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Title: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 12:28:16 PM
As discussed here http://bladesandbushlore.com/index.php?topic=13906.0, I figured I'd start a thread to post my progress as I take a stab at this.

I snapped a couple pics at the gun show and took some rough measurements.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/DF77FC61-3025-4E39-9D5A-71CCAA270550_zpsoitvpepb.jpg)

I cut a digital pic to separate the blade and handle. I manipulated each section to get the correct scale, then pasted the pic back together. It is just shy of 10" OAL, about half blade and half haft...
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/Colclesser%20Kephart_zpsinymde6b.jpg)

I started with 1/4" thick 5160 and hammered it down to just over 1/8" thick. I cleaned up the bar on the grinder, cut out the profile, and started with a flat grind against a platen.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/830C29E1-E972-4565-9436-CF4631FB39F6_zpsrvtxwatr.jpg)

Changed to a slack belt to begin the convex grind(s). I marked the thickest part of the blade with a black Sharpie line. I think the cross section is reasonably close to original.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/2B9B5DE7-B022-40D6-B647-08B81EED3BAB_zps24tosuam.jpg)

Balance point is slightly blade heavy right now. Hopefully, after heat treat, clean up, and a thin set of scales, the balance will be right at the pinch point just rear of the "guard". That should approximate the feel of the original.

The blank is just over 1/8" thick at the hilt and tapers down to about 1/16" at the tip and the butt. This is my second attempt at a distal taper. The first project, code named: Big A$$ Chopper, is still in progress. More on it later.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Quenchcrack on June 22, 2017, 01:09:48 PM
Looking great, Sarge!  I have ground a few distal tapers and quite honestly, could not really appreciate the effect if produced.  Years ago, I bought a machete at the local Academy store.  It was made by Collins Axe and the machete blade had a distal taper.  The effect was that the blade bent in a smooth arc from the haft to the tip.  The practical effect was to lessen the impact on the wrist of flexing in use.  I have never found another machete made that way.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 01:26:33 PM
Thank you, sir. Convex and distal and tapers are out of my comfort zone but I'll try.

That machete sounds interesting. I've never seen one.

I saw Collins axes in a hardware store the other day and the "Made in USA" sticker grabbed my attention. Upon closer inspection ... the microscopic letters stated handle made in USA. :(
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 22, 2017, 01:39:28 PM
It's ACTUALLY HAPPENING! :shocked:     We're witnessing the birth of the WOLFHART! :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 22, 2017, 01:55:07 PM
I am quite impressed Sarge.  First with the way you did the work to layout the blade and achieve the grind profile.  Secondly it looks like it will be as close to the original as it can be. 

We trust there will be at least two of them.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 02:01:24 PM
LOL the WOLFHART!

Thanks, wsdstan! Yes, at least two  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Yellowyak on June 22, 2017, 02:57:56 PM
Looking great so far Sarge.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: imnukensc on June 22, 2017, 03:05:53 PM
Looks like some great work so far!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Quenchcrack on June 22, 2017, 05:45:08 PM
I used to have a sign in my room that read "Hoof Hearted?".  It took my Mom many months to get it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 08:08:11 PM
LOL! It took me a minute.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on June 22, 2017, 08:21:45 PM
this is cool -- I am very interested in seeing how it comes out and think it would be awesome to have a chance to see a SXS comparison between yours and E's.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on June 23, 2017, 12:15:02 AM
Awesome!

I didn't expect to see this project started so soon. It's a real treat to see. Thanks for taking us along for the ride!

I can't remember if you mentioned it in the other thread, but have you chosen a handle material yet, and what kind of fasteners will you use?
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 23, 2017, 08:46:25 AM
Walnut scales, I'm sure ... nickel silver pins, I think.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: SwampHanger on June 24, 2017, 03:42:06 AM
You have done the best job I've seen in capturing the concept of this blade. The tip is  always an area that doesn't look right on most. You sir have nailed this thing.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Spyder1958 on June 24, 2017, 05:10:58 PM
Wow, Everything Jimmy said.
Sarge why 5160, or did I miss something
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 24, 2017, 05:45:24 PM
I was curious about that myself. :shrug:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 24, 2017, 06:13:48 PM
As always guys, thanks for the feedback. I chose 5160 for several reasons and none have anything to do with Kephart or the Colclesser Bros. 5160 is cheap and I have some on hand. I decided to use it in case I fouled up the convex grinds or the distal taper. I didn't want to waste a piece of O1. You guys know I mostly use O1 but I've started sending it out for heat treat. I've been reading about triple quenching 5160 and wanted to give it a try. Today, I HT this blade and a 15" chopper using that triple quench method. They are between the 1st and 2nd tempering cycles right now.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 24, 2017, 06:31:05 PM
COOL....my curiosity is satiated. 8)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 24, 2017, 06:48:56 PM
I don't know a great deal about steel but I did look 5160 up when it Sarge posted it.  It is mentioned that in the higher hardness range it  makes a "tough" steel for use in a knife.  Takes hardness from low 50's to low 60's.  58 to 60 mentioned in one article as its knife range.

Here is a link to it's properties with a few comments at the bottom about its suitability.

http://zknives.com/knives/steels/steelgraph.php?nm=5160
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 24, 2017, 07:09:16 PM
Yeah, I admit to Googling it myself. :-[    I'd never heard of it before, but that don't mean nuthin' 'cept I'm ignernt. :P

There was some discussion on its merits on Bladeforums by some of the knifemakers there.  Some were quenching in water, some in brine and some in oil.....I have no idea which is best. :shrug:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 24, 2017, 07:32:05 PM
This is what got me interested in 5160...

http://www.caffreyknives.net/js_test_blade_art.html

It's been posted, re-posted, cited, etc. on a number of sites. I'm not an ABS member or planning to take the J.S. test or anything - just looking to learn more about forging and heat treating.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: upthecreek on June 24, 2017, 08:06:26 PM
That's a great read Sarge

Creek
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 24, 2017, 08:46:27 PM
Thanks a lot, Sarge.....now I ain't quite as ignernt. ???
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: hayshaker on June 25, 2017, 07:42:31 AM
just what was the prticular tool set-up and method to make the kephart.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 25, 2017, 08:18:46 AM
Thanks a lot, Sarge.....now I ain't quite as ignernt. ???
Ignernt! LOL


Hayshaker, I did change the set-up somewhat vs. what I usually do. I used the grinder with platen to profile the blank, distally taper the blade end and start all 4 bevels. I marked a line lengthwise where I wanted the thickest cross section, then beveled from the line toward the cutting edge and the spine on each side. I removed the platen to convex those bevels on slack belts. I put the platen back on to taper the tang.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: hayshaker on June 25, 2017, 10:19:27 AM
4, bevels you should see some of my multi bevel knives.
they ai'nt deliberate either, oh boy
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 25, 2017, 10:41:22 AM
Sarge, I am wondering if you are intending to add the varying-width, angular bevels to the spine's top edge also?   BTW.....I am VERY impressed with your attention to the detail of the original Colclesser design!  :thumbsup:      Never disregard the possibilities of a work project success story when undertaken by a good man with a serious case of OCD! :hail:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Spyder1958 on June 25, 2017, 02:03:16 PM
Thanks Sarge, Thats some good info from a master. Look forward to your progress
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on June 25, 2017, 04:00:12 PM
Looking at the spear point and the rounded pommel, it might be a good "drilling" knife.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 25, 2017, 07:31:41 PM
I know whatcha mean, Hayshaker. I've had plenty of those multiple bevel angles ... some are still in the oops box under the workbench. Like I said, I started with 5160 just in case I had an oops.

