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Knife and Tool Discussion => Making Knives and Sheaths => Topic started by: Sarge on May 07, 2014, 03:36:40 PM

Title: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo4_zpsfdd27a98.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo_zpsb9c3641c.jpg)
Happier with the symmetry on these scales than with the failed micarta.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo1_zpsf41844f3.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo_zps365cc41c.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo2_zpsace4b1a8.jpg)
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 ....

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo1_zps22ec669a.jpg)
I still have not tried any leather dye. Only used olive oil and let it darken in the sun a few hours.

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood 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.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano 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!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 07, 2014, 08:43:01 PM
Thanks, guys! I appreciate your remarks.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on May 07, 2014, 10:40:04 PM
Awesome stuff! Great lookin knife AND sheath! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 08, 2014, 01:30:20 PM
Thanks, KK!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD 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:

 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 08, 2014, 06:23:16 PM
Thanks, JTD! Yep , that 3 clone would be cool.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Wilderbeast 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.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 08, 2014, 08:48:22 PM
Thank you, Wilderbeast!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yeoman on May 09, 2014, 05:16:03 AM
Slick. Very slick.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 09, 2014, 07:07:31 PM
Thanks, Yeoman.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 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:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Mudman on May 20, 2014, 12:51:08 AM
Nice one man!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu 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:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo2_zps88852c0b.jpg)

My hands are kinda small so here it is with a tape measure.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2011/photo1_zps93efd4ea.jpg)

Thanks again, guys. I appreciate the comments.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on May 23, 2014, 05:48:29 PM
A scandi ground ESEE 4....

I love it!!! :D

By the way, thanks Sarge!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on June 10, 2014, 10:02:52 AM
I haven't had much play time lately but here are a few I have started...

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/25A488F9-6D35-4DAD-9388-5C6B5012FC5C_zpstmy6wymc.jpg)

For scale, the Cherokee / Appalachian Bowie at the left is about 12" OAL.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on June 10, 2014, 05:03:06 PM
All very cool designs, but that Cherokee bowie is sick!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu 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:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: SwampHanger on June 11, 2014, 06:59:30 AM
I really like the third from the left! Nice work!!!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on June 11, 2014, 07:02:54 AM
I really like the third from the left! Nice work!!!!

Me, too! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/photo_zps7abc3467.jpg)
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.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/photo2_zps51125d97.jpg)
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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/photo3_zps169c0a73.jpg)

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on June 11, 2014, 10:16:34 PM
Six pins for me! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu 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! ;)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: SwampHanger 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.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/photo_zps181fc82e.jpg)
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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/photo2_zps37c2204e.jpg)
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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/photo1_zps0d8194be.jpg)
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:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD 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! 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Mudman 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
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD 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..   

(http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130611125909/inglouriousbasterds/images/0/00/Aldo_Raine_about_to_scar_Landa.jpg)

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 01, 2014, 09:58:42 PM
Ok, one! LOL. That's awesome!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Mudman 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?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 03, 2014, 05:42:40 PM
Coke bottle Bowie would be cool!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: mneedham on July 04, 2014, 06:33:33 AM
Great looking stuff there Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/100_2337_zpsa96085e5.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/100_2336_zps6e6ba0b2.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2012%20-%20Cherokee%20Bowie/100_2331_zps2d6be23c.jpg)

Thanks for lookin'
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 04, 2014, 09:56:14 AM
Heck yeah!  :thumbsup:     I'd be much more than "pleased" :banana: :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 04, 2014, 03:56:07 PM
Thanks, wolfy!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on July 04, 2014, 05:53:09 PM
Very Nice! Love the leather too.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 04, 2014, 08:09:27 PM
Thanks, Creek!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on July 05, 2014, 08:13:29 AM
Very cool blade Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 05, 2014, 02:20:34 PM
Thank you, JTD.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano 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:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 05, 2014, 05:54:27 PM
Thanks, Dano!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge 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.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2018%20-%20Rasp%20Knife/photo2_zpsc9025d6d.jpg)

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.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2019%20-%20Hudson%20Bay%20Camp%20Knife/photo3_zpsde8bdda5.jpg)

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.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Old%20Hickory%20Mod%202/photo1_zps6c938942.jpg)
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.

Thanks for lookin'
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 24, 2014, 08:33:00 AM
Call it done!
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2018%20-%20Rasp%20Knife/photo5_zpsd5820931.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Wilderbeast on July 24, 2014, 08:47:23 AM
Call it done!
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2018%20-%20Rasp%20Knife/photo5_zpsd5820931.jpg)

Call it sweet!  :)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 24, 2014, 08:52:48 AM
Thanks, Beast!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 24, 2014, 09:00:40 AM
I'll second Beast's assessment! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on July 24, 2014, 09:22:00 AM
Sarge, that's one sweet looking user! :drool:

Well done buddy! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 24, 2014, 07:23:12 PM
Thanks, fellas!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on July 24, 2014, 11:43:35 PM
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Old%20Hickory%20Mod%202/photo1_zps6c938942.jpg)

That's great! Why pay $80?  8)

And this one:
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2018%20-%20Rasp%20Knife/photo5_zpsd5820931.jpg)

This one's a real looker. Well done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 25, 2014, 07:23:09 AM
Thanks, Diogenes. Man, I really like your Wharncliffe project! I might try a similar mod one o' these days.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on July 25, 2014, 03:29:58 PM
Thanks, Diogenes. Man, I really like your Wharncliffe project! I might try a similar mod one o' these days.

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


Made a couple sheaths. One for the Old Hickory mod I finished recently and one for a file knife I finished a while back.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%206/50316a9c-c81d-465a-a8c1-9bcedef156eb_zps1d9b5ff4.jpg)


I made this one first and intended it to be a dangler style but I forgot to put the D ring in place before I glued AND stitched the loop to the sheath  :doh:  >:(  So, now it is just a regular belt sheath.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Old%20Hickory%20Mod%202/photo2_zps6731e5a2.jpg)

Made this one next and remembered the D ring. This is the first leather I've dyed so it was a learning project, too.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%206/photo3_zps3f42b68a.jpg)

The D ring fits over the tab of the loop and out of the way so it can ride high on the belt or dangle.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%206/photo4_zps15911438.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on July 29, 2014, 08:01:29 AM
Well, those are nice! I really like the deep pouch style sheaths, and those are very well done! :thumbsup:

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

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

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

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

Thanks again, guys.



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

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

Ooops!  :-[

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

Good stuff, Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Neomaz on July 29, 2014, 11:57:00 AM
Some beautiful work posted here Sarge! You definitely have some creative skills. :thumbsup:

Now excuse me while I go wipe the drool off my chin :drool:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 29, 2014, 12:05:08 PM
Some beautiful work posted here Sarge! You definitely have some creative skills. :thumbsup:

Now excuse me while I go wipe the drool off my chin :drool:
LOL. Thank you, Neomaz! I appreciate that.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 05, 2014, 04:31:27 PM
I'm slowly making progress on a few blades in the works. This is my first attempt at woodlore clone. It is 01 steel, 5/32" thick, approximately 4.5" blade and 4.5" handle. Here she is after HT.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/D068D2A6-A31E-4BB4-B3BB-B403DDB997D2_zpssirb2q5d.jpg)

Got a HF 4x36 belt grinder recently. The whole knife will fit flat against the belt. WOW, what a difference vs the 1x30! It has helped a great deal with the polishing. Here it is with polishing about 90% complete. I'll wet sand and buff until she's finished. Picked out Bolivian Rosewood scales.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/3d872544-4bcf-4d8a-82ab-f0ced96a8aa2_zps9a8100b0.jpg)

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 16, 2014, 03:15:57 AM
Well, I've started and finished several since starting these two blades. I don't know why...I liked them when I started them and still do.  :shrug:

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

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

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo4_zpsd6e7361a.jpg)
Blade is about 4.5" in length, overall length is about 9.5". Scales are Bolivian Rosewood from Woodcraft.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo4_zpsde3331f2.jpg)
Close-up of my first mosaic pin. (Not as fancy as Mudman's)

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

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Lucky%2013%20-%20Nessmuk%20Style/photo2_zpsd67bb0a0.jpg)
Blade is almost 5", OAL is about 9.5". Wood is Bocote (also from Woodcraft) - I really like it.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Lucky%2013%20-%20Nessmuk%20Style/photo1_zpsd0fdf7fe.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: zammer on August 16, 2014, 07:45:44 AM
That Bolivian Rosewood looks great with that particular finish, the mosaic pins turned out well. I'd gladly use any of the knives you have shown, keep up the good work Sarge... and the pics  :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on August 16, 2014, 09:14:36 AM
Sweet  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo4_zpsd6e7361a.jpg)

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 16, 2014, 09:42:15 AM
Sarge, I have never been a fan of many of the 'improved' Nessmuk interpretations that I see from various makers, but THIS one definitely earns the coveted "WOLFY APPROVED" status!  That is a very practical and versatile looking design right there!   I picture that one in my hand, very handily accomplishing most all the things that I do with a combination hunting/camping knife in the outdoors!  When I get around to posting photos of my favorite 'semi-skinner,' that I built from parts back in '78, you will see the similarities & why I like yours so much.  You're getting better with each knife you build & it's obvious there is a lot of pre-planning & thought that goes into each one....very nice work! :thumbsup:  :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on August 16, 2014, 09:48:02 AM

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Lucky%2013%20-%20Nessmuk%20Style/photo1_zpsd0fdf7fe.jpg)

Sweeter!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 16, 2014, 01:49:09 PM
Thanks, fellas! I appreciate your comments and encouragement. I'm still making mistakes and learning from them but I feel like I'm making progress. And now WOLFY APPROVED! Good stuff!

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/08/29/1c4325bccdc8a1d981bc6dc17e2d6931.jpg)

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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on August 29, 2014, 02:09:06 PM
I like the knife/sheath combo.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Wilderbeast on August 29, 2014, 02:49:13 PM
You have just caused me to commit a sin, a violation of the eleventh commandment.

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors knife"



Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 29, 2014, 03:08:19 PM
Lol! Thanks fellas.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 29, 2014, 03:12:51 PM
I think I told you before, but I'll tell you again.....I REALLY like that knife! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:   Now, it has a nice sheath, too!  Nice setup, Sarge. :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 29, 2014, 07:51:16 PM
Thanks, wolfy! I appreciate ya.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Mudman on August 30, 2014, 11:18:07 PM
Excellent work man! Your improving leaps and bounds after each knife!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 31, 2014, 03:32:03 PM
Thank you, Mudman!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: zammer on August 31, 2014, 05:05:04 PM
While I like the job you did on the knife, the sheath ( with, I'm gonna call it a collar ) really gives it a nice look, well done.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 01, 2014, 09:05:19 AM
Thanks, Zammer! I didn't really know what to call that piece either. Collar works.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on September 01, 2014, 10:23:29 AM
I give it :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Nicely done! ;D
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 02, 2014, 02:27:12 PM
Thanks, Diogenes!

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

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

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo1_zps0b6de797.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo_zpsa4541642.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2014%20-%20Woodlore%20Clone/photo3_zps6ab8e187.jpg)

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

Thanks for lookin'
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on September 03, 2014, 03:24:33 PM
Man that sheath looks cool.  Good job!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 09, 2014, 11:34:13 AM
Thanks, JTD!

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

Anyway, this one is loosely based on the original MAC-V SOG knife and the current SOG brand Bowies. It was one an old Nicholson file I got for a buck at a yard sale.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/EC7DCE07-C68A-4E29-AE22-92FC670145C1_zps979lxsst.jpg)

Leather was scraps from sheath making. I cut out the pieces, stacked it on the tang, wet it and clamped it down until it dried. I started making a finger guard out of steel but found a brass guard at Smoky Mountain Knife works for about $5. The pommel is a brass pipe cap that cost about $4.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/AEF4448E-1DED-4911-8F8A-F4CA9E505DC4_zpsmk30cgii.jpg)

I then re-stack the pieces and used Titebond III to glue each piece. I stacked washers inside the pommel piece, filled it with epoxy, and pinned it through the tang. Sorry this pic is blurry.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/photo2_zpsc463d564.jpg)

I'll cut the leather pieces a little smaller next time...lotta time (and dust) on the belt grinder.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/photo2_zps67b82293.jpg)


Once shaped, I dyed the leather and melted paraffin wax onto it. I think I liked it better before the dye :-\
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/photo1_zpse18c7504.jpg)

Here it is ... mostly finished.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/photo2_zps50d486c9.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2017%20-%20Fighter/photo1_zpscb814ba7.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 09, 2014, 01:19:33 PM
I think I like the dyed version best, Sarge! :thumbsup:   Reminds me of one of the old custom WWII fighters. :duel:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 09, 2014, 02:05:34 PM
 :duel: LOL.

Thanks, wolfy. The dye is growing on me...I think.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on September 10, 2014, 04:25:24 AM
Looks great.  You guys are making me want to try a stacked leather handle.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on September 10, 2014, 07:35:54 AM
Sarge, you, sir, are a knife making machine!! Very, very cool! I love that you did that with a file. Well done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 10, 2014, 09:10:59 AM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Punty on September 11, 2014, 09:41:27 AM
Call it done!
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2018%20-%20Rasp%20Knife/photo5_zpsd5820931.jpg)

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

 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 11, 2014, 01:35:46 PM
Thanks, Punty. I appreciate that.

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 20, 2014, 10:37:18 PM
Worked on the Knife In The Hat project some today and finished up putting handles on a couple blanks. I've done a Dadley before and have wanted to handle a Hunter. Picked up one of each a while back.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Dadley/70F7EAC9-58B7-40A4-BF57-538735175757_zpsu8nmxxu8.jpg)

Put oak with nickel rivets on the Dadley
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Dadley/827B08AE-4837-45FC-8EC8-2B6B0CBD7CAD_zpss2rhyyhd.jpg)

This is the first time I've used curly maple. Medium brown water based dye then finished it with Tru-Oil. This one has 5/32" brass pins.
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Dadley/F72EB2FF-CA6A-4AF3-9B9C-91E9A913BD0D_zpsl0oa5vvo.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 24, 2014, 07:59:03 AM
Been working on this one, too. Still playing with the curly maple.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2015%20-%20Small%20Hunter/A56FD283-2764-49CB-A329-A950957AC62C_zps2cmgxklu.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2015%20-%20Small%20Hunter/5271F09C-E517-47E0-A26F-33CCBB985444_zpsa8quwcpj.jpg)
This is after the first coat of dye and lightly sanded with #220. Read a tip on a woodworking site to wet sand with linseed oil between coats.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on September 24, 2014, 08:16:46 AM
Hey!  I really like the looks of this one! Fine looking knife!
:thumbsup:
:)


  Thanks for sharing the doins.
:)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 24, 2014, 08:23:24 AM
Thanks! I appreciate that. I shaped the blade a while back and didn't really like it so I worked on other stuff. Then, for whatever reason, I liked it again and wanted to finish it. It's about 8", half blade, half handle, slim profile. Should be a handy size.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 24, 2014, 08:38:33 AM
It reminds me of the blade on Buck's 103 skinner model, but with a full tang & much nicer handle. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 24, 2014, 09:33:22 AM
Thanks, wolfy. I pulled up pics of a Buck 103; couldn't recall exactly what it looked like. I do see the resemblance.

I was looking at the Diamond Blades brand when I sketched it out. They run $400+  :'(
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 25, 2014, 08:14:44 PM
Second coat of dye and sanded with #320. Finished with coat of Tru-Oil.

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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 25, 2014, 09:03:51 PM
I like that one a LOT, Sarge.....pure & simple, it would work for almost anything you asked of it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 26, 2014, 07:27:22 AM
Thank you, wolfy!

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 09, 2014, 09:57:58 PM
I started this one the same time I started the Knife in the Hat blade and worked on them together. Just finished this one up today.

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

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2020%20-%20Bushcraft%20Knife/photo3_zps3533967d.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Coldwaterboys on October 10, 2014, 07:58:38 AM
this is really nice work Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 10, 2014, 06:40:10 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on October 10, 2014, 06:41:59 PM
  Very Nice looking sharps, man!
:thumbsup:


  Keep 'em coming!
:D
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 15, 2014, 03:59:39 AM
Thanks, MnSportsman!

Gave that last one to my dad for his birthday. I really liked it so I'll probably try to make something else similar.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on October 16, 2014, 10:43:53 PM
Nice work! Been a while since I popped in this thread. I really like the Dadely on page 2. Makes me want to order some blanks to handle...
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 17, 2014, 02:17:17 PM
Thanks for stopping in, PW. I like a lot of the Green Rivers, especially the Dadley.

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 29, 2014, 02:57:00 PM
Messed up the dang rivets again. Guess I need to invest in a dedicated bit instead of trying to improvise.

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/29/7764a6e1e898088c86f2c30ade14272f.jpg)

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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on October 29, 2014, 05:28:44 PM
looking good sarge  :thumbsup:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 09, 2014, 09:56:15 PM
I'm waiting on a delivery of some rivets, loveless bolts, etc. so I can finish up the Hudson Bay knife.

