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4th Knife Just Finished!

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by metal99, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    Hey guys, finally getting some more work done at my kitchen table knife shop :)
    I just finished the sheath for this one today.

    O1 tool steel
    Cocobolo scales
    Black liners
    Real silver spacers between black spacers
    Mosaic pins
    Damascus bolsters
    There are 21 pieces in this handle.
    I hand made the shieth.

    Take a look and let me know what you think!

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  2. winchester

    winchester New Member

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    That thing's amazing man! Great to see the finished product. I couldn't say enough good things about it. You give great hope to kitchen-table craftsmen just starting out like me.

    I'm sure I've asked you this before too, but I can't quite remember if I did. Do you just use files & sand paper to get that bevel?
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    That looks great. I'm always a sucker for cocobolo, and those mosaic pins set it off beautifully. I love your file work. You have got to get a shop set up.

    Just one question. I noticed a black mark near the tip of the blade in the 2nd picture. Is that something in the photo or the blade?
     
  4. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    Thank you for the kind words. Kitchen tables may become the new thing lol.
    I filed about 80% of the bevel into this one over the course of a week. Then I got a belt sander and finished it up nearly ruining the blade but I was able to fix it up with my files.

    I really like cocobolo too :) it's kinda pricy tho. I bought a board foot of it and it was almost $70! I won't be using that chunk for a long time tho. I want to let it season for a couple years because I noticed its starting to split on me...

    The black mark is just poor camera skills lol.
     
  5. winchester

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    Is that the same chunk the handle came from? If so, will that cause problems with the handle down the road (i.e. cracking, etc.)? Or is there a step or something I'm unaware of which prevents that?
     
  6. metal99

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    No the cocobolo I used on this knife was cut into scales about twenty years ago by another knife maker. I won't be using the new stuff I bought for a long time. You just have to let the wood do what it wants till its done then you shouldn't have any problems with it.
     
  7. Rob W

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    yup 2 thumbs up , ya really liking the cocobolo as well, was lucky enough to come across a few nice slabs and blocks from an old retired maker recently :)
     
  8. metal99

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    Old wood is the way to go. I have had so many problems with store bought "seasoned" wood. My dad and I build guitars as a hobby so we stuck to using old wood because it was done moving for the most part.
     

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