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Old 11-23-2015, 11:40 PM
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Aki cf big bear

"AKI 2015" Loveless style Big Bear. This is my first-ever knife of this pattern, which Bob gave to me when we parted ways, back in 1974, which features carbon fiber handles. OAL is 14? with a 1/4? thick blade that is 8 1/2? in length. $9750.00.
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What is different about this pattern? I mean unless I am crazy, I've seen large sub-hilt fighters from you before. Maybe they were not 14" long? Stunning of course as always.
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Old 11-24-2015, 08:22 PM
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It is a Big Bear with carbon fiber handles, that's all.


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Awesome work!
Tell us about carbon fiber. It is a good material to work with?
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I am not very qualified to answer that , Riccardo, but this is what I know:

It is very dirty, black hands when finished! You can wear rubber/plastic
gloves, however.
It his very small prickly particles that get into your skin, but if you wear
good covering clothing it's not too bad.
Grind at a slow speed to minimize dust.
Be sure to wear a good quality dust mask and have all the vacuum
system that you can put together, I had my due collector and two shop
vacs going a the same time adn that helped.
I'm sure that it is hard on regular Coun term-bores, I used carbide and
it worked well.
Buy top quality CF that is LVA? (Low Void Aerospace) Carbon Fiber,
fewer holes to fill up.
http://www.alphaknifesupply.com/zdata-carbonfiber.htm has
this on hand, of varying thickness. Read their information about using it
and how it is made, etc. It was "nice" to work with, although
CF isn't really nice to work with at all, at least the two times I have done it.
Some makers grind it with water on the wheel and slowly, which I think
would help.
Im sure that others know more about this than I do and perhaps we can
get some more suggestions?


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Old 12-01-2015, 05:42 AM
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Thank you friend Steve Johnson.
A real lesson on the subject CF.
I want to use CF, but I am afraid to work with this materail for not knowing better, but after your explanation, I created courage.
Thank you very much.


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I will bet the carbon fiber makes the knife light and quick.


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It's light and strong, should last for about 10,000 yrs, since the blade is 440-C, more corrosion resistant than most other current knife steels that I use. I wanted this one to LAST! Maybe I'll name it my "Forever Fighter!"


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Amen! 440c is a great steel in my humble opinion.


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