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

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2023%20-%20Scalper/ECA8DE55-76DA-47CA-8634-6D8BA7640974_zpsq7xdh4gw.jpg)
O1 steel, 1/8" thick
OAL is 12"

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2023%20-%20Scalper/35CA6FFD-AF75-4791-8B5C-5BAC7E0A03EA_zps6lozt4mg.jpg)
Blade is 6.5" long and about 1.25" wide, hammered texture

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2023%20-%20Scalper/9341794E-445E-45A3-8E16-A2E30352D099_zpsg3yjb0f4.jpg)
Handle is 5.5" long and basically round, a bit larger than 1" diameter at the butt and a bit smaller near the blade
Scales are walnut with 1/8" brass pins, rubbed with linseed oil

This is before I sharpened it ... ouch!
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/Knife%2023%20-%20Scalper/4F3E3640-B3A0-4989-9E43-5ADBE4424F2D_zpsf95tyhzl.jpg)

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on November 10, 2014, 06:12:54 AM
Very nice traditional knife, Sarge!  That one would be at home at any rendezvous I know of. :thumbsup:

HINT: When testing for sharpness next time, just try shaving a little patch of forearm hair. ;)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 10, 2014, 08:08:32 AM
Thanks, wolfy! And I appreciate the hint ... LOL


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on November 10, 2014, 04:54:31 PM
Wicked cool, Sarge. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 10, 2014, 09:34:16 PM
Thanks, Diogenes!

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/10/3b19dc97a642c1c43ed5948d43f5d438.jpg)

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

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

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on November 11, 2014, 12:23:11 PM
Everyone needs a better grip when scalping with bloody hands! Makes perfect sense now  :cheers: It looks very nice.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: cbeck on November 16, 2014, 02:31:02 PM
good lord that is some great work.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on November 16, 2014, 04:34:12 PM
Sarge: To think, in just a year we've gotten to watch you progress from a guy just starting out making knives to a genuine knife maker. You've done some beautiful work in the past year. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yeoman on November 16, 2014, 05:59:21 PM

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 16, 2014, 10:01:19 PM
Thank you, gentlemen. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for noticing I've been at it for a year now. Still a novice but no longer a rookie  ;)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JohnE on November 17, 2014, 07:02:26 PM
 :'(
Thank you, gentlemen. I sincerely appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for noticing I've been at it for a year now. Still a novice but no longer a rookie  ;)

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

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

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

So many things to build, such little time...
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JohnE on November 17, 2014, 07:09:27 PM
Should have included this too.

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

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

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

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

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Grizzly on November 24, 2014, 06:27:21 PM
Awesome work all around!

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

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 25, 2014, 05:58:06 PM
Thanks, Grizz!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 07:38:27 PM
Whew! I'm glad to be done with these. Ol' rookie knife maker here committed to a bunch of knives for Christmas gifts and had to kick it into high gear.

Finished these three last week. They are like the first knife in this thread but instead of Dymondwood, I made OD & black micarta.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/19/f9c150832a5e52b965499377b048d3bc.jpg)

Finished these 5 today. Good grief! What was I thinking? They are 4" blades, handles are almost 5". Here they are in progress...
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/19/ca7dbeaa1aec04c8402b82790dc65665.jpg)
From left to right, the scales are black walnut, Bolivian rosewood, walnut again, African Mahogany, and curly maple.

Here they are finished up.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/19/fe348e302f3e7e9f2328cf8c5cabbf0d.jpg)

A couple close-ups
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/19/30871c46e4b3f80c8cc9b476a3bd79f1.jpg)
Mahogany and curly maple

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/19/c040866cd1b5b8f0c62c166fee8ba1c9.jpg)
Walnut and rosewood


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on December 19, 2014, 08:04:44 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Howling Dingo on December 19, 2014, 08:09:39 PM
Sweet...
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 19, 2014, 08:10:12 PM
Don't burn yourself out, Sarge......the weeks preceding Christmas can be hard on a knifemaker! ???

Your work is getting more impressive with each one of your posts, BTW! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on December 19, 2014, 09:10:41 PM
Man, I like those a lot. Superb.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 09:25:55 PM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on December 19, 2014, 09:49:57 PM
Oh, man!

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

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

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


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 19, 2014, 10:09:30 PM
I won't forget all the little people. LOL

Thanks, KK!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on December 20, 2014, 05:11:06 AM
Those look fantastic Sarge. Nice work!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 31, 2014, 03:59:40 PM
Last knives of the year.... I started these two a while ago but they've been on the back burner. I was able to work on them yesterday and today.

This one is finished. It is Fallkniven S1 influenced. No sheath yet; I'll probably make one similar to the leather S1 sheath.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/31/19e51c80deae0148d9b9c3d752654168.jpg)
It's O1 steel, 1/8" thick, about 5" blade, half flat grind, homemade canvas micarta, stainless 3/16" pins and an aluminum lanyard tube. Blackened the blade in a vinegar bath.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/31/6fd9433815a81946fb1a30599fed1e34.jpg)
First time I've used a liner. Not much contrast. I shoulda used another color.

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/31/4295f6499e109680035a3e068022db6d.jpg)
Also O1, 1/8" thick. Blade is about 6". Scales are Bocote with 1/8" brass pins. I made the guard from bar stock, that was a first. Not perfect but turned out okay.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/31/71cbf32fcd60a6c782e44ccff676eba9.jpg)
Wood turned out well...I think. Still needs a little work and some Tru-oil.

Thanks for looking!




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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on December 31, 2014, 04:02:53 PM
Sweet! Love the bowie  :thumbsup:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on December 31, 2014, 04:07:01 PM
Two big :thumbsup: :thumbsup: for both of those, Sarge. Happy New Year, man. :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on December 31, 2014, 04:16:48 PM
 Sarge, you have MAD knife making skills!!! :hail:

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

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

Sarge, awesome, awesome blades!

Happy Mew Year to you and yours!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 31, 2014, 05:04:42 PM
As always, thanks guys!

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

Thanks again and Happy New Year!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 31, 2014, 06:06:20 PM
I LOVE BIG BOWIE KNIVES! :drool:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 07, 2015, 12:55:26 PM
Had a little time to play today and made two sheaths.

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/07/24301f88bac5419ebe9f7d29b855adbf.jpg)
I cut the fringe by hand ... big fun. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. It's still kinda stiff; I'm trying to soften it some. I tested the dye and thought it was a good neutral brown. It ended up being a bit reddish. Not crazy about that but it's okay.

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/07/7697cfc72287fd15a919e56c7c898c53.jpg)

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

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/07/c7d1ee4d197c8eab52b004c93077b2be.jpg)
The removable pin gives the option of the standard belt loop or the dangler loop. Thanks again, Dano!

Thanks for lookin'.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on January 07, 2015, 03:41:02 PM
Lookin' GOOD, Sarge! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on January 07, 2015, 04:03:17 PM
Beautimus!!
 :thumbsup:


Love the looks of the workmanship, Sarge! & I agree with ya, Dano is the Man! Helluva guy!
 :D
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on January 07, 2015, 06:03:00 PM
Beautimus!!
 :thumbsup:


Love the looks of the workmanship, Sarge! & I agree with ya, Dano is the Man! Helluva guy!
 :D

Agreed!

And agreed!

Nice work, Sarge. :thumbsup:
Title: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 08, 2015, 07:42:44 AM
Wow, those ARE impressive! :thumbsup:

I particularly like the 'S1' set up! Man, that's sweet! :drool: What an awesome knife and sheath you've made there, Sarge! Well done! :thumbsup:

Edit: stupid phone.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Red on January 08, 2015, 08:32:56 PM
You keep getting better and better with every knife. Keep it up and you might just end up with a vendor sub :P
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on January 09, 2015, 05:18:33 AM
Those turned out looking great!!  Your work on that fringe is amazing!  Every cut is perfect....I'd have gone nuts trying to do that!!  Glad you could use the ring, they're pretty handy  :)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 09, 2015, 08:34:42 AM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 11, 2015, 12:13:18 AM
Ok, here is one more little project. Probably the last thing I'll be able to work on for the few days. It's not very bushy....

I haven't done much with kydex lately but I wanted to try a hybrid sheath. This Silver Trident I got a while back for a song was a good candidate.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/DSCN0021_zps04e49b06.jpg)
It's 3 pieces. The belt hanger and the "X" piece can be attached to the kydex together or individually. Either piece can be attached to either side of the kydex. Allows ambidextrous / horizontal / vertical options.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Knives/DSCN0019_zps55559c2c.jpg)

Probably not something I would carry ... well, short of some TEOTWAWKI situation.  :shrug:


 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on January 11, 2015, 05:09:00 AM
clean!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 11, 2015, 07:32:23 AM
Wow, that's awesome! :thumbsup:

What kind of song? Saaaaayyy.... Are you famous or something?!?

As usual Sarge, you're an inspiration to us dabblers! Good stuff! :thumbsup:


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on January 11, 2015, 11:25:29 AM
Great job.  I like the way the leather compliments the "coldness" of the kydex.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 29, 2015, 09:09:04 AM
Finished a couple small projects this morning. The first is an butcher knife mod. My wife found this old knife at a flea market for 25 or 50 cents. Scales were split and one side was falling off the knife.

I sold the scalper knife I made a while back so I modified this into something similar. Scales are maple.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/2c8f056111e8386da65e0c7e66cc2b5b.jpg)

Stitched a leather piece on the handle similar to the other scalper.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/7d58335dac6804ada1054226c4235b87.jpg)

Check out this natural patina. I only lightly buffed it on a loose leaf wheel.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/b0f223696fa60a5614a1738404388c47.jpg)

Second project is a Green River Camp Knife or Sheath Knife or whatever. Curly maple scales and a simple sheath.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/557fdb45a2be0ecd7d868d750be46718.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/d8555b5da2d6e3a2b7f49f39988d385f.jpg)

As always, thanks for looking!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 29, 2015, 12:33:08 PM
Those look great, Sarge! Well done! :thumbsup:

I like the old 'scalper'. Pretty cool!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on January 29, 2015, 04:26:36 PM
I like the russell. Neat and clean. I really like the sheath too. Great looking package Sarge...as always.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on January 29, 2015, 10:23:38 PM
Really nice looking work on these, but those scales really pop!!  I really like the looks of them
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 30, 2015, 07:09:34 PM
Thanks, guys!

I read a tip somewhere about using boiled linseed oil to wet sand the curly maple between the costs of dye. I think I can see a difference with the BLO vs. wet sanding with water. I finish it with a couple light coats of Tru-oil, wet sand with BLO between those coats, too.

Thanks again!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 05, 2015, 04:30:52 PM
I fired up the forge today a heat treated a few.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/05/28e93524e33c83d3c56a4dab0e5a9b9b.jpg)

Two rasp knives- 4.5" blade and a 5.5" blade. The two small ones in the center are 3/32" thick and have about 2.5" blades ... the smallest I've made so far. The two on the right are 1/8" thick - one is a woodlore style with 4.25" blade. The one far right is an I don't really know with a 3.75" blade.

More "classic sarge" ... If you noticed one of the rasp knives has no pin holes, well I forgot to drill them.  :-/


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on February 05, 2015, 05:09:29 PM
Them 2 in the center is kinda what we talked about. Just they ain't files. I'm keeping my eyes open for potential victims :) The rasp knifes are just plain badass.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 26, 2015, 12:13:21 PM
Finished the rasp knives.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/26/7080fef54be6ae7d88bc30a20afcbcdf.jpg)
Smaller one has a 4" blade and walnut scales. The larger has a 5" blade and bubinga furniture. First time I've used bubinga and I like it. Plus, it's fun to say... Bubinga!

No dye or stain on either set of scales, just several coats of tru-oil. Wet sanded with 400 grit and linseed oil between coats.

Made a sheath for the big'n. Not yet sure what style I want for the littl'n.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/26/ff3a9d53a7afee345463257df38d0ccb.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/26/7b275c42dd882e194d0efc80718cf49e.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: zammer on February 26, 2015, 02:59:10 PM
Those look great, love that style... nicely done Sarge  :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on February 26, 2015, 03:21:49 PM
Badass  :cheers:  Is the little one hollow ground?

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on February 26, 2015, 03:28:47 PM
I like the handle & blade shape a little better on the small one, but I like the overall size of the larger one........ya' just can't please some people, can ya,' Sarge? :lol: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 26, 2015, 05:22:05 PM
Thanks, guys.

They are both flat grinds.

I'm with ya on the differences, wolfy. I like the size of the bigger one and the shape of the smaller. The little one is chunky.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/26/7cb7ee4fb0f5f3761768a77e920baefd.jpg)
The first pic didn't really show the shape of the handle. It feels a lot better in the hand than the larger one.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on February 26, 2015, 05:47:05 PM
Oh that is sweet. I see the grind better in that pic. Looks fantastic. I don't suggest that a hollow grind isn't a good thing either. Your flat grind looks superb.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 26, 2015, 06:24:28 PM
Thanks, Creek!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on February 27, 2015, 06:22:18 AM
Those are awesome looking!  The more I see your rasp work, the more I find them growing on me!!

Looking forward to seeing the other ones completed too, they look great as well!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on February 27, 2015, 09:42:56 AM
I like the way both of those turned out... a lot! But I might be with everyone else on this one. That little one is just awesome. The lines and proportions are just right on with that one. Well done! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on February 27, 2015, 03:25:24 PM
Sweet blades!!! :drool:


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 27, 2015, 03:41:17 PM
Thanks, fellas!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 27, 2015, 04:00:41 PM
Very nice!  Those great! 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on March 01, 2015, 03:23:10 PM
They're both beautiful, but I really like the big one. Excellent looking leather work also.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on March 01, 2015, 04:52:34 PM
They're both beautiful, but I really like the big one. Excellent looking leather work also.

It's that rasp pattern on the blade. Killer. 8)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 01, 2015, 05:08:51 PM
I appreciate you guys. Thanks!

I had hoped to get a sheath made for the smaller one by now, but no "knife time" the last few days  :(
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on March 01, 2015, 08:44:13 PM
Sarge those came out really nice. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 02, 2015, 04:23:55 PM
Thank ya, Spyder!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on March 02, 2015, 04:55:30 PM
Those rasp knifes are terrific.  Nice work. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 02, 2015, 07:56:17 PM
Sarge's rasp knives look better than any I've ever seen. Don't pay no attention to the GB axe  :chopwood:

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/knives%202015/100_6152.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/knives%202015/100_6152.jpg.html)

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 02, 2015, 08:52:08 PM
Thanks, wsdstan!

I appreciate that, Creek. Nice pic. Hope you are taking good care of her. I kinda miss her! Lol


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 03, 2015, 02:35:23 PM
New territory for me.... A friend gave me a piece of antler crown to handle a knife. Had a knife blade on it at one point but broke. It's been in his wife's family for many years. Yikes! Here's what I did.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/03/a395f0c678e1eb2777221ebbe74f6558.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/03/4faa7dbc68556a9e29511779027507f0.jpg)
Made small blade out of a file. About a 3" blade and a 3" handle.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/03/f124c3d642f63b1fe78c7e3e8e32e9a9.jpg)
Put a brass pommel on it to hopefully reinforce the antler.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/03/7306c318ac47a27943c5ca7084b9999e.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/03/be14f81ff7e4c5a53651bd1f7192b0ec.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 03, 2015, 02:43:57 PM
Looks pretty dang sharp, literally and figuratively..

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on March 03, 2015, 05:21:05 PM
Nice job on that one Sarge.  That would be a first class patch knife.  That aged antler makes a nice handle.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 03, 2015, 05:34:11 PM
That oughta work just fine.....I doubt they'll be using it to baton through oak burls anyway, will they? :lol:

Antler is pretty darned brittle stuff anyway and I doubt that age improves it much.  That piece would have been a shame to lose after the years of patination had mellowed it. :'(    I think you did a superb job of strengthening the piece and preserving its look to be enjoyed by future generations of the family.  :thumbsup:    Very nicely done, Sarge......kudos from the peanut gallery! :hail: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on March 03, 2015, 06:45:14 PM
That turned out beautifully, Sarge.  I'm positive they'll treasure it.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 03, 2015, 08:48:28 PM
Thanks, guys.

Wolfy, I hope no batoning with it.  :lol:

I was reluctant to saw on it, drill it, etc. It has a beautiful color ... I didn't want to ruin something I couldn't replace.  :'(

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on March 04, 2015, 05:15:20 AM
Great looking knife and I really like the pommel addition, like Wolfy said it should really help strengthen it....great job!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: zammer on March 04, 2015, 09:20:59 AM
You've got the skills Sarge, looks great.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 04, 2015, 03:08:13 PM
Thank you, Dano and Zammer.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 22, 2015, 04:23:39 PM
Finished a couple yesterday and snapped a few pics today.

This is a little bird and trout, O1 steel, 3/32" thick, with zebra wood scales. I made two blanks. The second one is ready for scales.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/8962ca9f76957ce646ce30814d49ce3f.jpg)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/c4606b66ca793c3ae825e8dba8f97d74.jpg)

This one is 1/8" O1 steel, about 4" blade and 4" handle. Wood is African wenge. I took the scales down fairly thin - maybe 1/4" or less.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/dfb7fe04d2f5d35f586174602d06b8fd.jpg)

The guy I got the wenge from told me to be careful about splinters. The wood is toxic. I got home and did a little interweb research. Said to remove splinters asap or they will fester. Also said natives once ground up the bark and poured the powder in lakes/streams to paralyzed fish for harvesting. Interesting.

Wood is porous. It took several coats of CA glue, Tru-oil, and sanding but I finally got it slick ... Sorta.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/c283de2a6995bd3069e6aea0c81b2056.jpg)

Gotta make some sheaths ... maybe this week.

Thanks for looking.



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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on March 22, 2015, 04:33:36 PM
:shocked:

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Sarge! That's AWESOME!

Heeeey.... You're really a much accomplished master knife maker posing as a newb, right?!? :) ;)

Beautiful blades, man. Simply beautiful.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 22, 2015, 04:41:32 PM
Both are VERY nice & beautifully executed, Sarge, but I especially like the blade-shape & size of the bigger one.......probably because I already succumbed to buying that little Boker that you tempted me with. 8)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 22, 2015, 06:23:06 PM
Lol. Master? Hardly. Thanks, guys!