Wolfy, the flat edge of the spine tapers from about 1/8" thick at the hilt to about 1/16" at the point (pre-sharpening). The thickest part of the blade cross section also tapers from the hilt to the tip. Hope that answers your question. If not, please forgive my 'ignernce'. Haha

Thanks, Spyder. I hope I can do it justice.

I had not thought about that, PW, but now that you mention it ... might be. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 26, 2017, 08:49:03 PM
I cleaned up the blade tonight after heat treating it on Saturday.

After heat treat / tempering
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/4A74EEE9-14E3-4418-A395-ED18F8705C29_zpsig7ipyut.jpg)

Cleaned it up with 80 grit then 120 grit.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/9F1476A0-51A4-4EE3-AF0F-77821A9F39F9_zps0kmpv5xr.jpg)

Got it ready for the second tempering cycle.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on June 27, 2017, 08:47:22 AM
Looking good Sarge!

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 27, 2017, 09:36:59 AM
I'm likin' these progress pictures, Sarge! ;)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 28, 2017, 09:12:54 PM
Got the scales mounted and mostly shaped.

Scales are black walnut with stainless pins.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/DC54F0A2-D5D0-4E07-AC43-8F901CEA5084_zpshz97jdjt.jpg)

Started with the small wheel attachment with a 1" diameter wheel.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/BAF64CFC-5E28-4490-81DA-3D02207F148B_zpsqqokb9gs.jpg)

Sanded down to 400 grit so far
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/C8606ECA-242E-4FAE-849E-FAF07D98F6AC_zpszlykavk3.jpg)

Balances about where I hoped it would
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/1D94A642-2CBC-45CD-88D1-31B9BDFC968C_zpsxc1xlk7f.jpg)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 28, 2017, 10:09:52 PM
 :banana:

https://youtu.be/BmlnltVzksg
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 29, 2017, 07:34:56 AM
Sarge, this just gets better and better.  Wonderful job on this project.   :hail:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: SwampHanger on June 29, 2017, 09:40:46 AM
I have a feeling your are gonna be making a lot more than two!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on June 29, 2017, 12:27:19 PM
Man that is looking really really good Sarge!  I think you are on to something here finding a new niche in the knife market.  Walnut sure does look nice in Oklahoma...just sayin  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Dano on June 30, 2017, 06:46:45 PM
I've been enjoying reading this thread Sarge, you're really doing a great job on this project and paying homage to the original at the same time!!

Another thing I noticed is what nice walnut scales you have there.   They usually have a lot of open pores in the grain (which can add character) but I really like the nice tight grain of these.  They really are nice!!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 30, 2017, 08:33:33 PM
LOL! That's awesome, Wolfy!

Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.  Dano, I sorted through about 50 blocks of that walnut to find a really straight grain, minimal pores, etc. Thanks for noticing!

I've got the second coat of Tru-Oil on the scales. Stay tuned....
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Quenchcrack on July 01, 2017, 05:58:04 AM
Excellent work, Sarge.  I agree you will be asked to make more than a few.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 06, 2017, 11:54:51 AM
Hey, Sarge........ANY NEWS?  :shrug: :drool:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 06, 2017, 12:31:12 PM
I think it's been finished for a while.  He's gotten attached to it and doesn't want to give it up or even show the pictures for fear of the outdoor nuts that will camp out in his lawn as they await their knife to be finished.  It's a lot of pressure.  but still... a pic would be nice Sarge!   :pissed:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 06, 2017, 01:09:14 PM
I have a sneaking suspicion that you've struck the tenpenny directly on the head! :doh:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 06, 2017, 02:29:24 PM
Sarge must be on vacation or he got sick.  Someone should go by his house and see if he is there. 

It has been awhile since I wanted anything as bad as I want this.   :-*

Or maybe he is making a whole bunch to surprise us all at once.  Yeah, that has to be it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on July 07, 2017, 12:23:39 AM
Oh, man! This looks great so far. Can't wait to see how the finished knife looks.

I would love to see it side by side with Becker's original Kephart.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 08, 2017, 05:36:48 PM
Check my house to see if I'm there or to see if the knife is there? Haha.

I'm alive and well. Just been off the grid a couple days up in the Smokies. There were a bunch of nuts camped out in my yard when I got home.  :tent: :lol:

I don't know how long these Photobucket links will work but they seem to work for now Here are a couple shots of the finished blade.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/5351DF5A-E639-4804-8CA4-E9C45306FE7C_zpsrqhqdswa.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/1C9350A3-DA6C-446E-8BCD-22F37D3E2DBC_zpsgczt9a49.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Kephart%20Project/97EE2658-3A0A-431A-A47E-714AC036B07E_zpszvat2i2h.jpg)
An "action" shot!

I'm pleased with the overall look of it but I need to tweak it a bit. This one has a 4 3/4" blade and a 5" handle. The original has a 5" blade and a 4 3/4" handle. That's an easy fix on the next one. The pinch point on the original is more subtle than this one. I also need to work on the convex grind.

I really appreciate all your interest in this. Hope I can fine tune a knife that will pay due homage to the original.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: hayshaker on July 08, 2017, 07:15:05 PM
Sarge I think ole' Horace would have been pleased.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 08, 2017, 07:17:34 PM
buddy that looks darn good.  the simple and classic look it has is the best clone I've seen to date!  for a first attempt I would be more than pleased. 

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 08, 2017, 07:21:42 PM
It really exceeds anything I have seen Sarge.  Well done.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on July 08, 2017, 08:36:01 PM
Yes this looks outstanding,  the best kephart reproduction I have seen.
Might need one myself.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 08, 2017, 09:29:27 PM
Quote from Sarge: "I'm pleased with the overall look of it but I need to tweak it a bit. This one has a 4 3/4" blade and a 5" handle. The original has a 5" blade and a 4 3/4" handle. That's an easy fix on the next one. The pinch point on the original is more subtle than this one. I also need to work on the convex grind."

Wolfy: I think you did a GREAT job on the prototype and I would be as happy as a pig in a mud puddle to own it, but like you said, "The original has a 5" blade and a 4 3/4" handle."  I also see what you are saying about the deeper than 'original' pinch point.   I dream of a 5" blade and 4 3/4" handle because I like a little extra length in the blade for reaching the bottom of the peanut butter jar ;D.......and my hands aren't really that big, so the shorter handle would be better, too, I think. :coffee: :shrug: :hail:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on July 09, 2017, 12:26:01 AM
Looks fantastic! I can appreciate the desire to tweak and tune things here and there, but that knife is probably the closest thing to the original to have been made in many decades. Well done!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: crashdive123 on July 09, 2017, 06:04:26 AM
Very nicely done.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Quenchcrack on July 09, 2017, 08:01:40 AM
Very nicely done, Sarge!  :drool:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 09, 2017, 10:20:01 AM
"He that can have patience can have what he will."
― Benjamin Franklin

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
― Margaret Thatcher

"Much wiser people than I have said it best."
- wolfy
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 10, 2017, 11:34:51 AM
"He that can have patience can have what he will."
― Benjamin Franklin

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
― Margaret Thatcher

"Much wiser people than I have said it best."
- wolfy

LOL!  Those are all good wolfy...especially that last one   :rofl:

I joke with people that if I'm the smartest one in the room that's a real problem...
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Moe M. on July 14, 2017, 04:41:26 PM

  All it needs now is a well made Kephart sheath.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on July 24, 2017, 12:55:15 PM
Looking great, Sarge!  I have ground a few distal tapers and quite honestly, could not really appreciate the effect if produced.  Years ago, I bought a machete at the local Academy store.  It was made by Collins Axe and the machete blade had a distal taper.  The effect was that the blade bent in a smooth arc from the haft to the tip.  The practical effect was to lessen the impact on the wrist of flexing in use.  I have never found another machete made that way.


