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Skinning Knife

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by John Noon, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    A little something for the uncle, had it 99% complete when questions came up about hardening 1095.

    Sat on it for a few weeks, keeps an edge okay but could be better. Making him another one with 01 instead just to be safe. He promises to kick the crap out of this one for fun.

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  2. PeterP

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    That is one sweet skinner! love the boat wheel!
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Oh yea that is a Concho from Tandy Leather, removed the screw and ground down half of the stud. next one will be rotated so the handles don't get buffed off or done as an aquarium so the wheel rotates and water sloshes around LOL
     
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  4. John Noon

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    Supposed to be a little island off to the right of the ships wheel, kind of a hard thing to get a picture of. All edges of leather have been buffed and wax from the rivet removed. Just got a little rushed to take pictures and show off the latest project.

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    had to get a close-up and show off the back of the sheath
     
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  5. SoberEdge

    SoberEdge StonehurstKnives on Instagram

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    Looks good John!!
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    How did you get the wheel in the scale? Is it a graphic that you cast clear over? Very cool and nautical.
     
  7. John Noon

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    The wheel is a Concho from Tandy Leather, link to the site: https://www.tandyleather.ca/en/category/conchos-miscellaneous

    Made a mold and placed the Concho inside along with the stabilized wood, normally all the excess stabilizing resin is cleaned off before casting.
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    Mix up some Alumilite resin 1 ounce of side "A" and a half drop of color dye to make it transparent, Add side "B" mix then vacuum until all bubbles are gone.

    Pour into mold then place in pressure pot at 50-60psi for two hours, pressure is needed to stop the formation of new bubbles. If left at atmospheric pressure you get what looks like foam when cured. You can see a sample at the bottom of this picture of what can happen.

    finished product:
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    That's so much looks like the sea. Great idea!
     
  9. John Noon

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    It did take a few tries and several pieces of wood to get the look just right, the submerged island bit is what sold me on this set.
     
  10. Slannesh

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    That is super cool. I assume the pressure also helps permeate the wood so it gets a really good bond with the resin?
     
  11. John Noon

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    At the stage of casting the resin and wood in the mold the wood has been stabilized. This resin by its nature will generate a lot of bubbles in the curing process especially with anything as thin as a knife scale.
    Two things can reduce bubbles or make them to small to see:
    1) place mold in pressure pot at 50-60 psi
    2) preheat mold to 150F
     
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  12. SoberEdge

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    Now that is cool!!
     
  13. krash-bang

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    That looks awesome John.
     
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    Never seen anything like that before. Very cool and a beautiful sheath. Love it.
     
  15. Chris Roy

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    That's pretty neat looking John
     
  16. John Noon

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    Thank you, this led to another idea sort of the same but a little more off the wall? once I get home and get the shape ground out I will post it up.
     
  17. PeterP

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    AHHHHH grasshopper! you have learned well! :p
     
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  18. John Noon

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    LOL stubborn like mule but I catch on
     

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