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Old 04-11-2020, 09:26 AM   #51
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Fun development, although itís still a bird in the bush and not a bird in the hand. I think I may end up with some wood from tree where Sam Houston and the Texan army camped on the first night of the runaway scrape, March 13, 1836. Through a connection on this board, I talked to the landowner and he said he would send me a log.


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Old 04-11-2020, 03:43 PM   #52
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:16 PM   #53
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:54 PM   #54
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Man this is awesome, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:50 AM   #55
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Hardened the blade this weekend, and letting the oak acclimate to our dry climate before cutting it up. Hope to get a few good pieces to send out for stabilization.

Timeline on this project is to have it done for a knife show Labor Day weekend.
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:48 PM   #56
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I want one of your Bowie knives so bad lol.
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:58 PM   #57
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Great looking knife, you are talented. Really dig the close up pic. And the history from that oak tree …
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:50 PM   #58
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I don’t usually follow these knife threads, but the title caught my eye. That is gonna be one helluva blade. This one I’ll see to the end !
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Old 06-14-2020, 05:50 PM   #59
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Finish ground the knife today. Was able to grind out one delamimation near the plunge, and minimize the one near the edge. Still undecided on what to do with the swedge. I am out of the belts to polish it any further than 220, so I stopped.



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Old 06-14-2020, 06:17 PM   #60
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Man this is awesome.
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:26 PM   #61
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Any updates? I want to see this thing finished!
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Old 07-18-2020, 07:29 PM   #62
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I actually trimmed up a few pieces of that oak today. The show I was going to do this knife for got canceled, but itís about time to work on it again.


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Old 07-21-2020, 10:53 AM   #63
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Man get that finished Jason!
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Old 07-23-2020, 05:27 PM   #64
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So very cool. Following.
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Old 07-23-2020, 05:44 PM   #65
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Ill bring belts to you if you'll get back on this!!! Its killing me
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Old 07-24-2020, 08:32 AM   #66
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Ill bring belts to you if you'll get back on this!!! Its killing me
I lost my round tuit, lol. This project was designed to be for the Arkansas show in September, which is likely not going to hold bc of virus. I've been making a whole bunch of other cool stuff in between.

With regard to this project, I've got a hunter-sized piece of the 1836 billet left that I'm probably forging out this weekend. I have a customer who wants a knife from these materials, but not quite this price point, so I'm making a smaller piece with a little less complexity.

I'm at the point where I need to hand sand the blade and start on fittings. For one, that means I actually have to make up my mind what I'm going to do in terms of design.
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Old 08-09-2020, 05:22 PM   #67
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Sorry, only boring steps...



I always grind my false edges in after heat treatment, as it makes it grind slower, so you screw it up slower. This is one side at a clean 800 grit hand finish. If youíre not using Rhynowet, youíre missing out.


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Old 08-09-2020, 06:55 PM   #68
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Cool stuff man.
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Old 08-10-2020, 09:43 AM   #69
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Iím excited to see this through to the end. I went and looked up your Forged in Fire episode. So cool to watch. TBH is like my 6 degrees of separation from a celeb.


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Old 08-14-2020, 07:08 AM   #70
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Hit my first major snag. I had the harness decorations rolled flat and annealed, no problems. The grape shot was too big for the jewelers rolling mill, so after talking with him, I decided to try to squish it with the hydraulic press.

At pink heat, with just a little squish, it cracked all apart


So what do you do next, when you have ruined plan A on your irreplaceable thing? You try Plan B.

Built a little bar mold that could double as a crucible. Threw it in the forge a bit and melted it down.


That part worked as planned. Took the can off and the billet was real porous. Going to have to try it again.


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Old 08-14-2020, 07:21 PM   #71
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Second try was only marginally better. Going to have to try again. Maybe I shouldn't do trial and error with irreplaceable stuff....
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Old 08-15-2020, 11:44 AM   #72
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Third try was a fail as well. Iíve been told several times to use an acetylene torch, which I donít have. Going to go to a buddies house and try that next.




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Old 09-05-2020, 06:14 PM   #73
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Still havenít got the melt done, but I am working on this project a little bit. This picture is the two pieces of the Sam Houston Oak that Iím going to use on the two knives pictured. The big one is the one from this WIP, and the small one is forged from the leftover piece of the same billet.



