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Better late than never .... maybe

Discussion in '2013 KITH' started by Mythtaken, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    So I haven't had a lot of time to spend in the shop these past weeks but the calendar on my wall has me scared as February is nearly gone. I figured I'd better go ahead and get this thread started.

    I decided on a more or less classic Scandi design with a peened tang (That may prove to be a fatal mistake for the knife and me, but nothing ventured....) For the blade, I decided to break away from my usual O1. Instead I'm using 1/8" 1084. I won't bother showing the design; instead, here's the profiled shape.

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    I still haven't decided on the handle. I have a few options mulling over. I need to make a decision soon.

    The scandi grind may be simple but getting it right is another matter. This thing has been kicking my bum all over the place. I think maybe I finally got it with blade number three. You guys can tell me if I should be moving on to number four. Here it is, rubbed down with 180grit to take some of the grinding marks out. I also started rounding the back end for peening.

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    Next up, many hours of hand sanding.
     
  2. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    The scandi grind is a tough one that's for sure. I lucked out and got mine on the first shot. Looks good :)
     
  3. stevebates

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    Looks excellent Myth, don't think you need to worry about number four...lol!!! Great job!!!
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Thanks guys! If it wasn't for my new high-tech grinding jig, I'd never have managed it.
     
  5. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    What kind of jig is it?
     
  6. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I tried grinding it freehand on my belt grinder and that was a disaster. I never have gotten the hang of that. Then I tried using the little jig I made for grinding folder blades. That almost worked but grind was too wide towards the tip. So I decided to do it old school. I stuck an old plastic cutting board in my Workmate, clamped the blade to the edge of the Workmate, and taped a file to a stick. It was just a matter of setting the cutting board to the right height that gave me 12.5 degrees on the file angle, and I was in business.

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    Just goes to show, sometimes more power isn't the answer.
     
  7. metal99

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    Ahh cool man! I like that idea! I might have to try that out sometime just to clean up my grinds :)
     
  8. Rob W

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    COOL ! good use of the 'ol faithful way , I would save on steel if I went this route too, my new scandi is now a flat grind :rolleyes:
     
  9. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Quick question for you guys that have done a thru-tang before. I left my tang the same width all the way down (except for where I'll peen it). When I look at other builds. I notice the maker tends to taper the tang. Should I be considering that? Will it make it easier when it comes to fitting my handle?
     
  10. Rob W

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    more so your guard from my experience
     
  11. stevebates

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    Robs right, with the front of the tang tapered it makes a really tight and solid fit for the guard where it fits mostly but with the final tap of a hammer (with a socket over tang works perfect) it snugs right up and isn't going anywhere...lol!! Good alternative method as opposed to soldering.
     
  12. Rob W

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    .....and before you tap the guard on put some JB weld on the tang, then tap on the guard, wipe excess JB with a q-tip and WD40............but I'm sure there are many ways to skin a cat, this is just another option
     
  13. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Thanks for that, guys. That makes perfect sense.
     
  14. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Just a quick update on where I'm at. The blade is pretty much finished. I've done the heat treating and hand sanded to 1500. I don't do buffing, so other than a final rubdown at the end, I'm ready to move on to the really scary part; the handle.

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    (Image isn't great. I realized later that I had the ISO set to 1000, so the bright light made it a bit grainy, but you get the idea -- it's a knife :D)

    I have a bit of an idea what I'm going to do for the handle. I'll post more once I get a start on it.
     
  15. metal99

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    That's one fine looking blade! Nice and clean :)
     
  16. stevebates

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    Looks excellent, always excellent to see progress that turns out as nice as that. Can't wait to see the handle!!!
     
  17. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    You and me both! It will be a surprise all around, I think.
     
  18. Mike the Viking

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    Wow that looks great! can't wait to see what your gonna do with it
     
  19. Mythtaken

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    I've managed to get into the shop for a while over the past few days, so it's about time I updated my progress.

    Deciding on the handle was tougher than I thought. I changed my mind several times before coming up with the final mix. I stuck with brass for the front and back, since the plan was to peen the tang. At the front, I had originally planned for some antler, but after I got it cut and fitted, I didn't really like it. So I went more modern and made a stack of brown paper micarta, with a thin white liner in the middle. For the rest, I went with a chunk of Myrtle. It's a little more subtle than Maple, though I was worried it might turn out too dark in combination with the micarta.

    Here it is all glued and clamped:
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    Here it is out of the clamp, peened, and ready for shaping:
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    There were a couple of little flaws in the wood that I hoped would get sanded away.

    I didn't try to get fancy with the handle shape. I kept it simple, focussing on making something that felt good in the hand. After some hand sanding and a couple of coats of linseed oil, I think it's pretty much finished.

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    As you can see, the flaws in the wood are still there, but that's life. The handle is really nice to hold, though it should really be a couple of centimetres longer. If (when) I make another one, I won't have the KITH length restriction. I'm also debating whether to wax the handle to preserve the colour that's there, or leave it and let it change with use. I was also unhappy to see the front brass pulled back from the ricasso just a tiny bit. I should have put some JB weld on there first, before doing the rest of the handled. Lessons learned.

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with my first Scandi. I can honestly say it won't be my last. Next mountain to climb, the sheath. With some luck and lots of help from Mr. Chuck Burrows, I'll have one in the next few days.
     
  20. stevebates

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    Love it great job Myth, the handle choice is exceptional!!
     

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