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Here We Go.

Discussion in '2013 KITH' started by Greg, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Greg

    Greg New Member

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    Good day guy's.

    Well, it was time for me to get started on this project as well. With work and famly, quality shop time is at a premium. There was nothing on the "honey do" list today so I got into the garage and got busy.

    I've never made a Scandi before so I put the google machine to work to kind of get an idea of what there all about. The one common attribute they all seem to share is the flat grind and straight spine. Most have the hidden stick tang but a few sport the full tang design as well.
    I new right from the start I wanted to do a full tang design as I want to add some file work to the handle.

    My steel of choice is CPM3V. 1.5" x 3/16". Kind of thick for a knife this size but thats what I had. You'll be able to field dress your reindeer and pry open your truck door when you lock your keys in it.
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    I sketched out a design and then got busy cutting it out. I don't have a metal cutting band saw and the CPM3V eats hacksaw blades even when it's not heat treated so I used my drill press to do most of the work.
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    A little grinder work
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    It's starting to look like something.
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    Next was some lay out dye and some scribe marks.
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    Now for some grinding.
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    After the bevels were ground, I surface ground the flat sides. Since I don't have a real surface grinder, I use the poor mans surface grinder, an aluminum block with sand paper, Lol.
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    While I was flat sanding, I kept staring at the handle and it just wasn't doing it for me. Another trip to the grinder to change up the handle. I'm liking this version better.
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    So after a good day's work, that where it's at. Kind of a Scandi with some western flair. The basic blade is cut out, the bevels are ground in and one side is sanded out. I'll get back at it next weekend.

    Have a good week everyone.

    Greg.
     
  2. metal99

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    Looks like I'm still in last place with a few other guys! Lookin good Greg! Very unique design. After seeing the other knives you have posted I can't wait to see what you do with this one!

    Your surface grinder is the same brand as mine!
     
  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    Wow Greg , that's a good day in the shop , I like it so far !!
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    You are off to a fine start with that!
     
  5. stevebates

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    Wow, looking good Greg I'm liking your design!!!
     
  6. Greg

    Greg New Member

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    Hey guy's.
    I got some time to work on the project this past weekend and made a little progress.

    First I added a bevel to the top of the blade. I like the look and it eases the thickness of the blade.
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    Then I added some file work around the handle.
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    Then I got to wok on the bolsters. I decided to go with stainless and then dove-tail them.
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    And thats where I'm at. Time to start thinking about the handle layout. Got a nice piece of spalted maple that might get used.
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    Have a good week everyone.
     
  7. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    Lookin good man :) I think the dovetail bolsters will look great on there.
     
  8. Greg

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    Got a little more time on the project this weekend. Got the heat treating done, sanded out the blade to 2000 grit and buffed it out to a nice mirror finish. The liners are on, went wth white & blue this time and the bolsters are on and roughed to shape. Time to start working on the handle.

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  9. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    Lookin good sir , now please tell me about your makers mark , looks really good
     
  10. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I was thinking the same thing. That etch is really crisp.
     
  11. stevebates

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    That is looking pretty sweet Greg, cants ain't to see the finished product!!!!
     
  12. Greg

    Greg New Member

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    Thanks guys.
    The makers mark is a stamp I ordered from EverStamp. If your looking for a stamped makers mark, I would highly recommend them. There service was outstanding.
    www.henryaevers.com
     
  13. metal99

    metal99 Member

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    Looks good man :) nice crisp grind. What did the stamp set you back?
     
  14. Greg

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    I can't remember the exact cost. I think it was around $300.00 but that included the stamp and stamping guide / holder thing. .
     
  15. metal99

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    That's not to bad really. I would like to get both a stamp and an etcher. I want to stamp my forged blades and etch my stock removal blades.
     
  16. stevebates

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    Metal, you should consider building an etching machine it's way cheaper I built mine it is a 12 AC/DC etcher and all I bought was the hand marker and solution. I built the etcher for $30 with parts from radio shack I have the electrical schematic if you want it there's really not much to it?
     
  17. metal99

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    I was thinking about building one some day. Does the one you made etch fairly deep?
     
  18. Rob W

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  19. stevebates

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    The one I made can etch pretty deep if you want it to it works excellent BUT I see Robs got a little gem up for grabs :amen:
     
  20. metal99

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    I would love to get Robs etcher but... I can hardly afford to get by these days so it would take me a year to come up with enough money. I really wanted to go to the southern Alberta hammer in this year but I'm not going to make it :( can't even afford more handle material! Lol being a flat rate auto body tech has its ups and downs.
     

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