Good luck Sarge. Darn, sorry I missed the pics before hosting crapped out.

QC the only distal taper machete, or machete like object with distal taper I have seen is reverse distal taper- that is, they get thicker at the tip. A good leuku or butchers cleaver "should" be made like that
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on July 24, 2017, 05:33:12 PM
Looking great, Sarge!  I have ground a few distal tapers and quite honestly, could not really appreciate the effect if produced.  Years ago, I bought a machete at the local Academy store.  It was made by Collins Axe and the machete blade had a distal taper.  The effect was that the blade bent in a smooth arc from the haft to the tip.  The practical effect was to lessen the impact on the wrist of flexing in use.  I have never found another machete made that way.


Good luck Sarge. Darn, sorry I missed the pics before hosting crapped out.

QC the only distal taper machete, or machete like object with distal taper I have seen is reverse distal taper- that is, they get thicker at the tip. A good leuku or butchers cleaver "should" be made like that

So would that make it a proximal taper?  8)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on August 09, 2017, 08:37:15 AM
PhuckFotobucket

Sorry about that... I feel better now.

Not much knife time recently but I'm still working on this project.

Here are some re-posted pics of the first attempt in case you missed the pre-hijack photos.

(http://i.imgur.com/0JiDpzc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ABvG6es.jpg)
I was pleased with the overall looks but I missed a few subtleties when compared to the original. I left the blade too thick on the lower bevel and put a secondary bevel on the cutting edge.

(http://i.imgur.com/e9ffNKU.jpg)
Nice balance but I took too much wood from the pinch point.

(http://i.imgur.com/jIbWt4F.jpg)
My overall length was close but my blade was a little shorter and my handle a little longer than the original.

(http://i.imgur.com/BmizbEr.jpg)
I cut out 4 blanks from a sawmill blade and am currently working on my convex grinding. The top blade is O1 tool steel. I'll work on it after I practice on the 4 saw blade knives. With the first sawblade knife (in the foreground), I removed more stock from the lower bevel so the convex is thinner and the cutting edge is closer to a zero convex. It already cuts better than the first edition with the thicker convex. I also tried the soften the plunge lines on all 4 bevels.

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on August 09, 2017, 09:23:06 AM
 :thumbsup:  Thanks for the update Sarge.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2017, 02:12:03 PM
Keep on keepin' on, Sarge.....I'm lookin' over your shoulder, but don't be nervous! ;D
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on August 09, 2017, 02:57:16 PM
Looking pretty spiffy...

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on August 11, 2017, 08:16:58 PM
looking forward to seeing some of these in 5 weeks!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on August 12, 2017, 10:07:54 AM
Thanks for redoing the pics Sarge

Took about 30 min for my phone to load them, but it was worth it.

A great project.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Quenchcrack on August 12, 2017, 07:33:52 PM
Sarge, I think you opened Pandora's box!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on August 12, 2017, 09:43:03 PM
How is it you can do a side by side with the original? I thought Mr. Becker had it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on August 12, 2017, 10:51:17 PM
How is it you can do a side by side with the original? I thought Mr. Becker had it.
That's a good question........... ...OR, maybe Sarge has actually created an EXACT reproduction and is trying to decide how much he's going to scalp us for one! :rofl:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on August 13, 2017, 08:09:53 AM
I think that is the first one he made and that photo was taken when he met with Becker to show it to him.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on August 13, 2017, 03:42:50 PM
Yes, that is a pic of the first one I made beside the original. Mr. Becker was nice enough to allow me access for a side by side comparison and offer his critique.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on August 13, 2017, 05:48:51 PM
I knew that......I was just being a smarta$$. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on August 23, 2017, 06:58:49 PM
Still looking over my shoulder, wolfy? haha

I've finally finished knife #2 (1st of the 4 sawmill blade blanks). I got a step closer to where I want to be. I increased the blade length to 5" and shortened the handle a bit to more closely match the dimensions of the original - approximately 5 + 4 3/4 = 9 3/4" OAL.

(http://i.imgur.com/cpgP07e.jpg)
I softened the plunge lines - still not perfect but better than the first. The convex grind is better on this one also. I thinned the lower bevel down and got closer to the zero convex. This greatly improved the cutting performance. It's a hair-popping, paper-slicing, wood-shaver!

(http://i.imgur.com/zasCDQn.jpg)
Changed the shape of the scales a bit. I left them a little too thick but they were a little too thin on the first one. This one feels better in hand. This one weighs 7 oz. (same as the first one). The original weighs in at 5 oz., so I need to lighten the next one up a couple ounces.

(http://i.imgur.com/UCCM0qX.jpg)
Made a Kephart style sheath for this one.

(http://i.imgur.com/beEtmUR.jpg)
Gratuitous glamour shot!

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on August 23, 2017, 07:53:45 PM
Great work Sarge.  These are really something special to see evolve.  It appears that you are really getting some good techniques developed.  I am enjoying this a great deal.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on August 23, 2017, 08:03:50 PM
I just now found time to view the forum tonight and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but an even closer rendition of the original Colclesser/Kephart! :shocked:

I'm ecstatic that you adopted this particular pattern to replicate, Sarge! :thumbsup:    It's like watching an orchid bloom.....to me, anyway! :P
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on August 23, 2017, 08:16:48 PM
I don't know that I will ever own one of these but I truly appreciate the work & attention to detail you are putting into making them as close as possible to the original.
Well done.  :hail: :hail:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: upthecreek on August 23, 2017, 08:19:55 PM
Bad Ass

Creek
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on August 23, 2017, 09:43:00 PM
Awesome!

This is really a great project to watch. :thumbsup:

I think you should make a pile of them and work out a deal with a publisher to include one with Kephart's book.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on August 24, 2017, 07:55:42 AM
That is just plain AWESOME Sarge!  Loving it!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: crashdive123 on August 24, 2017, 03:28:04 PM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on September 18, 2017, 07:34:27 PM
Any news? :drool:   We MUST be gettin' close.....I'm startin' to fidget!  :lol:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on September 18, 2017, 08:31:14 PM
Buy one of them spinner things.  Then you can fidget all you want.   :rofl:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on September 18, 2017, 09:25:09 PM
2 are complete -- I got to handle both this weekend, and they're nice.
both of them have very well-made sheaths, as well.
1 blade is almost ready for scales
1 blade needs a bit more work before heat treat -- it's a little thick, currently.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on September 19, 2017, 07:19:10 PM
I haven't forgotten, wolfy, but thanks for the reminder. Haha.

Spinner things...That's funny stuff, wsdstan! LOL!

Thanks, Vik! I appreciate your tips on improving #3. I think I have the tapered tang where it needs to be.

I've been pleased with the cutting performance of knife #2 and I got some positive feedback this weekend at Becker's Gathering.

One of the improvements to #3 versus #2 will be the plunge line on the lower bevel. So far, I've started the bevels with a flat grind against the platen and cut a sharp plunge line. It then takes a lot of time and effort to soften it. I need to begin grinding with a softer plunge line and not have to work so hard to soften it. See #2 on top and #3 on bottom.
(https://i.imgur.com/qGYKn5w.jpg?1)

Here is a peek at Kephart #3 - ready for some furniture.

