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New Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by donnymac250, May 1, 2014.

  1. donnymac250

    donnymac250 Member

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    well here is my 4th knife . 01 tool steel .patina blade in hot vinegar . orange wood handle coated in natural danish oil , then coated with true-oil . black carbon fiber pins . one bad thing is that i made the front end of my handle to short , so the front pin is to far forward .also made a drk brown sheath . nothing fancy . i plan on getting some stamps in the near future .and this is a bk2 type of knife pattern , thanks to dans bl[​IMG]og site .
     
  2. metal99

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    Looks good man :)
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Good work Don. What thickness of stock did you start with? It looks fairly hefty. I am glad to see the sheath work too. Most people cannot appreciate just how many skills it takes to make a knife and sheath package. You're polishing all the skills.

    As for your scale problem, this is typically what I do:
    1. Attach rough scales with wooden dowel pins (This is before heat treat).
    2. Work it with the sander until you are oversized by about 1/8" or so all around.
    3. Take the scales off the tang and pin them together with the same pins. This time the only the scales go together.
    4. With the two scales pinned together, match the fronts *perfectly* with the sander. Polish the fronts too now as you won't be able to do this later.
    5. After HT and clean up on the blade - attach the scales to the tang with the same wooden dowel pins.
    6. Tape the blade right up to the scales. Go very close with masking tape right up to the scale fronts. This will help from getting excess epoxy on the blade in this front area.
    7. Take a deep breath -- Pin with the real pins, epoxy and clamp.
    8. Wipe off excess epoxy as best you can with Armour All wipes (they work great for this). Certainly the fronts of the scales can be wiped now.
    9. Then when the epoxy is cured, sand the scales and bring them to perfection with the belt and drum sanders.
    Maybe this (or parts of this) will be helpful.

    It is a bit of a pain, but I've gotten used to taking the scales on and off a few times each build. The wooden dowels rock. Dollarama has 3/16" and 1/4"...yup, $1.00.

    :)

    Dan
     
  4. donnymac250

    donnymac250 Member

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    thanks for the info guys . good idea i will get some dowels as im thinking they would hold in the handles better then steel , and will not slide out while profiling wood .if i use armour all will that not get on the front of handles and cause a problem for the finish to stick to handles . as for the handle being to far back ,is that when i put the tape on to protect my hand sanding finish on my blade . i put the tape on to far back on the blade after heat treat. my own fault . i tend to wait to do my handle till after my heat treating , just in case something goes wrong with that , then im not wasting my time on a handle . next time i will do all that before i heat treat as you said .the steel thickness is 1/8 dan . thanks again dan .
     
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  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Of course, the wooden pins are temporary, the final pins are brass or stainless or what have you.

    So far, I haven't had any issues with the wipe causing problems with other finishes later on. They are not dripping wet, rather only moistened so it's not soaking into the wood or anything. I got that idea from a young fellow on YouTube who recommended them and I was impressed when I tried it. Epoxy generally doesn't wipe off very well with a dry rag.

    Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the next one!

    Dan
     
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