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First, Second, And God Knows How Many Present Project In Progress.

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Rick Runciman, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Hi everyone. I just joined the forum. A lifelong machinist here. Getting ready to maybe retire and wham, along comes this recession in Alberta. The top one is made from a piece of high speed steel. The handle is cast resin. Time flies, I made that 30 years ago. My second knife, minus the handle, and starting it's upgrade for my best friend who is it's owner was made about 28 years ago. The tanto is nearing completion. It has a highly polished 440C blade 6",and the guard and pommel and 2 spacers are 410 SS. With dyed maple burl handle I made from 4 pieces of a pen blank from Lee Valley. Theres 4 brass spacers too. Just needs edges rounded on the sander, then apart for some filework on the SS spacers,, then glue and silver solder together and polishing. I'm wondering why I kept this hobby to me and my friends for 30 years, and they all have at least one of my knives,,LOL.
     
  2. Prevenge

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    Very nice blades Rick! Your machinist experience looks like it really shows through in that tanto...has a precision feel to it.
     
  3. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Thanks Prevenge, It is precision. All within .002 I tried eyeballing it and wound up tossing a bunch of handle pieces. The parts go together a lot better when you can hold reasonably tight tolerances. LOL.
     
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    krash-bang Active Member

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    Love the knives, the tanto especially. I'm wondering, the tanto, is it a hidden tang? And also, while I'm at it, what's the width of the stock you used to have enough space for that nice curve on the tanto blade?
     
  5. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Thanks. It is a hidden tang. I started out with a piece of 440C at 3/16 thickness x11" x1/2. .
     
  6. SoberEdge

    SoberEdge StonehurstKnives on Instagram

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    Hi Rick, sorry this is a little off topic. In your opinion what is the best bang for your buck when it comes to a small, in your garage mill. I've wanted one for some time but haven't made the jump, yet.

    Tyson
     
  7. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Hi Tyler. That's a tough question. Depends on many things, mainly space, budget, and time. I settled on a Craftex benchtop from Busy Bee tools. Perfect for making small knife parts. But the rule of thumb is buy the best machine your budget will allow. But the mill is just the beginning, it's the accessories and tooling that will get your wife wondering about your sanity.
     
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    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Oops, sorry Tyson, autospell bites me all the time.
     

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