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Knife #5 Underway

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by bobbybirds, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Active Member

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    Hey all!

    With my wife just going through major surgery a couple weeks ago, it has meant I was not getting any shop time in as I have been having to look after her and take care of all the household duties and the kids, but today everything was done and the weather warm so I was able to sneak out for a couple hours! Yaaayy!!!

    So I figured I wanted to tackle a Nessmuk style knife I drew out myself, and to also attempt my first hidden tang. I got as far as doing a full flat grind and cutting off a a bit of moose antler I am considering as the handle. Really I would love some opinions from you all as to what you think of using this antler. I think if I do it right it could look great and actually flow with the lines of the blade itself.

    Anyhow, please feel free to chime in on the start of this, my fifth effort!

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  2. poppa bear

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    Looks really good so far keep up the good work
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    sawing or burning antler is hard on the old body. Do it outside or the better half might mount your antler on the wall
     
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  4. Chris Roy

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    Nice man. what size stock is that?
     
  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Active Member

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    Thanks guys...

    Chris - The stock is 5/32 1084 carbon. It is a little thicker than I would have preferred which is one reason I chose to go with a full bevel flat grind. With a Nessmuk being essentially a bit more of a skinning knife and camp cooking knife, I figured I could slim down the blade thickness a bit more like that compared to a partial grind. I still need to clean up the bevel but overall it worked out well enough for a first attempt at something like this I think.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hi Bob,

    Nothing wrong with a flat grind on a Nessmuk, but you really want some mass in the spine (back) to give it strength for camp duties like chopping and batoning.
    The spine is usually about 0.125" or so. If you are going to take your grind up full flat, just kiss the spine, no more.

    Sorry I can't help you with the antler.

    Dan
     
  7. bobbybirds

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    Hey Dan!

    When researching it out, my impression was more that the Nessmuk is not really an "all around" knife as is was really just part of a trio of blades for the outdoorsman and would be used primarily for skinning and food preparation in conjunction with a hatchet for chopping needs and a smaller folding pocket knife for small work. I tried to design it along those lines...
     
  8. bobbybirds

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    Got to do a bit more work today. Spent some time on the handle. I was thinking about trying to dye the antler but I think I really like the natural look! Still have to finish the blade but I think I am liking how things are coming together. I really am going for an old rustic look, like something you would see hanging off the belt of some old grizzled trapper!

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  9. Chris Roy

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    looking good man
     
  10. John Noon

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    Automatic transmission fluid if clean gives a red tint to woods like maple did it once by accident and might work on antler as well.

    Quick edit, I have alcohol based stains for leather and a couple that are a gel and considering how easy they stain skin I bet it would work on Antler.
    Going to give it a shot and let you know
     
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  11. John Noon

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    Okay this was quick and dirty not sure about longevity of the test. Had a very old piece of antler a local lady sells as dog chew toys.

    On the exposed end I used the medium brown dye with two applications followed up by gum tragacanth and a light burnishing with leather.
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  12. dancom

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    Looks good Bob!
     
  13. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Active Member

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    Thanks Dan!

    And thanks for that tester John... Interesting!
     
  14. LeclairKnives

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    Knife is looking good.
    I have seen folks use potassium permanginate to dye antler a nice dark brown. It can be found wherever you can get pool chemicals. It will dye your skin purple so use gloves.
     
  15. bobbybirds

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    I am thinking I might just go with BLO and let it darken naturally...
     
  16. John Noon

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    Did a little sanding and the dye does not soak in very far
     
  17. John Noon

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    Did some research this morning and the dye works but you have to let it sit over night so it penetrates a decent amount. With a half dozen colors available you could make some interesting knives.
     
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    Looking awesome and that's for posting. Getting my hands on some deer antlers myself. Also thank you for posting the dying ideas it's always good to know.
     
  19. krash-bang

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    Looking good.
     

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