Yep, wolfy, now that you mention it, the blade profile of the bigger one does look like the Boker. I had it ground out before I got the Boker. Guess I like that slight drop point blade. I decided to try the thin scales because I like them on the little Boker.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 22, 2015, 07:23:45 PM
I think we discussed a knife like this. Good stuff.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/22/8962ca9f76957ce646ce30814d49ce3f.jpg)

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 31, 2015, 08:05:58 PM
I found a deal on an Ontario Knife 12" machete a while back but it was without a sheath. I decided to go with kydex. I thought I'd have to angle the machete and use two 12" squares of kydex with a bunch of waste. Then the little light bulb lit up and I realized one piece would work perfectly.

I cut the square in half diagonally.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/22ef17cf9f55d83621373a1045e95c05.jpg)

I traced the blade then added 1/2" all the way around. Then cut off another triangle leaving what would be one side of the sheath.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/c380419b93e33b0cddb34228821b8df3.jpg)

Measured and drilled the holes for the eyelets and then used the one side as a pattern for the other.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/2c6cc6bdb57ef4901f272959a5805ab0.jpg)

Pressed in the eyelets and heated it up for the initial fit. Stuck a piece of pin stock in the bottom to make a drain hole.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/5826bdb4bb80a5252a347b9294bff91f.jpg)

Made a leather hanger that attaches with Chicago screws.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/babd5c0374e7c8d081e69f136557b0d5.jpg)

Here it is finished, all cleaned up, buffed, and wiped down with a little bit of light oil.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/8349c03cb9f35f3e649a119e77735dba.jpg)






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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 31, 2015, 08:53:51 PM
Now that's awesome.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 31, 2015, 09:48:05 PM
Well done! Nice way to use the material to your advantage and get what you needed out of it. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on April 01, 2015, 03:26:15 AM
Nicely done.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on April 01, 2015, 03:57:39 AM
I really like your bird and trout knife, it looks like a dandy!!  Nice job on the machete sheath, I'd have probably given up
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on April 01, 2015, 04:32:00 AM
Very Nice~


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 01, 2015, 07:03:34 AM
You've reminded me of the wisdom behind a couple of old sayings here, Sarge....

1. Prior Planning Prevents Pi$$ Poor Performance........ ..and
2. Haste Makes Waste


As usual, you did a really fine job of putting together a very practical, utilitarian, useful, yet most attractive package for us to see! :thumbsup:   I've never made any scabbards from Kydex, but I'm more tempted to TRY it, every time I see one of you guys build something this quickly, this attractive & indestructable out of it.....my confidence level takes a step upward. ;D    I can certainly see its advantages over leather.....cost, stitching time, durability, maintenance, etc., but I am old, non-tactical, and cursed with being a 'traditional' type that still likes the look & feel of leather, wood, blued steel & age-related patina.  :deadhorse: 

Crashblade makes some beautiful hand-sewn leather scabbards for his, even more beautiful, hand-crafted machetes & parangs! :drool:    I can SEE the need for all that leather expense, dyeing, pattern making, saddle-stitching in his case, but when I only need a long-lasting, safe, maintenance-free scabbard for a utility-grade tool that I can throw in the mud on the floor of the truck.......Kydex looks like the King, to me. :P

I'm thinking I need to order some of it and get my feet wet.  What weight or thickness would you suggest for a reluctant first-timer to try first......and do I need to hit Harbor Freight for a Chinese heat gun? :shrug: 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on April 01, 2015, 08:34:35 AM
wolfy is so eloquent...  :hail: That's what I meant but I can't string the words together like that.

Creek  :chopwood:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 01, 2015, 02:22:18 PM
Thanks, as always, guys. I appreciate the feedback.

Yep, wolfy, I use a $7.99 Harbor Freight heat gun. I used the kitchen oven too.

I've only used the .060" thick Kydex. I've bought all the supplies at knifekits.com. and they are sarge approved. Site tells you what size eyelets you need for the various thicknesses of kydex. They have kydex kits with a 12x12" sheet of Kydex, a few eyelets, a hanger/loop, etc.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on April 01, 2015, 02:29:49 PM
As usual I am late to the party.  Sarge, that is really nice work on the sheath.  I am impressed with that one, it goes with a machete type knife really well too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 01, 2015, 04:55:50 PM
Thank you for edyakatin' me, Sarge....I appreciate the additional info! :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: jackalope10mm on April 03, 2015, 04:46:49 PM
Like the kydex sheath on the matchete Sarge
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on April 04, 2015, 11:11:03 AM
Man, I wanna be just like you when (of "if") I grow up! Great work as usual! :thumbsup:


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 04, 2015, 12:09:48 PM
Thanks, fellas!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on April 05, 2015, 10:51:38 AM
I haven't spent much time online here the last couple months.. but somewhat got my old computing device halfway working... Soo now I have alot of catching up to do.. Gotta say this thread just keeps getting better and better!   Great work Sarge, I'll be coming back a few more times to drool over your knives!   :drool:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 07, 2015, 09:10:13 AM
Thanks, JTD. I appreciate that. It's good to hear from you. You were deployed first of the year if my memory serves me correctly. Hope you are well and safe!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 24, 2015, 07:25:07 PM
I've been using a small forced air wood / charcoal / coal forge. It's okay for HT but I tried to forge a blade and it was a challenge to keep feeding it and keep it hot while hammering. I debated on re-working it or starting over.

I decided to try a propane forge. Not my design ... I tried this one:

http://www.zoellerforge.com/sidearm.html

I built the burner and it was fairly easy. I'm a lousy plumber and machinist but I got the fittings together and drilled & tapped a couple of holes. I'll be dang! It works.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/24/53b8a391aee0bf7b28cddcddab94a9ae.jpg)

I bought a box of 6 fire brick and made a box with it. I stuck the burner in the brick forge and fired it up.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/24/f60f7f056f3e81483f5d4540b43f6af9.jpg)

I finished my first forgery - the blade I started a while back. It's 5160. Started at 1/4" x 1" x 12". Blank is about 10", blade and handle are about 5" each. Blade is about 1.5" wide, handle is about 1.25" wide. It is roughly 5/32" thick.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/24/5301ebece2acf915f82839116b1bf1d2.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/24/22cb87fb5caf8af0ca793fa9b80be989.jpg)

Think I'll put walnut scales on it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: greyhound352 on April 25, 2015, 05:51:28 AM
That forged blade looks Great!

I would give it a set of desert ironwood burl handle slabs and make it really pop!

The forge setup looks good and glad it worked well for you. Any tips or lessons learned on the setup of the forge?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 25, 2015, 08:28:07 AM
Thanks, Greyhound. Ironwood burl would be awesome. I wish I hadn't already started the walnut.

Just a couple tips so far. I got the pipe and fittings at a big box store. They didn't have the reduced T fitting so I got the straight T with a reducer.  Just made for an extra fitting. I'd probably check a plumbing supplier if I had it to do over.

Also, I've read the fire brick is not very efficient and requires more heat / fuel. I'll try it for a while then might try a round forge with a ceramic blanket.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 25, 2015, 08:54:39 AM
That little 5 gallon pail forge on Zoeller's website is pretty slick.  I'd bookmarked that site a long time ago, but my secretary uses a pretty 'laid-back' filing system. :-[
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 25, 2015, 10:09:38 AM
Laid back! LOL

Yep, if the fire brick doesn't work out, I'll try that 5-gal bucket or an old 20-lb propane tank.

http://youtu.be/Gc1URQgQWNo


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on April 25, 2015, 04:35:05 PM
I know there is a lot more to balancing the venturi size/gas flow and all that, but I wonder if you could put a Tee in the lower section and have a double burner to get you more flame coverage....or if a muffle pipe would even it out a bit more so you didn't have to keep playing the blade under the flame so much?  Nice looking set up though, cool to see what you made and how it works!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 26, 2015, 04:19:26 PM
Thanks, Dano!

Hmmm...dual burners would be nice. I'll have to research it. All the dual burner set-ups on the Zoeller website are split at the tank and have two complete burners.




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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 26, 2015, 05:25:41 PM
Finished up the forged knife today...

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/26/65d3eac20986662bcb8b7201eeab2ecd.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/26/829a5fbae9998417137c0a7405e33dae.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/26/826bfd59a7f2cf88c4b3873220af9cd1.jpg)

Thanks for looking!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 26, 2015, 05:54:22 PM
I never have been much of a Nessmuk fan, but I sure do like how the finished product came out! :hail:    What kind of a finish did you use on the walnut?  Whatever it was, it sure filled the pores in the wood up nicely. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 26, 2015, 06:02:13 PM
Thanks, wolfy! I just wet sanded it a few times with linseed oil using 220, 400, and 500 grit. Finished it with a couple light coats of Tru-oil.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on April 26, 2015, 08:01:38 PM
That's Bad to the bone Sarge, Never used a Nessie. look forward to your forging :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on April 26, 2015, 08:10:47 PM
That turned out looking super great Sarge!!  The finish on those scales looks like you could go swimming it's so smooth!!!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on April 26, 2015, 08:27:35 PM
Hoo boy, I like that! Awesome job as usual, Sarge!

I am a Nessie fan. I like the amount of belly the design has, and the overall ergonomics. Yours looks awesome. Great job on the forge too. :thumbsup:


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 27, 2015, 10:34:42 PM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 03, 2015, 06:47:09 PM
Made a sheath for that last knife and finished it up this afternoon. It's a front loader ... or side loader .... whatever.

First time I've made this style.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/03/b1755f86e1086cb86e8c7aafd06fdba5.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/03/b62cd6491d3cd6696d4953741f22ff79.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/03/ecb04f019184369f142b0933ba794d8a.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: pete28 on May 03, 2015, 07:00:57 PM
I gotta tell you my man you got some talent! I'm finishing up my first one ever and after going through all the pages and pictures I cut another blank for a new knife about an hour ago! Thank for the progressive photos.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 03, 2015, 07:23:22 PM
Thanks, Pete. I was just reading your post about stamping a blade. I'm looking forward to seeing your knife (knives).


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on May 03, 2015, 07:47:56 PM
I'm digging your sheath for the nessie Sarge, very cool!!  I like how you stitched the loop-keeps the hardware off the steel  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: lgm on May 03, 2015, 07:50:33 PM
The Nessie & sheath look great. I would like to learn to forge.
I think I could do it but not come close to your leather work.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on May 03, 2015, 08:09:10 PM
That is a really neat design.  Great workmanship too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on May 04, 2015, 01:50:30 AM
That nessy and sheath look great!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for the well wishes Sarge, I'm doing just fine.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on May 04, 2015, 05:55:04 AM
That's a really practical looking sheath design, Sarge.....I like the way you think. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 04, 2015, 06:14:11 PM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on May 04, 2015, 09:13:24 PM
Hey ya, Sarge. I haven't been around much lately, but it's nice checking in and seeing you're still at it, making good stuff. Nice Nessie there! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 05, 2015, 01:36:30 PM
Thanks, Diogenes. We've missed you.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on May 06, 2015, 09:56:33 AM
That's a really nice combo Sarge! Well done!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: pete28 on May 06, 2015, 07:02:23 PM
I've been using a small forced air wood / charcoal / coal forge. It's okay for HT but I tried to forge a blade and it was a challenge to keep feeding it and keep it hot while hammering. I debated on re-working it or starting over.

I decided to try a propane forge. Not my design ... I tried this one:

http://www.zoellerforge.com/sidearm.html

Sarge I like the design tremendously. Is there a chance you could go through your building process a bit more?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 07, 2015, 06:04:35 AM
Sure thing, Pete. When I get off work today, I'll snap some pics and provide some more details. I got everything at Lowe's and Ace Hardware - including the propane tank and regulator. If I can find the receipts, I'll give you the total cost.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: pete28 on May 07, 2015, 06:39:15 PM
Thanks Sarge! I have the propane tank, regulator, and being an old hat at plumbing and sprinkler fitting I probably have the majority of the fittings or can acquire them relatively easy. The fire brick I will have to buy though :)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 07, 2015, 08:45:36 PM
Pete, it sounds like you might have some items on hand. I had to buy everything, including the two most expensive pieces - the tank and high pressure regulator. My total was about $150. The tank, regulator and hose were over half of that cost.

The Zoeller instructions are great. I didn't notice any missing steps or problems with the instructions.

Guess I'll start with the burner tip. Used a 1/8"x4" brass nipple. I put a pipe cap on one end. I drilled and tapped the cap for the .035" mig contact tip.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/7b8594f3c26a875c0a373a2f12d4f2dc.jpg)

Some of the setups I saw had a ball valve between the hose and burner. So on the other end of the nipple, I used a 3/8" to 1/8" reducer with a 3/8" ball vavle then the 3/8" x 5' hose to the 0-20 PSI regulator.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/8c72e2e825de902448220ac0ea79e72d.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/f0ecf4fb0cac4c728449d840d182e712.jpg)

Now the iron stuff... Started with a 1.5" "T" fitting. Like the Zoeller site says, the 1 1/2" to 3/4" reducing T would have saved buying a reducer but I just used a regular T. I put a 1 1/2" to 3/4" reducer on one end. Took a 3/4" x 12" iron nipple and cut it to abou 9". Attached that 9" piece to the reducer. I've used it without a flared tip at the end but it still works ok.

On the opposite end of the T, you need a plug. I drilled a hole in the center of the plug to fit the brass nipple. I drilled and tapped a hole perpendicular to the center plug hole to use a set screw for the nipple. On the side of the T, I drilled/tapped a hole in the face to attach an aluminum choke plate. (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/7013be813eb088711fb11f24a5acf762.jpg)

Had to put the brass nipple through the plug and then screw on the cap and burner tip before screwing the plug into the T.

Need to light it and figure out how far the brass nipple needs to be in the plug. When you get the best burn, lock it down with the set screw. If there is a gas leak between the nipple, cap and/or burner tip, it will burn inside the T and not "jet" out the end. Ask me how I know... LOL

I found the fire brick at Ace Hardware. Think the box of 6 was $18.99.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/f8342ba3f2e1a83db6672f85f1e941fc.jpg)

Just drilled a hole to insert the 3/4" pipe,
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/07/c297c35ecb3e6c400ebe629f9fcdf503.jpg)

I hope I didn't make it sound worse than it is. It wasn't too difficult for me and if you've done plumbing / sprinklers, it'll be easier for you.

Hope this helps. If I missed something, just ask.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: pete28 on May 08, 2015, 07:24:14 AM
Sarge that is a fantastic help!! You made it very basic and straight to the point. Easy to follow. Thank you so much for your help!!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 20, 2015, 08:16:37 PM
I check in and read regularly but haven't posted much recently. I haven't had much time for knives or anything else bushlorey. I did manage to finish a blade I started a while back. Guess I'd call it a field or utility knife.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/20/676d6b6221effb4137fba71130992b88.jpg)
Blade and handle are 4.5" each, the O1 steel is 3/16" thick. The flats are polished and the grinds have a satin finish.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/20/4f5a5a6cff6d34b01b410377be97e050.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/20/7b49683bb55411653ac7d31d7c6e2f35.jpg)
Linen micarta scales... I ordered black and the decal said black but they ended up green. Not sure if that's typical. I like the color better than the OD green micarta I've used.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/20/c60c952bd23100e9ddcb75d4830a57e2.jpg)

I'm hoping to get more shop time in and finish up some more stuff soon.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 20, 2015, 08:43:59 PM
Nice work, Sarge!   I was wondering what happened to you.....glad you're just busy.   It get's that way sometimes. :-\
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 21, 2015, 06:23:46 AM
Thanks, wolfy.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on July 21, 2015, 08:14:10 AM
Man, you drove that one right out of the ball park, it looks AWESOME!!!  I really like your leatherwork on the sheath too, very detailed!  I like them both, but the leather one really looks nice  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 21, 2015, 01:14:31 PM
Thanks, Dano. I made the kydex first but it didn't quite do it for me so I did the leather.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on July 21, 2015, 04:42:23 PM
Dang, Sarge. Masterly work. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 22, 2015, 06:22:44 AM
Thank you, Diogenes!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 29, 2015, 12:18:52 PM
Playing with sharp things today ... and hot things. Trying get back to the grind a little more.

I had a steel box built for my forge. Nothing fancy - just some 3/16" steel to hold the bricks. Works just fine.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/a42ecdf41dee732061d8e9d9437cc465.jpg)

Finishing up a blade similar to the last one I posted. Sort of a bigger, less refined brother... About the same specs and profile except a 5" blade on this one. Left the flats forged finished and used ironwood scales. Might go with a sheath like the little brother - haven't decided yet.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/447cf6068ad31f6bab1ada0a149f1c4f.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/c90129ba196b6b785fb74a5736d36fc5.jpg)

I've "finished" this one a couple different times. First time it was finished,  I left the handles too thick. Scales are ebony dymondwood so it was handle heavy and clunky. I thinned down the scales and it has a better look and feel.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/e62eb42647efa5a294292f10758724ec.jpg)

It's 3/16" O1 steel, 4" blade, 4 1/4" handle. Blade is about 1 1/8" wide, handle is about 1 1/4" wide in the middle.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/43f22db8e0d7cd4aff7474cdf8e07190.jpg)

Second time it was finished, I didn't like the sheath so I made a second sheath.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/29/51784b96e861a600cb8840549d9cc501.jpg)

I think it's done ... I think.

Got a few more on the table including a couple bird & trout style, Enzo style, rasp knives....


