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Stupid Mistake.

Discussion in 'Fit & Finish' started by Grahamm, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Grahamm

    Grahamm Active Member

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    Well, this is what I get for rushing things. I glued up a handle and forgot to round and finish the front of the scales before I put it all together.

    I tried to get it back apart but it was a tight fit to start with and the epoxy was setting up and so I figured leave it before I destroyed everything so now I have a knife with a handle issue. Anyone else done this?

    I'm wondering if this is a good one to just hang on the wall as a reminded to not rush or if there is any way to do the front after its set without destroying it. Thinking maybe an little dremmel bit and making it as simple as I can. Try to buff out any scratches on a fabric wheel??

    Not sure what to do. Any thoughts?
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    anyone that says no may just be fibbing a little.

    I triple taped the blade and very carefully worked one side at a time against the platen until there was a very thin bit of handle material left. Then slowly cut the last sliver down with a X-acto blade, finally changed up to a sanding block with 400 grit and brought the shape to something useable.
    Probably faster to start over to be honest but I really liked the handle and refused to give up on it.
     
  3. Grahamm

    Grahamm Active Member

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    Thanks. This is the blade that had the bent handle that I straightened. Seems like this one just doesn't want to be made. So many little things that I just keep goofing up.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Oh one of those, some will fight right till the end. On third attempt at getting one ground somewhat decent and close to giving up, launched it of the work rest into my stomach back into the belt and came too rest a few feet away. Same knife that I got over HRc 65 somehow and tempered at 400F and still well above 60 and had to do a third temper at 425F and still pretty hard but useable.
    Same knife two attempts at grinding a bevel went south and has been on and off the shelf for 5 months now, might try and cut the scales tonight and hope the dozen pieces all stay together.
     
  5. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    What John said. It may not turn out the way you intended, but with ingenuity, patience, and some bloody-minded stubbornness, you can rescue the knife. I find the knives that give me the most trouble are often the most satisfying to finish.
     
  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    I second Myth's comment. I have had a few knives that ended up much different than i originally intended. One or two actually turned out to be better than i originally thought. It's amazing what can happen if you just keep plugging away. Sometimes something pretty cool emerges.
     
  7. Grahamm

    Grahamm Active Member

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    Well, honestly it could have been worse.
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    Just hacksaws very carefully on each side and removed the scale with a chisel and then got the epoxy off with some acetone. A few scratches but I expected it to me much worse.

    The handle is zircote with just one coat of Tung oil. Need to find a better wipe on higher gloss finish.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Tru-oil is very nice and been used for high gloss finish on rifles for centuries?
     
  9. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Nice job of fixing the issue. It looks like you planned it.
     

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