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Sarge's stuff
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:36:40 PM »
I think I just became a Dymondwood fan. This project is the result of a micarta malfunction. I mixed up a batch of resin, I thought with a similar ratio of hardener as the previous batches, but it got lumpy before I could get the last few layers of OD canvas in place. The finished micarta slab was a little too thin to begin with and then I kept sanding to try to get a consistent pattern on each side. By the time I finished, the scales were too thin. I liked the blade but did not like the scales so I ended up knocking them off and using a piece of Dymondwood I had recently purchased. First time I've used it.

The knife is ESEE "inspired" ... okay, copied. While working on the knife, I saw an Ian Atkinson video in which he made a brown leather sheath for an ESEE 4. I really like his sheaths (and his videos). I thought the walnut Dymondwood would work well with brown leather. So here is my stab at it.




Happier with the symmetry on these scales than with the failed micarta.






Ian punched holes in the belt loop of his sheath for lacing options I guess. I punched the holes and got them too high, too close to the bend. A few other things I coulda, woulda, shoulda done differently ....


I still have not tried any leather dye. Only used olive oil and let it darken in the sun a few hours.

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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 06:19:49 PM »
Looks great! I'm a fan of dymondwood, particularly the solid color stuff. It takes a great polish easily. The sheath compliments it nicely.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 06:39:21 PM »
I really, really like how that turned out!  I also like the looks of the more solid-colored Dymondwood scale materials, and like how yours finished.  Your leather work on the sheath is great, very nice stitching too!!

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 08:43:01 PM »
Thanks, guys! I appreciate your remarks.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 10:40:04 PM »
Awesome stuff! Great lookin knife AND sheath! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 01:30:20 PM »
Thanks, KK!


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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014, 04:29:01 PM »
Killer scandi 4 Sarge!  I'd love to clone a 3 with no finger choil some day myself.   

That Dymondwood looks pretty good.  Very clean knife, and sheath.   :thumbsup:

 

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2014, 06:23:16 PM »
Thanks, JTD! Yep , that 3 clone would be cool.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014, 06:43:25 PM »
You just keep hitting these out of the park.

Outstanding take on a Esee 3.  Nicer than the original in my opinion.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2014, 08:48:22 PM »
Thank you, Wilderbeast!
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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2014, 05:16:03 AM »
Slick. Very slick.
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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2014, 07:07:31 PM »
Thanks, Yeoman.
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2014, 08:00:24 PM »
You just keep hitting these out of the park.

Outstanding take on a Esee 3.  Nicer than the original in my opinion.

+1  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 12:51:08 AM »
Nice one man!

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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2014, 10:29:49 AM »
Sarge! This got bumped and so I looked again.

Sa-weeet blade! :drool:

I'd like to see a pic in hand, if it's not too much trouble. I'd like to see the scale on that knife. Or is it the same shape as another blade I'd know. ESEE 3 maybe? Or did you say already I missed it... ??
(Nah. THAT never happens...) :sarcasm:

Again, great job, well worth another looksee. :thumbsup:
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2014, 05:06:18 PM »
Thanks, Spyder and Mudman!

No worries, KK. I know what you mean about missing stuff. I recently asked Old Philosopher about the knife in his avatar pic. He sent me the link. Not only had he posted a description...but I had commented on it  ???

Anyway, the knife is ESEE 4 size. It is 8.5 inches overall - blade and handle are each about 4.25". I didn't know if I'd like the index finger groove or not but I think I do. I haven't used it much but it feels good in the hand. You can "choke up" or "choke down" on the handle.



My hands are kinda small so here it is with a tape measure.


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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2014, 05:48:29 PM »
A scandi ground ESEE 4....

I love it!!! :D

By the way, thanks Sarge!
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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2014, 10:02:52 AM »
I haven't had much play time lately but here are a few I have started...



For scale, the Cherokee / Appalachian Bowie at the left is about 12" OAL.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2014, 05:03:06 PM »
All very cool designs, but that Cherokee bowie is sick!

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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2014, 08:43:39 PM »
Thanks, JTD. It's way different from the knives I've made so far but I put scales on a Cherokee Bowie blank for a friend and I really liked the looks of it.
 


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« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2014, 06:40:15 AM »
Sarge! Lookit you, then!! A knife making machine! Those look fantastic!

Can't wait to we 'em all done up. Outstanding! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2014, 06:59:30 AM »
I really like the third from the left! Nice work!!!!

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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2014, 07:02:54 AM »
I really like the third from the left! Nice work!!!!

Me, too! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2014, 08:44:53 PM »
Thanks, guys. That third from left is shaping up to be one of my favorites. Here is a closer pic with a little progress. The blade on top is the second one from the left in the group pic.

I'm still trying to decide between 3 pins vs. 6 pins on the bottom blade. I'm planning to get these two professionally heat treated. I've been looking around online.

I've also been experimenting with a forge and tried it out today heat treating the Bowie.

Had the steel pan and blocks on hand. I bought about $25 in cast iron pipe and fittings. Set it up on a couple old milk crates and stuck a hair dryer in the end of the pipe. Used charcoal and hardwood as fuel and fired it up. It worked ok. Here is a closer shot after HT and little cleaning.



