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Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by dancom, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Getting a bit out there with this one...

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    Appearing from left to right: Copper, ebony, white turquoise/gold gemstone composite, vulcanized black spacer, stabilized maple burl.

    It should have a sweet AEB-L blade stuck in it by Sunday night. Stay tuned.

    Dan
     
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  2. Icho-

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    Looking good. I'm waiting to see more. :)
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Not the best of photos as I took them in my office, but here's the little kitchen knife I am polishing up. It's a 150 mm Petty with wa handle. Made from AEB-L 3/32" with an asymmetrical convex right-hand grind. The copper ferrule adds a little heft to the centre of the knife. Balance point is just in front of the ferrule.

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    Hopefully, I'll get some better shots from the lightbox with the saya this week.

    Thanks for looking!

    Dan
     
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  4. Slannesh

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    Looks great! Love the copper accent. Was it hard to shape the handle with so many different types of material? I would imagine some were much harder than others.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Thanks man.

    One would think so but copper is quite soft and ebony is quite hard. The stabilized maple is basically plastic. So it wasn't that difficult. Heating the copper when grinding the handle was something that I needed to keep under control. Always dunking in water when shaping.

    Dan
     
  6. Slannesh

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    Good to know.

    Yeah the ebony was a huge pain to rough cut when I was doing the knife in my avatar pic. I don't have a band or scroll saw yet so I had to jigsaw it... it was... interesting.
     
  7. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Ya, gotta love that burning ebony smell. ;-)
     
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    good ole ebony. I made the mistake once of trying to resaw a piece with a mastercraft 9" bandsaw.


    Love the knife, Dan.
     
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  9. Slannesh

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    Certainly not the easiest material to work, but damned if it doesn't make a great feeling handle. Thankfully I have more :)
     
  10. Icho-

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    I love working with ebony and if you haven't tried African black wood you have to. When i cut it on my band saw it looks kind of like plastic. I just picked up a nice piece on Saturday from woodchuckers.
     
  11. Foster J

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    That looks real nice Dan. A style that's vary appealing to me.
     
  12. Slannesh

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    Haven't tried blackwood yet. I'll keep it in mind. Have a few other bits around and my Dad does some woodworking so he's got a few bits of Walnut and Cherry for me. I picked up a bit of Maple the other day that i'm looking forward to using.
     
  13. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Thanks Joe,

    I have taken an interest in Japanese kitchen knives recently. This wa petty is getting a saya this weekend and I should have a some proper photos soon.

    Dan
     
  14. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I put an edge on this blade and took some shots in the light box.
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    Asymmetrical convex right-hand grind.
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  15. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Well done. I've been checking out a site called Dictum and looking at what they have for forged billets. Suminagashi has really caught my eye. Someday I want to make something similar. Even if it's just for my kitchen
     

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