Monday, November 19, 2012

Larger Autumn Bushcraft Knife Progress - Knocking the Rust off the Skills

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.


After about an hour of fitting and filing and sanding and then fitting and filing and sanding some more...  It came out pretty well I think.



There's a pile of finishing work to do and some etching which should be fun... since I have never tried before....

Anyhow, more after while.  Time to go pick up kiddos.

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