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Offline joel

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A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« on: March 28, 2012, 02:54:58 PM »
These two are the knives I have only recently finished. That will give some idea of my work.

The first one is a fixed blade. Generally  I make my own blades, but on this occasion I used a Polar Whittler 80 blade I bought from Brisa a while back. I had the antler for a while, it was a bit short to use on it's own, so I played with various ideas, including making a pewter bolster, but decided in the end to use leather as it's warmer than pewter, and lighter too!

The leather washers were stacked and glued together on the tang with epoxy glue, used  thinly and compressed a bit between the antler and the thick brass  plate whilst the epoxy went off. Once all sanded down, I dipped the leather bolster in hot melted beeswax.







The sheath is a bit different, I placed the firesteel in front of the blade, and the knife is at a steep-ish angle to minimize the size of the whole thing.

The second knife is a friction folder, a variation on the theme of the various friction folders I make. Everything hand made, including the brass washers! The handle is slimmer than what I normally do, but I rather like it that way. The blade is 01 tool steel, scales are Walnut, the liners are mild steel and all the pins and the pivot mild steel. The pivot and pins are purposly stronger than normal as the knife is meant to be  for woodworking and some bushcraft use. Normally, I use brass pins and pivots.








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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 03:07:29 PM »
very nice Joel!! love that friction folder man!
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 03:30:41 PM »
Those are some attractive knives! I really like how you finished off the antler with the brass plate and lanyard loop. Really creative!

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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 06:04:13 PM »
That is a piece of art as well as a knife. I wish I could do that.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 06:18:37 PM »
Very impressive stuff there. I like that sheath. Very creative.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 06:38:32 PM »
Those are very unique and cool looking. I really like the filing on the friction folder.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 07:39:54 PM »
Both great knives! I really like the fixed blade sheath design as well as the matching firesteel...very nice work!

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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 09:23:15 PM »
Those are really nice, Joel!  Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 11:18:31 PM »
Whoa.

Very cool!
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012, 10:31:53 AM »
Really great looking knives!
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2012, 05:03:26 PM »
SWEET file work on that friction folder Joel!!! 8) :) 8)
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2012, 08:30:04 AM »
Some damn fine work there...
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2012, 12:02:07 PM »
good looking knives.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2012, 02:53:17 PM »
Very, very impressive.... I really like the antler handle and am still working (usually when I need to be sleeping) on the one I want to build...
And I have GOT to learn how to do that file work.... I mean, it's not like it's hard to figure out how it's done, but geesh, do you guys really cut each slot with a hand file, or is there some Dremel tool used? That's got to be hours of work if all done by hand and files....
Nice job man!!
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2012, 03:05:05 AM »
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And I have GOT to learn how to do that file work.... I mean, it's not like it's hard to figure out how it's done, but geesh, do you guys really cut each slot with a hand file, or is there some Dremel tool used? That's got to be hours of work if all done by hand and files....

Missed this one.....

I only use needle files, small ones of course! I never tried a dremel, but i don't think it would do the the job as well as taking your time with a couple of needle files such as these:



Besides, making a mistake with a file can generally be "covered up" (not that I make mistakes...ever.... 8)) With a dremel...you might need a new blade! Most of the work is done with round and triangular files. Then sanding...and more sanding...and...pol ishing....and a bit more polishing ;D

The key to good filework is: patience, preparation, good files and good spacing of the elements of the patterns.

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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2012, 08:48:46 AM »
Great work. That's really impressive file work on that folder.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2012, 12:14:00 PM »
congratulation, good hands and hard work to do a good job.
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2012, 07:01:48 AM »
quality looking pieces right there!!!...thanks for the pic's...woods
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Re: A couple of the knives I have recently finished
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2012, 09:48:41 PM »
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And I have GOT to learn how to do that file work.... I mean, it's not like it's hard to figure out how it's done, but geesh, do you guys really cut each slot with a hand file, or is there some Dremel tool used? That's got to be hours of work if all done by hand and files....

Missed this one.....

I only use needle files, small ones of course! I never tried a dremel, but i don't think it would do the the job as well as taking your time with a couple of needle files such as these:



Besides, making a mistake with a file can generally be "covered up" (not that I make mistakes...ever.... 8)) With a dremel...you might need a new blade! Most of the work is done with round and triangular files. Then sanding...and more sanding...and...pol ishing....and a bit more polishing ;D

The key to good filework is: patience, preparation, good files and good spacing of the elements of the patterns.
Thank you for the response.... I sure wasn't trying to make it sound easy! I'm sure I'll screw a few blades up while learning.
Do you mind sharing what brand, and where you got your file set?
I have a set, but it is just a cheap set and used for wood and brass.... I doubt it would hold up to hard steel...
The more I see that antler blade and sheath, the more drool gets on my keyboard! Thank goodness for screen protectors! LOL!
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