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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #550 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. 
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« Reply #551 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?
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« Reply #552 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

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

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.
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« Reply #553 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. ;)
« Last Edit: December 15, 2018, 06:36:57 PM by wolfy »
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #554 on: December 18, 2018, 04:19:03 AM »
Awesome work.  Cool trick with the dye.

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« Reply #555 on: January 22, 2019, 08:43:43 PM »
Last build of 2018...


6-inch blade rasp knife with vintage Westinghouse micarta

First build of 2019


O1 tool steel, 4-inch blade, stabilized black walnut
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« Reply #556 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.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #557 on: January 23, 2019, 05:29:35 PM »
Very nice.  i like that westinghouse micarta color. 
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« Reply #558 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.




Not my knives - they are works of art - but made the sheaths for a friend


Most recent builds... lots of micarta, G10, and kydex




Drilled the scales and inserted this 3/4" pin into the G10. Looks clean.


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.




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« Reply #559 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. 

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« Reply #560 on: February 26, 2019, 12:28:37 PM »
Thanks, Stan. A 3/4" spade bit was the perfect size for those pins.
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« Reply #561 on: March 24, 2019, 02:03:06 PM »
Some recent work...


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.


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.


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.


Finally cleaned it up a couple weeks ago.


First attempt at soldering a guard


Giraffe bone with nickel silver hardware.


Temper line shows up in the sunlight (and the reflection of my fingers).

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« Reply #562 on: March 24, 2019, 02:56:19 PM »
Those are all nice looking knives.  I really like the giraffe bond on the last one. 
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« Reply #563 on: March 24, 2019, 03:47:24 PM »
As usual, very nice work!   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #564 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:
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« Reply #565 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... 


The OD micarta and brass pins were a nice looking combination on this one.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #566 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!





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« Reply #567 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. 

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« Reply #568 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.
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« Reply #569 on: May 06, 2019, 08:26:17 PM »
Thank you, guys!
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« Reply #570 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'.


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




Blade ended up about 8 1/2" long, handle about 5"


The sgian dubh is from a piece of damascus a friend gave me. Got some 4,000 year old bog oak for it.
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« Reply #571 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?
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« Reply #572 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.
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Re: Sarge's stuff
« Reply #573 on: August 09, 2019, 01:24:55 AM »
Cool stuff!! Going to take the time to go through all 12 pages..

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« Reply #574 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:
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« Reply #575 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.


I made the mokume gane ferrule from a stack of nickel plated copper discs. The spacer is G10, pin is copper.


Another sawblade Bowie (13? OAL) with elk antler
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« Reply #576 on: August 09, 2019, 10:39:05 PM »
Man, I LOVE that Bowie! :drool: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #577 on: August 10, 2019, 09:02:54 AM »
So do I.  Great handle and the blade, both the shape and the finish. 

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« Reply #578 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.
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« Reply #579 on: August 12, 2019, 08:49:19 AM »
Yeah that bowie knife is sweet!  Nicely done sir! 
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« Reply #580 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

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« Reply #581 on: September 04, 2019, 08:51:57 PM »
Great work as always Mike
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« Reply #582 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!



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« Reply #583 on: September 05, 2019, 02:28:06 PM »
Beautiful stuff as always.