With the weekend upon us and the holidays looming near I was thrilled to get some time out in the shop to mess with things. Of course, when the blades came back from Peters' and were in dandy shape, well... I just did a little dance.
Here's the big one all covered in scale and ready for work.
As I have tried to do, given the trouble I have had in the past with this part, I polished the bevels first. This time I had no issues at all and got it down to a pretty fine edge.
The big lesson on this one is that a 1 X 42 belt on the small grinder is easy to use for polishing. No major hick ups and all came out looking.. knifey. :)
So originally, I had planned to make the scales out of Elm. I even have the wood here... The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I am way rusty. In thinking about it I am not sure I have finished a knife in close to two years. I decided instead to use a chunk of blank ink walnut Dymondwood. It's cheap, it's tough, and the ink between the layers works like a damned topo map of the grip...
Once I got the blade flats sanded down to about 400 grit oil finished satin the way I like them, I taped up the blade and attached the scales. My bandsaw was having issues but we got through.
Not so much with the sexy knife look at all. :)
Anyhow, I used the drum sander to profile the mess down and the grinder to remove the big excess chunks of thickness.
Then chucked it up for some shaping. I really love working scales with a file. Once they just need a contour it's a bunch of fun to try to get them the same on both sides.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Something I have always wanted to do and never really tried was making a smaller companion to one of the larger bush blades I made. Something smaller and thinner and better at cutting small things. I decided this was a good project for that so last Monday while Sandy blew and snowed outside, I got out the pad and drew this one up. It's sort of in the same motif and is sort of cute in its ugliness...
After a scoosh of grinding it was all shaped and the bevels went on pretty easy...
I got er bevelled the rest of the way and the shape refined enough to hold it for a while and make sure I liked it before I moved on.. It seems to work pretty well so far.
I did up the finish sanding and sent it and the big one off the my good friends and Peters' Heat Treat for some hardening (the fu&*) up. I snapped one more shot before they went off. It's a bit washed out but you get the idea. The Elm is really nice...
I think they look dandy... piggyback sheath dandy at that. I did a quick measurement though and the one slab of elm wouldn't be enough so I got a second one... :)
I am really looking forward to the weekend if they make it back in time....