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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #150 on: March 15, 2018, 02:16:22 PM »
Sarge those are great. Love that last one in figured walnut.
I'm in for one as well, just let me know. I may just pick one up in person while I'm up visiting the family.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #151 on: March 15, 2018, 06:39:56 PM »
Thanks, Spyder. That sounds good and I?ll keep you posted.

Pick up / delivery would be cool! Hope to meet you one of these days.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #152 on: March 15, 2018, 06:54:51 PM »
Thanks guys! I?m trying to make something Horace would give a thumbs up. Haha!

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

Thanks again!

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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #153 on: June 06, 2018, 09:44:48 AM »
I haven?t been onboard here much lately. I?ll check in and read a little but haven?t posted much. Been busy with life the last month or two - I turned 50, my older daughter graduated high school, I went to Washington D.C. with about 1,000 5th graders, 20th Wedding Anniversary....got family vacation in a couple weeks. I know everyone is busy and I?m certainly not whining. It?s been great! In the middle of all that, I moved everything out of my basement/shop to paint walls and the floor. I hauled off several truckloads of clutter and put 18 feet of shelving x 6 feet tall on one wall, ordered 12 more feet for another wall. I have way more storage space and plan to add more workbench space. I?m back up and running and worked some yesterday.


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

I hope to have way more regular updates on this progect.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #154 on: June 06, 2018, 11:40:52 AM »
Looks awfully good Sarge!  Glad some time has freed up a little to start back at it. 
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #155 on: June 06, 2018, 02:50:30 PM »
Looking good buddy.
I need to do what you've done to my shop. haul a bunch of stuff off, clean out and make more work area.
But I really need to go fishing :drool:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #156 on: June 06, 2018, 04:22:42 PM »
Oh, MAN! :doh:    My salivaries are workin' overtime now! :drool:   ANY of that figured walnut would tickle me plumb to death! :banana:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #157 on: June 06, 2018, 07:03:03 PM »
Sarge I think Horace would want one of these too.  You got it dialed in I think.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #158 on: June 06, 2018, 08:38:13 PM »
I know it was only a paragraph; said like that sounds like you've been gone for a year at least. Well done
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #159 on: June 06, 2018, 08:59:09 PM »
Thanks for the update,  glad you are back at it.
Knives are looking good.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #160 on: June 13, 2018, 08:36:44 PM »
Thanks, as always, guys. I appreciate the feedback. I worked some today and have a couple blades close to ready for scales.


From flat ground blank received back from heat treat on left, to convexed bevels in center, to the convexed blade with tapered tang on the right.


Blade with tapered tang and hollow ground tang to achieved desired weight.

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

Probably won't get much else done before vacation but I'll post some more pics when I get back.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #161 on: June 13, 2018, 09:37:35 PM »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #162 on: June 13, 2018, 10:36:11 PM »
Oh yeah, baby! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #163 on: June 30, 2018, 10:43:53 AM »
A little knife time today after a long week at work and vacation the week prior. Shaping some walnut scales.


I bevel the front edge of most scales at 45 degrees but give these a steeper angle to match the original. Angle guide on the disc sander works well.


Hand sand to soften the hard angles.


These 3 sets are about ready for mounting.

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


6, 7, & 8 1/2 inch blades, hidden tang, bolsters....geez
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #164 on: June 30, 2018, 05:51:28 PM »
I like those blades in the last photo (but not as much as the Kephart).  The smallest one on the right looks like it would be a good skinner/camp kitchen knife.   
   
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #165 on: July 01, 2018, 05:45:07 PM »
Thank you, sir. That smallest one is sorta stabby but should be practical enough for a multi-purpose knife.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #166 on: July 01, 2018, 08:06:31 PM »
I can't even remember the last knife fight I was involved in. :duel:    I know I'll be much happier with my nice new Kephart.  I can think of LOTS of situations where one of those would come in handy! ;D
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #167 on: July 03, 2018, 04:22:03 PM »
Dropped by for a quick forum scan... 6,7, 8.1/2...  :P yes those are nice especially the finished one (nice proportions on the various elements) for a second though I thought the counting out of Keps  had begun...
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #168 on: July 03, 2018, 07:55:34 PM »
I wish I had 6, 7, 8 Kephart done. Haha

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

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

I?m pretty happy so far with that big Bowie...going for an old Sheffield look. I feel like I got pretty close on the proportions. Still gotta make and fit some sort of pommel.
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #169 on: July 03, 2018, 09:17:42 PM »
A pommel? That surprises me. Primarily because when I tap on the pic to enlarge it; I don't see any tang exposed out the end. But then, ah ha- the hilt is not yet fixed?

It is good looking imho
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #170 on: July 03, 2018, 10:40:39 PM »
The Sheffield Bowies were arguably the best-looking and most well-proportioned of all the Bowies.....foreign and domestic.  Many of the southern Bowies were cranked out by various country blacksmiths for protection during the Civil War and were not very nicely finished or balanced.  The Bowie that was carried by riverboat gamblers & travelers along the Natchez Trace tended to be a little nicely made, but almost ALL of the Sheffield products were very nicely made and many were produced as cased 'presentation-type' knives with engraved handle escutcheons showing the names of the presenter and the honoree to whom it was given. 

At one time I had a chance to buy a Rudy Ruana-made 'Mexican' Bowie in a gift shop in Choteau, Montana for a mere $300.....but being a nearly penniless farm kid & college student at the time, I felt I had to pass.  I've kicked myself ever since! :-\
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #171 on: July 04, 2018, 10:21:46 AM »
Man, that Ruana would have been a steal but I understand.

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

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

And here's a video preview

https://youtu.be/luSrUDap8eM :popcorn:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #172 on: July 04, 2018, 02:58:23 PM »
I'm afraid I'll soon be letting go of 70 frogskins for another book! :doh: :coffee:
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #173 on: July 04, 2018, 03:38:34 PM »
Well, I was afraid I?d cost you $70 bucks, Wolfy. Sorry about that. Haha

I have really enjoyed it. Both the writing and photography are outstanding!
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Re: Colclesser Project WIP
« Reply #174 on: July 04, 2018, 04:37:54 PM »
Looks like a book to have Sarge.  Thanks for posting that link.
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