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on August 29, 2015, 02:22:14 PM
Looking good my friend! Beautiful knives. I'm looking forward to the "bird and trout" knives. We've talked about that  :cheers:

I knda like the clunky knife. The ironwood blade is badass.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 29, 2015, 03:37:08 PM
Thanks, Creek! I really didn't forget about it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 29, 2015, 04:08:36 PM
The ironwood one gets my juices flowin,' Sarge.......looks indestructible & beautiful at the same time! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on August 29, 2015, 04:21:55 PM
Thanks, Creek! I really didn't forget about it.


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I've had no time to do my end either. Will be fun.
Those knives look great.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 29, 2015, 08:44:31 PM
Thanks again, Creek.

Thanks, Wolfy. That's only the second knife I've made with ironwood. That stuff is tough as ... well, iron. I'm thinking it's worth the trouble though.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on August 30, 2015, 08:05:35 AM
Great looking blades sarge... I really like the forge as well!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 30, 2015, 06:51:09 PM
Thanks, JTD.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: diogenes on September 06, 2015, 04:55:33 PM
Very nicely done as usual, Sarge. The one in black dymondwood looks like a beefed up Mora classic. Awesome.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 06, 2015, 05:28:07 PM
Thank you, Diogenes.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: mneedham on September 09, 2015, 02:56:20 PM
Awesome stuff Sarge!  You have serious skills...
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 09, 2015, 08:02:06 PM
Thanks!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 11, 2015, 02:57:47 PM
Here is what I came up with for the blade with the ironwood scales. It's my first attempt at a sheath with an inlay.  I wanted something rustic looking to pair with knife. Used a piece of rawhide for the inlay. Don't tell my dog, please.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/09/11/3aba466f24fc9773ebe61821dc153fbf.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/09/11/d03e5af6677c0a11021e8d04d47a5bbf.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 11, 2015, 03:21:25 PM
Wow, that sure is a pretty combo, great job Sarge.
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Post by: wolfy on September 11, 2015, 04:20:31 PM
^^ What YY said! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on September 11, 2015, 09:12:22 PM
Yep.   :hail:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 11, 2015, 09:39:57 PM
Thanks, guys! 👍


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on September 11, 2015, 11:09:42 PM
Looks good! I like the grind lines on this one. The green in the scales could be the fibers, or the resin. I have some green canvas micarta that turns brown from the oils in your hands after using the knife a few times, but a quick wash in dish detergent brings it back green again.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 12, 2015, 10:56:44 AM
Thanks, PW. That's kinda what I was thinking. Grinding away dyed fibers or maybe heating up the resin while grinding causes the color change. A pleasant surprise in this case.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on September 12, 2015, 01:04:44 PM
Wow Wee! Hard to get any more class than that setup. The leather is the crowning touch.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 14, 2015, 03:35:28 PM
Thank you, sir!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Red on September 14, 2015, 10:15:43 PM
Really enjoying watching your skills progress. Good work bud :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Pennsylvania Mike on September 15, 2015, 09:00:30 AM
Very nice knife and sheath!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 15, 2015, 06:32:10 PM
Thanks fellas!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MrFixIt on September 16, 2015, 08:53:15 AM
I'm still finding little gems in the forum being a relative new comer.
Very nice craftsmanship sir!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 16, 2015, 10:27:29 AM

I'm still finding little gems in the forum being a relative new comer.
Very nice craftsmanship sir!
Thank you! I appreciate that.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 17, 2015, 11:17:05 AM
Maker's mark.... No not bourbon. Haha.

I've had several shoppers at gun shows pass on my knives because there is no maker's mark.

After watching videos, reading about etcher builds, etc., I came very close to buying a Personalizer Etcher.

Don't know if I made the right decision or not but I opted for a stamp instead.

Anyway, I just got it and couldn't wait to stamp something! Here is a piece of aluminum. Stamped it and hit it with the buffer.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/09/17/14601bdece9b79703ae75e69293c9a03.jpg)

HMB is House Mountain Blades... Blades made in the shadows of House Mountain sorta thing.

I stamped some leather, too. I'll need some practice before I try to stamp a blade.... Maybe the next one I finish will be bonafide.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 17, 2015, 03:03:28 PM
I'm proud to say that this one is now MINE. I was so impressed with the knife that I asked Sarge if he'd be willing to sell it to me. I just got it in the mail today. It fits my hand perfectly and is even more beautiful than what you see in the pictures. Excellent craftsmanship on the sheath also. Thanks again Sarge for a wonderful tool.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/09/11/3aba466f24fc9773ebe61821dc153fbf.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on September 17, 2015, 03:58:14 PM
congrats Yellowyak
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Post by: wolfy on September 17, 2015, 04:20:06 PM
Yeah, you done good on that purchase, Greg.......beautifu l outfit! :drool:
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Post by: Sarge on September 17, 2015, 04:51:11 PM
Thanks for the feedback, YY. I'm glad you like it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: greyhound352 on September 17, 2015, 05:16:49 PM
Great score Greg she is a beauty.

The stamp looks great Sarge! I have been wanting to get one made for my soaps and gift boxes that I don't seem to have the time to make.

Looking forward to the retired life so I can become busy with things that I like to do.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 17, 2015, 06:08:27 PM
Thanks guys, I'm really excited about this knife. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 18, 2015, 08:32:37 PM
Here's just a couple pictures of the knife and sheath. I'm really liking this combo.

Sarge, what did you finish the scales with. Just want to know the best way to preserve the finish. In my humid environment, I usually just slather mineral oil on everything. It works great on steel, wood and is food safe.

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag129/yellowyak/09-18-2015-Sarge-Knife/c163b72e132c494767f347cabc75466b_zpsdrgyeqcf.jpg)

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag129/yellowyak/09-18-2015-Sarge-Knife/de28b1581f561c03b34fe1615263d4d1_zpsmvw4gs4n.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 18, 2015, 09:07:11 PM
The ironwood doesn't really like the Tru-oil I typically use. I just used linseed oil and buffed it. I think an occasional dose of mineral oil will work fine.

I'm really glad you like it.

Thanks again!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on September 19, 2015, 08:51:25 AM
That's one of the coolest knife/sheath combos I've seen in a while. Just fancy enough. Look forward to seeing it's adventures too, YY.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 20, 2015, 06:42:28 PM
The ironwood doesn't really like the Tru-oil I typically use. I just used linseed oil and buffed it. I think an occasional dose of mineral oil will work fine.

I'm really glad you like it.

Thanks again!


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Thanks Sarge. BTW, I was setting the recycling out by the curb this evening and was breaking down the box you used to send me the knife, and an American Flag pendant fell out. That was a great bonus find, thanks for sending it along.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on September 20, 2015, 06:45:01 PM
That's one of the coolest knife/sheath combos I've seen in a while. Just fancy enough. Look forward to seeing it's adventures too, YY.

Creek

I agree UTC, very excited to have it and greatly impressed with Sarge's craftsmanship.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 20, 2015, 08:11:52 PM

The ironwood doesn't really like the Tru-oil I typically use. I just used linseed oil and buffed it. I think an occasional dose of mineral oil will work fine.

I'm really glad you like it.

Thanks again!


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Thanks Sarge. BTW, I was setting the recycling out by the curb this evening and was breaking down the box you used to send me the knife, and an American Flag pendant fell out. That was a great bonus find, thanks for sending it along.
Oops. Shoulda told you that was in the box. Glad you found it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 20, 2015, 07:57:27 AM
Worked on several blades over the weekend and finished up this one. My first stab at a sgian dubh.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/20/f783b7706c187a3653b0fb946d7b8305.jpg)
I got carried away and made it a bit big. I have another blank ground out that will be smaller. This one is O1 steel, 5/32" thick, forge finished with polished bevel, 4.5" blade and 4.25" handle. The handle is elk antler. I found the antler "chew" at a pet store for way cheaper than a knife supply place.




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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 20, 2015, 08:03:46 AM
HAHA!  The pet store special!  I like it.  Is the edge hollow ground?  Or doesn't it just look that way?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 20, 2015, 09:26:21 AM
I told the young lady at the pet store it was for a sgian dubh and she asked me how much it weighs. LOL.

That pic does look like a hollow grind but it's flat.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on October 20, 2015, 09:37:55 AM
Looks like a nice EDC size blade. I like it.
Never been sure of the pronunciation and never ever found any good antler at the pet shop. Nice score.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on October 21, 2015, 05:40:58 AM
I like your stamp and look forward to seeing it on a knife.  I'm sure a maker's mark is a hard decision to come up with- something that has a real meaning to you, but something you don't want to change later on either.  The mountain top on the stamp is a cool theme!  Will the same stamp work on your leather work as well?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 21, 2015, 09:41:32 AM
Thanks, unknown. I'm not sure either. I've seen various spellings, pronunciations, translations, etc.

Thank you, too, Dano. I agree with your thoughts on a mark. I like it now but not sure I won't ever change it. I can see House Mountain from my house when I'm outside at the forge or chopping firewood....

It stamps leather much better than steel. I'll need some practice punching steel. I have to stamp the steel when it's red hot so it's a one shot operation. I'll probably make a rest or a guide to hold the hot blade and the stamp so I can get a good solid strike - and not risk hammering my hand onto the red hot blade.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Aven on October 21, 2015, 12:06:59 PM
Sarge, your knives look great as well as your leather work.  They compliment each other nicely.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

Sgian dubh is pronounced by Anglicans as /ˌskiːən ˈduː/ skee-ən-DOO.  Now if you are of Scottish decent, the Gaelic pronunciation is [s̪kʲɪnˈt̪uh].  (Grandma was from Glasgow.)  We all know that Gaelic is never pronounced the way it's spelled, if it was, tough would be spelled tuf. 

A sgian is a small single edge knife.  An everyday or concealed carry of sorts.  Dubh means black, which makes sgian dubh a small black knife.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 21, 2015, 02:59:53 PM
Thanks, Aven, for your kind words and for the Gaelic lesson. I can now confidently say it is a skee-ən-DOO.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 27, 2015, 07:19:33 AM
Just finished up a rasp knife.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/27/f144c3ea484a5775845980fc0cbbdf39.jpg)
Blade is a little over 4" and OAL is about 9.5".

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/27/19767f516eabc5eb29208c3aa60a329a.jpg)
I came across an old oak plank a while back. When I cut into it, it was burly and knotty and nasty inside...nice! Here it is with no stain. Just a few coats of Tru-Oil.

Few more on the bench...

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/27/aa84fb9b3f7c281631409248be66adf1.jpg)
More file and rasp knives.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/27/4837c4b43620454de496a17aed578824.jpg)
Some Scandi, bushy blades and a couple bird & trout blades.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 12, 2015, 01:48:20 PM
Here is another Green River project. I put hickory scales on a 6" Boning knife blank and made a sheath in one day.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/12/27e369389630f119b3f235ae1ce4e74b.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/12/8aa36226e928b9b85260ed24e2d07215.jpg)

Still experimenting with the rawhide and leather combination. I stitched a band of rawhide around the top of the sheath.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/12/0ec7c394f59530415ae37fcbcbf0c8f4.jpg)

Made a button and beads out of deer antler and tied them on with deer skin laces.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 12, 2015, 02:14:13 PM
That is a really nice knife Sarge.  I use a boning knife as a camp knife when I am cooking and find that it works very well.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 12, 2015, 02:29:11 PM
Thanks. That's good to know about the the boning blade. I've never used one.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on November 12, 2015, 04:20:44 PM
I think it's great. I love the different textures. You sure won't see a rig like that everyday. Nice work.  :cheers:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on November 12, 2015, 05:02:18 PM
I really like that rawhide accent piece and antler button on the modern hand-stitched sheath.....a blend of the old and the new.  That really adds a lot of interest to the outfit, Sarge! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on November 12, 2015, 08:56:15 PM
Looks great Sarge! Sinew stitches on the sheath?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 13, 2015, 05:54:16 AM
Thanks, guys!

Yep, PW, flat sinew stitching on the leather and round waxed linen thread on the rawhide.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Aven on November 13, 2015, 11:25:07 AM
You have a nice synergism going there.  I like the contrast of modern vs primitive and smooth vs textured.  It works well. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 14, 2015, 06:47:03 AM
Thanks, Aven!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Quenchcrack on November 14, 2015, 01:07:06 PM
Great work, Sarge!  Do you temper the files back at all?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on November 14, 2015, 01:37:16 PM
Sheath looks good Sarge. I'm not sure where the GR lies between the Dexter thick, and thin boning knives. I got the thick one a lil less than 1/8".  Same basic shape. Makes a good kitchen utility, camp, fish, and maybe even boning knife.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: duxdawg on November 14, 2015, 04:06:26 PM
Mighty purdy there Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 14, 2015, 07:35:07 PM
Thanks, MaxEntropy. I quench the files and rasps in canola oil and temper at 425 for 2 hours. Usually do 2 cycles.

Thanks, Unknown. I'm guessing this boning blade is about 3/32". It's noticeably thicker than the Dadley, Belt knife, etc.

Thanks you, Duxdawg!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 27, 2015, 12:18:58 PM
It's not very bushy but here is my second forgery ... er ... forging I mean. Started as a wrench, in a few minutes it looked sorta like a knife, and a couple hours later it was heat treated, tempered and polished. I kinda like a one day project.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/18f567f007c14fe9e85200ca027977af.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/8d53fa8d0007a52d6d854ed75f963944.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/c837b9535313b618ac4e448eaccd8b2c.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Aven on November 27, 2015, 12:21:26 PM
Sarge, that turned out great.  Its the gift to give to the mechanic who has everything. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on November 27, 2015, 01:36:35 PM
Now you can change your oil and clean a squirrel without changing tools. COOL!  8)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Wilderbeast on November 27, 2015, 03:14:52 PM
It's not very bushy but here is my second forgery ... er ... forging I mean. Started as a wrench, in a few minutes it looked sorta like a knife, and a couple hours later it was heat treated, tempered and polished. I kinda like a one day project.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/18f567f007c14fe9e85200ca027977af.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/8d53fa8d0007a52d6d854ed75f963944.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/27/c837b9535313b618ac4e448eaccd8b2c.jpg)


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Is that hole on the end for a lanyard? (This is my entry in the "Dumbest Question of the month" contest)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 27, 2015, 03:21:56 PM
Not a lanyard but a carabiner and about six feet of paracord.  You swing it around your head while giving the rebel yell scare off whomever your trying to scare off.  Then you change your oil.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Wilderbeast on November 27, 2015, 03:25:59 PM
Not a lanyard but a carabiner and about six feet of paracord.  You swing it around your head while giving the rebel yell scare off whomever your trying to scare off.  Then you change your oil.

thanks for the clarification Stan, I get it now  ;D. 

And sarge, I should have mentioned how awesome I think this is.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: buckfynn on November 27, 2015, 03:37:39 PM
Sarge what do guestimate the HRC to be on forged wrench knives?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 27, 2015, 04:30:59 PM

Not a lanyard but a carabiner and about six feet of paracord.  You swing it around your head while giving the rebel yell scare off whomever your trying to scare off.  Then you change your oil.

thanks for the clarification Stan, I get it now  ;D. 

And sarge, I should have mentioned how awesome I think this is.  :thumbsup:
I just stick my pinkie through the hole while gripping the handle. I like Stan's idea way better! Lol!

Not sure about the HRC. I just took a guess at quenching and tempering. Quenched in 120F degree canola oil and tempered at 425 for 2 hours. I don't know if that was optimal or not.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: xj35s on November 28, 2015, 05:26:20 AM
best use of a crapsman I've seen.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on November 28, 2015, 06:20:58 AM
Whoah! I think that is pretty cool!
:thumbsup:

  I don't think I have ever seen a wrench re purposed into a knife.
Yes... Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
:)

  P.S. -  It kind of gives me an idea... If a person took a hex bolt the same size as the wrench bowx end & made it into a gimlet/auger you could use the knife as its original purpose & use the wrench end for boring holes when they were needed. :shrug: I don't know... Just occurred to me for another "woodsy" use for that boxed end.
:)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 28, 2015, 09:15:44 AM
best use of a crapsman I've seen.
LOL!

Whoah! I think that is pretty cool!
:thumbsup:

  I don't think I have ever seen a wrench re purposed into a knife.
Yes... Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
:)

  P.S. -  It kind of gives me an idea... If a person took a hex bolt the same size as the wrench bowx end & made it into a gimlet/auger you could use the knife as its original purpose & use the wrench end for boring holes when they were needed. :shrug: I don't know... Just occurred to me for another "woodsy" use for that boxed end.
:)
Thanks, JB. Good idea on the auger. I had not thought of that.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on November 29, 2015, 04:47:23 AM
Love it!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 14, 2015, 08:36:55 AM
Practicing with my new-to-me table saw. Processing some splalted maple.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/14/6861e3481cfd8e16d03c9246b95ac69e.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/14/edff2dedb6775f2c156bc1f76acec3c3.jpg)

Next, I'll try my hand at stabilization ...


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on December 14, 2015, 08:46:31 AM
Beautiful wood.  I think that stuff comes from knife handle heaven. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 14, 2015, 09:21:20 AM
It is pretty!   It's also fortunate that we can stabilize 'rotten' wood these days.....knives utilizing that material today will last nearly forever.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on December 14, 2015, 10:09:34 AM
How did you get the split log looking piece ready for the saw?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 14, 2015, 10:56:27 AM
It started as a round I split for firewood. Like wsdstan said, I thought it came from knife handle heaven. Too pretty to burn.

I cut the log into 6" lengths. I cut a side flat (not necessarily square) with a hand saw the took it to the table saw to try to square it up. I wasted a lot - trying to get acquainted with the saw, etc.

