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Pig sticker WIP

Discussion in 'How I Made It: Tutorials' started by Brad, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    Here it goes. My brother is going to Hawaii in February and found out he can go pig hunting there. The outfitter also told him he could try to use a knife to harvest his pig. So I’m going to try and build a pig sticker in a month. My limited research on pig stickers led me to think a large wide blade, sharpened clip and a guard. I have not got the whole look for the knife drawn out I’m just making it up as I go. The raw stuff 1 ¾” by ¼” 5160 in the forge.
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    I try to forge the profile out first then curve it slightly to allow for the edge reduction. Yes my shop is a mess
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    At this stage the knife (for lack of a better term) has been normalized twice and annealed once. I plan on annealing the blade once more when I get the major grinding done. My heat treating plan is to do a full quench in canola oil three times then temper it back at 400 deg for 2h three times. I have been doing edge quenching with a tempering cycle of 2h at 350 deg, however I would not mind losing a little edge holding ability for toughness.
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    Well I got cold feet on the heat treatment and reverted back to what I normally do. At this point I have rough ground the knife down to 200 gr and normalized it once more. I then edge quenched it three times. I will temper it back three times 350 for 2h per cycle. Now I need to figure out what I want for to do for a guard and handle.
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    That's looking good. You'll probably want a non-slip handle for the sort of messy work you have planned for it. What are the dimensions of the blade?
     
  3. Brad

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    The blade is roughly 9"x2", big and ulgy. I plan on having a solid double gaurd on it. I still have not figured out handle material.
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    Here she is out of the oven. I’m a little lazy when it comes to grinding before heat treating. I like to leave the blade a little thick and grind it down after it is hard. I like a little wiggle room for fixing up my mistakes.
     
  4. Brad

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    Work gets in the way of hobbies all the time. Here is a shot of the guard out of the forge.
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    This is the frst frame style handle I have tried to build. The guard and frame are plain mild steel. I hope the frame will add to the strength of the knife and allow me to have a thicker tang. Again function and durability are the most important features of this knife.
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    Getting a little closer. The blade is at a 600 grit finish.
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    I still have a lot of hand fitting to do before I can move on to the handle scales. I hope you are enjoying the process as much as me.
    Brad
     
  5. Mythtaken

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    It's looking good. I'm especially interested to see the frame handle. I've never watched one done before.

    How do you manage the balance of the blade, knowing that you're going to add on weight with the frame?
     
  6. Brad

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    I have never built a frame handle knife before, so I'm learning as I go. I prefer to have a heavy handle so the balance point is close to the gaurd. This knife blade is 10"x2" around 1/4" thick so I have a lot of weight up front to play with. I hope it comes together, time is slipping away.
     
  7. Brad

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    The fun is over, now the work begins. The handle has been a bit of a pain because I cold blued the frame and guard.
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    I used some scrap brass sheet for liners to contrast with the wood and frame. The scales need a lot of shaping at this stage.
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    There is still a tonne of hand sanding to do and nothing is glued up yet, but I think it is coming together.
    Brad
     
  8. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Nice job on the framed handle. Good call on the blueing too. It works with the dark handle.
     
  9. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    Done at last, what a beast. I do like the frame style knife it gives you a lot of freedom when building the handle.
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    She is heading out on the 8th. I have done my part now it is up to my brother.
    Brad
     
  10. Mythtaken

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    It's looking good. The pig may not like it, but I'm sure your brother will. Let us know how it works for him.

    It's one thing to make a knife. It's another to see how it performs in real life. I like to know that mine can stand up to day to day use.
     
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    very well done
     
  12. Rob Holm

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    Awesome! Now I want one. . .
     

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