(https://i.imgur.com/pchfwHH.jpg)
Cleaner plunge lines and I took the lower bevel down even closer to that zero convex. #3 should be a little better than #2 and a little closer to the 5 oz. weight of the Colclesser knife.

You droolin' yet, wolfy?
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on September 19, 2017, 07:58:50 PM
Looking great Sarge.  Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on September 19, 2017, 08:02:36 PM
I haven't forgotten, wolfy, but thanks for the reminder. Haha.

Spinner things...That's funny stuff, wsdstan! LOL!

Thanks, Vik! I appreciate your tips on improving #3. I think I have the tapered tang where it needs to be.

I've been pleased with the cutting performance of knife #2 and I got some positive feedback this weekend at Becker's Gathering.

One of the improvements to #3 versus #2 will be the plunge line on the lower bevel. So far, I've started the bevels with a flat grind against the platen and cut a sharp plunge line. It then takes a lot of time and effort to soften it. I need to begin grinding with a softer plunge line and not have to work so hard to soften it. See #2 on top and #3 on bottom.


Here is a peek at Kephart #3 - ready for some furniture.

(https://i.imgur.com/pchfwHH.jpg)
Cleaner plunge lines and I took the lower bevel down even closer to that zero convex. #3 should be a little better than #2 and a little closer to the 5 oz. weight of the Colclesser knife.

You droolin' yet, wolfy?


What do YOU think? :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on September 19, 2017, 08:09:30 PM
who cares about wolfy?  :-X
I'm droolin'!!!   ;)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on September 19, 2017, 08:57:03 PM
Vik> :duel: <wolfy

               :lol:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on September 20, 2017, 07:02:00 AM
LOL!!!!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on September 20, 2017, 08:41:57 PM
touche!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 16, 2017, 08:32:29 PM
Not a lot of knife time lately but I've squeezed in a little time to work on #3. Still need to sharpen it but it's nearly done. Same dimensions as #2. Black walnut scales again with Tru-Oil finish.

(https://i.imgur.com/7huHg7D.jpg)
Primary difference in #3 (foreground) and #2 (middle) is #3 has cleaner plunge lines, the scales are thinner, and the tang taper is more symmetrical - thanks to some tips from 1066vik. 

(https://i.imgur.com/2NgT5px.jpg)
I like the scale contour better on #2 (left)...

(https://i.imgur.com/q3eLkyO.jpg)
but the handle thickness on #3 is a little closer to the original.

(https://i.imgur.com/RPe6Xol.jpg)
Balances well

(https://i.imgur.com/YWov5gL.jpg)
#400 grit satin finish

I've got two more blanks from the same sawblade as #2 and #3. Hopefully #4 and #5 will finish up a little closer to the original.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 16, 2017, 10:05:38 PM
They're lookin' better all the time, Sarge! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

What's the story on that lanyard hole in #3's handle? 

Colclesser Brothers Deluxe model perhaps? :shrug:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 17, 2017, 11:19:59 AM
Thanks, wolfy. Just playing around and added the lanyard tube instead of a pin but that's a good idea. The Deluxe Model will, of course, cost a lot more. Hahaha.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on October 17, 2017, 11:38:20 AM
They all look good.  No. 3 is very nice. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on October 17, 2017, 08:12:15 PM
looks great, Good to see progress. Thanks
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: 1066vik on October 18, 2017, 06:14:27 PM
looking good!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Dano on October 18, 2017, 06:47:48 PM
The progress and changes have been a lot of fun to watch and see Sarge, you're doing great with these!!

So, something I've been struggling with.....and still almost want to bite my tongue, but I'll put it out there anyway.....part of me says these things are just screaming for a mosaic pin in the center.   I know that strays WAY off base from the original, but..............

Maybe I'm wrong, eh?  And perhaps not on ALL of them, but maybe a stray every once in a while doesn't hurt too much.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 18, 2017, 08:12:22 PM
Thanks, guys! As always, I appreciate the feedback.

No, Dano, I don't think that's way off base. I added the lanyard tube to the second one from the saw blade to make it a little different from the first sawblade knife. I have two more blanks from the same sawblade so a mosaic pin on one is a good idea to make it different. Hope it is ok if I steal your idea?

I put the cutting edge on #3 tonight. It's a hair popper!

 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Dabberty on October 19, 2017, 11:23:35 PM
Very well done Mr Sarge.
Personally I like the simplistic style of no spacers, no lanyard hole, no mosaic pins, etc, but then again, some deluxe models will be just as fine as well.
Keep up the good work !
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 20, 2017, 08:46:42 AM
Very well done Mr Sarge.
Personally I like the simplistic style of no spacers, no lanyard hole, no mosaic pins, etc, but then again, some deluxe models will be just as fine as well.
Keep up the good work !

ME, TOO.  Give that man a cigar!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Dano on October 24, 2017, 07:36:19 PM
Hope it is ok if I steal your idea?



HECK YEAH!!!!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 26, 2017, 01:05:08 PM
Really Really nice Sarge!  When you get brave enough for a passaround I call first dibs! 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on October 26, 2017, 03:30:34 PM
Little late in the game for that OE. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 26, 2017, 06:01:32 PM
Little late in the game for that OE. 
Yeah......no cuttin' in line! >:(
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 26, 2017, 08:44:13 PM
You guys are all business! LOL
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 26, 2017, 08:48:52 PM
I do believe that's the first time I ever heard that being said of me. :shrug:  :lol:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 26, 2017, 09:21:05 PM
I do believe that's the first time I ever heard that being said of me. :shrug:  :lol:
LOL!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 26, 2017, 09:26:49 PM
Well, I got it sharpened and finished the sheath for it.

(https://i.imgur.com/ccU9iAX.jpg)
It cuts like the second one so I'm pleased with it.

(https://i.imgur.com/svcaaYS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aJ3Gl7m.jpg)

Now, onto #4....

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 27, 2017, 08:45:05 AM
Love it!  I really like the slim sheaths that aren't any bigger than they need to be.  That is a great package.  Safe to say you found the right one and can proceed with replicating it?
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on October 27, 2017, 05:43:54 PM
I like the layard hole & sheath.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 28, 2017, 08:49:58 AM
Horace and I don't need no steenkin' lanyard holes! :cheers:




........but we both love simple, moulded, pouch-style sheaths with NO retaining straps. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on October 28, 2017, 10:12:18 AM
I too like no lanyard holes, fancy pins, or other stuff, on this particular knife.  The sheath is fan *&^%^& ing tastic. 

The reason for the simple approach to this knife is that is replicates an icon knife.  If I had two of them one would be plain and the other could have the mosaic pins and lanyard hole and stuff like that.

 :cheers: 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 28, 2017, 11:48:27 AM
EXACTLY! :thumbsup:   This IS an ICON knife and doesn't need foofaraw to make it 'better'....it's already better in its original-design simplicity.  Since Sarge is a talented custom knife-maker that has been blessed with a RARE opportunity to measure and photograph an original, he can please EVERYONE that desires extras in theirs  :shrug:.....or for the purists among us O:-) O:-), an even more rare opportunity to own a close-as-humanly-possible copy that hasn't been (http://bladesandbushcraft.com/Smileys/krystl-white/censored.gif)ed with, or one that has the original design sullied in any way, shape or form! :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on October 28, 2017, 02:49:05 PM
Thanks, guys. I really appreciate the interest in this knife. I am equally as excited by it.

I don't know if Loveless coined the phrase or just repeated it but he's the first I heard say it regarding his classic skinner, "it's everything it needs to be and nothing it doesn't". That has been said about this knife, too.