Good news is I have some more maple in the firewood pile.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 14, 2015, 11:17:52 AM
I've squared logs on my table saw or bandsaw by first nailing a 2X4 or 2X6 to one side of the log and then using that against the fence to get a good square & flat, opposing and adjacent side or two.  Remove the piece of lumber and then proceed cutting the log utilizing the flats you just created.......works pretty good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 14, 2015, 03:15:33 PM
Thanks, wolfy! I'll give that a try.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on December 14, 2015, 05:17:44 PM
Aw shucks I was hoping you said that you first hew'd  a _lR on it.

That's the right way ;D

hopefully wood's not so rotten nails won't hold; lol, otherwise a good idear.

Another question-if you have a handsaw-what do you need a table saw for?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 14, 2015, 05:35:48 PM
Bursitis. >:(
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: lgm on December 14, 2015, 06:31:44 PM
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This is great, make for a very cool set of steak knives.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 28, 2016, 07:49:37 AM
I haven't posted much sarge's stuff lately. I finished up a couple before Christmas, took a little break, and am now finishing a few more. I am experimenting with a light box or photography box - just some foam core board and a couple of lights. I'll eventually make something more permanent. I bet you'll be able to tell which pics are in the box and which are not...

I made one like this early on but made some improvements on this new one. O1 steel, 5/32" thick, 4.5" blade, Bolivian rosewood scales.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/7c94a18543f6a67794a59954ddad9099.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/c9196895f3331f1a30a2d817e053fb03.jpg)

This was made from an old file with curly maple scales and a deer antler ferro rod.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/d3ee205d97c2c0262b955390655fdcc3.jpg)

This is one is Helle style, O1, 5/32" thick, 4.5ish" blade and handle, black linen micarta scales and stainless pins & tube. Still working on the sheath.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/cf5515ace9555fea9edd38b277fac46d.jpg)

Tried a little jimping...
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/eeaa7de9d47ed4507cb579139ff5b2ac.jpg)

Three little bird & trout knives - O1 steel, 3/32" thick with curly maple. They are about 7" OAL. Handles lengths vary a bit on each.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/601fc297c2fe6c241810921baba82325.jpg)

Finally, an Enzo copy. I love the Enzo's, this is the Trapper size. Before I ever made a knife, I searched the net for info, kits, etc. (That's when I found B&B) I've wanted to put together an Enzo kit or make one similar ever since. This one is also O1, 5/32", with OD canvas micarta and my first try at loveless bolts. Reckon I'll keep this one.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/1984cd187592703b8cd3fec40f83b21b.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160128/f9a6b2beb153ac17de0975442b808ec7.jpg)

I have several more in progress. I heat treated 11 last weekend....

As always, thanks for looking. Feedback is always appreciated.




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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: zammer on January 28, 2016, 08:59:24 AM
The Lightbox is definitly the way to go to help showcase your talents, smart move Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: JTD on January 28, 2016, 09:20:56 AM
I dig the lighting, and all those spear points look great.. Killer leatherwork as well!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on January 28, 2016, 09:32:34 AM
Nice stuff Sarge.  Those Bird and Trout knives are really nice.  Good photos too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on January 28, 2016, 11:37:35 AM
Nice work Sarge!  I really like those first two.  The wood and pins on the first one are especially appealing. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 28, 2016, 11:44:03 AM
Thanks guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on January 28, 2016, 04:24:35 PM
I admire your work a lot Sarge!

First I'm like, I really like that knife....then I'm like, I really like your leather work...then back to the knives, leather, knives, leather.



Yeah, I gots it bad  :P
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 28, 2016, 05:45:25 PM
Thanks, Dano. I really like leatherwork - sometimes more than the knife making. At times, I just wanna finish the knife so I can get to the sheath.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: gmusic on January 29, 2016, 06:59:52 PM
Thanks, Dano. I really like leatherwork - sometimes more than the knife making. At times, I just wanna finish the knife so I can get to the sheath.


Sarge, I've enjoyed looking through 7 pages of your work..........very nice!  I just started doing my own sheaths I known what you mean with that quote above.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 29, 2016, 08:18:07 PM
Thank you, sir. I just finished browsing on your website. Great looking stuff!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: gmusic on January 30, 2016, 07:54:38 AM
Thanks Sarge!

That backyard that some of your pictures are shot in is to die for..............!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2016, 05:43:19 PM
I've made several blades from files and farrier's rasps but this wood rasp is a first for me. Found two of them at an estate sale a while back.

I went all Blind Horse Bushcrafter with it... Blade and handle are each about 4.5".

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/c9dfa398e96426b9e946a9d5bfb7757d.jpg)
Scandi grind with a secondary bevel.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/f3b1265b133392302168aebf63634ce9.jpg)
Scales are hickory, oval shaped - like a hammer handle. Left the wood natural and finished with BLO.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/961a0b0fe165650ce786510142275df9.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 02, 2016, 05:47:53 PM
Dang that did turn out good Sarge!  That has a lot of unique appeal to it and I like the natural hickory scales too.  I bet it ages something beautiful if it's kept oiled.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on February 02, 2016, 06:10:42 PM
That's awesome Sarge!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on February 02, 2016, 08:08:44 PM
Beautiful Sarge. So what is the process for filling the groves in the handle, colored epoxy filler?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 02, 2016, 08:21:26 PM
Thanks guys! Yep, YY, I glued on the slabs with straight epoxy. Then I mixed up some with a drop of black paint and spread it around the tang. Looks kinda like fancy file work. Haha


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MrFixIt on February 03, 2016, 10:01:26 AM
I've made several blades from files and farrier's rasps but this wood rasp is a first for me. Found two of them at an estate sale a while back.

I went all Blind Horse Bushcrafter with it... Blade and handle are each about 4.5".

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/c9dfa398e96426b9e946a9d5bfb7757d.jpg)
Scandi grind with a secondary bevel.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/f3b1265b133392302168aebf63634ce9.jpg)
Scales are hickory, oval shaped - like a hammer handle. Left the wood natural and finished with BLO.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160203/961a0b0fe165650ce786510142275df9.jpg)


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Wow, I really like how this one turned out!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on February 03, 2016, 12:01:05 PM
Yep, that is really something.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on February 03, 2016, 12:42:26 PM

I really like the looks of this one! Not exactly sure why, but it is definitely a beautiful set!
:thumbsup:


 


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: jeremyctry on February 03, 2016, 10:42:05 PM
Fine looking piece of steel sarge

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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on February 09, 2016, 03:14:18 PM
Cool! I like the way the rasp teeth make it look like file work on the tang. Nicely done. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 10, 2016, 08:05:20 AM
Thanks, guys.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 10, 2016, 10:23:26 PM
This one has a butcher look to it... I guess. Not sure what else to call it. It's O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 5" blade, 4 1/4" handle. Bubinga furniture with brass pins/tubes.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/c0095068d2416d14aad953c61701e2d7.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/caff6284b74674cb67910eb5b70c9230.jpg)
Flats have a forge finish but I cleaned off the black. The bevel is polished.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/c1b2e1c0c943a1f6e9a2244351c4a6cc.jpg)
Haven't done much tooling/stamping. I did the two-tone dye while the leather was still wet from the stamping.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on February 10, 2016, 10:30:31 PM
I'd call that a hunter/skinner, Sarge.......very nice work, as always! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on February 11, 2016, 12:04:21 AM
  It looks outstanding!
:thumbsup:


I always like seeing these knives & sheaths! Thanks for sharing!
:)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on February 11, 2016, 09:02:49 AM
Yes, that would be a great skinner and all around good hunting knife.  Great design Sarge.
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Post by: Sarge on February 11, 2016, 02:24:43 PM
Thank you, gentlemen! I appreciate it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on February 11, 2016, 03:29:07 PM
That's a beautiful combo there Sarge, great job.
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Post by: crashdive123 on February 11, 2016, 04:17:42 PM
Well done.  Your knives keep getting gooder and gooder.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Quenchcrack on February 11, 2016, 06:57:20 PM
I really like the last one, great work Sarge!
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Post by: Sarge on February 11, 2016, 08:13:32 PM
Thanks, guys!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 14, 2016, 05:34:45 PM
I've made a few with this similar profile and size - couple of rasp knives and a couple in O1. 8 1/2" OAL, blade and handle are 4 1/4" each. OD canvas micarta with orange G10 liners.
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160215/34c5fbe4b2072eaed5246457cd31fc65.jpg)

First frog style sheath...
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160215/f710ae4cf1f63e6dba4ce11f8d19f859.jpg)


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 22, 2016, 01:15:56 PM
Another stab at a Kephart knife. The steel is 1/8" O1, 4 1/2" blade and handle, blah blah blah. Scales are tough-as-Horace hickory with copper pins.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/c441bd3881f7fcd525b562efcbc7d1cd.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/75a4d04dce766a6b832f5e468c0ce0a8.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/157691385834966a750c1b4c46d2ef6c.jpg)

Sheath is the shape of Kephart's but the back piece is a little different. Put a couple copper rivets in it. They are really just upholstery tacks and I mushroomed the back side.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on March 22, 2016, 06:32:12 PM
Haven't checked here in a bit.  Nice knives Sarge!  You are getting some serious skill.  That kephart looks as good as any I've seen.  Classic look with the hickory scales too!
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Post by: Sarge on March 22, 2016, 07:13:09 PM
Thanks, OE! I appreciate that. Already thinking about the next Kephart.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on March 22, 2016, 09:12:34 PM
I've discovered I like more point; the work looks good though. I admire that.

Are you sure that is hickory? It doesn't really matter I suppose. It's just that I don't recall seeing such prominent medullary rays in hickory, so I only want to boost my ID knowledge.
Title: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 23, 2016, 07:25:16 AM
No, not certain it is hickory. It's a piece of an old riot baton. Here it is unstained / unfinished on another handle. Does it help with ID?
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160323/5a7a37ab3b51f891d0484417942e1b8e.jpg)

The grain does look different on this section than on the Kephart section but they are from the same baton.





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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on March 23, 2016, 07:37:18 AM
Thanks for the picture.

I would guess beech.
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Post by: Sarge on March 23, 2016, 12:18:47 PM
Ok. Cool. Thanks for looking and identifying it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 20, 2016, 11:34:32 AM
One bushy and one not so much...

O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 8" OAL with 3 3/4" blade. Olivewood scales with neon green G-10 liners. Put olivewood and G-10 on the ferro rod, too.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160420/387b29fd4bf12b6a4a23e40d088a71db.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160420/546ffd51bf28f598d725af157e558708.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160420/9c106d03dac851b417926f2c8d3f734d.jpg)

Now the not-so-bushy....

Also O1 steel. 3/16" thick, 4 1/2" blade and handle. Still playing with the stonewashed finish. Black micarta scales with blue G-10 liners.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160420/9c454449b14db80de34e649da0aabef9.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160420/176d008f85e60c0f181b7b29debc5e0d.jpg)

Thanks for looking!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on April 20, 2016, 11:50:38 AM
I can appreciate both but the bushy one is a darn handsome package.  That's probably the best looking olive wood handle I can recall.  It looks really good and I like all the colors that make up the package too.  Was that ordered or just one you decided to whip up?
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Post by: Sarge on April 20, 2016, 12:47:46 PM
I can appreciate both but the bushy one is a darn handsome package.  That's probably the best looking olive wood handle I can recall.  It looks really good and I like all the colors that make up the package too.  Was that ordered or just one you decided to whip up?
Thanks, OE. I just whipped it up. I bought an olivewood cutting board and it begged to be re-purposed.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 20, 2016, 01:23:52 PM
Looks like a better purpose! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Sarge on April 20, 2016, 03:14:20 PM
Thanks, wolfy.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 24, 2016, 08:13:23 AM
I've tried rawhide inlays and accents on a few previous sheaths. I finally tried an all rawhide sheath...well, rawhide wrapped around leather. I read and watched a few tutorials so nothing groundbreaking here, just a first try and a few lessons learned. I wish I had taken some WIP pics but there are plenty on the net. Made a 3-piece leather sheath - front, back, and welt. I cut two rawhide pieces 1/2" bigger perimeter than the leather, then the accent piece for the front. The two large pieces of rawhide are from Tandy, a bag of remnant pieces. The accent pieces is from a dog chew. It has more texture and soaked up the dye better than the smoother remnant pieces. I use water based dye. Basically, just glued the leather pieces together with Titebond III, glued the hide to it and sewed around the edges.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160524/5ef80c3012230c34f5743a9b426a979e.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160524/4ea0537d90e497d893f395eeef25491e.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160524/dc18917a6d17a949385003e85cbb1e5a.jpg)

Knife is ground from an old file; blade and handle are about 4 1/2" each. Might force a patina on the blade, not sure yet. Scales are curly, burly maple finished with Tru-oil.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on May 24, 2016, 08:46:34 AM
I really like that outfit, Sarge......they really accent each other.  It looks tailor-made for any well-outfitted mountain man or reenactor......well-suited to any task that he would encounter! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 24, 2016, 09:07:32 AM
Thanks, wolfy! I cut out another sheath for the knife initially but changed directions. I thought the distressed looking scales would match up well with a mountain man style sheath.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 24, 2016, 10:04:05 AM
I like it!  Looks simple and durable.  They way most things should be!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: MnSportsman on May 24, 2016, 11:16:29 AM
   Great stuff!
:thumbsup:


  I really like the color of the slabs & that file look!
:)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 24, 2016, 03:51:37 PM
Thanks, fellas! I appreciate it.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on May 24, 2016, 04:09:00 PM
That is a nifty rig right there.  Works for a lot of time periods and what Wolfy says is true, the knife and sheath just go with each other.  Good job Sarge.
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Post by: Sarge on May 25, 2016, 06:20:41 AM
Thank you, sir!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on June 15, 2016, 07:30:45 PM
Latest three...

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/c5ee621bfcad83ec0114f0cedf58fd77.jpg)
Farrier's rasp with 6" blade, 5" handle

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/ece0e42d5a24aafea02360acac20550b.jpg)
First time I've used Aqua Fortis on curly maple.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/63679c43e8a5e9e5ea65057b64c6b22f.jpg)
Cross-draw (ambidextrous) sheath

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/a4185f37c08251ae784e86c258ba9464.jpg)
4.5" blade and handle, antique barnwood scales

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/ec2acd80e747debf5cc798d1badd66ad.jpg)
This one in O1, 5/32" thick with 5" blade and handle

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160616/4d979f9414be77b443a63347133a0f93.jpg)
Tried some poor man's stabilizing on the spalted ash. Made a vacuum chamber out of a 1-gallon glass jar and a vacuum pump. Used Minwax Wood Hardener on the ash, barnwood, and some maple. Process worked ok and the wood looks good, still considering some Cactus Juice though.

Thanks for looking.


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on June 15, 2016, 07:36:31 PM
I like 'em all, of course.....but the simplicity of that last one really appeals to me.  Simple people like simple tools, I guess. :P  :shrug:
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Post by: Sarge on June 15, 2016, 07:49:48 PM
Thanks, wolfy!


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Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on June 15, 2016, 08:00:34 PM
Those look great. That rasp bowie is awesome.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on June 15, 2016, 08:12:26 PM
Great stuff Sarge.  I sure like the size and shape on those.
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Post by: Sarge on July 17, 2016, 08:13:00 PM
Finished up this one today...roachbelly style I guess. Blade and handle are about 4 1/2" each. Curly maple finished with Aqua Fortis and Tru-Oil. I also used the Aqua Fortis to force a patina on the steel. Nice antiqued look - doesn't really show up in the pics.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/35BB1F63-0DB7-4BEA-A466-2E121908908D_zpstnycw0hw.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/E80A3B3C-65A7-470A-96E3-6DDAF442EF97_zps0j6c9fm0.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/406BD422-6DD9-4C56-BF7B-A8986FCAA46D_zpsyl2o8a4h.jpg)

Added a rawhide accent to the sheath and stiched it using leather lacing for the first time.

Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on July 18, 2016, 04:11:17 AM
That is sweet Sarge!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 18, 2016, 06:43:13 AM
That is a rugged looking package Sarge!  nice work
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 18, 2016, 04:05:21 PM
I like those scalp-lifting blade shapes a lot.  ;)    Nice work, as always, Sarge! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on July 18, 2016, 05:40:44 PM
Nice design on that.  The handle looks terrific.  Really pops in the photo.  Good job Sarge.
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Post by: Sarge on July 19, 2016, 03:32:25 PM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: pete28 on July 20, 2016, 06:07:16 AM
Sarge if I may ask how are you able to drill the holes in the file? I have tried a few different types ob bits. Are you softening it first and than drilling?
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Post by: buckfynn on July 20, 2016, 06:09:20 AM
Sarge if I may ask how are you able to drill the holes in the file? I have tried a few different types ob bits. Are you softening it first and than drilling?

Good question, I was wondering the samething.
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Post by: Sarge on July 20, 2016, 12:49:50 PM
Yes, I anneal them before cutting out the profile, grinding, drilling, etc. In the summer, I place a few in the backyard fire pit and build a good fire on top of them. Let the fire burn out and leave them in the ashes overnight until cool to the touch. (In the winter, I just throw them in the wood stove and do the same.) Sometimes they bow during the process but they are fairly easy to straighten once annealed.

I still use cobalt bits and drill pilot holes but it's pretty easy at that point. They'll then have to be re-hardened and tempered.

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Post by: Sarge on July 27, 2016, 12:17:24 PM
I just finished up this one in 1/8" thick O1 steel. Size and profile are very similar to the rasp knife with curly maple I posted a while back.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/E1AB4FA9-0708-460A-8EA3-3CAA280888EC_zpsdd4lsbxr.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/9DDC0899-5314-4261-90A9-AB17EA175919_zpsrpp7qt25.jpg)

Blade is 6" long, handle is 5 1/4".

