Discussion in '2013 Winter KITH' started by stevebates, Sep 4, 2013.
So here's my idea for this project, let me know what you guys think?
I'm not sure what Ragnar would think, but I like it!
ohhhhhhhhhhhh !!! setting the bar with the copper wire inlay !!, nicccccce
Finally got a start on this it's been busy with 9 other knives on the go. I got some spare time snuck in and got the blade profiled with a slight change in design. The guard is also starting to take its shape
I decided on Alabama Damascus for this build also.
tell us what you think of their damascus Steve, never bought any of their billets , always wondered what it was like in hand ??
Well for starters Rob its pretty expensive for a 1095/15N20 billet but I wanted to try it anyways cause I was rather curious as well...lol! Not sure what to think yet but in hand it almost has a blackish surface ground mirror finish this particular billet is 3/32ish so far I like it curious as to the end result after heat treat and acid etching, but compared to the damascus I'm used to I get the impression that these billets are a tougher build of carbon damascus. It almost feel hardened to begin with if I'm making any sense...lol!
Well getting back to the ol' viking knife....changed up the guard and now assembling. Let me know what you guys think so far?
Very nice. I sure hope I can get my shop together in the next couple days.
That knife looks awesome. I really love the handle block, and I think changing the guard actually suits the knife better.
Thanks guys not quite done but in the finishing stages. And Grayzer I agree Used a half version of the original guard and switched to nickel silver, now it's kind of a Seaxe Bowie style thing...great for pillaging...lol
All finished up the Viking knife!!! A viking style Seaxe with a little Bowie twist, this blade is made from Alabama Damascus, with a buckeye burl handle, nickel silver guard and a decorative mosaic pin. The total length is 16 inches with an 8 3/4" blade. Let me know what you guys think...
I wanted to incorporate something to signify the 2013 viking theme so the sheath is made from 8oz leather (coal black dye) with a deep brown alligator embossed "V" inlay on the front with the double Norse cross snaps to secure the knife in its place.
also as a cool added twist when the knife is removed the sheath has the shape of a cows skull when the locking snaps are opened.
Nice job Steve!
Well done on finishing the KITH! I like the twist on the seaxe and as usual, the workmanship looks excellent. Love the sheath.
nicely done Mr Bates
Thanks guys, it was my first hidden tang knife and stacked leather sheath so all in all I think it went pretty well...the guard was also a lot of fun to make I can see myself doing some more experimenting.
Looks real good. Both knife and sheath. Now I have to see if I can finish mine in just over a week. I still have to heat treat mine and I am going to Toronto for the weekend.
Thanks Icho, I have faith in you I know a guy that once made 5 knives in a week for his groomsmen.
Lol ya but that guy had a shop set up to work in. Lol
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