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Old 09-09-2018, 02:09 PM   #1
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After seeing Puggy's thread on the Sharpfinger and it being one of my all time favorite vintage knives it inspired me to get off'n the couch and head out to my shop. Found a piece of 1095 and set to work laying out and cutting out this blank on my bandsaw. Did a little different twist on the handle shape and will post some more pics as I get into the grinding. Thanks Puggy for the inspiration I been wanting to do something different from the EDC's I been doing. Always keep it fun!
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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Looking good. In for some more pics
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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Looking good! Can’t wait to see the finished product!
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:13 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see the end result. It's been one of my best sellers.
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:29 PM   #5
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Looks good Steve.
I finally got to put my knife to use on few pigs last weekend. Made quick work.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:06 PM   #7
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Looks good Steve.
I finally got to put my knife to use on few pigs last weekend. Made quick work.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:16 PM   #8
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Ha. You've got the best looking one that I've made. If your old man ain't stole it yet. Lol

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:25 PM   #9
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Ha. You've got the best looking one that I've made. If your old man ain't stole it yet. Lol

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I'm ashamed to admit it hasn't even got bloody. When I've had deer down it's not with me and it don't seem right puttin such a nice knife into a pig.

Pops does like it though

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Old 09-10-2018, 11:04 AM   #10
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Got up early and it's nice and cool so I ground the blade. Made a full flat grind so I would have a nice thin blade for slicing and dicing. Since I intend to put this to lots of hard use I may use Micarta for the handle scales.
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:08 AM   #11
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Next I will fire up the gas frankenforge and normalize the blade. This blade is real thin and being 1095 that is prone to warp and crack it needs to be normalized real good but not too hot. If I don't normalize it will warp/crack for sure when I quench it. Tempted to normalize it twice but sometimes more is not good. I'm an amature so I learn by trail and error
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After seeing Puggy's thread on the Sharpfinger and it being one of my all time favorite vintage knives it inspired me to get off'n the couch and head out to my shop. Found a piece of 1095 and set to work laying out and cutting out this blank on my bandsaw. Did a little different twist on the handle shape and will post some more pics as I get into the grinding. Thanks Puggy for the inspiration I been wanting to do something different from the EDC's I been doing. Always keep it fun!
Not sure but it looks like the "inspiration" thread that I posted got deleted. Can't find it anywhere. Mods?
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:58 PM   #13
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Not sure but it looks like the "inspiration" thread that I posted got deleted. Can't find it anywhere. Mods?
I don't think mods like knife threads unless maybe it's a build along for a knife you plan on using yourself. Seems it requires a supporting membership of $500 to post pics of finished knives for sale. All mine on previous knives i've made also got deleted even though they were not offered for sale.
The purpose of this thread is to do a build along and help show any novice or hobbyist like me the stages of making yourself a knife. Hope it holds at least until I get finished.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:10 PM   #14
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Ok got the blade normalized and it looks OK and still straight.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:16 PM   #15
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I like the shape of that blade!!!
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:18 PM   #16
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Now for the hardening process. Ok, I normalized the blade and then let it cool a couple of hours while I took care of some bidnez in my library. Then I decided to add some satanite clay to the spine and help with getting a hamon line. I like me some hamon lines
Anyway I think it may have some pattern on it. It's in the oven now for 2 hours and the first cycle. I like to do 3 tempering cycles to get the grain structure as small as possible and better edge holding easy sharpening. Twice at 400 deg and third time at 375 deg.
On file checking the edge is hard as times in 29. Blade stayed perfectly straight and I think the normalizing or equalizing the grain structure has all the credit since 1095 is prone to warp or crack if hardened while the metal is still stressed.
I quenched this in Parks 50 fast oil and the clay just slipped right off with minimal effort. I have found that quenching in brine makes the clay stick to the blade and much harder to get off.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:22 PM   #17
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From now on out the work will be slow and lots of elbow grease applied to get the hamon pattern to show up good. I still have at least 2 more afternoon naps to take before I get there.
If the thread is still alive by then I will show the steps I use to put a handle on it and the materials I plan to use.

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Old 09-10-2018, 07:32 PM   #18
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Weather too nice to let go to waste so I went ahead and dipped the blade after 3 tempering cycles. Hamon came out about the way I wanted. Still lots of rubbing and ultra fine sanding left to do but I thought I better get these pics up soon in case the thread gets killed. Blade came out perfectly straight. Edge thickness is .029 to .030 so I'm tickled it stayed together. I'm stoked and might just use my last piece of Quebracho wood instead of the Micarta. This is gonna be a keeper fer sure.
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Old 09-12-2018, 03:29 PM   #19
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For my handle I decided to use my last piece of Quebracho. I wanted something simple and that will last me forever. Depending on who you ask Quebracho is either No1 or No2 hardest and densest wood known to exist. Only two mosaic pins but there's lots of G-flex epoxy between the wood and tang with all the holes I drilled to lighten and balance the blade. I added some grip grooves on the thumb bump just because. Next will be to grind a razor edge on it and make me a sheath maybe from a black stingray hide I been saving. Maybe I'll do a separate build along when I get around to the sheath making.

Now to go get some blood on it besides mine
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:37 PM   #20
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That ended up really nice. I'm going to have to try a hamon line one of these days. I like the grain in that wood.
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:01 PM   #21
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Great Job!!
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:19 AM   #22
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Got a simple deep pocket sheath with a horizontal/vertical belt loop made for it and good tight interference fit. Since this is neither a Western Cutlery w-39 or a Schrade Sharpfinger but a hybrid facsimile thereof, I will have to call it my Cutfinger knife for obvious reasons. Nuthin bad, just a bandaid nick. The edge is crazy sharp and very fine so it should be a good all around skinning knife.
We all done now. Thanks for watching
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:33 AM   #23
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Wow looks great. I was not aware of the thread-deletion troubles you knife makers were having. Congrats on the nice blade
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:11 PM   #24
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Wow looks great. I was not aware of the thread-deletion troubles you knife makers were having. Congrats on the nice blade
If you are advertising and selling on here then you have to pay the piper. I think a vendor membership is now $500 from what I've heard and read. I don't offer knives I have made for sale on here. I'm a hobbyist just having fun in my retirement. I just like playing in the fire so maybe I'm a little bit of a pyromaniac. I don't make knives for a living. I will admit to selling a few thru word of mouth and to friends and family that requested a particular style but I don't advertise anywhere. Besides, I am retired 72 years old and supposed to be napping most of the time

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Old 09-14-2018, 12:32 PM   #25
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It looks great. I like it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:32 PM   #26
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great work!
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:24 PM   #27
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That came out beautifully.
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:56 PM   #28
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Looks great!
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