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/21BBAD55-6854-49EA-B4C4-28E03D7D2FC0_zpsamc04tdw.jpg)

The scales are dyed, stabilized burl - buckeye maybe ... I'm not sure. The block was red and green so I was concerned it might end up looking like Santa's knife. Colors ended up more maroon with a bit of contrasting turquoise.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/9C363EC9-F5A9-40D3-B1A7-D65A813B7BE4_zpsqgofoklf.jpg)

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/8218DD76-643C-4595-A779-6C46746E69BC_zpsr4yiwgpl.jpg)

It's a bigger knife - at least bigger than most I've made - so I made a slim sheath.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on July 27, 2016, 02:43:25 PM
You are knocking them out of the park Sarge! That's one hell of a blade right there.  :cheers:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: vallehombre on July 27, 2016, 03:02:33 PM
THAT is a fantastic blade. The sheath complements it well.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 28, 2016, 10:40:43 AM
Thanks, guys!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 28, 2016, 12:34:00 PM
Very nice Sarge! 

Is that a new makers mark I see on this one?  If so take a close up on the next one you do.  I would be curious to see it better. 
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Post by: crashdive123 on July 28, 2016, 03:10:35 PM
Most excellent.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 28, 2016, 03:28:15 PM
Thanks!

Yes, OE, I've been using it but it usually doesn't show well on my hammered and darkened blades. It reads HMB - House Mountain Blades - with a mountain graphic over the letters. House Mountain is the inspiration. I can see the north side from my back yard. Here is the west side at sunrise.

(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-06/FullSizeRender_zps595ba8ca.jpg)

Mark shows up pretty well on this one but I almost ran it off the top...
(http://i782.photobucket.com/albums/yy108/mike1564/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-05/996A62EC-414E-4F9B-A246-A5F5A8D24B8D_zpsjk4vmqw0.jpg)

The stamp hardened steel on an arbor press. I stamp them during heat treat while the blade is red hot. I have to quickly place the blade in the press and strike before it cools too much. It's not ideal because it is easy to sand/polish away the mark. I'm ready to try electro-chem etching.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on July 28, 2016, 06:48:01 PM
I love the Dolphins on the handle.
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Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 28, 2016, 07:17:37 PM
Very cool Sarge!  I can see why that is fitting.  I always liked a stamp over the etching as my personal preference.  But it is more challenging as you noted.  Anyways.  Nice mark!  I like it   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on July 28, 2016, 07:30:34 PM
I like it too. I noticed it but wasn't sure. The inspiration is awesome.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 13, 2016, 11:23:54 AM
Second sgian dubh but a couple of firsts... I started this one a while ago and really liked it. Not sure why it ended up on the back burner and took so long to finish.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Sgian%20dubh_1_zpsxsrhxxwc.jpg)
O1 tool steel, 1/8" thick, 4" blade, 4 1/2" handle

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Sgian%20dubh_2_zpsjk3pytvl.jpg)
A little file work...but no fuller.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Sgian%20dubh_3_zps2sz6nh0e.jpg)
First time I've used African Padauk. I did a little research on finishing it to preserve the color. One of the criticisms of padauk is that it loses its color and turns poo brown with age. I rolled the dice and used what I'm comfortable with - Tru-Oil. Ended up with about 10 coats ... wet sanded with linseed oil/sandpaper and linseed oil/steel wool between coats. Hope it preserves the color. I peened the tang over the brass pommel.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Sgian%20dubh_4_zpscgi6sbum.jpg)
First time I've tried basket weave tooling. I learned that it changes the dimensions of your leather, so the sheath is about half an inch longer than necessary.

As always, thanks for lookin'.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 13, 2016, 11:47:48 AM
I hope it stays red because the brass really looks nice with it.  Nice job, Sarge! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Uncle Sam on August 13, 2016, 07:41:22 PM
Love the brass. I like brass on a knife like that.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 14, 2016, 05:34:52 PM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on August 14, 2016, 08:43:25 PM
Those are all great looking Sarge!!  I too really like the brass and Padauk combination, it really sets it off.  Great leather work as well!!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 05, 2016, 10:56:40 AM
Donated a knife to the USS Clamagore SS-343 Veterans Association for a fundraising auction at their annual reunion. Best part was the privilege of spending the afternoon with my dad and some of his old sub mates. What a day!

Oh, the knife...

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Submariner2_zpsxh8eliiq.jpg)
O1 steel, with a #400 grit hand-sanded satin finish, 5 1/2" blade, 10 1/2" OAL.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Submariner4_zpsho9tvocp.jpg)
Patriot Kirinite scales with miniature dolphin pins on each side of the handle. Stainless steel tube and pins. I hid the center pin through the tang and behind the scales.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on October 05, 2016, 11:52:43 AM
Whomever (or is it whoever?) got that knife is one happy camper.  Nice job and nice gesture Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on October 05, 2016, 03:43:26 PM
Incredible! I figure it will raise some funds too.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 05, 2016, 03:52:57 PM
WOW!  Great knife!  I love the red whit and blue incorporation.  Haven't seen one like it before.  I suspect it will garner attention
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 05, 2016, 05:34:46 PM
Thanks, guys! The auction is tonight. I hope it does well. I'll find out when I go to their memorial service at n the morning.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 14, 2016, 07:50:39 AM
I've been on the lookout for an old sawmill blade and finally came across one about 27" in diameter and 1/8" thick. One side is really pitted but the pits do not exceed half the thickness. I cut out a few blanks and just finished up the first one...

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/55D94A62-06D7-4070-8E5D-F1777ABCF3B8_zpshp9z3rbo.jpg)
Just over 7" OAL, blade and handle are about 3 1/2" each. This is the good side. I didn't sand the flats - I hit them with a brass wheel then gray cutting compound. Scales are olivewood.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/063C2368-20CD-413C-8A84-4E9EAD64F2DB_zpsdvyxqceh.jpg)
Cross draw sheath is ambidextrous.

I expoxied / pinned scales on two more...need to shape the handles.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 14, 2016, 09:50:14 AM
Now that is a good looking knife!  Nice but with the rustic appeal.  That looks excellent for hunting. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on October 14, 2016, 10:05:07 AM
OE and I agree!  8) 8) :cheers:

Very nice leatherwork, too! :hail:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 15, 2016, 02:16:48 PM
Thanks, guys!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on October 16, 2016, 10:06:11 AM
These last two are really great looking!!!  I hope your auction blade brings a good price, I think those scales are perfect for the occasion.  I agree with OE and Wolfy about your sawmill blade knife too, and really admire your leatherwork!!!  Outstanding!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 16, 2016, 09:14:11 PM
Thanks, Dano.

I didn't attend the auction but the first bidder bid $150 and told all the others he was not leaving without the knife. I guess they all believed he was serious so no one else bid on it. Oh well, I hoped it would bring them more but every $ helps I guess. I spent some more time with them the day after the auction and had a blast. Heard a sea story or two!! The submarine was decommissioned in 1975 and most of the guys at the reunion served on it in the 60's (like my dad)...so they've been friends for 50+ years.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on October 17, 2016, 12:06:51 PM
Working on a few more of these sawblade blades...

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-10/2AFDB00F-D3E5-4FFF-96A2-83605DEC8EFF_zpsgcqsrd6t.jpg)
All are about 1/8" thick with stainless steel pins.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-10/3788841F-F04E-4130-B060-E6E04F60B910_zps2c2ca5i7.jpg)
This smallest one is about 7" OAL with a 3 1/2" blade. I used a couple small slabs from my secret stash of Dymondwood. (I bought a few pieces after the factory burned.) This color is called walnut.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-10/326EB3A9-9F0C-43EE-A1DA-E8A4311CD6FC_zpsuomf7ebr.jpg)
This largest one about 9" OAL with a 4 3/4" blade and has ironwood scales. Two of the hardest substances on earth are ironwood and this ol' saw blade. I've fouled belts and bits ....

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-10/140AB40B-1FF6-4984-8C31-EDE40889100B_zps5dxkdtay.jpg)
This one is about 7 3/4" OAL, beefy handle with a 3 1/2" blade. Scales are homemade sarge-carta made with coffee bag burlap. I scrapped the old makeshift miter box I had been using for micarta and made a dedicated tray/mold. Works a lot better.

I've recently finished two knives with serveral hours worth of hand-rubbed satin finishes so I whipped out these three for a change of pace. Didn't sand the flats after HT, just hit the high spots on a couple buffing wheels. Didn't have to stain or put finish on the handles...just buffed them, too.

They just need sheaths and sharpening.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on October 17, 2016, 04:50:15 PM
Great looking stuff. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 26, 2016, 08:29:07 PM
Thanks, Crash!

Well, I'm finishing up the first few blades with the new grinder. It's pretty sweet but I'm still trying to comfortable with it. I've got one ready to put handles on the blade, two blades handled with the sheaths in progress, and this one I just finished tonight.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/84FCDE55-EEF4-4620-A35A-0BBF8EF23E1F_zpsio1pd6hn.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/B0360F77-FC49-4226-AEE1-574349C0D192_zpscmataa1v.jpg)
Yep, another saw-blade blade... 5" blade with a 4 1/2" handle

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/62626C46-F46E-4F23-88EE-D8AAFF0B25CB_zpsziph22oh.jpg)
Scales are walnut finished with several coats of Tru-Oil, rubbed with 0000 steel wool, then waxed.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/88F96D8F-956B-4C2B-A3D1-A87E22B13558_zps06hmdw7a.jpg)
Experimenting with aging / distressing leather. Used Tan-Kote on the bare leather, then bent/wadded the leather and used a rubber mallet to pound against a large limestone rock. I first coated it with a light brown dye followed by a dark brown. I like this one but I'll keep at it. I got the Tan Kote idea from here...
http://www.wrtcleather.com/1-ckd/tutorials/aging-leather-zurl.jpg

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/5564152B-320D-4342-A782-C883800DADBF_zpsmrqeb5ht.jpg)
Ground the bevel down to 400 grit with a Trizact belt then tried my new Scotchbrite 400-600 belt.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on November 26, 2016, 09:10:40 PM
I really like the look and I'll bet you're havin' fun, aintchya? :banana:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 26, 2016, 09:16:25 PM
Thanks, wolfy, and yes I am!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 26, 2016, 09:17:14 PM
Nice one Sarge.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on November 27, 2016, 05:57:12 AM
Looking great.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on November 27, 2016, 06:23:13 AM
I love it.  :thumbsup:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 29, 2016, 07:22:59 PM
Thanks, fellas.

Finished up another one today.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/5792CFEC-AA29-44FB-9EA5-6270CA96D3A5_zpsqpovsqfa.jpg)
Rasp with wenge scales, blade and handle are 4 1/2" each.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/384841EB-578D-4245-A338-A2DDE3FD598D_zpszngq4bdc.jpg)
I dyed the tooling black and the rest of the sheath dark brown to sorta match the wenge.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/EDCEAC1F-64FF-40C6-ACCD-7802F81C9B52_zpswtiubfea.jpg)
I've used wenge a few times. It is somewhat porous so I sanded this one to final shape and coated it with CA gel to fill in the pores. I then wet sanded it with BLO down to 600 grit and wiped it down with a few more coats of BLO.

Some woodworking sites list all kinds of warnings regarding wenge like the dust causes paralyisis, contact with skin causes poison ivy type reaction, etc. The wood or dust has never irritated my skin but I wear a mask while sanding.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 29, 2016, 07:50:46 PM
Sarge that is a beauty.  The scales and the pattern left from the rasp are great.  Really appealing.  Nice sheath too and a great idea on the dye colors.  I like the size of the blade and handle, it will be a real usable knife.  This one makes me wish I didn't have a bunch of knives and needed to buy another one.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on November 29, 2016, 09:02:21 PM
How's it feel to be a knife maker? Leather is looking good too!

Good looking stuff
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on November 30, 2016, 05:58:54 PM
Good stuff Sarge!  Those certainly have that nice rustic appeal that I like!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 30, 2016, 08:15:57 PM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 10, 2017, 08:59:34 PM
Finished my first knife of 2017 and also the first one start-to-finish with my new grinder.

O1 tool steel, 1/8" thick, blade and handle are about 4 1/2" each

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/83A140A9-9BDD-47BC-9953-82240B2B6C67_zpsjm30bwgi.jpg)
Hand sanded the blade down to 600 grit, back to 400 grit, then used a Scotchbrite 400-600 belt

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/9AC50EB8-3B8F-47A8-AF96-B5BD5E53BDF7_zpsukhel1ie.jpg)
Sheath with rawhide inlay

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/90B9D945-0044-4C81-AF43-A5579E2E1B9D_zpsv3ttlcvg.jpg)
Plan is for belt loop allow low ride or cross-draw carry option. I haven't tested it out yet.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/11D171BE-3968-4238-98CB-14103533F5AF_zps49vx9gfd.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on January 10, 2017, 09:08:30 PM
Well that is a hell of a start to the year.  Great blade shape, nice wood. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on January 10, 2017, 09:23:23 PM
Nice one, Sarge.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on January 10, 2017, 10:02:37 PM
Yeah, that's a dandy right there.  :thumbsup:    Just about perfect for what I'd want in an EDC woods/hunting knife........GREAT JOB, Sarge! :hail:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on January 11, 2017, 04:21:55 AM
Wow!

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Pennsylvania Mike on January 11, 2017, 06:39:56 AM
That is a beautiful knife!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on January 11, 2017, 08:39:20 PM
You nailed that one right out of the ball Park Sarge, that's just awesome looking!!!!!

I'm a thinking you and that OBM grinder are a perfect match!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on January 12, 2017, 09:38:31 AM
That is an awesome looking knife.  Well done
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 12, 2017, 10:07:39 AM
Thanks, guys! I appreciate your comments.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 19, 2017, 08:49:27 PM
I haven't played with knives much lately but I'm back in action. Just finished another Kephart. This is another from the saw blade. I guess I've used about half of it so far.

Typical Kephart specs... 4 1/2" blade and handle. Blade is about 1" wide and 1/8" thick. Scales are ironwood with copper Loveless bolts and tube.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/E14C34E8-34BD-44E5-B981-62FF05BE1F70_zpshruqhear.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/337FE056-451D-4681-9C8B-1DD95269A8B5_zps57batzrx.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on February 21, 2017, 09:22:29 PM
Real nice total package Sarge. I like this Keppy shape, a little more pointy, less belly than some. And the copper and walnut look great together. Sheath makin'- your good at that too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 22, 2017, 11:49:14 AM
Nice Sarge!  Ironwood and Cocobolo were made to be on a knife! 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 22, 2017, 12:53:17 PM
Thanks fellas! Yep, unknown, I've made a few Kephart styles and I intentionally tried to make this blade tip a little less blunt and a little more pointy. Also, the handle is just a bit beefier than the last couple I've made.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on February 22, 2017, 01:20:12 PM
Yeah, ironwood I should have said. Still looks great.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: hayshaker on February 26, 2017, 05:43:10 PM
looks good sarge and glad to hear your back in the shop.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on March 01, 2017, 08:46:46 PM

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag129/yellowyak/09-18-2015-Sarge-Knife/c163b72e132c494767f347cabc75466b_zpsdrgyeqcf.jpg)

Sarge, just wanted to let you know that I used your knife out at the fire pit tonight and it worked flawlessly. Made a couple of feather sticks and got a fire going quickly. Thanks again for a great and beautiful knife.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 02, 2017, 07:12:01 AM
Good stuff, YY. I'm glad to know you like it and use it. I appreciate the feedback.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 06, 2017, 01:15:50 PM
That last Nessmuk I finished sold quickly and I have requests for 3 more - two with walnut, one with ironwood.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Blades2_zpsycsdjdcp.jpg)

The walnut ain't too shabby but found some beautiful ironwood
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Scales_zpsmveazzj7.jpg)

Experimenting with inlay material for the sheaths rawhide, frog skin, deer skin...
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Sheaths_zpscwws9pnm.jpg)


These blades are a first for me...er, actually the first time I tried to outsource heat treating, all 12 blades got lost in the mail. So this is the first time I received treated blades. I sent them to Peter's HT this time. They received the blades on a Friday and shipped them back to me the following Friday. I've got a variety of blades in progress - several Nessies, EDC, tactical...
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Blades1_zpsdt0vb3l8.jpg)

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on March 06, 2017, 04:53:42 PM
You have some really nice designs there.  Wow.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 06, 2017, 05:14:06 PM
Bottom left heat treat looks very interesting.

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: PetrifiedWood on March 06, 2017, 05:56:13 PM
This one has a butcher look to it... I guess. Not sure what else to call it. It's O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 5" blade, 4 1/4" handle. Bubinga furniture with brass pins/tubes.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/c0095068d2416d14aad953c61701e2d7.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/caff6284b74674cb67910eb5b70c9230.jpg)
Flats have a forge finish but I cleaned off the black. The bevel is polished.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/c1b2e1c0c943a1f6e9a2244351c4a6cc.jpg)
Haven't done much tooling/stamping. I did the two-tone dye while the leather was still wet from the stamping.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

That handle looks like glass! Very nice polish. Great leather work too. I like the way the dye darkens towards the edges. It's a subtle but classy effect.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on March 06, 2017, 06:21:04 PM
Looking great Sarge, all of them. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 06, 2017, 06:36:00 PM
THIS IS MY FAVORITE, so far......

Finished my first knife of 2017 and also the first one start-to-finish with my new grinder.

