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Old 01-09-2006, 12:01 AM
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Koa & forged pattern weld

Hi all,

Thought you might like to see this one. The blade is DiamondG pattern weld that I traded some handle material for a while back. I forged this one to shape in a charcoal forge. Bolster is Nickel Silver, then there is a copper, mammoth ivory, copper, lapis, copper, mammoth ivory, copper spacer combo. Finally, the handle is figured Koa.



The picture isn't great, but there it is. I will try and get a picture to show why this one is a learning experience, knife. This is my first hidden tang of this type, and I really screwed it up, but learned a lot from it, so the next one should go better.

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Old 01-09-2006, 02:11 AM
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Can't see any screw-ups from here brother! Like #### nice to me.


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Old 01-09-2006, 08:53 AM
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What Andrew said! Very nice work!


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Old 01-09-2006, 03:11 PM
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Sweeeet!!! Very nicely done!!


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Old 01-09-2006, 07:58 PM
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Ok, now I've got a picture of my major flaw. It actually started when I forged the blade. Left the tang a little too wide. Then I drilled out the handle Koa, did all the other work, fitted it together, and went to the finish sanding, that's when the flaw showed up.



Over all, I am happy with a lot of the parts of this knife. This is the first one of this style I have done. This is the first soldered on bolster for me, and it is the first stacked spacer I have done. Hope this serves as a warning to others, kind of bums me out that it happened at this stage, but the knife did teach me a lot, and it feels good in the hand (balances at the nickel silver bolster/guard). Next one will look better, and this one will be used hunting/camping/etc and tested.

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Old 01-09-2006, 08:43 PM
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Its still a nice knife Carl.You could always do a rawhide wrap around the handle.Do you still have that KITH knife i made when I was a begginer a couple of years ago?This is alot better than that KITH knife!!


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Old 01-09-2006, 09:43 PM
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Yep, still have it.

The knife is a good one, will be very servicable in the field over the years, I'm sure. Took an edge like it really wanted it.

What I am most happy with is the fit and finish is there. You can see the blade/bolster junction, and the solder joint is very solid there.

I am going to do another of this style and try and get all the parts to come together. I think the next one will come together much better.

Funny thing about this one. I took it to work today, and if I would have been willing to let it out of the shop I could have easily had it gone. I am just not willing to let it go with flaws like this.

One other thing, the epoxy you see in the image is the epoxy from filling around the tang. The filling/penetration was great. No air bubbles, good fill. Again, another positive learning.

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Old 01-09-2006, 10:26 PM
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Don't you just hate it when you grind through into where you drilled for the tang! After all these years I sometimes still do that. No surer way for me to ruin the best looking piece of wood in the shop than to stick it on a hidden tang and then start grinding!


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Old 01-09-2006, 10:39 PM
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Ed, yep, and this is one I was hoping to donate. Went out tonight and did the prep for the next one. I at least learned a lot on this one.

The second picture shows the wood much better, it was a nice piece of Koa, but at least I still have enough from the block to make a couple more knives from it.

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Old 01-10-2006, 08:51 PM
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Carl you could always pop the handle off and make another handle for it.A mortised handle may lessen the risk of grinding through.Either way post a pic of whatever you decide to do.


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Old 01-10-2006, 08:59 PM
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That's a pretty bold pattern on that steel. Overall, I like the knife quite a bit.


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Old 01-10-2006, 09:49 PM
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Yeah, I could grind the handle off, and re-handle it, but that would take more work than what I am doing, walking out to the forge, lighting the fire, and giving it another go. The blade will be a good test blade that I have already "ruined" so I don't have to worry about it while using it. Anyway, I took another piece of steel to the forge tonight, got it going and a nice blade forged out. My charcoal had burned down, and it was getting to bedtime for the kids, so I will do the tang tomorrow.

The pattern is really bold, this is the way Mike (DiamondG) made the bar. I have another one that isn't quite so bold (that is the one I am currently playing with). I really did like the way it turned out though, I think the bold worked on this particular knife fairly well.

I will post a pic of the follow-up blade when I get it done.

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Old 01-11-2006, 06:29 PM
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Wow, I thought I was the only one to do that. It happened on the hawkbill I posted here a while back. Luckily I didnt have the handle pinned on, so I just cursed endlessly, stamped my foot, frowned at it contemplatively for awhile and tossed that piece of rosewood into the forge. It turns out rosewood smells almost like incense when it burns!
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Its still a nice looking knife Carl. I can imagine your frustration when that happened.

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Old 01-11-2006, 10:10 PM
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Actually Shane, that is the weird thing. With this knife, I decided not to rush anything and try and take my time. Sort of a zen thing. Whenever I got the urge to just push something through, I put the knife down and walked away. In the end, I ground into the pocket, thought "that sucks", finished her up as if she were perfect, and moved on. Really, I learned so much from this knife, I didn't feel bad at all.

I guess that means I have gone over the edge and am certifiable now, but just think what the next one is going to be like!

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