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New Hunter And Trout & Bird

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Slannesh, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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    Got pictures of a couple of new ones today. These are a commission for a friend.

    Both are 1084 carbon. I like to do as much of my own stuff as I can so I haven't yet branched out into other steels as I like that I can heat treat this myself and get good results.

    Home made paper mycarta out of West Systems Epoxy 105/207 as I wanted the yellow to be bright. This is that slab that I messed up not using enough epoxy between layers and had to remake. Considering how much epoxy went into those two slabs this is a pricey bit of mycarta :)

    Mosaic pins made by me as well.
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  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    nice, have you thought of cloth with the persons initials or names printed in the fabric. Was even considering the old wallpaper with the fish and deer on it for a decoupage handle.
     
  3. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Good work sir! I love bird and trout patterns... I have a new one tempering in the oven as we speak!
     
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  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Yes, the shape of the bird & trout is very cool. Looking good!
     
  5. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    Wow, love the colors! great job on the pins also!
     
  6. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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    Based on one of your designs Dan, LZ1 I belive? Just cut off the bottom point. Seems to work well.... Thanks again for putting those designs out there!
     
  7. Slannesh

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    Thanks! I've totally fallen in love with mosaic pins, I think they add a lot to the look of many knives so I tend to use them on most of mine. The guy at the local hobby shop loves me, I keep clearing out his stock of rods tubes and brass plates for my viking stuff :)
     
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    I agree. Very nice.
     
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    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I really like that B&T pattern. That micarta is also awesome, very nice colors coming through there. Often i see the colors wash out some but it looks like you nailed it.
     
  10. Slannesh

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    Thanks :) I've played a lot with making my own micarta and seem to have found a pretty consistent combination of thickness for the epoxy resin I use. Unfortunately the trick to bright colours is to throw money at it ;)

    This one was done with West Systems 105/207 which is about $125 a litre right now...
     
  11. Grizz Axxemann

    Grizz Axxemann Active Member

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    How much micarta does that net you?

    For that price, I think I'll be sticking to the gallon can of Bondo resin from CT and dark colors. Ouch :(
     
  12. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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    Depends on what I'm making. For these knives the slab was 1/2" thick so it used a fair bit. Probably should have made two slabs from the get go as I SO didn't need 1/2" thick scales on the Trout and Bird knife. Unfortunately if you want bright colours you can't use the polyester stuff. I've done both and it turns everything much darker... the Purple and blue knife in my Avatar was made with Bondo polyester resin and it started off as neon blue and a very light mauve. Also, with the curing time I don't see how you'd have time to do a 1/2" thick slab using Polyester, it cures faster than I can work much past 3/8"
     
  13. krash-bang

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    I love it. The pins, the micarta, that shape, just wow!
     

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