O1 tool steel, 1/8" thick, blade and handle are about 4 1/2" each

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/83A140A9-9BDD-47BC-9953-82240B2B6C67_zpsjm30bwgi.jpg)
Hand sanded the blade down to 600 grit, back to 400 grit, then used a Scotchbrite 400-600 belt

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/9AC50EB8-3B8F-47A8-AF96-B5BD5E53BDF7_zpsukhel1ie.jpg)
Sheath with rawhide inlay

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/90B9D945-0044-4C81-AF43-A5579E2E1B9D_zpsv3ttlcvg.jpg)
Plan is for belt loop allow low ride or cross-draw carry option. I haven't tested it out yet.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/11D171BE-3968-4238-98CB-14103533F5AF_zps49vx9gfd.jpg)

.........BUT, I LIKE THE TU-TONE SHEATH IN PW's PICK-OF-THE-LITTER.   

DECISIONS, DECISIONS. :doh: :shrug:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 06, 2017, 07:38:03 PM
Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.

Creek, some of the difference in coloring is due to the lighting but that lower left blank is noticeably different. Not sure why. Looks like a temper line on the bevel. They were all Rockwell tested (59) so they should be consistent.

That center coffin handle blank will have a clip point with a nickel guard, hidden pins and ebony scales. I've inset a pair of dice in each scale. Not sure yet how it will look. Like a gambler's bowie I hope.

Wolfy and PW, those two knife/sheath packages are among my favorites...oh and YellowYak's ... and Creek's...

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: hayshaker on March 06, 2017, 09:03:31 PM
i only got to see the one knife wow ow d you sand those scales.
can't to get good enoug to show some of mine some day.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 06, 2017, 09:54:51 PM
Don't ever be afraid to show your efforts here, hayshaker!  Everybody has to start somewhere and trying your best to improve will no doubt be evident in successive knives.  Makers (not me) who have a few under their belt will help you improve.  These guys are GOOD, but all of them were where you are at one time and will be willing to give you suggestions on how to improve if you just ask.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on March 07, 2017, 06:54:09 PM

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag129/yellowyak/09-18-2015-Sarge-Knife/c163b72e132c494767f347cabc75466b_zpsdrgyeqcf.jpg)

Sarge, just wanted to let you know that I used your knife out at the fire pit tonight and it worked flawlessly. Made a couple of feather sticks and got a fire going quickly. Thanks again for a great and beautiful knife.

Greg, That's a sweet score, Sarge did you good. look forward to checking that one out.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: kanukkarhu on March 18, 2017, 10:16:20 PM
Sarge, your stuff has gotten even better than when I was last here - if that's even possible! You're really getting some nice blades done. Sweet. :)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 20, 2017, 07:01:56 AM
Thanks, guys!

Really is good to have you back on board, KK.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 20, 2017, 08:32:34 AM
Finished the ironwood Nessmuk first. The others are still in progress.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness1_zpszd6qxnmj.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness2_zpskg7w2872.jpg)
New vice works well. Rotates 360 degrees and really speeds up the hand sanding.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness3_zpstzgz9gyc.jpg)
At 400 grit, started wet sanding with linseed oil

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness4_zpsrlj7vctq.jpg)
400 grit satin finished blade

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness5_zps0ai25snp.jpg)
Hand sanded the wood to 1000 grit then polished. Lanyard bead is from the scales.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Nessmuk%20Project/Ness6_zpsxeugymdf.jpg)
Decided on a black frog skin inlay to compliment the dark grain in the ironwood.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 20, 2017, 09:56:38 AM
I'm weakening. :-\
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: upthecreek on March 20, 2017, 10:17:47 AM
That is just incredible! You should be proud. I'll be ready real soon  :drool:

Creek
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on March 20, 2017, 10:25:39 AM
Wow!  You are really getting your skill honed my friend.  Seriously awesome work.     :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 20, 2017, 01:23:03 PM
Thank you guys!

Wolfy, that one is sold ... if that helps. LOL
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 20, 2017, 01:32:35 PM
It does.......but not a lot. :-\
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on March 20, 2017, 07:51:15 PM
That is truly amazing Sarge, outstanding!! :thumbsup:   I think Stan maybe said it a few pages back, but I'm running out of words to describe how awesome your work has become, I'm a huge fan sir!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 24, 2017, 08:58:50 PM
Sorry again, wolfy. LOL

Thanks  a lot, Dano. I appreciate that.

Here are a couple of the latest... both are from the batch heat treated and cryo-tempered by Peters HT.

This one I'd call French trade style (or Blind Horse/Pathfinder style with a flat grind). It is O1 steel, 5/32" thick, 400 grit satin finish, blade and handle are 4 1/2" each.
(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/60EA73AA-E2AE-4118-B97A-A9EE0F639965_zpskjzujtle.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/BE97542D-516A-4F33-8E9E-7EF4707CC227_zpschg3geyo.jpg)
Book matched stabilized walnut scales with 1/4" brass Corby rivets (bolts)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/9D2B145D-B693-4137-94EE-952259B6D927_zpsmkmcyw8i.jpg)
Matching ferro rod with on-board carrier. Removable D-ring allows sheath to be carried dangler style or via belt loop

This one is not so bushy

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/0CB05C01-178E-43CC-873F-799820258B71_zpserxv6qob.jpg)
EDC in O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 4" blade and handle. Scales are black linen micarta with stainless pins & tube, and a thin blue line of G10

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/E1BE7B37-A203-40AA-B059-091DCB621BE0_zpsahdoztop.jpg)
Kydex sheath has a horizontal carry belt clip
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 15, 2017, 08:32:43 PM
Finished another rasp knife...

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/Elk2_zpsxkxjexmh.jpg)
Blade and handle are about 4.5" each, full tang with elk antler scales

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/Elk1_zpsebq68jfa.jpg)
Basic pouch style sheath from 7-9 oz. weight leather
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on April 15, 2017, 09:31:44 PM
Really good looking work Sarge!  That last one with antler looks awesome!  I'm diggin that kydex belt clip in the previous post too.  Nicely done!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on April 15, 2017, 09:48:41 PM
That one is terrific.  Great blade shape and the finger grooves on the elk antler look really comfortable. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on April 15, 2017, 10:18:47 PM
Another dandy, Sarge......I especially like the elk antler slabs & the shape of the handle! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on April 18, 2017, 07:15:25 AM
Thanks, guys!

I learned a lesson with the antler scales. I've used antler on a couple hidden tangs but this is the first one with scales. I left them too thick when I pinned/epoxied them on the blade. Couldn't just grind them down until they were small enough so I had to remove them. Couldn't knock out the pins so I had to hacksaw each slab, thin them down from the back side, then re-attach. After all that, it felt good in hand.

OE, that clip on the kydex is from KnifeKits.com. That's the first one I've used. A friend bought the knife and he's sorta field testing the clip. I think it has potential, especially for a smaller/lighter knife.

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 08, 2017, 07:34:00 PM
Finished three this weekend. I've got a stack of blanks I'm trying to get finished.

All three of these are about the same size - 7" OAL, 3 1/4" blades.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/92726C29-C8B8-493D-9871-821F74B0B0A0_zpsp8u9x6kl.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/C981DF74-304D-41CC-A3F9-CB87A3E1BF79_zpshyksbomc.jpg)
1/8" thick sawmill blade with ironwood scales

 (http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/B66D9ABB-5617-4F9B-AF96-5DFAF5AB25C5_zpsor5acuhc.jpg)
1/8" thick O1 tool steel with black walnut burl scales. This blank is from the batch heat treated, tempered, and cryo-treated by Peters Heat Treating.

 (http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/5FFD305A-BD31-4CB4-84DF-0BFBEBF46B6C_zpsqrt5bwng.jpg)
EDC in 5/32" O1 with brown micarta and brown kydex sheath
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: hayshaker on May 09, 2017, 05:17:33 AM
really nice sarge
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 09, 2017, 06:20:44 AM
Sarge that bottom EDC looks great!  That looks like a real nice size for a game knife for dressing and skinning.  Is the sheath vertical or horizontal carry, or both?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 09, 2017, 07:56:52 AM
Thanks, guys!

OE, I'm experimenting with that kydex sheath. It is set up for vertical IWB carry.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/5A68907A-1906-42BF-82A5-E011D5FE48B9_zps9ncib8wg.jpg)
I've never used the spring type clip but I have a few and wanted to give it a try. Of course, the plate/clip are removable so I could add loops or something else horizontal carry. It's a work in progress right now.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/E1BE7B37-A203-40AA-B059-091DCB621BE0_zpsahdoztop.jpg)
A friend recently bought this one with a clip for horizontal carry. He's sorta field testing it for me so I can decide if I'll use the clip again or not.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 08:09:25 AM
Another Nessmuk in the same profile I've posted recently. This is from the ol' sawmill blade ... just a little bit of it left. Used Aqua Fortis on the curly maple and finished it with Tru-oil.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/CCB145F2-0B85-4C9E-84C0-852AE17ABD79_zpsfwyuvjth.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/763DDA11-DB3A-46E4-B2B9-ED49A3CD8460_zpsydqxkjqp.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on June 22, 2017, 08:23:06 AM
Sarge that is one of the better looking Nessmuk influenced blades I have seen.  Well done.  The sheath is top notch too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on June 22, 2017, 09:15:34 AM
I like your Nessmuks, Sarge.....they don't look like they're afflicted with osteoporosis. :popcorn:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on June 22, 2017, 09:54:18 AM
That one is sweet Sarge!  I like the whole package!  Nice touch with the antler keeper.  Lots of character to this setup
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 11, 2017, 08:54:40 PM
This big a$$ chopper is my biggest blade to date - 15" overall with a 10" blade. The 5160 steel is 1/4" thick, triple quenched, with a 400 grit satin finish. Scales are cocobolo, sanded to 1200 grit then polished.

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/D2026E59-D05A-408E-8053-E2D01D94A375_zpszsjajubz.jpg)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/29134838-A55A-4BC7-9B6C-C9D6226FBCFA_zpsct5cponc.jpg)
Stainless Loveless bolts and tube (took the pic before I cleaned the gunk out of the tube)

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah180/HouseMountainBlade/Mobile%20Uploads/4564DF8E-BD6A-492E-8E04-148125358C07_zpsoxjs1buy.jpg)
Out the side style sheath
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on July 11, 2017, 09:29:49 PM
Sweet!  That is a beauty.  It's as pretty as it is intimidating.  Size seems nice for that blend of large knife and chopper.  Nice work Sarge!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on July 11, 2017, 09:38:44 PM
Wow!  That is a beauty.  That satin finish is really something I think.  Neat sheath too.  That is one "heckuva" knife.  Well done.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 11, 2017, 10:57:53 PM
Woodsrunner would like that one......he ain't the only one, though!  :drool: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on July 12, 2017, 03:59:05 AM
Excellent!  Knife and sheath both look fantastic.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 02, 2017, 08:30:11 AM
Well, looks like 3 years of Photobucket pics or gone.

Here is my latest. Modeled it after a favorite little Cuisinart paring knife from the kitchen.

1/8" O1 steel
Heat treated/cryo treated by Peters' HT
RC 59
4" blade / 4" handle
Dyed / stabilized curly maple
White G10 liners
Stainless pins & tube

(https://i.imgur.com/PH1ZyIO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DjBh4j6.jpg)
Not crazy about the sheath color but it is growing on me.

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on September 02, 2017, 08:53:04 AM
Nice looker Sarge.  I really like the blade shape on that one.  The handle looks like it would be pretty comfortable to work with too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on September 02, 2017, 11:06:48 AM
 :thumbsup:  That'll be a nice little bird and trout.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 02, 2017, 03:34:59 PM
Yeah........but it ain't no Kephart! :lol:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 03, 2017, 03:38:47 AM
You are correct, wolfy, as usual. LOL
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 03, 2017, 08:24:02 AM
Just jokin' around with you, Sarge......and I guess you know me well enough by now to know that, but when I saw you'd posted again, you KNOW what I was expecting. :drool:

You need a SHORT break, though.....and as a knife-maker, you have the luxury of 'carte blanche' in producing any design you want WHEN you want it.  Doing one model over and over again and striving for perfection of model-design each and every time kind of sounds like a recipe for driving oneself to insanity! :crazy:

Your most recent production is indeed a beauty and I can see why you copied it for kitchen use 8).   It begs to end up doing double-duty as an outdoor 'trout & bird' and an easy-to-grab permanent resident of anyone's knifeblock family. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 03, 2017, 10:46:49 AM
Yep, I knew you were joking AND I knew what you were expecting. Haha.

You're right, wolfy. Just taking a quick break from the you-know-what. I recently got 20 blades back from heat treat and they're all screaming for attention.

Thanks, I like this new one. Should be a pretty handy size indoors or out.

Kephart #3 is under way ... working toward that Wolfhart 1.0.

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on September 03, 2017, 03:02:03 PM
No worries.....I am a patient man.  ;D       The waiting is part of the fun when you know what's coming eventually. :popcorn:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 18, 2017, 06:48:54 PM
A few recent builds ... simmer down, wolfy, no Kepharts right now...

(https://i.imgur.com/rrE9GcN.jpg)
O1 tool steel, 5/32" thick, blade & handle about 4 1/2" each, stabilized wood (not sure what species), dangler sheath

(https://i.imgur.com/t9KtOnQ.jpg)
O1 Tool steel, 1/8" thick, 3 1/2" blade, 4" handle, stabilized birdseye maple, sheath with Timber Rattler inlay

(https://i.imgur.com/RKtUfPJ.jpg)
O1 steel, 3/16" thick, 3 1/2" blade, 4" handle, tapered tang, Kingwood scales. Only the second time I've used Kingwood; I love it!

(https://i.imgur.com/H66Q5EI.jpg?1)
O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 4" blade, 4" handle, black linen micarta scales with G10 thin blue line, kydex sheath

(https://i.imgur.com/f189F3H.jpg)
Made two of theses... O1 steel, 5/32" thick, 4 1/2" blade and handle, walnut scales, leather sheath

(https://i.imgur.com/VwwTfW1.jpg)
O1 steel, 1/8" thick, 3 1/2" blade, 4" handle, stabilized cactus scales

(https://i.imgur.com/hcDncjD.jpg)
A couple rasp knives with OD canvas micarta

Just a couple more sheaths to finish then back to the Kephart project.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 18, 2017, 07:34:34 PM
I liked 'em all, Sarge.....especiall y #1!   I always liked kingwood, too.....the darker shades of it were always my favorite. :thumbsup:

Oh boy,....Kepharts comin' off the back burner! :banana:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 18, 2017, 07:40:59 PM
Man Sarge you really are mastering your craft.  Your work just keeps getting better and better.  Keep up the nice work buddy!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on December 18, 2017, 07:43:20 PM
All beautiful.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on December 18, 2017, 09:10:47 PM
Very nice work!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: hayshaker on December 19, 2017, 05:03:48 AM
those are beautiful sarge. the scales on the first one look like red malle burl from down under.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on December 19, 2017, 09:30:57 AM
Great stuff Sarge.  I really like the finish on your blades in this bunch.  Great selection of wood too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on December 19, 2017, 01:17:58 PM
 :hail:
D dang
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 01, 2018, 12:49:54 PM
Thanks guys! I appreciate you.

I'm planning to grind on a couple more Kephart blanks this week.

Also working on a Loveless style drop point hunter with a brass guard, Loveless bolts, and all ...my first stab at one. A friend gave me a Loveless book a while back. I've read it about 15 times.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 05, 2018, 08:28:07 AM
Well, here is the last one finished in 2017...

(https://i.imgur.com/2DaLKIB.jpg)
Little one in O1 steel with Purpleheart scales. Haven't done much tooling but did some barbed wire on this sheath.

(https://i.imgur.com/bGDsKCZ.jpg)
And the first finished in 2018. This is my first attempt at a Loveless Hunter. Also in O1 with African Blackwood scales, brass hardware - including the Loveless bolts.
 
(https://i.imgur.com/c485pan.jpg)
Wet formed the sheath so the knife locks in pretty well.

(https://i.imgur.com/RwThm3M.jpg)
Ground on the next couple Kepharts. I'd like to shave a little more weight off the blanks before I add scales. The original weighs 5.5 oz. - these blanks are just under that before the scales. I'm getting a little closer....
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on January 05, 2018, 12:56:01 PM
Nice stuff Sarge.  The Loveless style is awfully nice.  It looks like it would just fit in your hand perfectly. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yeoman on January 05, 2018, 02:08:19 PM
Those are some of the most accurate Kepharts I've ever seen. Nice work.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 06, 2018, 09:48:50 PM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 05, 2018, 07:03:26 PM
Well, I'm finally back is action after a case of the Man Flu - all us guys know how bad that can be. I had a few close to finished and have finally completed them. All are O1 tool steel.

(https://i.imgur.com/iT9p3Mp.jpg)
I ordered this natural color canvas micarta by mistake. I thought it was brown. I've put off using it thinking it would be too light, the polishing compounds would make it muddy, etc. but I was pleasantly surprised by it. I really like it. Used a piece of deer antler for the ferro rod handle.

This is my second Loveless drop point hunter ... I think he called them just drop hunters.

(https://i.imgur.com/s5oimsl.jpg)
This one has OD canvas micarta and brass hardware.

(https://i.imgur.com/TTplQzs.jpg)
Really pleased with this sheath.

And a shameless Bayley copy with black G10
(https://i.imgur.com/acTxekv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0SgdfDh.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HIhMN0g.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on March 05, 2018, 08:39:26 PM
Great knives. Thanks for posting these, it is really good to see this kind of quality knife work.  Your metal work is simply outstanding.     
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 06, 2018, 10:36:28 AM
Thank you, sir!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Unknown on March 06, 2018, 11:16:45 AM
He's right, spot on and all that agrees.

