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Steve's Viking Knife

Discussion in '2013 Winter KITH' started by stevebates, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    So here's my idea for this project, let me know what you guys think?

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  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I'm not sure what Ragnar would think, but I like it!
     
  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    ohhhhhhhhhhhh !!! setting the bar with the copper wire inlay !!, nicccccce
     
  4. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    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 ;)
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  5. stevebates

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    I decided on Alabama Damascus for this build also.
     
  6. Rob W

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    tell us what you think of their damascus Steve, never bought any of their billets , always wondered what it was like in hand ??
     
  7. stevebates

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    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!
     
  8. stevebates

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    Well getting back to the ol' viking knife....changed up the guard and now assembling. Let me know what you guys think so far?

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  9. Icho-

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    Very nice. I sure hope I can get my shop together in the next couple days.
     
  10. Grayzer86

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    That knife looks awesome. I really love the handle block, and I think changing the guard actually suits the knife better.
     
  11. stevebates

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    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 ;)

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  12. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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  13. Bussard

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    Nice job Steve!
     
  14. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Well done on finishing the KITH! I like the twist on the seaxe and as usual, the workmanship looks excellent. Love the sheath.
     
  15. Rob W

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    nicely done Mr Bates :cool:
     
  16. stevebates

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    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.
     
  17. Icho-

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    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.
     
  18. stevebates

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    Thanks Icho, I have faith in you I know a guy that once made 5 knives in a week for his groomsmen. ;)
     
  19. Icho-

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    Lol ya but that guy had a shop set up to work in. Lol
     
  20. stevebates

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    Hahaha...."Touché'" :confused:
     

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