Thursday, September 1, 2011

Making a new Bushcraft Knife

Note:  If you are looking for how-to / tutorial type posts for bushcraft knives, click here.

A while back, after the Thistle project was all done and I had learned what I set out to learn there, I started making notes about what I thought the next itteration of knife to come out of my shop should be.  I put together a list of my favorite things about the knives I have made and kept for my own and some of the ones I have done for others.  Finally, I also consulted Ray Mears writtings about his woodloore knife design.  After all of that, the knife on the bottom here popped out on paper.

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After some more thinking and compairing my notes on different types of steel and what I should use to make this, I settled on 1/8" thick, 1 1/4" wide O1.  (I know.  It's a shock.  A knife maker using O1 steel...)
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I set up a quick stencil and traced out my blade.  Being the excitable type, I went ahead and ground it out.  The profile made me pretty happy so, on we went....  :)

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After some time in the grinding jig...

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and then some more time....  :)

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and a good bit of sanding... it was off to heat treat at Peters'.  We're shooting for 58/59 HRC.

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After 10 painful days of waiting, it was back home and all hardened up.  Time to sand and scale...

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Alpha knife supply has some awesome looking blackwood.  I had Chuck send me a bowie block, split into scales.  If you ever want some different looking wood that is tough as heckles, blackwood is for you.

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I traced and cut them and then fused them on some 3/32" black G10...

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and then it was glueup time. 

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After 24 hours of vice time, I took the belt grinder and removed a bunch of material back to the slightly oversized shape I was looking for.

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Sadly, just after I finished up with this and showered I started wheezing and had to set it down for a while.  The dustmask worked but the dust was too fine and there was too much of it.  Just a little made me all tight in the chest.  Once I get a cool day, I'll finish er up... outside.  :)

Thanks for lookin.

-JP

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