The original, at a glance, is so simple yet it has much going on. I won't pimp it out too much - just a lanyard tube here ... maybe a mosaic pin there. Same with the sheath. I think I like the latest one best thus far - simple, minimal, etc. Again "it's everything it needs to be and nothing it doesn't".

Knife #2 is probably the best cutting knife I've made to date. Knife #3 should be very close (geometry wise) - I just haven't used it as much. Put Knife #2 through the paces at a recent outing - several of us cut, chopped, shaved, whittled, and batoned hickory all weekend. I only stropped it once or twice the whole time. Not bad for saw blade mystery metal. I'm quite pleased with it.

I'll get #4 under way asap.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on October 28, 2017, 03:47:45 PM
Thanks for that update Sarge.  Those of us on the "where is mine?" list are pleased as punch with the progress you are making.

I like what Loveless said about particular knives.  Spot on.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: hayshaker on October 31, 2017, 05:25:07 PM
well once again i'v been inspired by sarge's work to do my own set
of kepharts, a few because i dont want to do all of them in black walnut, just 2.
the rest will be other types of wood, but no lanyard holes and all will use
brass cutlery pins. as of today i have 4 in the works. i really like
some of the wood i'll be using. and i hope to show them.
btw, i hope this is'nt conciderd hijacking the thread in anyway.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on October 31, 2017, 06:25:19 PM
btw, i hope this is'nt conciderd hijacking the thread in anyway.

Take it from the King of Hijackers.....it ain't! :lol:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 06, 2018, 12:54:43 PM
Worked the past month or so clear off the work bench. Finally got back to this project this week.

(https://i.imgur.com/xEdaZCQ.jpg)
#1, 2, and 3 across the top. #4 is at the bottom of the pic (#5 is above #4). I feel like I'm getting close with the grinds but I'm trying to shave weight now. The original weighs in at 5.5 oz. and mine so far have been around 7 oz. I didn't think to weigh any of those blanks before I added scales.

On #4, I tapered the blade and tang a little more that the first three. I also hollowed out the tang a bit and got the blank's weight down to 4.75 oz. I'll see how it ends up with scales/pins and see if I need to make the next blank even lighter before scales.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 06, 2018, 08:03:27 PM
Since you're getting this close......we need to talk before you make the actual 'Wolfhart.' 8) :banana:       I have a couple of thoughts & questions. :P :shrug:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 06, 2018, 09:37:22 PM
Since you're getting this close......we need to talk before you make the actual 'Wolfhart.' 8) :banana:       I have a couple of thoughts & questions. :P :shrug:
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on January 06, 2018, 09:40:26 PM
I think my spot is after wolfy. 

Sarge, just make mine however you want.  Closer to the original the better but tweaks here are there are fine.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 06, 2018, 09:47:54 PM
wsdstan :duel: wolfy

Hahahahaha!

You got it, Stan!

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 09, 2018, 05:52:51 PM
Just finished #4.

(https://i.imgur.com/XKrK1BZ.jpg)
I used a caliper to check handle dimensions/thickness while shaping it. Not sure why I didn't do it with the others but I feel like I really got close to the shape and contour of the original this time.

(https://i.imgur.com/u8gZiQ4.jpg)
I tapered the tang a little more than the previous attempts to shed weight.

(https://i.imgur.com/cFX0n0b.jpg)
In addition to the taper, I concave ground some more steel from the center of the tang. I got the blank down to 4.5 oz. before the scales / pins. I didn't weight any of the previous blanks before adding scales so now I know the target weight before adding them. The finished weight with scales and pins is 5.5 oz. - that's the weight of the original.

(https://i.imgur.com/3pSVbJs.jpg)
As a result of lightening up the tang, the balance point is just slightly forward of the pinch point. Not a big deal but with #5, I'll try to taper the blade a little more and the tang a little less to push the balance point back to the pinch point.

(https://i.imgur.com/7rkikKE.jpg)
Kept it simple with the sheath.

Gratuitous final shot...
(https://i.imgur.com/Z4Kx3vp.jpg)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on January 09, 2018, 06:00:23 PM
That is just WOW!  Great job Sarge.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 09, 2018, 07:06:39 PM
I know I've said it before, but....

https://youtu.be/arZdeg_fL-I
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 09, 2018, 07:14:54 PM
Thanks, wsdstan.

Can't go wrong with Flounder, wolfy...after all, he's a legacy.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: upthecreek on January 09, 2018, 07:51:33 PM
The knife as a whole just looks fantastic but the thing that stands out most to me is the precision of the tapers. Very nice.

Creek
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 09, 2018, 07:53:03 PM
Thanks, wsdstan.

Can't go wrong with Flounder, wolfy...after all, he's a legacy.

Heather said, "Now THAT'S funny!" :rofl:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on January 10, 2018, 04:22:21 AM
Fantastic

Wonderful.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: crashdive123 on January 10, 2018, 04:31:52 AM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 21, 2018, 06:49:47 PM
A few days ago, we had snow on the ground, daytime highs in the teens and overnight lows in the single digits. I took advantage of temps in the upper 50's today and took Kephart #5 outside.

(https://i.imgur.com/SJctQKe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/unZnHKc.jpg)
#5 is very similar to #4 but no lanyard tube - just 3 pins like the original. Also got #5 to balance back closer to the pinch point. I went with a Kephart style sheath, too.

Since Kephart wrote about using a knife for "such homely work as ... frying spuds", I took it to the kitchen first. I diced some onions...
(https://i.imgur.com/TTG9H4a.jpg)

Then sliced and diced potatoes...
(https://i.imgur.com/WEaZcQj.jpg)

Then took it out for a one stick fire
(https://i.imgur.com/RftMfDI.jpg)

I doubt Horace woulda batoned with his but...
(https://i.imgur.com/VUHbQzx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/C567UR9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WNLSjxG.jpg)

I don't think Horace would have used his knife with a flint (or a ferro rod) either...
(https://i.imgur.com/2cP24s7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fArqpmq.jpg)

I very happy with this one - cleaned it up and finished the sheath
(https://i.imgur.com/MZK1Ygk.jpg)


Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on January 21, 2018, 07:12:16 PM
Superb piece of craftsmanship Sarge. I like that nice dark walnut.

Back when I first found the museum pics I wanted to make some of the small copper rivets like the original sheath. Never did it though, just lost the motivation.

I am really glad you've kept the motivation to bring this project so far. It suits my persnickity nature.

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on January 21, 2018, 07:49:03 PM
It just comes along better and better.  What a great job you have and are doing with these.  As someone once said the ox is slow but the earth is patient. 

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 21, 2018, 08:00:23 PM
Thanks, guys. The first couple were ok but I'm really pleased with the last two.

Unknown, I buffed the scales on #5 with black magic compound - that darkened them some. I put boiled linseed oil on them instead of the Tru-Oil I've used on the previous knives.

I found some copper rivets pretty close to the museum sheath but decided not to use them on this most recent sheath. I'm sure I'll try then at some point. I wish I had a nice clear pic of the phoenix tooled on the museum sheath.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 21, 2018, 08:13:15 PM
I'm nearly speechless! :-X

Nearly. ;)

The knife is a gorgeous, perfect as possible clone of the original in MY mind's eye. :thumbsup:

The sheath, I want to talk to you about. 8)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on January 21, 2018, 08:20:55 PM
I am again impressed with your work and attention to detail
 :hail:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on January 21, 2018, 09:39:56 PM
I thought it was an eagle stamped on the sheath :shrug:

You found some small, tiny CU rivets and burs? Do you mean found like an old box full in a flea mkt. or a source you're willing to share? I can think of a number of projects that would be enhanced with something like that.

