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Old 03-07-2009, 09:33 AM
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Its getting a little easier

After the first 2 blades that I made the third one went off pretty easily.

I ended up getting a dremel and using the reinforced wheels to cut it out. File the snot out of it to get it profiled with a little help of an old 1X42 grinder with 80 grit.

I finally got a coarse and fine metal file to get the bevels and finishing the profiles. I figured out a few tricks to get my plunge lines symetrical. This one actually came out really nice IMO.

I got access to a drill press, and bought a good drill index for steel. Its amazing that they actually cut good when you use them right.

Im donating this knife to a hunting club I belong to, and am working with someone to make a sheath for it, as I have no means of doing that part yet.

I have a total of 9 hours in profiling and finishing this blade. I did however screw up bad on the thumb groove. I had a shallow thumb groove to start, then decided to do some filework in the groove, and it was awful. So I filed out the filework and now I have a deep thumb groove.

All in all it didnt turn out "bad". Leaves room for improvement, but I think the club will be happy with it.

I got my stamp from Everstamp and it is a work of art. I learned you HAVE to have a completely flat surface to stamp. My first 2 blades have about 75% of the stamp done marked on the blade. Trial and error. But im getting the hang of working the files to their ability.

This pic is from last weekend after about 5 hours of work. I drilled it today, and am finish sanding it to go off to HT. Along with the other 2.

9" overall. Fits well in the hand.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:15 PM
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Finished them up this week. Stamps look horrible, but will work. Off to HT then handles.


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Old 03-09-2009, 08:25 PM
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Are you stamping them before you harden the steel? That might be why your stamps arent turning out like ya want.
Got any pics of the stamp?

Your knife looks pretty good.
Most people take the finish out to about 400 grit before heat treat. Its easier to clean up and the deeper scratches are gone after hardening.

Post us a pic when you get it done.


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Old 03-09-2009, 08:30 PM
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Here they are

Stamping them prior to HT. Hardened D2 stamp. They said stamp before HT.

I just need to fashion a better jig. The slightest bit out of square will mess up the stamp.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:38 PM
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Are you stamping them before you harden the steel? That might be why your stamps arent turning out like ya want.
Got any pics of the stamp?

Your knife looks pretty good.
Most people take the finish out to about 400 grit before heat treat. Its easier to clean up and the deeper scratches are gone after hardening.

Post us a pic when you get it done.
Thanks Shank! I finished them to 600 with a sanding block............then that was to shiny so I went back down to scotchbrite.

Unfortunately, I only have one day a week to work steel, and thats only about 3 or 4 hours. So I hope to finish them within a month.

Plus I got the best gift of all today. Was given a drill press (some assembly required ) for free. SO no more random holes.


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Old 03-10-2009, 09:16 PM
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Nice job on the knives.

I?m sure the hunting club will be happy with it.
Hopefully the knife will get some use and you can get some feedback
on how they perform.

A little trick with file work is to practice on some mild steel to get the
pattern the way you want and then file on the knife.

Keep up the good work

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Thanks Joe, I really appreciate it. I now have a few scraps of 440C that Im going to practice filework on.


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