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Hunter Set With Wip Pics

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Aaron, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

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    For my first real post I'll keep it short until i'm sure the pictures actually work :)

    This is a three piece hunter set i did in cpm154, with stabilized Koa, carbon fibre and brass with custom mosaic pins that i make.

    The big blade (Hellbender--named after a salamander) was my first significant recurve and I found it a little tricky to grind the bevels so it took more cleanup work post heat treat than I would've liked, but overall I'm really happy how they turned out. Didn't grab the best pics of the finished set unfortunately, but I learned a lot during this build.

    Thanks for looking!!
    Aaron

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  2. John Noon

    John Noon Active Member

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    That recurve has a real nice shape to it
     
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  3. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Very nice work . All very nice but the little one is my favourite.
     
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  4. SDMay

    SDMay Active Member

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    Very nice work!! I like your makers mark but I am trying to figure out what it is? It looks like a dinosaur with a butterfly riding on it's back.
     
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  5. parker

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    Beautiful knives man. I want to make my own kydex sheaths one day. Where did you get the machine or tool I guess to do the rivets and where d you order your materials from?
     
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  6. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

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    Thanks! I'm quite pleased with that design and will be making another one soon for a client...but I'm pretty sure I'll be making myself one down the road also
     
  7. Aaron

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    Thank you very much! I like how the sheath for that one attaches to the big one. First time using koa and carbon fibre but I really like the combo. Cf is nasty stuff to work with though
     
  8. Aaron

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    Much appreciated! My makerd mark is actually a "B" and a "K" for Byard Knives, being mimicked by an oak leaf. I'm a biologist/botanist at my day job so I wanted to come up with something that incorporated nature.
     
  9. Aaron

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    I built my own press using foam that I think was for gardeners to rest their knees on. I got my arbor press (for the rivets) on sale from busybee tools, and the rivet tools from usaknifemaker I think. I don't like the rivets at Tandy, and their kudex is pretty pricey so I usually get those supplies from the states but I'll be contacting Rob at Knifemaker.ca to see if he'll start carrying some of those items. I'm actually going to be rebuilding my kydex press to make it easier to use and get consistent results. I'll try to post some pics of that when it's done.
     
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  10. ToddR

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    Wow, beauty knives... i really like the shape on that big recurve. I really have this thing for curves i think... ahem... I've been putting off trying my first recurve myself but I have much less experience than you do
     
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  11. Aaron

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    Thanks! And I highly recommend next giving it a go.
    The only tip I have that might be helpful for grinding the recurve section is to use the edge of the platen instead of straight on. This allows for the belts to follow the inner curve of the blade.
    Hope that helps!
    Aaron
     
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  12. John Noon

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    as a added note for curved blades. once you start a pass do not hesitate, just one long smooth motion or you will be trying to fix grooves.
    This was my first curved blade and have to admit it was nerve wracking for the first dozen or so passes
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  13. Aaron

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    That's a great point as well, long smooth flowing motions are definitely key.

    Nice looking blade and sheath!
     
  14. John Noon

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    Thank you, It is hanging on the wall in a display box now since 1/4" thick and the grind are not great for chopping easily. Next will be 3/16" and hopefully a better cutter.
     
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  15. krash-bang

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    Wow! Beautiful knives Aaron. I really like how the carbon fiber goes with the Koa. It's not a mix I would have thought of, it looks awesome.
     
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  16. Aaron

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    Thanks! That was my first time working with both those materials, but when paired with the brass I really loved it. I'm sure I'll be doing this combo again, but man that cf is nasty stuff to work with.
     
  17. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Very well done Aaron! Love the materials.
     

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