The walnut looks totally natural btw.

 Best pic I could find https://www.google.com/search?q=kephart+original++sheath&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiE0amG5-rYAhVSF6wKHW6vCHI4ChD8BQgQKAI&biw=1024&bih=672#imgdii=fYxJ_KvI9ghosM:&imgrc=YRDXNsCveVcO3M:

https://www.google.com/search?q=kephart+original++sheath&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiE0amG5-rYAhVSF6wKHW6vCHI4ChD8BQgQKAI&biw=1024&bih=672#imgdii=VDiS0fubO0sHOM:&imgrc=YRDXNsCveVcO3M:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 22, 2018, 09:34:43 AM
I appreciate you guys!

Thanks for the links, Unknown. I don't know what the image is. A phoenix is usually depicted in flames, this bird is clearly not. Looks like the bird on the sheath is carrying a snake? Looks like the snake's tail is looped on the left and possibly its head to the lower right? Carrying a snake would be way more eagle-like. :shrug:
(https://i.imgur.com/X4tJthW.jpg)

I wondered if the image might be (Eastern) Cherokee related and I found this phoenix. It is from a Western Cherokee newspaper but Kep was from the Midwest. The top of the bird on the sheath looks a lot like this to me...
(https://i.imgur.com/os0rIGB.jpg)

It's harder to tell what's going on at the bottom of the stamp/tooling... head turned to the left, one leg to the right, maybe some tail feathers, can't quite make out the left leg.

I REALLY want to try to reproduce it one of these days.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on January 22, 2018, 09:50:48 AM
The second link doesn't go to the correct picture. However if you look at the images below you can see another angle with the yellow ruler. I think there are more pics out there with the yellow ruler. Those are the most clear and bright I have seen

I found mention that the copper R and B are number 14 size.

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 22, 2018, 10:22:58 AM
I wonder who the person was that designed that eagle stamp?  You can bet it was not John James Audubon, though.....the legs are bending the wrong way at the knee joint! :coffee:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on March 05, 2018, 07:05:59 PM
On the Kephart front, I've got scales mounted and epoxy curing on the first O1 tool steel version. Very pleased so far. I'll post pics as soon as I get the handle shaped.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on March 05, 2018, 07:16:29 PM
Thanks for the update.
Sarge you said you had small Cu rivets. I'd not like ordering some and end up with something to large. Do you know what size you have? I assume they are matching in size to the HK sheath.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on March 05, 2018, 07:25:21 PM
 :banana: :drool:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on March 05, 2018, 07:32:16 PM
Thanks for the update.
Sarge you said you had small Cu rivets. I'd not like ordering some and end up with something to large. Do you know what size you have? I assume they are matching in size to the HK sheath.

I checked my stash ... they are from Tandy and the only thing I saw in the store that I thought might work. The are size #12 - the shaft is 1/2" long, the head and washer are about 3/8" in diameter.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on March 05, 2018, 08:28:54 PM
I have been wondering about this the last couple of weeks.  Thanks for the updates. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on March 14, 2018, 08:33:26 PM
Here is the first one in O1 tool steel ... Peters' Heat Treated, cryo treated, and Rockwell tested at 59C. 

(https://i.imgur.com/cDM6ngo.jpg)
I'm pleased with the grinds.

(https://i.imgur.com/xoIfAxS.jpg)
Sheath is 8-9 oz. weight leather

(https://i.imgur.com/p68Ybr4.jpg)
Black walnut with some figure

(https://i.imgur.com/FFPeo3z.jpg)
At 6 oz, this one is about a half ounce heavier than the original but the balance is just right.

Current status:

(https://i.imgur.com/6IBK5xl.jpg)
Tired of 1.5" x 36" bar stock .... I found some O1 in 1/8" x 10" x 12"

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on March 14, 2018, 08:54:13 PM
Kephart would be frothing at the bit to get his hands on that one.  It is a beautiful piece of work.  Thanks for posting this Sarge.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: imnukensc on March 14, 2018, 09:22:07 PM
Really nice work!   :cheers:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Moe M. on March 15, 2018, 09:28:44 AM

  I'm a huge fan of Kephart styled knives and your version has to be one of the finest examples of Kephart's original knife that I've seen.

  So when can we expect to see them go up for sale, that's after Wolfy and Stan get theirs of course ?
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on March 15, 2018, 01:31:56 PM
Thanks guys! I?m trying to make something Horace would give a thumbs up. Haha!

Moe, let me see how long it takes me to get the next 2 or 3 finished then I?ll have a better idea how long it will take to complete the knives I have promised.

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Spyder1958 on March 15, 2018, 02:16:22 PM
Sarge those are great. Love that last one in figured walnut.
I'm in for one as well, just let me know. I may just pick one up in person while I'm up visiting the family.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on March 15, 2018, 06:39:56 PM
Thanks, Spyder. That sounds good and I?ll keep you posted.

Pick up / delivery would be cool! Hope to meet you one of these days.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Moe M. on March 15, 2018, 06:54:51 PM
Thanks guys! I?m trying to make something Horace would give a thumbs up. Haha!

Moe, let me see how long it takes me to get the next 2 or 3 finished then I?ll have a better idea how long it will take to complete the knives I have promised.

Thanks again!

  Thanks for the reply,  when you get to be my age,  one thing you aren't is in a hurry,  be looking forward it. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 06, 2018, 09:44:48 AM
I haven?t been onboard here much lately. I?ll check in and read a little but haven?t posted much. Been busy with life the last month or two - I turned 50, my older daughter graduated high school, I went to Washington D.C. with about 1,000 5th graders, 20th Wedding Anniversary....got family vacation in a couple weeks. I know everyone is busy and I?m certainly not whining. It?s been great! In the middle of all that, I moved everything out of my basement/shop to paint walls and the floor. I hauled off several truckloads of clutter and put 18 feet of shelving x 6 feet tall on one wall, ordered 12 more feet for another wall. I have way more storage space and plan to add more workbench space. I?m back up and running and worked some yesterday.

(https://i.imgur.com/OaxNgJa.jpg)
Blanks are heat treated by Paul Bos. First 3 are convexed at at the target weight of 5.5 oz. before I taper the tangs. I?ve gone through a ton of walnut to look for the best scales. So far I have a decent assortment of straight grain and varying degrees of figure. I also sent some to be stabilized; hope to get it back soon.

I hope to have way more regular updates on this progect.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on June 06, 2018, 11:40:52 AM
Looks awfully good Sarge!  Glad some time has freed up a little to start back at it. 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Spyder1958 on June 06, 2018, 02:50:30 PM
Looking good buddy.
I need to do what you've done to my shop. haul a bunch of stuff off, clean out and make more work area.
But I really need to go fishing :drool:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 06, 2018, 04:22:42 PM
Oh, MAN! :doh:    My salivaries are workin' overtime now! :drool:   ANY of that figured walnut would tickle me plumb to death! :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 06, 2018, 07:03:03 PM
Sarge I think Horace would want one of these too.  You got it dialed in I think.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on June 06, 2018, 08:38:13 PM
I know it was only a paragraph; said like that sounds like you've been gone for a year at least. Well done
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on June 06, 2018, 08:59:09 PM
Thanks for the update,  glad you are back at it.
Knives are looking good.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 13, 2018, 08:36:44 PM
Thanks, as always, guys. I appreciate the feedback. I worked some today and have a couple blades close to ready for scales.

