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Super Simple Cord Wrapped Tanto

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by Grayzer86, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    This knife was something i did on a whim to see how tough this blade style would be to grind. The knife is 8 inches overall, in 1084, and the handle is black paracord that has been gutted and epoxy soaked. The epoxy soak essentially fuses all the wraps to the knife and to each other, creating a solid monolithic mass. It can be a bastard doing this style without getting epoxy all over the knife though. This one is chisel ground since that is the more common way to grind these knives. The flats were done on a 600 belt and the bevels were done at 400 and then lightly gone over with a cork belt and green compound, as I wanted the edge to spine grind lines to be visible. Not really what i typically make, but to be honest, these more tactical style knives i have been making seem to sell fast, and at a pretty decent return on time and materials. The way i look at it, if that's what the trend is, and following that trend is putting cash in my pocket, i'm game.

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  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Painters tape or Vaseline anything you don't want glued. Although jar of Vaseline and rope on the workbench may raise a few eyebrows.
     
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  3. Icho-

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    I like this a lot. Simple and very clean. Will a sheath be next? I'm not a kydex fan but that would be my choice on this style knife.
     
  4. Icho-

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    Lol. I have a small jar of Vaseline in my tool box. I got an interesting reaction from my wife the first time she saw it out there. Lol
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I would go with a wood sheath mix of old and new. sort of like this one but better
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    damn huge picture, going to have to work on that
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Had a thought while grinding. How about the old fashioned floor paste wax or beeswax rubbed on the blade? nothing should stick to that if it is a good thick coat.
     
  7. Icho-

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    Definitely. In die making you sometimes have to match the upper cutting edge to the lower. What I would do is clean all the steel in the area I am working but apply regular turtle wax to the master side. Then I mix up some bondo and cover the area I want to match. When the bondo hardens I separate the two halves. The bondo comes right off of the side with the turtle was but sticks to the other side. Turtle wax is cheap but you can use what ever wax you may have laying around. The other nice thing is car wax dries pretty quick and it is thinking so you don't have to worry as much about contaminating the surrounding area.
     
  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Nice clean grinds. Love the knife.

    Like me going to the checkout with a pack of wire coat hangers and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. The lady looked at me like I was Dexter or something.

    Dan
     
  9. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Look into magnetic partical powder, it is very finely ground iron powder. Available from any NDT supply place or Fastenal type shops.
     
  10. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Brandon it looks really good,I like it.
     
  11. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    That looks pretty sick man... Not my usual preference of knife type but I find myself strangely attracted to its simplicity!

    Great job!
     
  12. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Thanks guy. This one sold yesterday, and at the customers request will get a black Kydex sheath. I think i will probably make a few more of these, and may do one or two with actual scales. There is something to be said for a knife that is plain, simple, and no frills. I have found that many of the knives i sell end up on a shelf, and thats fine, once its theirs they can do whatever they want, but i would like to also have people using them. These simpler lower cost knives are users, they are made to work and not sit around looking pretty. My desire is not to make primarily shelf items or conversation pieces, but to make knives that people can use and enjoy day to day. I get a lot more satisfaction from hearing that my knife was used to dress a moose, start a fire, and cut sausage back at camp, than i do from hearing that the knife sure looks nice in the book case.
     
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  13. krash-bang

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    Good job! I love the lines, everything is crisp. Awesome.
     

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