Really good looking work Sarge
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 07, 2018, 07:03:53 AM
Thanks! I appreciate that.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Dano on March 12, 2018, 06:35:26 PM
All great looking Sarge!  I agree on those scales, they really grow on you.  That brown sheath turned out really great too, very nice work on everything!!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 12, 2018, 08:11:06 PM
Thank you, Dano!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on March 12, 2018, 09:11:14 PM
Good stuff, Sarge!  I wish the old pictures on PB from when you first started this thread were still here.  If I recall correctly, they were all nice, but it would be nice to see the progression/expertise in your knife making skills from then until now.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on March 13, 2018, 04:53:03 AM
Beautiful work!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 14, 2018, 07:49:31 PM
Thanks, guys!

Yep, Nuke, it's a shame how many threads on so many forums are jacked up now. Can't count how times since PB pulled the plug I've searched for info and found a good thread here or on other forums .... get to the thread and no pics. Dang it!

I'm approaching knife #200. I might look for pics and post #1, 50, 100, 150 ... or maybe some of my favorites..

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on July 17, 2018, 08:43:55 AM
I'm still working on Kepharts but finished a couple others this weekend...both for the same buyer.

I haven't done much forging but a very patient friend helped me with my first time on a power hammer and hydraulic press. Forged 5160, 7" long, 1/4" thick at spine, full flat grind, edge quenched blade. Guard is hammered copper with a leather spacer. Handle is a buffalo metatarsal (foot bone) compliments on Hayshaker.... Thanks, Mike. Leather and rawhide sheath with copper rivets.

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


I posted this one unfinished the other day in another thread. Finally got it finished. Going for an early 1800's Sheffield profile. Steel is from an old saw blade, 8 1/2" blade, edge quenched with nice temper line. Guard and pommel were scrap pieces of O1 steel; I filed the notches in each piece. Handle is elk antler.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/KkBWu9a.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/yj6SJrw.jpg)

Thanks for lookin'
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on July 17, 2018, 10:43:15 AM
MY GOSH! :shocked: :hail:   I LOVE historic knife renditions, as you well know....this tells me that the Hudson Bay Camp Knife we talked about, ain't just a pipe dream anymore. ;D
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on July 17, 2018, 10:48:02 AM
I saw the Bowie on FB Sarge. 
Terrific job on everything.  The bone handle knife is quite interesting too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 01, 2018, 04:01:50 PM
Finished up a Kephart and this one a couple days ago.

4 1/4" blade, 4 3/4" handle, 5/32" thick O1 steel, aluminum guard (and the knife still weighs 10 oz.), and Kirinite scales.

(https://i.imgur.com/o6Jj8E1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/21F97EA.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 01, 2018, 04:49:05 PM
Nice work Mike.  That handle is a beauty. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on November 01, 2018, 08:32:54 PM
Those are great Mike.  That Sheffield bowie is crazy cool!  A really nice old school bowie is one that is definitely missing from my knife arsenal...drool city man... well done!

 :hail:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yellowyak on November 01, 2018, 09:09:18 PM
Beautiful knife and sheath Mike. I really like those scales, awesome work.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 01, 2018, 10:11:34 PM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on November 02, 2018, 11:05:44 AM
That's a beauty alright. :thumbsup: ................but it ain't no Kephart! :lol:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 02, 2018, 09:00:58 PM
LOL. There is iron in your words, Wolfy.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 30, 2018, 07:12:41 PM
Most recent builds... no Kepharts, wolfy.

5/32" thick O1 tool steel, 4" blade, 4 1/2" handle, black linen micarta scales, MOLLE compatible sheath

(https://i.imgur.com/k2fHyvY.jpg)

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

1/8" O1 tool steel, 3 1/2" blade, 4" handle, OD canvas micarta, tooled sheath

(https://i.imgur.com/xol5fu1.jpg)

Small Canadian belt knife in 1/8" O1 tool steel, 4" blade, 4" handle, stabilized maple burl scales w/ red G10 liners, pouch sheath

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

(https://i.imgur.com/mp4CxlY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/z8z738J.jpg)

I miss kanukkarhu....
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on November 30, 2018, 08:34:08 PM
Dayum Mike, that Canadian belt knife is nice.  I have a couple of those Grohmann Russell belt knives but this one just talks to me. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on November 30, 2018, 08:50:27 PM
Thanks, Stan. I've always liked them ... not sure why I've never tried to make one before now.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 01, 2018, 07:30:35 AM
nice work as usual Mike.  Kanukkarhu would have loved that one for sure.  That green handled one looks nice too.  Like an excellent little camp knife and game cleaning blade.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Yeoman on December 01, 2018, 07:38:22 AM
KK would indeed have like that Canadian.
It's a great interpretation.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 01, 2018, 01:55:25 PM
Thanks, fellas!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on December 02, 2018, 07:05:57 AM
Love it Mike. I'm with Stan, it just speak's to me.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on December 03, 2018, 04:18:45 AM
Beautiful work as always.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 03, 2018, 09:59:19 AM
I too, really like the looks of that CBK! :thumbsup:    I don't doubt you were growing a bit weary of the constant grinding of the same old Colclesser/Kephart pattern and striving for perfection in the clones.  I can see how that would become mind-numbing after a few years of more or less constant attention to one pattern.....kind of like being the last surviving factory worker in the Pennsylvania plant that knew how to produce that pattern and trying to fill all the back-orders.  We Kephart fans salute you for your tenacity in that endeavor! :cheers:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 03, 2018, 06:19:32 PM
Thank, guys.

Yep, wolfy, as much as I love the Kephart project, I gotta change gears on occasion.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 14, 2018, 05:16:07 PM
Finished up a couple saw blade knives this week.

I tested my new forge build and heat treated the blades a week or two ago. Went from an atmospheric side burner to forced air.

(https://i.imgur.com/4DZVans.jpg)

The cart and stand are still a work in progress but the forge breathes fire...

(https://i.imgur.com/HGeM3iB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VT0HPDQ.jpg)

First time I've used giraffe bone. I like it.

(https://i.imgur.com/tCZS9cK.jpg)


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

Salvaged some 50-60 year-old oak barnwood for the scales on this little skinner.

(https://i.imgur.com/enpn68m.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/87DaKbc.jpg)

Filled some voids in the wood with sawdust/epoxy. Finished the scales with CA then rubbed it with BLO and steel wool.

(https://i.imgur.com/XyOZwv5.jpg)

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on December 14, 2018, 07:45:56 PM
Neat forge Mike and it produces some serious heat I see.  My neighbor is a sculptor who does everything in bronze and his forge is similar, although he is melting bronze to pour into molds, and the temperatures he works with are like yours. 

Nice little skinner too, that old oak came out real well.  Nice design on that blade too.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on December 15, 2018, 08:38:12 AM
those look awesome mike!  I like the looks of the giraffe bone as well.  Very handsome appeal.  You are really getting your craft down. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 15, 2018, 09:32:04 AM
I liked the one with the colored giraffe-bone handle.....and the sheath with the dyed tooling along the welt! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:    How in the world did you do that without 'coloring outside the lines?' :shrug:

I liked your forge, too......did you take any photos of the build?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on December 15, 2018, 04:37:34 PM
Thank you, guys.

Yep, Stan, I've singed hair a couple times getting too close to it. I've learn to keep my distance.

OE, the color of that giraffe bone is called fossil. Ordered it from Jantz - there are some really interesting colors. I'll try some more of it for sure.

Wolfy, I learned by accident with that punch ... the dye seems to follow the lines in those scallops outward from the center. With the leather still damp from stamping it, I wet a sponge with dye and run it around the edge of the sheath. Then the dye sorta "radiates" to the edge of each tool mark. Finish with a little touching-up using the dye on a small paint brush.

No real forge build pics. I roughly followed the build here starting with the $25 air tank from Tractor Supply   

http://zoellerforge.com/airtank.html (http://zoellerforge.com/airtank.html)

except I used a hinge to reattach the end of the tank. I roll mine outside to use and back inside to store it. I didn't want to have to stack bricks in front of it.

I built the burner based on this video.
https://youtu.be/Miri90Hlzh0 (https://youtu.be/Miri90Hlzh0)

I got the pipe/fittings at a local hardware store. I used 1 1/2" pieces instead of 2" as in the video. Ordered the ceramic blanket and refractory off Ebay. Relatively easy project ... I wish I had done it sooner.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on December 15, 2018, 06:24:28 PM
Thanks, Mike.....I guess I kinda' figured that's what happened with the dye migration into the stamping.  I've never tried it, but I think I'll give it a whirl next time I build a sheath......I really like the look! :thumbsup:

Thanks for the forge construction ideas, too.....sure beats the heck out of a coal forge. ;)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on December 18, 2018, 04:19:03 AM
Awesome work.  Cool trick with the dye.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on January 22, 2019, 08:43:43 PM
Last build of 2018...

(https://i.imgur.com/iAgeB1j.jpg)
6-inch blade rasp knife with vintage Westinghouse micarta

First build of 2019

(https://i.imgur.com/g8ibwsb.jpg)
O1 tool steel, 4-inch blade, stabilized black walnut
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on January 23, 2019, 08:40:13 AM
I like those.  The second one is interesting.  Blade shape and length look perfect for an all around bushcraft knife.  As usual you "done did" great with them.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on January 23, 2019, 05:29:35 PM
Very nice.  i like that westinghouse micarta color. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 25, 2019, 01:57:01 PM
Thanks, guys! Yep, I like the way the micarta turned out ... I've got a few more pieces I'm looking forward to using.

Not much knife time (or forum time) lately. I'm working on getting another batch of blades ready for heat treat. I've managed to finish a few projects recently ...

A sheath build for friend's old knife to go with his black powder gear.
(https://i.imgur.com/vRASeyY.jpg)

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

Not my knives - they are works of art - but made the sheaths for a friend
(https://i.imgur.com/3DzZz8o.jpg)

Most recent builds... lots of micarta, G10, and kydex
(https://i.imgur.com/0tyFsNv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YxVrd4H.jpg)

Drilled the scales and inserted this 3/4" pin into the G10. Looks clean.
(https://i.imgur.com/aPa5HVu.jpg)

Thanks for looking.

I've also been cleaning up a WWII Japanese officer's wakizashi. It's in rough condition so I'm not too worried about ruining the value. I need a scabbard if anybody has one lying around.




Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on February 25, 2019, 04:16:39 PM
Nice sheaths on the friends knives and that KPD knife is terrific looking with that pin on the scales. 

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on February 26, 2019, 12:28:37 PM
Thanks, Stan. A 3/4" spade bit was the perfect size for those pins.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 24, 2019, 02:03:06 PM
Some recent work...

(https://i.imgur.com/Z4pjP3f.jpg)
I've made a few similar to this. 4" blade and 4" handle with G10 scales. It's a graduation gift, just needs an edge and a kydex sheath.

(https://i.imgur.com/rTm2DYh.jpg)
Also made a few of these...one of my favorites. Trying micarta on this one. Working on a wet formed leather sheath for it.

A dear friend has been kind enough to remind me on several occasions that "all my sh*t looks the same". He's trying to help me. Haha.

Here is a slight departure maybe.

(https://i.imgur.com/HveAE2z.jpg)
I hammered these out almost a year ago. Finished the one on the left right away but the one on the right hung on a pegboard hook ever since. It is 5160 with triple edge quench and distal taper.

(https://i.imgur.com/FZv8Jfk.jpg)
Finally cleaned it up a couple weeks ago.

(https://i.imgur.com/74djq8E.jpg)
First attempt at soldering a guard

(https://i.imgur.com/P2dhWs2.jpg)
Giraffe bone with nickel silver hardware.

(https://i.imgur.com/P4dNlXV.jpg)
Temper line shows up in the sunlight (and the reflection of my fingers).

(https://i.imgur.com/A5TPHm7.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on March 24, 2019, 02:56:19 PM
Those are all nice looking knives.  I really like the giraffe bond on the last one. 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: imnukensc on March 24, 2019, 03:47:24 PM
As usual, very nice work!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on March 24, 2019, 04:51:25 PM
I vote for #2.....looks ALMOST as useful as a Kephart! :lol:   You made one of those earlier in your knfemaking career, as I recall.....one of my personal favorites, also. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on March 28, 2019, 09:01:01 AM
Thank you, guys.

Yep, wolfy, I did a Nessmuk early on and it's always been one of my favorites. I tweaked it a time or two and have since made several with this same profile.

Got #2 finished up... 

(https://i.imgur.com/216hMNh.jpg)
The OD micarta and brass pins were a nice looking combination on this one.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 03, 2019, 10:30:34 AM
First attempt at a Serbian cleaver - or any cleaver at all.

This old saw blade yielded a bunch o' blades; it's all but gone now. This blade is about 1/8" thick, edge quenched, 7" cutting edge, with Jatoba (aka Brazilian Cherry) scales. Thanks for the wood, Hayshaker!

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

(https://i.imgur.com/6B0xXnr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/00jOWlY.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on May 03, 2019, 11:37:53 AM
As usual, nice job.  That design is different, sort of like a giant Wharncliffe.  I like the "look" of the steel and the sheath is really neat. 

Mike, nobody can ever say to you, "Don't quit your day job".
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 03, 2019, 09:58:26 PM
Great stuff Mike!  That giraffe bone knife is really cool.  I like the nessmuk a lot as well.  Keep making the time to make these.  you are getting awfully good.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 06, 2019, 08:26:17 PM
Thank you, guys!
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 14, 2019, 07:30:58 PM
Mild temps here today - actually a little cool this morning - so I fired up the forge and did a little hammerin'.

(https://i.imgur.com/IwmMny7.jpg)
I worked on this Hudson Bay camp knife in a previous session but needed to draw the blade out a bit wider. It's 5160 over 1/4" thick

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

(https://i.imgur.com/FLId3wn.jpg)
Blade ended up about 8 1/2" long, handle about 5"

(https://i.imgur.com/Shb1N4i.jpg)
The sgian dubh is from a piece of damascus a friend gave me. Got some 4,000 year old bog oak for it.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on May 14, 2019, 08:42:02 PM
Both of those are coming out great.  The HB is probably pretty handy to have in the woods.  The smaller one with the name I can't pronounce will go well with a kilt and sporran. 

I have no knives made from 5160 but read that it is used to make springs.  Heat treat is different for knives than springs.  What hardness are you looking for in the HB?  About 58?
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on May 14, 2019, 09:19:39 PM
Thanks, Stan.

Yep, the 5160 is a type of spring steel. I've never had it Rockwell tested so I'm not sure about the number. I started reading a while back about more ABS smiths using 5160 to pass the journeyman's than any other steel. There is a great deal of detailed heat treat info for 5160 on the net from reputable smiths. Another 5160 advantage is the bar stock is relatively inexpensive because it comes mill finished. O1 steel for example, I can only find precision ground so the stock costs at least twice as much as 5160. For the bigger knives, I'll do a triple HT with edge only quench. I temper at 375 in the kitchen oven placing the blade between two 1/2" thick aluminum plates to try to keep the temperature as stable as possible. If the planets are in alignment, I'll get a nice hard cutting edge, a softer spine, and a visible temper line.

I think that damascus piece is from Alabama Damascus. I have a brochure lying around here somewhere with HT instructions...can't remember the particulars.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: L0NER on August 09, 2019, 01:24:55 AM
Cool stuff!! Going to take the time to go through all 12 pages..
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2019, 09:55:29 AM
I'd like to see a photo or photos of that Hudson Bay Camp Knife after it was finished.....you know I still want one, right? :shrug:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 09, 2019, 08:47:28 PM
Thanks for looking, Loner.

Wolfy, that HBCK still looks like it does in the picture. One of these days I?ll work on it.... it can be yours. LOL.

I have a ton of projects going but haven?t finished much recently. I changed directions on the sgian dubh and went with 1095 steel. I still have the Damascus blank to finish. I was very pleased with that bog oak and I still have some left.
(https://i.imgur.com/dFajYLN.jpg)

I made the mokume gane ferrule from a stack of nickel plated copper discs. The spacer is G10, pin is copper.
(https://i.imgur.com/GdfJWXP.jpg)

Another sawblade Bowie (13? OAL) with elk antler
(https://i.imgur.com/HmLUOcj.jpg)
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wolfy on August 09, 2019, 10:39:05 PM
Man, I LOVE that Bowie! :drool: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: wsdstan on August 10, 2019, 09:02:54 AM
So do I.  Great handle and the blade, both the shape and the finish. 

Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on August 10, 2019, 07:50:02 PM
Thanks, guys. That antler really felt good in hand - nice natural grip. I planned on the smaller end going against the guard and the larger at the pommel. I changed my mind at the last minute and flipped it around. Worked out pretty well.
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on August 12, 2019, 08:49:19 AM
Yeah that bowie knife is sweet!  Nicely done sir! 
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: hayshaker on August 30, 2019, 04:27:53 PM
OH MY what can ya say great work mike.
 by the way I have a shoe box of kepharts I bought at a barn auction
just don't know what to do wit'em heh heh
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Spyder1958 on September 04, 2019, 08:51:57 PM
Great work as always Mike
Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: Sarge on September 05, 2019, 12:15:11 PM
Hahaha, hayshaker. I just saw this. Thanks! They sold new for $2.00 a piece so how does $1.50 sound?

Thanks, Spyder!



Title: Re: Sarge's stuff
Post by: crashdive123 on September 05, 2019, 02:28:06 PM
Beautiful stuff as always.