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Old 11-25-2014, 03:21 PM
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Cru-ForgeV and Madagascar Rosewood

Here's a hunter I finished a while ago when I was trying out Cru-Forgev steel. It's a good steel but a MAJOR pain to hand sand! It laughs at sand paper of any grit. I contemplated if anyone would mind a nice hand sanded 36 grit finish. I actually found the performance of it not all that much better than my W2 or 80CrV2 blades so I don't see the payoff being worth the extra effort.

This knife was really hard to photograph. The blade is shiny and trying to not have it all washed out doesn't show the true colors of the rosewood handle. The handle is true Madagascar Rosewood, the REAL Bois de Rose. It has a beautiful deep burgundy color. It is not brown or black.

Hand forged from Cru-ForgeV
8 1/4" overall, 3 3/4" blade, .165" thick at the ricasso with full sharp distal taper
Rounded spine with filed and rounded thumb grip
Hardened and etched 1084 steel fittings
416 SS thorn and vine fileworked spacer
Madagascar Rosewood handle
Thorn fileworked SS finial nut

All comments and discussion are welcome.

John Doyle

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Old 11-26-2014, 12:20 AM
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Fantastic work, John.


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Old 11-26-2014, 06:36 AM
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Awesome file work, as was said, fantastic!

I also am glad for the insight on the steel, I'll just stick with 52100, I love that stuff.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:30 PM
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Very Nice John!

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