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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #400 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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« Reply #401 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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« Reply #402 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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« Reply #403 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.





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



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.





It's a bigger knife - at least bigger than most I've made - so I made a slim sheath.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #404 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:

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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #405 on: July 27, 2016, 03:02:33 PM »
THAT is a fantastic blade. The sheath complements it well.

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« Reply #406 on: July 28, 2016, 10:40:43 AM »
Thanks, guys!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #407 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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« Reply #408 on: July 28, 2016, 03:10:35 PM »
Most excellent.

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« Reply #409 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.



Mark shows up pretty well on this one but I almost ran it off the top...


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:
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #410 on: July 28, 2016, 06:48:01 PM »
I love the Dolphins on the handle.

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« Reply #411 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:
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« Reply #412 on: July 28, 2016, 07:30:34 PM »
I like it too. I noticed it but wasn't sure. The inspiration is awesome.

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« Reply #413 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.


O1 tool steel, 1/8" thick, 4" blade, 4 1/2" handle


A little file work...but no fuller.


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.


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'.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2016, 03:45:26 PM by Sarge »
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« Reply #414 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:
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« Reply #415 on: August 13, 2016, 07:41:22 PM »
Love the brass. I like brass on a knife like that.

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« Reply #416 on: August 14, 2016, 05:34:52 PM »
Thanks, guys!
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« Reply #417 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:

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« Reply #418 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...


O1 steel, with a #400 grit hand-sanded satin finish, 5 1/2" blade, 10 1/2" OAL.


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.
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« Reply #419 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.
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« Reply #420 on: October 05, 2016, 03:43:26 PM »
Incredible! I figure it will raise some funds too.

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« Reply #421 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
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« Reply #422 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.
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« Reply #423 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...


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.


Cross draw sheath is ambidextrous.

I expoxied / pinned scales on two more...need to shape the handles.
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« Reply #424 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. 
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« Reply #425 on: October 14, 2016, 10:05:07 AM »
OE and I agree!  8) 8) :cheers:

Very nice leatherwork, too! :hail:
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« Reply #426 on: October 15, 2016, 02:16:48 PM »
Thanks, guys!!
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« Reply #427 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:

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« Reply #428 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.
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« Reply #429 on: October 17, 2016, 12:06:51 PM »
Working on a few more of these sawblade blades...


All are about 1/8" thick with stainless steel pins.


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.


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 ....


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.
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« Reply #430 on: October 17, 2016, 04:50:15 PM »
Great looking stuff. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« Reply #431 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.




Yep, another saw-blade blade... 5" blade with a 4 1/2" handle


Scales are walnut finished with several coats of Tru-Oil, rubbed with 0000 steel wool, then waxed.


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


Ground the bevel down to 400 grit with a Trizact belt then tried my new Scotchbrite 400-600 belt.
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« Reply #432 on: November 26, 2016, 09:10:40 PM »
I really like the look and I'll bet you're havin' fun, aintchya? :banana:
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« Reply #433 on: November 26, 2016, 09:16:25 PM »
Thanks, wolfy, and yes I am!
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« Reply #434 on: November 26, 2016, 09:17:14 PM »
Nice one Sarge.
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« Reply #435 on: November 27, 2016, 05:57:12 AM »
Looking great.

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« Reply #436 on: November 27, 2016, 06:23:13 AM »
I love it.  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #437 on: November 29, 2016, 07:22:59 PM »
Thanks, fellas.

Finished up another one today.


Rasp with wenge scales, blade and handle are 4 1/2" each.


I dyed the tooling black and the rest of the sheath dark brown to sorta match the wenge.


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.
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« Reply #438 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.
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« Reply #439 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
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« Reply #440 on: November 30, 2016, 05:58:54 PM »
Good stuff Sarge!  Those certainly have that nice rustic appeal that I like!
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« Reply #441 on: November 30, 2016, 08:15:57 PM »
Thanks, guys!
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« Reply #442 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


Hand sanded the blade down to 600 grit, back to 400 grit, then used a Scotchbrite 400-600 belt


Sheath with rawhide inlay


Plan is for belt loop allow low ride or cross-draw carry option. I haven't tested it out yet.

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« Reply #443 on: January 10, 2017, 09:08:30 PM »
Well that is a hell of a start to the year.  Great blade shape, nice wood. 
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« Reply #444 on: January 10, 2017, 09:23:23 PM »
Nice one, Sarge.   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #445 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:
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« Reply #446 on: January 11, 2017, 04:21:55 AM »
Wow!

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« Reply #447 on: January 11, 2017, 06:39:56 AM »
That is a beautiful knife!
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« Reply #448 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!

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« Reply #449 on: January 12, 2017, 09:38:31 AM »
That is an awesome looking knife.  Well done
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