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New knives in the works!

Discussion in 'How I Made It: Tutorials' started by stevebates, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    New Skinner and 10" Bowie, both 154CM stainless.
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    Looking good so far. Nice file work, too. I don't have the knack for it.
     
  4. Rob W

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    ya looks really good , they say all knife makers eventually try file work...........i'm one of the eventually I guess , never even tried one
     
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    I was reluctant to try filework and when I did I realized it was quite relaxing as it was super easy and only takes about 20minutes or so unless your doing something really crazy...lol!!
     
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    I should maybe start with picking up the right files.............which would be ??????
     
  7. stevebates

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    I just use the basic round file and a triangle but if I ever remember I have to get one with a nice wide bevel for those nice S-curves. A couple strokes this way and that way file work will be done before you get into it...lol!!!
    "And maybe a cold beer"
     
  8. Icho-

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    Hmmmmmm beer!
    Lookin great Steve. I will likely try some file work on my next batch.
     
  9. stevebates

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    10" Bowie finished with 5 1/2" blade, 4 1/4" handle with burl scales and red swirl Alumilite accents...

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    not sure I like this file work though? Any thoughts?
     
  11. Rob W

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    what don't you like ?
    hard to tell in picture, is it black epoxy filled ?
     
  12. Grayzer86

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    Looking good, your mirror finishes are always great. I also really like the Alumalite that is used to fill the voids. It adds a cool accent and salvages a nicely figured block that probably would have been scrapped due to those extensive voids.
     
  13. stevebates

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    Hey Rob its black epoxy filled I felt when it was finished and filled the cross hatching type of file work looked fairly over kill to me but looked I think a little better unfilled as the voids were shallow and looked nicer to the eye. To me I think it's too much of a focal point now instead of a nice accent any thoughts? Maybe it's just me?
     
  14. Mythtaken

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    I see what you mean, Steve, and I'd agree that the very dark, regular file work tends to draw your eyes to it and away from the rest of the knife. That said, it only happens when you look at it from the particular angle you photographed.
     
  15. stevebates

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    Thanks Myth that is a good point, I thought I might have been a little too harsh on myself or that I am my own worst enemy when I'm trying new things...lol!!!
     

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