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« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2014, 10:16:34 PM »
Six pins for me! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2014, 07:18:45 AM »
Nice work. I guess if professional heat treat is an option for you, best to take that route if you're planning on making them to sell... at least until you can get your own HT system down pat... which I'd say for you is just a matter of time. Keep going man, you seem to have a real knack for it!

3 nice big over-sized shiny pins - kinda like a mini Hudson Bay knife. With a bolster too! ;)
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2014, 04:28:26 AM »
Six pins on the Bowie. Like pal bearers for that coffee handle. 3 pins on that knife with the nice belly. Can't wait to see it with scales.

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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2014, 01:51:16 PM »
Had a great vacation with my family and hardly missed the knife work at all... ;)

Managed to work a little over the last few days and made some progress and the Bowie.


I had the blade marked for six 1/8" pins (six little pallbearers) but decided to add two more pins and made a diamond shape. Diamond patterns are prevalent in traditional Cherokee basket work, bead work, etc. I usually struggle to get 3 pin holes to align but these lined up pretty well.


Here is the final shape of the handle. Scales are walnut with a light coat of walnut stain. I'll probably seal the wood with Tru-oil or might try linseed oil. Knife still needs some finishing touches - trying to polish out the final scratches. Blade is 1/8" thick so it is not as ginormous and heavy as it looks.


I've also worked on the sheath a bit. I'm toying with some kind of accent piece on the front also with a diamond shape...maybe a piece of darker leather of maybe use the suede side... :shrug:
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2014, 05:08:05 PM »
Looking great Sarge! 

What kinda steel are you using?

Just seen the post about your forge.. I dig it! 

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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2014, 06:56:24 PM »
Thanks, JTD.

Steel is 01.

I've only used the forge once so far but it seemed to work.


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« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2014, 04:35:26 AM »
Looking good Sarge, I love all the Variety. All my knives so far look identical.. dangit. haha

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« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2014, 11:44:42 AM »
LOL. Thanks, Mud. But all of yours look useful...not sure how useful this Bowie will be...


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« Reply #32 on: July 01, 2014, 07:31:52 PM »
LOL. Thanks, Mud. But all of yours look useful...not sure how useful this Bowie will be...

One use..   



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« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2014, 09:58:42 PM »
Ok, one! LOL. That's awesome!


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« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2014, 09:34:04 PM »
LOL. Thanks, Mud. But all of yours look useful...not sure how useful this Bowie will be...


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Only two designs have been useful so far, the rest could be bonk. lol
Love me some bowies, I'm working on a few designs myself. Love Nick Wheelers Bowies and wanted to mimic something like that.

Might have to fire up the forge to attempt the bowie, so much materials would be wasted just cutting out the blanks and the tang area.

Perhaps a coke bottle bowie?

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« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2014, 05:42:40 PM »
Coke bottle Bowie would be cool!


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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #36 on: July 04, 2014, 06:33:33 AM »
Great looking stuff there Sarge.

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« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2014, 09:22:24 AM »
Thanks!

I think I'll call her finished. Still some light sand/scratch marks in the blade. Polishing is not really improving it and I don't want to start sanding again so I'll let it ride.

Finished up the sheath yesterday. Far from perfect and a couple "uh-oh's" if I could do it over but pleased overall, I guess.







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« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2014, 09:56:14 AM »
Heck yeah!  :thumbsup:     I'd be much more than "pleased" :banana: :cheers:
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« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2014, 03:56:07 PM »
Thanks, wolfy!
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« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2014, 05:53:09 PM »
Very Nice! Love the leather too.

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« Reply #41 on: July 04, 2014, 08:09:27 PM »
Thanks, Creek!
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« Reply #42 on: July 05, 2014, 08:13:29 AM »
Very cool blade Sarge.

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« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2014, 02:20:34 PM »
Thank you, JTD.
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« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2014, 03:13:34 PM »
The knife and sheath turned out looking great, and I think the extra pins added a nice touch of class to it too!! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #45 on: July 05, 2014, 05:54:27 PM »
Thanks, Dano!


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« Reply #46 on: July 20, 2014, 11:13:36 PM »
I haven't posted much lately ... busy at work = not much play time.

I've still got several blades in progress but started a couple new ones. I started a rasp knife with a 4" blade for a friend that gave me some rasps. I think this is the first blade I didn't flat out copy. It's not super unique but I sketched it out and liked the shape.


Then I sketched out some shapes for a Hudson Bay style camp knife for one of the rasps and decided on this one... It's 13" OAL with an 8" blade.


Finally, I've got an Old Hickory mod in progress. I posted in another thread how much I like the new Ontario Bushcraft knife but would rather put $80+ toward another knife. Anyway, I had a 7" butcher knife on hand so tried to mod it similar to the Ontario Bushcraft. Here is what it looks like so far.

I first planned to re-handle it for a closer resemblance of the Bushcraft but decided to leave the original scales. I can always change them later if I decide to keep/use the mod.

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« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2014, 08:33:00 AM »
Call it done!
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« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2014, 08:47:23 AM »
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« Reply #49 on: July 24, 2014, 08:52:48 AM »
Thanks, Beast!
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