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Start Handle Over?

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by John Noon, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Must have overheated the scales at some point because the edge of the handle pulled away along the top on one side. This showed up on the last day of grinding and sanding.
    Hoping there is a suggestion to save the work? or is starting over the best bet.
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    playing with depth of focus so that only the knife an immediate area is in focus. will start taking notes at some point too help out the crowd.
     
  2. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    I have had that happen to me once. I didn't want to take a chance so I started over.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I was just shopping for a press, sounds easier than heat and hammer. Of course the one I was looking for is no longer sold so might go old school and break out the arbor press.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    It's unfortunate, but personally I would do a re-do. It will forever be in the back of your mind..."did it come separated again?"
     
  5. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Yep, I agree with Dan. If you decide to redo the handle, you'll be in good company. Happens to quite a few of us at least once, especially when we're starting out. Part of the learning curve....
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Well crap, was hoping for a just do this (insert trick) and all will be good.
    Did learn that I should keep the water bucket handy and cool off the handle frequently when sanding.

    Note for Beginners: when sanding composite handles that have exposed pins the pins can get hot enough too loosen up the epoxy and if the scales are hot they can warp.
     
  7. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Yes, dunk bucket frequently, especially when you have metal bolsters. These can build up a lot of heat and cook any nearby epoxy.
    Also use fresh belts. Worn belts tend to burn more than cut. The friction makes a pile of heat.

    It's too bad John. You had such nice joinery and the finish was in sight.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    This time even the belt was wet so pretty sure I had the dunking part down. Did a little extra buffing (pink) on the cold bluing on the blade and now it looks like a faint black chrome, darkened the edges in this picture and think I will do the same on the blade.
    At least the knife is back to where it was a few days ago and the next day or so will be spent tweaking little things here and there.
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. LeclairKnives

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    Looks good! Orange is my favorite color so really liking the handle
     
  10. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Right on!
     
  11. Grizz Axxemann

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    Good save! :D
     
  12. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Good on ya for giving up on it, John! Persistence pays off!
     
  13. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    missing a knot there :roflmao....yea I spelled it wrong:p
     
  14. bobbybirds

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    Sweet!!!
     
  15. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Good grief, you're right, John! Gotta learn to slow down and proof read my stuff.
     
  16. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Trying out a new sheath design, for me anyway. made it about 90% of the way through and messed up the lettering. Figured I would finish the prototype and try it out before spending time on a replacement.
    It is a very secure feeling sheath and best part it sits tight to the body and does not move around as you are walking.
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  17. Grizz Axxemann

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    Looks very similar to a couple of holsters I have for my handguns in terms that it's a belt slide pancake setup. They're effective, but don't work too well for me, since I'm fairly round. :D
     
  18. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think it looks great John. Perfect colour match.
     
  19. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    I like it a lot. As Dan said great color match really suits the knife well. Great job
     
  20. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I am really surprised with the colour match myself would like to say it was planned but we will go with dumb luck. Grizz never considered the well endowed belly, and many in the draw are packing Kegs. might need to make a second sheath
     

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