(https://i.imgur.com/nHHCPea.jpg)
From flat ground blank received back from heat treat on left, to convexed bevels in center, to the convexed blade with tapered tang on the right.

(https://i.imgur.com/yo5GjtL.jpg)
Blade with tapered tang and hollow ground tang to achieved desired weight.

Hand sanded this blade to 400 grit, then used a Scotchbrite belt for a satin finish.

Probably won't get much else done before vacation but I'll post some more pics when I get back.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 13, 2018, 09:37:35 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on June 13, 2018, 10:36:11 PM
Oh yeah, baby! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on June 30, 2018, 10:43:53 AM
A little knife time today after a long week at work and vacation the week prior. Shaping some walnut scales.

(https://i.imgur.com/DdDemaQ.jpg)
I bevel the front edge of most scales at 45 degrees but give these a steeper angle to match the original. Angle guide on the disc sander works well.

(https://i.imgur.com/w1AjfBe.jpg)
Hand sand to soften the hard angles.

(https://i.imgur.com/2h0ALkY.jpg)
These 3 sets are about ready for mounting.

Not Kephart-related and not very bushy .... but I've got a few other blades on the bench.

(https://i.imgur.com/uGFuRMM.jpg)
6, 7, & 8 1/2 inch blades, hidden tang, bolsters....geez
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on June 30, 2018, 05:51:28 PM
I like those blades in the last photo (but not as much as the Kephart).  The smallest one on the right looks like it would be a good skinner/camp kitchen knife.   
   
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 01, 2018, 05:45:07 PM
Thank you, sir. That smallest one is sorta stabby but should be practical enough for a multi-purpose knife.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 01, 2018, 08:06:31 PM
I can't even remember the last knife fight I was involved in. :duel:    I know I'll be much happier with my nice new Kephart.  I can think of LOTS of situations where one of those would come in handy! ;D
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on July 03, 2018, 04:22:03 PM
Dropped by for a quick forum scan... 6,7, 8.1/2...  :P yes those are nice especially the finished one (nice proportions on the various elements) for a second though I thought the counting out of Keps  had begun...
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 03, 2018, 07:55:34 PM
I wish I had 6, 7, 8 Kephart done. Haha

I got a set of scales on one blade tonight. I?m trying West Systems G-flex epoxy for the first time.

I?ve got two other blades about ready for scales. Not much progress lately but I?m starting to inch along.

I?m pretty happy so far with that big Bowie...going for an old Sheffield look. I feel like I got pretty close on the proportions. Still gotta make and fit some sort of pommel.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on July 03, 2018, 09:17:42 PM
A pommel? That surprises me. Primarily because when I tap on the pic to enlarge it; I don't see any tang exposed out the end. But then, ah ha- the hilt is not yet fixed?

It is good looking imho
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 03, 2018, 10:40:39 PM
The Sheffield Bowies were arguably the best-looking and most well-proportioned of all the Bowies.....foreign and domestic.  Many of the southern Bowies were cranked out by various country blacksmiths for protection during the Civil War and were not very nicely finished or balanced.  The Bowie that was carried by riverboat gamblers & travelers along the Natchez Trace tended to be a little nicely made, but almost ALL of the Sheffield products were very nicely made and many were produced as cased 'presentation-type' knives with engraved handle escutcheons showing the names of the presenter and the honoree to whom it was given. 

At one time I had a chance to buy a Rudy Ruana-made 'Mexican' Bowie in a gift shop in Choteau, Montana for a mere $300.....but being a nearly penniless farm kid & college student at the time, I felt I had to pass.  I've kicked myself ever since! :-\
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 04, 2018, 10:21:46 AM
Man, that Ruana would have been a steal but I understand.

I've been looking at Bowies a lot lately, English and 'Merican. This book started it all...  :coffee:

http://www.knifeworld.com/asuredefense.html (http://www.knifeworld.com/asuredefense.html) :drool:

And here's a video preview

https://youtu.be/luSrUDap8eM (https://youtu.be/luSrUDap8eM) :popcorn:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on July 04, 2018, 02:58:23 PM
I'm afraid I'll soon be letting go of 70 frogskins for another book! :doh: :coffee:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 04, 2018, 03:38:34 PM
Well, I was afraid I?d cost you $70 bucks, Wolfy. Sorry about that. Haha

I have really enjoyed it. Both the writing and photography are outstanding!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 04, 2018, 04:37:54 PM
Looks like a book to have Sarge.  Thanks for posting that link.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 30, 2018, 07:27:33 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/L1y1XCB.jpg)

Just some Kepharts in various states of readiness....
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 30, 2018, 08:10:14 PM
 :hail:  That middle one looks absolutely terrific Mike.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 30, 2018, 08:13:53 PM
Recently found this in a book, Blade's Guide to Knives and Their Values (2010):

"Colclesser Bros.
In 1926, William Monypeny Newsom wrote at length
about bowie and hunting knives in his book, The Whitetail
Deer. Newsom lamented the closing of the butcher knife
manufacturer that had made his favorite outdoor knives,
Colclesser Bros. Cutlery Co. of Eldorado, Blair County,
Pennsylvania. Colclesser also had made small doublebitted
camp-axe heads designed by ?Nessmuk??a.k.a.
writer George Washington Sears. Nessmuk?s original axe
had been custom made to his design in the 1860s by a
surgical instrument maker named Bushnell in Rochester,
New York.
In the 1890s, another noted sporting writer, Horace
Kephart, sent a sketch (see accompanying line drawing,
courtesy Willis Hobart) of his 5-inch-bladed, dream hunting
knife to Colclesser Bros., and Colclesser obliged by
making up a prototype. Kephart?s sketch was reproduced
in Hunting & Fishing magazine, July 22, 1897. Colclesser
responded to the publicity with a campaign of small ads
in the magazine, such as the following:
HUNTER?S AXES. - ?Nessmuk? and others, weight 8 to 20
ozs.; the Kephart knife; knives made to order, hand made,
excellently tempered; belts, sheaths, etc., furnished.
To this day, we have never seen a Colclesser-marked
knife or axe."

(https://i.imgur.com/eYXyfhO.png)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 30, 2018, 08:15:38 PM
:hail:  That middle one looks absolutely terrific Mike.
Thank you, sir.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 30, 2018, 08:18:17 PM
Oh that is really interesting.  Perhaps the sale of these Colclesser knives never got going for some reason.  A few perhaps.  What is there?  Two that are known, the one you saw and the one some museum has that was Kephart's personal knife.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on July 30, 2018, 09:47:24 PM
I was talking with a guy a couple days ago. One of his pontifications was that History never changed. Of course I explained to him how it does change. Thanks for quoting that for us Sarge.

I have a question- HK says something like: I have just such a knife here before me... his description follows that the blade and hilt are 4.5 inches long. The famous advertisement lists 4 inch and 5 inch blades. Is the museum blade 4, 4.1/4 or 4.1/2 inch long? The handle on that knife looks like it has been refurbished a few times. To clean it up I imagine. Looks like some of his blade was honed away too, but length lost as well?. I have the impression the blade in the museum was listed as 4.1/4 long- maybe wrong.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 31, 2018, 07:14:17 AM
 :thumbsup: :drool:    WOW!    Don't even know what else to say...

Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Yellowyak on July 31, 2018, 07:52:38 AM
Gorgeous knives Mike, great job.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on July 31, 2018, 11:25:55 AM
The photos look great, however I don't think they do justice to the design & craftsmanship. I am going to have to inspect & trial one someday.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on July 31, 2018, 11:45:00 AM
Thanks, guys!

