »
Thanks, zammer!


Made a couple sheaths. One for the Old Hickory mod I finished recently and one for a file knife I finished a while back.



I made this one first and intended it to be a dangler style but I forgot to put the D ring in place before I glued AND stitched the loop to the sheath  :doh:  >:(  So, now it is just a regular belt sheath.


Made this one next and remembered the D ring. This is the first leather I've dyed so it was a learning project, too.


The D ring fits over the tab of the loop and out of the way so it can ride high on the belt or dangle.

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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2014, 08:01:29 AM »
Well, those are nice! I really like the deep pouch style sheaths, and those are very well done! :thumbsup:

Is that knife on the right there a file knife you say? Have we seen that one? I really like that - looks nice and clean. 

You're making some mighty nice stuff sarge. :drool:
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2014, 08:05:16 AM »
That's a great idea for the dangler, Sarge.....I like the versatility of wide belt loops, too! :thumbsup:   Nice leatherwork, too......you and Dano are both turning out some enviable projects!
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« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2014, 11:01:01 AM »
Thanks, KK. Yes, it is a file knife. I posted a pic in March...I'll see if this link works...
http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=8458.0

I believe it was the first one I used the filing jig on so I think the lines are pretty crisp. I did a bunch o' wet sanding but it polished up well.

Thanks, wolfy! Mentioned in the same sentence with Dano...quite a recognition  :thumbsup:

Thanks again, guys.



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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #61 on: July 29, 2014, 11:34:10 AM »
Thanks, KK. Yes, it is a file knife. I posted a pic in March...I'll see if this link works...
http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=8458.0

I believe it was the first one I used the filing jig on so I think the lines are pretty crisp. I did a bunch o' wet sanding but it polished up well.

Ooops!  :-[

Well, I - apparently - feel the same way about it now as I did then! lol!

Good stuff, Sarge.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #62 on: July 29, 2014, 11:57:00 AM »
Some beautiful work posted here Sarge! You definitely have some creative skills. :thumbsup:

Now excuse me while I go wipe the drool off my chin :drool:
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« Reply #63 on: July 29, 2014, 12:05:08 PM »
Some beautiful work posted here Sarge! You definitely have some creative skills. :thumbsup:

Now excuse me while I go wipe the drool off my chin :drool:
LOL. Thank you, Neomaz! I appreciate that.
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« Reply #64 on: August 05, 2014, 04:31:27 PM »
I'm slowly making progress on a few blades in the works. This is my first attempt at woodlore clone. It is 01 steel, 5/32" thick, approximately 4.5" blade and 4.5" handle. Here she is after HT.


Got a HF 4x36 belt grinder recently. The whole knife will fit flat against the belt. WOW, what a difference vs the 1x30! It has helped a great deal with the polishing. Here it is with polishing about 90% complete. I'll wet sand and buff until she's finished. Picked out Bolivian Rosewood scales.


Also, still working on a fighter bowie w/ stacked leather handle, a Nessmuk with Bocote scales, a small belt/utility, Hudson Bay camp style, and more rasp knives.   :coffee:
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2014, 04:20:58 PM »
Gotta say I like everything I've seen from the walnut dymondwood to the woodlore clone.  Great job and it looks like your skills are improving with each one.

What grinder are you using for your bevels or are you filing them by hand?  Are you doing your own heat treatment?

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« Reply #66 on: August 14, 2014, 12:09:22 AM »
Thanks, Grizzly! I appreciate your comments. I am so close to finishing that woodlore clone... I put Tru-Oil on the wood two days ago and it is still sticky. It usually dries overnight (or sooner) but it has been rainy and humid here. I've had it in front of fans...even a heater...still waiting.  :pissed:

I have two low end grinders, HF 1x30 and HF 4x36. I've tried to make a couple different jigs to use with the 1x30 but am not happy with them. So I grind a little at a time on the grinder, then even it up on a filing jig, back to the grinder and so on.

I made a small forced-air wood/charcoal forge and have done my own HT. Not very scientific but they seem to hold an edge.

