I count myself among the blessed people on the planet most of the time. I have a great gig. I work with good people. I make almost enough money to cover the expense of being me and having kids.... it's a good thing. Some of the best parts of my life are the friends that I have. They are all good people who, for whatever reason, all seem to have the knives I have made for myself in the past. :) Since I know they didn't steal them, I must be to blame for that.
Last week, while noodling around on a pad and helping my girl with her evening homework I stumbled onto a shape I really liked. It's a variation of some that I have done previously and really liked so... I went to it. I have some 7/64" O1 bar stock left from a previous project and decided to go that way for steel. After some drawing and tracing and cutting and some more tracing... and a whole bunch of grinding, it popped out.
As you might notice, I wasn't big on pictures up to this point. I have done so many I thought would make it past the initial profile grind but then die because the look or feel like crap. This one seems to work. I got the initial grind in place and did some drilling for pins.
The first real goof was here. The pommel pin is drilled the thickness of a sharpie marker ink line too high. Not worry though. I have an alternate pin plan that I like quite a bit.
I have the wet dry sand paper all teed up and ready to roll, once I get some time to sand it out. It's all grainy right now... needs some love...
Since this is, by shear course of hapenstance, an Autumn Bush Knife and I wanted to stay with the feeling of the season this year, I decided to go on the hunt for a more muted handle material. Something a good deal more subtle than a massively figured burl and more sophisticated that Dymondwood. Alphaknifesupply.com does not disappoint. Check this out. I found some stabilized Elm that is what I described to a T.
I also picked up some 1/16" G10 to use as a liner. I am still on the fence about pins. Once I see the color in person I'll decide about Brass or something else.
Anyhow, off to do the kid thing today. Hopefully I get to sand some tonight or tomorrow and ship this one off on Tuesday. Thanks for looking.