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Old 04-01-2015, 04:43 PM
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Push to the Blade Show begins!

With the reline on the forge curing, I had time today to get some straight knives "glued up".

All of these are 1084 and 52100 hunters. I decided to change things up a bit I would "mix-n-match" some handle materials.



Still have a couple of Mosaic Bowies I'm finishing out, then the rest for Blade will be folders.... got a couple of "ideas" for some cool folders this year!


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Looking good Ed. Is that vaseline on the blades?


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WAIT A MINUTE. So, you're grinding crossguards AFTER the scales are glued on?
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:33 PM
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Walt: Yep! Vaseline! I learned a long time ago that its much easier to wipe off vaseline, then to try to clean up cured acraglass from someplace it doesn't belong.

Allan: These are all hidden tang knives, but yes, I finish the fronts of the guards, then "glue" everything up in rough form....then once the acraglass is cured, finish everything as a single unit, to where I want it. Makes for a much nicer "flow" overall, and makes everything much easier.


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Ed, My favorite time of year. I always look forward to your previews. Look forward to being a Blade as well

Thanks for sharing

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I finish the fronts of the guards, then "glue" everything up in rough form....then once the acraglass is cured, finish everything as a single unit, to where I want it. Makes for a much nicer "flow" overall, and makes everything much easier.
That's why they make J-Flex belts. In fact that's the main reason why I keep my old Grizzly grinder as I like the vertical configuration for handle work.

Hope you have a great show. No shows for me until Kansas City. See you there.

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I don't see pins through the handles are they getting pins afterwards or will they remain secured with epoxy?
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Theres really no need for pins.... the acraglass will hold pretty much forever. However, because most people "expect" pins, there will be some. I usually create the handle profile, then drill through the handle and tang, and put the pin(s) in place.....then finish the rest of the handle down.


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Knives from the above pic with handles shaped.....


On the third coat of Tru-Oil, with about a dozen more coats to go.....


Guard flute cut in and polished on this one....next up for it is carving/texturing....


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