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Mom's day chef's knife (wip)

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by dancom, May 3, 2014.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    With Mother's Day quickly approaching, I've started on a chef's knife. It's AEB-L 0.130", 12" overall. I will try my hand at bolsters of 416 SS and a scales of stabilized, dyed (blue/red) bird's eye maple.

    I am getting the hang of my new grinder, so bear with me. I will post some pictures (hopefully before Mother's Day :( ) and show you how it's coming along.

    [​IMG]

    Dan
     
  2. mwilson

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    Hey Dan,

    That's a 'sharp' looking blade......hahaha i tell awful jokes...

    No really, it looks great. I can't wait to see more pics as you continue!

    -Matt
     
  3. stevebates

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    Looking great Dan, I think it's going to look great with the double dyed maple ;)
     
  4. Alexander13

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    Looking good!
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I need some advice on the bolsters as I have never done this before. I have cut and temporarily attached the two bolster pieces with brass pins on order to shape the bolster to the tang. This way I can match the curve in the handle belly with them pinned. I will take them off to do other shaping later.

    [​IMG]

    Is there a better way to do this?

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
  6. Icho-

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    I see nothing wrong with the way you are doing it. Just remember to finish the blade side of the bolsters to the final finish and square up and even out the scale side. I find the best way to do that is to take the bolsters off of the blade and pin them together. Hold them tight against each other with a little c clamp so that stuff doesn't get between them. I have actually shaped the top and bottom of them after the bolsters and scales have been pinned and glued. You just have to be a bit more careful about heat.
     
  7. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Thanks Icho. That is exactly what I was thinking. The second finishing phase is to pin them together and finish the other areas without the blade interference. Then a final finishing after the they are permanently attached to the blade.

    I will continue with less trepidation and keep you posted.

    :)

    Dan
     
  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    This is where I got to with the bolster this morning:
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    I'll polish her up sweet on the front. Got to get ready for HT next.

    Dan
     
  9. stevebates

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    Looking really sweet Dan.... What kind of scales you using on it?
     
  10. dancom

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    I have some double-dyed red & blue bird's eye maple from WoodStabilzer.com. Something with a bit more colour that black. :)
     
  11. Foster J

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    Looks like it's coming along real nice.
     
  12. dancom

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    Some bad news. I was pulling the pouch out of the oven and lost grip and she hit the floor tip first. She's a little bit of a J now, say 1/2" at the end has been curled.

    Any ideas on straightening? Or maybe I need to grind her a bit shorter of a knife.

    BTW, lesson learned on using vise-grips. They weren't cranked up to close super tight. From now on I am using pump pliers where I can squeeze a bit harder if I need to.

    Dan
     
  13. Rob W

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    try and straighten after first temper , or grind 'er off if unsalvageable , shorten it up and re-heat-treat ( I prefer smooth faced blacksmith tongs for removing ) pliers can leave marks for you to grind off
     
  14. dancom

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    Thanks Rob, I'll give 'er a try. It's sitting cold in the tempering oven now, first cycle done then I had to go to work.

    I usually set the vise-grips tight and grab the seam of the envelope. In this case, the grips were not so tight. The first knife I pulled out okay. The second one (and most critical seeing that Mother's Day is two days away) slipped. Oh well, live and learn.

    Dan
     
  15. Rob W

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    ya to bad buddy , let me know what you do with it and how it turns out , how big is the bend on 'er
     
  16. dancom

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    Not too big. I reckon I would lose about 3/8" off the tip if I ground it back. The blade is 6 3/4" so not the end of the world. (My Mom will still love me.)

    :whistling

    Dan
     
  17. stevebates

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    That's a big bummer Dan, I'm sure you'll fix it up but the added time is never fun. Can't wait to see the finished product. Like Rob I use blacksmith tongs as well the long handles provide a lot of leverage so you don't have to squeeze very hard to get a solid grip on the pouch!
     
  18. stevebates

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    BTW, how did you find the 416SS for bolsters? I just used it on the Damascus knife and I was shaping everything up last night and I swear It took me 6 hours on the handle as I had to keep cooling and the removal of material was very slow. The finished product is worth it though!
     
  19. dancom

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    Steve,

    For the bolsters I slowed down a blaze 60 to about 1200 FPS. It's almost like power filing at that speed. It still got pretty warm. I dipped it a few times for sure, but nothing I couldn't hold on to with gloves. I then used a Norax X65 for a little finer finish. (I am still figuring these belts out.)


    All the gory details. This is as far as I got on straightening the bent tip...
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    then SNAP!

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    I lost about 3/8". I used the same slow speed "power filing" to shape the tip back to something that looks okay.
    It only took a few seconds and didn't even get warm to touch, so I didn't kill the temper. I'll leave it at that.

    [​IMG]

    Should be done by the end of the day or first thing in the morning.

    This is all part of learning the craft!

    :)

    Dan
     
  20. stevebates

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    Right on!!! Glad the re-profile went smooth now your back in action ;) and far as the bolsters I don't yet have a VFD on my grinder so it's balls to the wall for now compensating with pressure on the belt... I will be working on a sheath for the Damascus blade today hopefully have pics later on today or tomorrow..
     

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