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twirl
07-10-2003, 09:52 PM
I posted this in another forum as well, just in case others happened to find the same post :)

First knife I ever made. Thanks goes out to Darrel Ralph for putting together such a great kit. First time I ever handled/seen/heard of/machined G10 before. Anyhow,

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/insane3.jpg

G10 is definitely some crazy stuff. What made it harder was wearing some thick rubber gloves and goggles/mask as per safety precautions.

Here's the handles after some crude dremel work. The bottom handle was mostly done with a file and slightly butchered with the dremel.

Sorry about the low res, i'm on 56k here at home and cant upload the originally large and detailed pictures.

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon1.jpg

This is after some more dremeling and smoothing out with sandpaper. You can see some of the inserts starting to take shape. The random texture of the g10 is also starting to come out:

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon2.jpg

cutting G10 with sandpaper is like trying to cut a diamond with a wooden knife. I went through about 8 sheets of 220 grit sandpaper to just shape the G10 after the dremel did most of the work. I started to notice how odd and strong G10 was after the inserts started to shape my dremel stone! Needless to say, the dremel stone got MUCH smaller after I was done.

Here is all the handles starting to take shape. The color looks really nice in some lighting conditions. The blue can look deep blue as in this picture, or dark blue and almost mixing in with the black in other light conditions.

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon3.jpg

I had gotten a few deep scratches into the handles, one with the file and a couple with the dremel. Boy are they hard to get out. Removing them would mean removing a considerable amount of material off the handles.

Just getting the inserts to be flush with the handles took so much time and so much sandpaper.

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon4.jpg

And finally, after some 2000 grit sandpaper and blue magic,

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/handles.jpg

Notice that I wasnt going for a full perfect mirror polish. A full mirror polish would get scratched too easily. The finish I have is pretty close though, and its rather shiny too.

The knife completed, photo taken under flourescent light to bring out the blue color:

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon5.jpg

A picture taken under a desk lamp, showing the G10 scale pattern:

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/stu/jhom/typhoon6.jpg

Next up... reshaping those darn pointy horns that keep clipping my fingers!

nybble
07-10-2003, 10:18 PM
Very nice work there! Nice polish on the whole deal.. Just curious, about how long did you spend on the whole thing?

Thanks for taking all those pics!

KNAdmin
07-10-2003, 11:49 PM
Yes, that is very nice indeed! Did you enjoy the process, learn anything from it?

How do you like the typhoon, as a pure bali?

Alex

Murnax
07-11-2003, 10:27 AM
Nice work. I'm quite impressed at how perfectly fit your inserts are. That must have been a lot of work. Looks great!

twirl
07-11-2003, 07:44 PM
Thanks for the kind words.

I started the typhoon on 6-21, and finished it on the 10th of july.

I did learn a great deal about the finish of materials and how you have to go to certain stages of grit sandpaper and cant just jump from 120 grit to 2000 grit.

I also became more familiar with filing, sanding, using a mouse sander (which couldve worked out better), and just general use of tools.

I wouldve really liked the blade to come with less er, hazardous horns so I could really flip the thing, but I suppose its something a dremel can take care of.

As a pure bali, the thing is CRAZY smooth. For comparison, I have a BM 43A, 35 SPL, MT tachyon. My buddy has a korth and the typhoon feels more like the korth than the other knives.

The added weight also makes it FEEL like a high quality piece to hold.

After I get a hold of some loctite I think I can really see how good this thing is.

ExamonLyf
07-13-2003, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by twirl
After I get a hold of some loctite I think I can really see how good this thing is.

Yes Twirl.., your knife will be much more stable and not "bind" at all when you get the pivots set correctly with the Loc-Tite.

Really nice job.., and thanks for taking us through all the steps...

Terrific job! Do you have any skin left on your digits after sanding... :) ?????

Cool knife! :cool:

FivePointOh
07-14-2003, 11:28 AM
Great looking Typhoon Twirl!
Let's see those horn mods when your done.

Iron-Wolf
07-14-2003, 02:19 PM
That looks great are planning to do anymore with different inserst or file work