Unknown,
Your question about Kephart's passage in his book, I have seen debated on other forums, blogs, etc. and I don't have the answers either. He clearly wrote the knife before him had a 4 1/2" blade and handle. He also stated it was made by a country blacksmith. I have a reprint of the 1910 edition of Camping and Woodcraft. My book does not have an illustration of the knife. By the 1910 edition, Kephart recommends the Marble Expert Knife. Some say at the urging of his publisher due to Marble's advertising dollars. Makes sense to me but I don't know...

Here are some side x side pics of the knife Ethan Becker owns and the knife in the Kephart museum.
https://bladeforums.com/threads/kephart-original-and-ethan-joe-visit.1563847/ (https://bladeforums.com/threads/kephart-original-and-ethan-joe-visit.1563847/) (Mods, please delete this link if not allowed.)

These are the only two pieces know to exists ... I'm still hoping to find one at a yard sale one of these days.

Looks like the museum knife is the 4" version but I couldn't find anything detailing its specs. I'm not sure we know how close to the original dimensions the museum knife is now. The handle contours are obviously different. Maybe the museum knife was contoured differently because it was smaller or maybe hard use eroded the wooden handle. For me, some of these mysteries add to the appeal of the knives. 


 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on July 31, 2018, 04:54:59 PM
Blade forums won't let you look at large versions of the photo unless you are logged in.  Might have to join up.

I saved the photos to my photo viewer.  Neat stuff, thanks

I was already on that forum but have not been there for years.  I completely forgot it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on July 31, 2018, 05:37:50 PM
Thanks Sarge. I sorta recall the museum listing some dimensions, or maybe some was allowed to measure it and wrote about it.

Haven't re found any of that
 tbh didn't search that much either

Your product looks terrific
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: duxdawg on August 02, 2018, 12:03:11 PM
Amazing thread!
Really enjoying it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on August 27, 2018, 02:01:43 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/irYfB98.jpg)

Just a half dozen or so in progress....
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Yellowyak on August 27, 2018, 04:08:59 PM
I have a feeling we'll be seeing a couple of more of these around these parts...
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on August 27, 2018, 06:11:11 PM
Sarge, do you wonder, as I, how much the stabilized walnut might impact the target weight? It is hard to guess a % change in weight between stabilized vs natural wood+finish coat.  :shrug: I haven't used it.

Which also makes one consider, we cannot measure the % change in weight from one Colclesser and another.

I do applaud your strict use of the example you have. Which is why the question came to mind. There is just the one example, and if they were hand ground as we believe, then there must be some difference in finished weight, even in some cases due to the density of the scales.

All that to say: woohoo.  :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: NoseWarmer on August 27, 2018, 06:28:08 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/irYfB98.jpg)

Just a half dozen or so in progress....

DAMN, you're and busy man!


I really like the real pointy ones up top :)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: imnukensc on August 27, 2018, 06:35:56 PM
You really do some nice grinding, Sarge!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: crashdive123 on August 27, 2018, 06:39:22 PM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on August 27, 2018, 06:41:28 PM
My reaction?  Just WOW!  Those are terrific.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on August 27, 2018, 06:47:27 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/irYfB98.jpg)

Just a half dozen or so in progress....

DAMN, you're and busy man!


I really like the real pointy ones up top :)

It looks like that. Perspective; I think they are all about the same.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on August 27, 2018, 07:59:30 PM
Thanks, guys. Yep, perspective makes the upper blades look pointier; they are all the same...or as close to the same as I can make them.

You raise some good points, unknown. I weigh the blanks at several stages during the process - after the convexing, after tapering the tang, etc. They are handmade so there are some variances. The biggest variable, though, is the wood. Of course the stabilized blocks and scales are noticeably heavier but there are also slighter differences in the natural pieces, especially from different sources. The original is 5.5 oz. I've only hit that target a couple times, several knives have been about 5.75 oz. If I can get the finished knife under 6 oz. and it has a good balance, I'm satisfied. Unless the user was holding the original in one hand and a new in the other, It would be difficult tell a difference. You're right, we don't know the weight tolerances between the production Colclessers. The one on which I've based my knives could be average weight, or lighter or heavier. A little mystery makes it all the more interesting.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on September 01, 2018, 09:44:10 PM
Gotta have scales for all those blades...

(https://i.imgur.com/XKv69zR.jpg)
This is black walnut I cut into blocks myself. I selected the best blocks (12 out of 65 or 70 pieces) and sent them to be dried, stabilized, and cured.

oh and sheaths, too...

(https://i.imgur.com/0f9I3zq.jpg)
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on January 22, 2019, 08:57:57 PM
Latest Kephart sheath knife...

(https://i.imgur.com/CiDTlZI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i3xS0A2.jpg)
Black walnut scales stabilized by Wood Dynamics.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on January 23, 2019, 08:27:13 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on January 23, 2019, 09:05:33 AM
Yet another well done rendition of my favorite all-in-one knife design.....I never tire of looking at and USING them!    How many of them have you made since the inception of the 'Colclesser Project,' Mike?  It's been a long road.....I hope you kept track. ???
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Spyder1958 on January 23, 2019, 04:37:33 PM
I'm loving mine, thats for sure. seen plenty of kitchen duty. it will get some woods time soon.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: lgm on January 24, 2019, 06:24:26 PM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Unknown on January 24, 2019, 07:43:31 PM
That guy is getting a good looking set of scales. I like the ring stack on that walnut
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: PetrifiedWood on January 25, 2019, 10:49:57 AM
I haven't popped in here in a while. I am amazed at how much progress has been made from the beginning and how much and new info has been unearthed. These knives look fantastic!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2019, 10:53:49 AM
Thank you, guys! As always, I appreciate you!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: UncleTimbo on February 13, 2019, 08:04:10 PM
Hey guys, I'm relatively new on your forum but I have to admit, I love these Kephart knives made by Sarge. I have two Kephart inspired knives, but neither are as nice and authentic as these.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on February 25, 2019, 01:57:52 PM
Hey guys, I'm relatively new on your forum but I have to admit, I love these Kephart knives made by Sarge. I have two Kephart inspired knives, but neither are as nice and authentic as these.
Thank you, sir!
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on February 25, 2019, 02:05:52 PM
Latest Kephart

(https://i.imgur.com/CiDTlZI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i3xS0A2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JYSjtsC.jpg)

I'm working on the last few blades from the first batch of a dozen. About to start profiling the next batch.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 26, 2019, 06:52:13 AM
Just plain AWESOME! 
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on February 26, 2019, 12:30:06 PM
Thank you, Brandon.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on February 26, 2019, 07:25:44 PM
Mike, I was just wondering if you've gotten any call for any of the shorter of the two blade lengths that the Colclesser Brothers offered in that old magazine ad? :shrug:   It haunts me. ???
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: Sarge on February 27, 2019, 10:12:52 AM
Wolfy, I cut out a blank with a 4" blade/4.25" handle just the other day. I haven't done any other work on it yet, though. I'll post some pics when I get going on it.
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wsdstan on February 27, 2019, 11:06:27 AM
I will be interested in seeing what that one looks like too Mike. 

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on February 27, 2019, 11:34:39 AM
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :banana:
Title: Re: Colclesser Project WIP
Post by: wolfy on March 21, 2019, 10:46:17 AM
Wolfy, I cut out a blank with a 4" blade/4.25" handle just the other day. I haven't done any other work on it yet, though. I'll post some pics when I get going on it.

So.....did you finish the 'Cub Scout' model Kephart yet?  If you have, I'd love seeing some pictures!