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« Reply #67 on: August 16, 2014, 03:15:57 AM »
Well, I've started and finished several since starting these two blades. I don't know why...I liked them when I started them and still do.  :shrug:

Both are 01 steel, 1/8" thick. Heat treated / oil quenched and tempered myself.

This is my first stab at a Woodlore clone. Tru-Oil finally dried.


Blade is about 4.5" in length, overall length is about 9.5". Scales are Bolivian Rosewood from Woodcraft.


Close-up of my first mosaic pin. (Not as fancy as Mudman's)

This Nessmuk is kind of a lemons-to-lemonade project. I was pleased with the partial flat grind and left it thick enough to prevent warping during HT. It did not warp but it scaled. Couldn't grind away all the scale before the blade got thin. I got the point too thin and had to slightly re-shape it. The blade is still plenty strong but I didn't want to go any thinner. It is about 1/2 flat grind with a secondary bevel. I gave it a hot vinegar bath to darken the blade rather that continue grinding. I still like it...looks used/aged.  :-\  I might play a little more with a forced patina.


Blade is almost 5", OAL is about 9.5". Wood is Bocote (also from Woodcraft) - I really like it.


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« Reply #68 on: August 16, 2014, 07:45:44 AM »
That Bolivian Rosewood looks great with that particular finish, the mosaic pins turned out well. I'd gladly use any of the knives you have shown, keep up the good work Sarge... and the pics  :cheers:
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« Reply #69 on: August 16, 2014, 09:14:36 AM »
Sweet  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:



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« Reply #70 on: August 16, 2014, 09:42:15 AM »
Sarge, I have never been a fan of many of the 'improved' Nessmuk interpretations that I see from various makers, but THIS one definitely earns the coveted "WOLFY APPROVED" status!  That is a very practical and versatile looking design right there!   I picture that one in my hand, very handily accomplishing most all the things that I do with a combination hunting/camping knife in the outdoors!  When I get around to posting photos of my favorite 'semi-skinner,' that I built from parts back in '78, you will see the similarities & why I like yours so much.  You're getting better with each knife you build & it's obvious there is a lot of pre-planning & thought that goes into each one....very nice work! :thumbsup:  :cheers:
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« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2014, 09:48:02 AM »
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« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2014, 01:49:09 PM »
Thanks, fellas! I appreciate your comments and encouragement. I'm still making mistakes and learning from them but I feel like I'm making progress. And now WOLFY APPROVED! Good stuff!

Again, my sincere thanks!
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« Reply #73 on: August 16, 2014, 08:21:51 PM »
Man, I like both of those, Sarge, but I'm with Nuke: love that Nessy! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #74 on: August 17, 2014, 02:14:13 AM »
Thank you, sir!
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« Reply #75 on: August 29, 2014, 01:37:08 PM »
Finished the sheath for the Nessie today. Nothing fancy and there's a few stitching mishaps but I'm pleased with the color and the knife fits well. I flipped a piece of the leather over and stitched a suede band around the top. Cut slits for the belt loop in the suede piece.








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« Reply #76 on: August 29, 2014, 02:09:06 PM »
I like the knife/sheath combo.

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« Reply #77 on: August 29, 2014, 02:49:13 PM »
You have just caused me to commit a sin, a violation of the eleventh commandment.

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« Reply #78 on: August 29, 2014, 03:08:19 PM »
Lol! Thanks fellas.


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« Reply #79 on: August 29, 2014, 03:12:51 PM »
I think I told you before, but I'll tell you again.....I REALLY like that knife! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:   Now, it has a nice sheath, too!  Nice setup, Sarge. :cheers:
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« Reply #80 on: August 29, 2014, 07:51:16 PM »
Thanks, wolfy! I appreciate ya.


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« Reply #81 on: August 30, 2014, 11:18:07 PM »
Excellent work man! Your improving leaps and bounds after each knife!

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« Reply #82 on: August 31, 2014, 03:32:03 PM »
Thank you, Mudman!


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« Reply #83 on: August 31, 2014, 05:05:04 PM »
While I like the job you did on the knife, the sheath ( with, I'm gonna call it a collar ) really gives it a nice look, well done.
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« Reply #84 on: September 01, 2014, 09:05:19 AM »
Thanks, Zammer! I didn't really know what to call that piece either. Collar works.


