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Discussion in '2013 KITH' started by Grayzer86, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Well I got the knife hand sanded to 400 last night and off to HT. I don't have the capability to do stainless yet so it had to be shipped off. Figuring 3 days to ship each way and 3 days at HT puts me back here with around 10 or so days left before the deadline. Should be no issues from here on out. I hope
     
  2. Grayzer86

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    Well as you can see i am in last place, however it is currently hand sanded to 800 with a buff to check for scratches. Overall i really like the knife, and it feels great in hand, but i am also really disappointed i could not nail the scandi grind after multiple tries, and this knife drifted quite a ways from the true scandi style. Hopefully this is still acceptable, since its a bit late to start over. I appologize to the other makers for drifting off course with my design. The knife as it sits its CPM154, 1/8 thick, seven inches long. I must say that Rob at knifemaker.ca was excellent to work with for HT and got these processed super fast. They came back so clean i almost could not believe the knife had even seen heat. Nothing like the decarb and oxide layer i am used to seeing on a carbon blade. Well, for better or worse, here it is, should be getting scales by tomorrow night......

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  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    It may be difficult to see the Scandi in that blade but I think it will be a heck of a knife. Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
  4. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Thanks Myth. I have been almost sick about the fact its not very scandi-ish, but I was at the point where frustration and time constraints due to a couple custom orders put me in the position to continue this or possibly end up having to back out. I will make a decision on materials for the handle tonight, as i have it drilled for bolsters or bolsterless but have not made up my mind fully. I have some nice dyed box elder and buckeye, but may decide on the amboyna or redwood lace burl too. My mind has been spinning all day working up combos of natural and composite materials and hopefully I will have a solid choice by around supper time, so i can spend the night getting that part going. Like i said, the time left doesnt worry me now that i have it back in my hands. Also this CPM154 is sitting at RC60 so it should be a good performer for edge holding. I must say also, this CPM polishes so much nicer than most other steels i have used that i think that feature alone makes it worth the higher price. Will be taking it up to 2000 grit tonight before a final buff, while my liners are getting glued up to the scales.
     
  5. metal99

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    Mmm amboyna :) I like it man! It's scandi at heart.
     
  6. stevebates

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    Looks awesome Grayzer, and very shiny too. I also like Robs heat treat because he uses the high temp aluminum foil and yes less than a minute with 400 grit and it looks like it did befor it left...lol!!! I also got my 18" Evenheat kiln in the mail today and can't wait to fire that baby up :D
     
  7. Icho-

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    It's looking great grayzer. I can't wait to see what you come up with for a handle.
     
  8. Grayzer86

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    Thanks for the comments guys. Steve, did you get your kiln from knifemaker also? I am saving my pennies for one right now and think that my target is an evenheat with digital controller. Pretty sure 18 will do what I need but I can't see myself going smaller than that. I have found a knife dogs kiln on usaknifemaker that is made by paragon, and is a relatively low cost, but has a dial and no programmer so setting programs and ramp cycles is out other than timing manually.
     
  9. stevebates

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    Yes Grayzer I sure did order it from knife maker and I have to say it is nice and also a little deeper than 18". I thought about USAKNIFEMAKER but you can pretty much add another $200 for shipping cost as they only do priority post to Canada and then with the size and weight not sure what that will cost...lol! I just ordered a pair of 1x6x16 Aluminum quench plates from the a few days ago and that was $78 shipping but the Evenheats ramp master 3 controller is pretty sweet as you can program your heat teats and temper temps with soak times and alarms for each type of steel you treat and store in the memory so you can recall the same program again later. This is awesome for consistency when you find the perfect recipie. FYI... My shipping cost for the kiln was $90 to Hanna, Ab by highway 9 trucking if your curious on a rough shipping cost!!! :D
     
  10. metal99

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    One day maybe I will have enough pennies for an even heat :)
     
  11. stevebates

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    Yeah I really dug in the pockets for this one but I figured 7 knives would pay it off so I got some grinding to do.
     
  12. Grayzer86

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    Thats knifemakers logic right there buddy. Thats how i justify costs too, until a buddy gets a free knife or knives get donated or sold cheap lol. Spent the night tonight standing over my box of blocks and scales and came up with two combos. I have a light almost coppery box elder set with black liners glued up, and a i think that may be the winner. I also considered blaze orange liners and carbon fiber but my problem was that the orange was 3/16 and so was the fibre so after shaping a bit the liner would be thicker than the outside layer. Nothing is glued up to the knife yet but the box elder and black combo is looking pretty good, so i will go look again in the morning and see how i feel about it. I also felt the wood was a bit more traditional, since not a whole lot of the rest of the design is.
     
  13. stevebates

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    Right on, I think that would look slick dude!!!
     
  14. Grayzer86

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    Well another night spent in my subterranean lair, (basement shop) and this is where i am at. I decided to go with black liners and stabilized box elder burl and used copper pins as i like the look and found they brought out the copper tones in the wood better than brass or stainless did. I am not sure if this piece was dyed when it was stabilized or not because it seems to be slightly darker than the other blocks i had. The knife still needs to be finish polished, sharpened, and have my mark etched on, to complete the knife itself. Well here it is guys, just a couple quick pics i snapped off the iphone.

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  15. stevebates

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    Looks awesome Grayzer. Great job and I REALLY like the color of that box elder!!!
     
  16. Greg

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    Fantastic job. I'm liking everything about it.
     
  17. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    There isn't anything I don't like about that. Great stuff!
     
  18. metal99

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    That turned out great man! I really like the color of the scales :)
     
  19. Icho-

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    Looks great!
     
  20. Grayzer86

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    Thanks guys, the comments have eased some of my worries about the style variation in the knife.
     

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