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Knife show wip.

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by stevebates, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Good grief, Steve! Where are you finding the time to get all that knifemaking done?!? I mean, do you have time to sleep? Between my job, my kids and my honey-do list, I'm lucky if I can manage a few hours a week playing with steel. I might have to take a trip down the road to say hello and check out your setup.

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  2. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    Haha...totally Jim not much sleep lately between the knives and work and family it's keeping me VERY busy. Buts it's great! Stop by anytime ;)
     
  3. Rob W

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    I love this picture Steve , I laugh every time I see it !! you must have arms like popeye now !!
    hope you have a great show !!
     
  4. stevebates

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    Lol Rob.... At the moment It feels like the project that may never end...lol! I got scale setting up on the first 2 today then 9 more for the first batch then start again...haha! Oh yeah no time for sleep ;)
     
  5. stevebates

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    Lol Rob... At the moment it feels like the project that may never end. I have scales setting up on the first 2 blades today and then 9 more for the first batch and then start all over with the next batch...haha! Oh not much sleep these days ;)
     
  6. stevebates

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    Here is an update on the knives...I'm finally starting to feel like I am getting somewhere! Going by the bottom pic handle material as follows left to right:

    Desert Ironwood, Cocobolo Rosewood, Lacewood, Katalox, Cocobolo Rosewood, Purpleheart, Cocobolo Rosewood and Leopardwood!

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  7. Rob W

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    awesome Steve !! hope you sell them all !!
     
  8. stevebates

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    Thanks Rob 55left to make haha ;)
     
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  9. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    That's a sweet thing to see!
     
  10. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Steve, you are a one man factory !
     
  11. stevebates

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    I'm sure I will burn out soon Cal! ;)
     
  12. Foster J

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    Nice work Steve. Impressive:)
     
  13. shadman

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    nice bunch-what kind of wood is katalox-ive used the others except for leopardwood but havent heard of katalox-is that the two tone handle?
     
  14. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    You bet Shadman, it is a fairly light but very hard wood...my first time using as well!
     
  15. shadman

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    beautiful work --but i still think you're crazy-lol
     
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  16. Icho-

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    Lookin good Steve. You will need a vacation by the time you get them done.
     
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  17. stevebates

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    A quick pic of the kitchen table assembly line...lol!

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  18. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    Nice work all around. I going to point this question towards the sheath making side if things. From the pic you seem to have some Eco flow Tandy leather dye on the table. Is that what you've used throughout? My last bottle didn't really seen to penetrate as deep into the leather as a wanted so I was hesitant of buying another. If that's what you've got there how has your experience been with it and what do you follow up with as a finish? I've been thinking if picking up the other dye they stock, the fliebings. Have you tried it too? Curious if one is significantly better than the other.
     
  19. stevebates

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    Yes Ryan, the fliebings is better, that Eco flow bottle was the original bottle I just refill it out of a quart of fliebings now so it's easier to work with. I finish the sheaths with a sheen after burnishing and touch up dye followed by a conditioning spray. Seems to work pretty well..
     
  20. Jim T

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    I might have missed it somewhere in this thread, Steve, but are you preparing all those knives for a show or are you filling individual orders? Your output is astounding! Also, it appears that you keep a neater work area and are more organized than a lot of other knifemaker I know, myself included.

    Jim T
     

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