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Grahamm Work In Progress

Discussion in '2017 KITH' started by Grahamm, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Grahamm

    Grahamm Active Member

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    Bored at work today so I am starting my work in progress thread for the knife I'm looking to build. Well, I should say "knives" since I'm gonna do 3 at once. One for the swap, one for me and one as a back up since I'm probably gonna screw up at least one.

    I spent a bunch of time online looking at various paring and petty styles. This is where I landed. I use a very sophisticated drafting process called CAP (cardboard and pencil).

    I was going to go with some 1/16 O-1 I have but after a few other threads I'm gonna go A2 and will have to grind some down from 1/8 so stay tuned for some shots of my burning my fingers and the steel flying across the shop. This will be a good comparison later when I send something that looks nothing like the template below.

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  2. dancom

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    I wish I had time to be bored at work! Keep us posted on how the design comes together.

    Dan
     
  3. Grahamm

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    Oh, I don't have really time to be bored either. I just choose to ignore all the stuff I should be doing
     
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  4. Grahamm

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    Ok. Gave up on grinding down some 1/8 A2. My new bar of 1/16 x 2 A2 arrived today. Love having access to a metal shop that lets me order what I want and doesn't charge me for it :)
     
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  5. Grahamm

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    Whether I grind or harden first here are the two blanks I cut out. I already screwed up the 3rd.
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    There. Now my screw up with the cutting disc is now a thru handle just like I meant to do. Yeah. That's right. It was my plan all along.
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    Here they are post heat treat. Love the look of them, wish I could keep those colours on here. Tested them at 62 RC before drawing them back.
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    Looking good . Pretty colour on them blades.
     
  9. dancom

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    Nice to see. Hardness tested too. Good work.
     
  10. Grahamm

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    I drew them back at 700F for an hour. I went for more "toughness" versus edge holding because I know in our house, paring knives get used for lots of stuff they maybe shouldn't but I wanted a bit of flex over a more brittle blade. Final RC is 56-58. I hope that will do.
     
  11. dancom

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    Like direct impact with stainless steel sinks? LOL Same.
     
  12. Grahamm

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    I've tried two different glue ups for the handle.
    First was wenge and red Palm and I didn't like it. So I tried a burl (forget the species... Will look it up) that was meant as a pen blank from Lee Valley and added some African black wood. Holy crap that stuff is hard. So when sanding it got too hot and melted the epoxy.

    So now I'm going with a madrone burl with a 5 layer g10 spacer (blk/white/b/w/b). If this doesn't work I'm gonna send my guy a make your own handle knife kit :)

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    I love African black wood because it is so hard and stable. When I cut it it reminds me of plastic because it is so dense. I personally find that making all of the pieces individually and then glue once fitted together. Once the epoxy is set then I do the shaping of the handle. Stacking together and then trying to dig out a hole for the tang is a bit harder because you have to reach thru all of that material and there is a good chance that it will break off between the different materials. I hope what I just typed makes sense. LOL
     
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    Don't be shy about cooling with water, you will be removing anything that gets wet. When I get real close to final shape I will start coating with oil (3-4 coats) then keep dipping to cool or change up to hand sanding.
     
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    Here we are. Shaped and dyed madrone burl with micarta spacers. I'm happy. Hope the recipient is.
    It's been almost exactly 3 months since I ground my first blade out of an old saw blade.

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  16. dancom

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    Not bad at all. You got the lines to line up nicely. Good work!
     
  17. Kevin Cox

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    Nice knife It all worked out very nice work .
     
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    Really nice, good job!
     
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    (That apple is looking mighty good too. I missed lunch today. :()
     

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