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Old 04-26-2014, 09:10 AM
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"Ragnar's Dream" begins

I always try to do something "differnt" for the Blade Show each year, and like to challenge myself and have fun in the process. I've become a fan of the History Channel series Vikings. After chasing down a decent image of the main charater's weapon, I decided I would make my own version.....of course it will be my own redition. The body is "W" pattern mosaic damascus, the "bit" is 1 1/2" X 1/4" 1084, and the current plan is for a Bocote Burl handle, with rawhide "wrap". Here's my "inspiration":



The idea actually struck me when I found an old rusty hunk of steel in the blacksmith shop, and after grinding it down a bit and etching, remembered that it was a failed attempt at a feather pattern....HMMMMM. I reforged it to the size I wanted, and yesterday started the project......."Ragnar's Dream"

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Sorry for the blurry photo...it's though to hold the work and snap a pick at the same time!

More coming as I proceed!


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you had my attention Ed right from the title !!! yes my fave show as well...........
this is a great start to what I think is going to be an awesome piece !!
looking forward to the progress pics !!

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Can't wait to see this unfold. Thanks for taking us along for the process.

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Old 04-26-2014, 12:47 PM
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Been grinding for the past couple of hours..... it's almost ready for heat treating! Couldn't resist a quick etch before heat treating, just to see how things are looking.....




Got one little "booger" where the Ws overlap the edge section....but I think I can massage that out during finish grinding.



Another one of those "unsteady" pics..but you get the idea


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"Ragnars Footprint"

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Old 04-26-2014, 03:47 PM
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Well, nothing blew up during hardening! WHEW! That's always the real test if your welds are good.....and another reason I choose to use 1088/84 & 15N20 for nearly all my damascus.





Although there's a lot of "acreage" on something like this, none of is ever flat enough to allow marking/stamping, without warping something, so I took the route of least resistance.....marked it on the spine. Wasn't a lot of room there either, but at least I didn't have to spend time "tweaking" things straight again.



That will be all the pics for a couple of days....it's in the tempering oven, along with a couple of other "goodies" that I'll show everyone later. I always temper for 3 two hour cycles, allowing things to cool to room temp between cycles, so it will be tomorrow evening before I'm ready to get after finish grinding.


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Suuuper cool, Ed . It's really fun to get to follow along on these kinds of projects. I like the marks in the spine, too. I think it's a nice way to mark your work and leave the "body" clear for one's viewing pleasure . Good luck with all the hand sanding on that beast...

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Very Nice!


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Old 04-28-2014, 05:22 PM
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Finsh ground and beginning the hand sanding...... right now it's at 600 grit, on the way to 1200 prior to etching. I think 600 is all I'll go for now.....until after the handle is built and fit...then I can finish it out to 1200 and get it etched.

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Great set of pictures and cool project. I'll watch for the updates, and always look forward to your lineup for the Blade Show.

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Ed, I envision the Best of the rest award here.

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I doubt it Bing! Certain judges don't handle any of my knives.....so it's unlikely that I'd ever win anything at Blade.....but it's a nice daydream!

I'm just havin lots of fun with this one!


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Super cool, Ed. Can't wait to see it finished out. That Bocote should be reeeaaally nice looking .

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"Ragnars Dream".....The Handle

After looking through every chunk of wood in the handle material cabinet, I went with my original thought.....a nice piece of Bocote Burl.

Fist thing I did was rough shape the portion of the handle to fit the axe head......



Working with the belt grinder, and a fresh 50 grit belt, I got the handle to where the axe head just STARTED onto the handle......



Next I started shaping the handle with a slack 50 grit belt.....I never completely decide how any handle is going to look, until I'm actually working on it, and although it might sound weird to some, I use my hands as my eyes.....feeling the contours, and making changes/adjustments as I go. This piece will be rawhide wrapped, so I tried to picture in my mind what would lend itself to the rawhide warp, and yet still feel/look "good".

This is what it looked like after roughing it out with a 50 grit belt.....


Next was refining it with a 220 belt.....



From here it will be all "hand work", to finish fitting the head, and getting everything the way I want it. The plan is to finish the handle out with several coats of Tru-Oil, and once dry, finish out the head, and get ready to do the rawhide wrap.


Sorta ran outta gas for today......so I'll hit it hard again tomorrow!


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That's one heck of a piece of wood you got there. I know Bocote can be one of those "oily" woods. Do you have any problems with the tru-oil drying?


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