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Discussion in '2013 KITH' started by Icho-, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    Thanks Grayzer.
    This dymond wood is the cocobolo natural looking one. I rounded and polished a piece of it and loved the look which is the reason I wanted to use it. Well thanks everyone for putting me at ease. Now I just have to get her done. I'm a bit farther behind than I'd like to be.
    Btw all the knives are looking awesome.
     
  2. metal99

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    I would use whatever you want to use. Sure dymond wood is cheap but it is far from crap that's for sure. I bet that it would even out last stabilized wood because I believe it it treated under extreme pressure and cured at the same time like phenolic composites (micarta and g10)

    You weren't referring to one of my posts on knifenetwork were you? I'm asking because I was just talking about dymond wood on there the other day lol. The only reason most people don't use it is because its inexpensive. For some makers the more money they put into a knife the more they can sell it for.
     
  3. Grayzer86

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    Personally i think the dymondwood stigma is based less on the material itself really than the extreme over use of it on all the Pakistani ebay and swap-meet knives that use it. IMO this is what has hurt it more than other factors. Yes its lower cost than burl or other composites, but i made a knife a while back, just under 8 inches, that was Dymondwood, W2, and stainless pins for a total materials cost of about 18 bucks, not including expendables like belts and such. That knife with my totally unknown name on sold live auction for 195. And dont worry, after my setbacks i am farther behind than you haha.
     
  4. Mythtaken

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    I'll agree with the rest on both counts. A thin piece of brass will do the trick for your design. And as for the dymondwood, I wouldn't give it a thought. I agree with Grayzer --it's gotten a bad rep because of being overused on cheaply made knives, not because the material is inexpensive.
     
  5. Icho-

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    I'm glad everyone feels The same about dymond wood as I do. Looks good and very durable and endless color options.

    Jules. That is the thread I was talking about but I agree with what you said. A few posts down from yours is what got me wondering about the stuff. Cheap as in inexpensive is ok when something is good quality but the way he said cheap and crap is what got me concerned about using it.

    Grayzer. I saw the pic of that knife and it is another reason for me to use dymond wood in the future. It looks great.

    So I will continue with my handle plan. I didn't get a chance to get a thinner piece of brass today but I have to get it tomorrow after work. I should be able to start fitting all of the pieces tomorrow and maby even assembling.
     
  6. metal99

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    Awesome man! Can't wait to see some more pictures :)
     
  7. Icho-

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    I had a chance to get some assembly done last night. I felt like i got beat up by a tube of epoxy but I got it together. Here is a pic after I took the clamps off early this afternoon.

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    The pic makes it look a lot worse than it is.

    I had some more time a little while ago to do some shaping. I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere. Here's where I'm at now.

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    I was worried cause the pieces weren't as straight as I would have liked them to be but now that it is rough profiled it doesn't look too bad. I'm probably goung to go back out for a bit to get a bit closer. My goal is to start trying to figure out how to make a sheath tomorrow night so the knife should be done by then.
     
  8. stevebates

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    :cool:Looks great Icho, that's going be a nice blade...
     
  9. Icho-

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    Thanks Steve. I am done for the night but I did some more work to it. I can be a bit impatient some times so I did a bit of sanding with 220 knowing that I will be going over it again with a file then a 2 min buff. It's not looking too bad.
     
  10. stevebates

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    Right on, I spent the day remaking a 10" blade as the original died in heat treat a few days ago made tons of progress but only back to the stage it was at before...lol!!!
     
  11. metal99

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    Lookin good man! I'm in last place by the looks of it!
     
  12. Icho-

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    Thanks Jules. Don't worry there is still time.

    Well, I think I finished my first knife. I may end up going back and fixing a few things that art bugging me about it. Here it is.

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    I decided to take the pics outside and I am glad I did. They actually came out ok. Oh ya and don't mind the eraser LOL

    Now I have to try and figure out what to do with this stuff!

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  13. Icho-

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    Ok. So I've been googlin about sheathes. I am scared about even starting it but I think I will give a Scandinavian style sheath a try. I just want to apologize in advance to whoever gets it!
     
  14. metal99

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    Man that knife turned out great! You should be proud of that one :)

    As far as the sheath goes I really don't know what the secret is to a pouch style sheath.

    Wrap the knife in suran wrap, soak the leather in warm water until it becomes nice and flexable and wrap it tightly around your knife. Clamp the leather in place on the outside of where you would be sewing it to prevent leaving marks in the leather and work the leather with your thumbs around the guard area to get a nice form fitting sheath. Gently pull the knife out and let it dry. After its dry trim the sheath to shape and make your welt. To make the welt I trace the cutting edge of the blade and cut it a tiny bit to the outside of the line. Slide the welt into the sheath and mark where you need to trim the excess but don't cut it yet. I leave the extra leathere there to orevent any problems when cementing everything together and the mark helps line it up. Then you can make your belt loop, do your dying and cement all the pieces together to get ready for sewing. After its stitched up trim off the excess of the welt sand the edges, dye the edges, burnish the edges and seal with whatever finish your using.

    That's my way in a super large nutshell.
     
  15. metal99

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    Sometimes I do all my dying after the sheath is sewn together.
     
  16. Icho-

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    Thanks Jules. I was thinking that style sheath but I also found pretty good tutorial on Scandinavian sheathes. I hope I get a gameplan for tomorrow after work.
     
  17. metal99

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    Ohh ok I was thinking that the fold over pouch sheath was the Scandinavian style lol.
     
  18. stevebates

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    Looks beautiful!!! Great job Icho!!!
     
  19. Icho-

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    Ya Jules. The tutorial I saw has the stitching on the back instead of the side. I guess it is still a fold over so you are right. Lol

    Thanks steve.
     
  20. metal99

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    Oh ok I know exactly what you mean now! They are nice sheaths.
     

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