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Sarge's Latest
« on: October 29, 2021, 08:27:26 PM »
Some of the latest kepharts and other blades I have finished. A few of you guys have seen these on the Facebook.


My first stab at a Randall #1


Another one with spalted oak and micarta - 6" blade camp knife


Billet from Alabama Damascus with mammoth ivory scales


Last few Kepharts with walnut, curly maple, and African Blackwood

I have hand cut and hand selected some wood recently and sent it to Wood Dynamics in Dover, PA for stabilization.


Spalted maple


Spalted ash.


Ash is usually not very interesting on tool handles, ball bats, etc. Most of the pieces I harvested were mediocre but a few were really nice


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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2021, 08:51:06 PM »
Very nice work Sarge!  I would have never guessed that was your first Randall #1 attempt.  It turned out excellent from the pics.  They all look great but the camp knife after the Randall is my fav of the group.  That one just appeals to me in every way! 

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2021, 09:02:30 PM »
Thanks, OE. I appreciate that. I like the camp knife, too. The spalted wok with micarta is a nice combination. Got another Randall pattern cut out. Might try stag on it.
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2021, 09:17:44 PM »
Some very nice wood there Sarge.  The mammoth ivory knife is a beauty.  Heck all of them are.  The spalted wood, both the ash and the maple is really something special.  That curly maple Kephart is a good looker too.

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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2021, 09:29:09 PM »
Thanks, Stan!
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2021, 04:31:43 AM »
All great looking knives and sheaths.

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2021, 09:12:20 AM »
Thank you, sir!
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2021, 09:17:37 AM »
Very nicely done all around

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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2021, 09:34:53 AM »
Of course, I like them all, but the ones with the various spalted woods really get me drooling! :drool:
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2021, 10:14:18 AM »
Thanks, guys!

Here are a few more pics of the wood I had stabilized. The ash and birch were literally in my firewood pile. I bought the maple slab.


Spalted birch pre-stabilization


Post-stabilization


My favorite pieces of the ash - no dyes, no filters...


And the maple with some curl and some spalting. Had a few pieces dyed.

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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2021, 11:18:01 AM »
Whew, good thing you didn't burn that ash and birch.  All of that wood is spectacular. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2021, 04:06:57 PM »
Psychedelic wood! :shocked:
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2021, 07:21:56 PM »
Some of the most interesting wood I have has come from my firewood piles.

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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2021, 08:37:14 PM »
I now understand why stabilized scales are so expensive? a lot of time to cut it up and sort through it and a lot of waste once decomposition starts. I have harvested a lot of mediocre blocks and only a few top shelf pieces.
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2021, 04:35:23 AM »
Do you do your own stabilizing?  I do, using Cactus Juice.  It is satisfying to me to do my own.  It is a fairly long process though.  The longest I have had some under vacuum in the Cactus Juice has been about 42 hours, then it needs to soak for twice as long as it was under vacuum.

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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2021, 11:02:18 AM »
It does interest me. I bought a used vacuum pump a while back. I looked at chambers but never bought one. I might give it a try one of these days.
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2021, 11:50:10 AM »
I read the instructions on Cactus Juice.  Perfect process for a retired guy with lots of time on his hands as well as a really busy guy who would appreciate the long intervals between processing and using.  All of  their instructions make sense in getting a good result when you're done.
 
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2021, 12:11:00 PM »
It does interest me. I bought a used vacuum pump a while back. I looked at chambers but never bought one. I might give it a try one of these days.

I bought one of Curtis's vacuum chambers.  Works great.  You can also make one using a gallong pickel jar.  I'll snap some pics later to show you what I have.

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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2021, 06:17:35 PM »
Cool! Thanks, Crash.
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2021, 12:58:57 PM »
Here are the two that I use.  The one from Curtis (Cactus Juice) is extremely well built.  He offers several sizes and custom chambers as well.  As far as the pickel jar - it works.  The top is a piece of teflon with rubber glued on to it.  I coat the rim with a small amount of petroleum jelly to ensure a good seal.

Avoid the glass lidded pots (I think they are called pressure pots) for drawing a vacuum.  The lids will not stand up to it for very long.






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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2021, 01:00:01 PM »
I should add....the little white grate is used to keep the wood submerged.  In the jar I put a steel weight on top of the wood.

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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2021, 01:25:03 PM »
Oh --- one more thing.  Kosher Dills is a must. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2021, 05:48:49 PM »
Only Kosher Dills - got it! LOLOLOL

Thanks for the info and taking the time to send the pics, Crash. I just might give it a try.
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Re: Sarge's Latest
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2021, 10:26:44 AM »
the knives sarge need to go in a new blade porn thread just saying oh and the sample blocks of
spalted wood OMG.