My file guide broke, so I sent it back to Bruce Bump for rehab. Should be back this week. Going to try and keep making progress. I sold a couple good ones to my archery shop guy for some cash and a dozen arrows, so the push to work is a little less urgent. This is supposed to be a hobby, LOL.


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Old 09-05-2020, 06:55 PM   #74
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Old 09-05-2020, 07:00 PM   #75
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Cool to see all these WIP pics, thanks for updating us. That oak wood is just so good looking.
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Old 09-05-2020, 09:57 PM   #76
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Got the guard fit and the tang threaded. Iím to the point now that I canít progress without the copper melt. Pic is before I ground the tang and threaded it 8/32.



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Old 09-06-2020, 11:04 AM   #77
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Worked on a new technique thatíll be used on the smaller knife from this billet. I did some practice domed pins out of copper. This is what I intend to do with one of the harness decorations.

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Old 09-06-2020, 11:45 AM   #78
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Just found this. Very cool. Keep it going!
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Old 09-06-2020, 12:04 PM   #79
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Going to look up that FIF episode
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:49 PM   #80
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So I mostly finished the small knife from these materials. I still lack melting the copper before I can finish the one this post is really about. So as not to clutter up this thread, here's a link to the videos from the small knife build.

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Old 09-17-2020, 05:04 PM   #81
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Very cool knife.


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Old 09-17-2020, 05:19 PM   #82
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great work
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Old 11-30-2020, 08:54 PM   #83
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Still stalled out on the copper casting. Goal is by a show first week of April, so we are still ok.


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Old 11-30-2020, 09:13 PM   #84
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I'm still checking in on this project, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 11-30-2020, 09:27 PM   #85
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Me too
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Old 12-01-2020, 07:22 AM   #86
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Why did you thread the tang 8-32? I'm not a knife maker, but I would think that is kind of small. Everything is looking good Jason.
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Old 12-01-2020, 08:26 AM   #87
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Why did you thread the tang 8-32? I'm not a knife maker, but I would think that is kind of small. Everything is looking good Jason.
Belt and suspenders, lol. On a complex build, it's handy to be able to take the handle apart and back together a bunch of times. A threaded butt is one way to do that. In the end, you glue it all up with epoxy. That way you've got a mechanical fastener PLUS glue.
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Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2020, 03:05 PM   #89
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Wish I knew how to do this would be awesome
To know how to forge metal like that.
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Old 02-09-2021, 03:08 PM   #90
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I got the copper spacer cast by a jeweler with actual experience. Should be able to get back on this project in the next couple of weeks.



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Old 02-09-2021, 03:36 PM   #91
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This is a great thread. Looking forward to the future progress
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:11 PM   #92
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All caught up, this is a really cool project!
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Old 02-20-2021, 02:35 PM   #93
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Progress. Got the spacer fit, now to add the 1836 half dollar. Coin goes between the guard and spacer. Got them both fit and the handle mostly fit then had to go visit the in-laws.



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Old 02-20-2021, 02:39 PM   #94
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Coming along nicely!
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:01 PM   #95
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Finally have everything rough fit.

https://youtu.be/JC1-bYztlMM



The Pentagon on the butt is a harness decoration from the sea of mud, and I intend to hold it on with a couple of those domed pins from the other harness decoration. The finial will be one of the Powell nails.


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Old 02-21-2021, 06:05 PM   #96
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Watching you build this is watching history being made, just an outstanding build we are following!
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:06 PM   #97
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Probably the coolest project I've seen on here!

You've said you had kin around the Burnet area, were any teachers in Burnet?
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Sorry if I missed it, but do you have a deadline for a show / customer to meet??
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:51 PM   #99
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Probably the coolest project I've seen on here!

You've said you had kin around the Burnet area, were any teachers in Burnet?

Possible. My people came to Burnet in 1855-57. My closer family is from the Pleasant Valley/Smithwick area.


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Sorry if I missed it, but do you have a deadline for a show / customer to meet??

Yeah, show is March 26/27 in Fort Worth.


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