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« Reply #85 on: September 01, 2014, 10:23:29 AM »
I give it :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Nicely done! ;D
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« Reply #86 on: September 02, 2014, 02:27:12 PM »
Thanks, Diogenes!

And one more sheath I finished up this weekend...

I posted pics of the woodlore clone a while back and finally finished a sheath for it. I've made a couple rectangular bushlore style sheaths with a belt loop / dangler loop but this is my first with the straps and snaps and such. I attached the straps with Chicago screws so they can be removed / re-attached.







I wet formed the knife and leather before cutting and stitching it so the knife locks in positively with a "click" even before it is snapped. I used black nickel snaps for a more subdued look.

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« Reply #87 on: September 03, 2014, 03:24:33 PM »
Man that sheath looks cool.  Good job!

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« Reply #88 on: September 09, 2014, 11:34:13 AM »
Thanks, JTD!

I started this one a while back and finally finished it thanks to PetrifiedWood's recent re-handle with the stacked leather. Great tutorial and advice! But I still need some more practice.

Anyway, this one is loosely based on the original MAC-V SOG knife and the current SOG brand Bowies. It was one an old Nicholson file I got for a buck at a yard sale.


Leather was scraps from sheath making. I cut out the pieces, stacked it on the tang, wet it and clamped it down until it dried. I started making a finger guard out of steel but found a brass guard at Smoky Mountain Knife works for about $5. The pommel is a brass pipe cap that cost about $4.


I then re-stack the pieces and used Titebond III to glue each piece. I stacked washers inside the pommel piece, filled it with epoxy, and pinned it through the tang. Sorry this pic is blurry.


I'll cut the leather pieces a little smaller next time...lotta time (and dust) on the belt grinder.



Once shaped, I dyed the leather and melted paraffin wax onto it. I think I liked it better before the dye :-\


Here it is ... mostly finished.



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« Reply #89 on: September 09, 2014, 01:19:33 PM »
I think I like the dyed version best, Sarge! :thumbsup:   Reminds me of one of the old custom WWII fighters. :duel:
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« Reply #90 on: September 09, 2014, 02:05:34 PM »
 :duel: LOL.

Thanks, wolfy. The dye is growing on me...I think.
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« Reply #91 on: September 10, 2014, 04:25:24 AM »
Looks great.  You guys are making me want to try a stacked leather handle.

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« Reply #92 on: September 10, 2014, 07:35:54 AM »
Sarge, you, sir, are a knife making machine!! Very, very cool! I love that you did that with a file. Well done! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #93 on: September 10, 2014, 09:10:59 AM »
Thanks, guys!


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« Reply #94 on: September 11, 2014, 09:41:27 AM »
Call it done!


   This is one of the coolest looking blades I have ever seen in my life!

 
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« Reply #95 on: September 11, 2014, 01:35:46 PM »
Thanks, Punty. I appreciate that.

The guy I made it for wants 4 more so he and I are trying to scrounge up some used rasps.


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« Reply #96 on: September 20, 2014, 10:37:18 PM »
Worked on the Knife In The Hat project some today and finished up putting handles on a couple blanks. I've done a Dadley before and have wanted to handle a Hunter. Picked up one of each a while back.



Put oak with nickel rivets on the Dadley


This is the first time I've used curly maple. Medium brown water based dye then finished it with Tru-Oil. This one has 5/32" brass pins.
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« Reply #97 on: September 24, 2014, 07:59:03 AM »
Been working on this one, too. Still playing with the curly maple.




This is after the first coat of dye and lightly sanded with #220. Read a tip on a woodworking site to wet sand with linseed oil between coats.
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« Reply #98 on: September 24, 2014, 08:16:46 AM »
Hey!  I really like the looks of this one! Fine looking knife!
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« Reply #99 on: September 24, 2014, 08:23:24 AM »
Thanks! I appreciate that. I shaped the blade a while back and didn't really like it so I worked on other stuff. Then, for whatever reason, I liked it again and wanted to finish it. It's about 8", half blade, half handle, slim profile. Should be a handy size.
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