One of my customers asked for some in-progress pix while I made his knife. I thought I'd share them here as well...
8 1/2" Hunting Claw blade forged out of 1 1/4" JD5160 round stock.
The blade after profiling, thermal cycles and heat-treating along with handle supplies.
Blade ground down to 800 grit on my KMG.
Blade finish started and guard set.
Final finish and hamon line etched.
Handle assembly started.
Handle set to blade.
Handle roughed out.
All done but, the polishing.
Finished piece as set and ready to go to the mountains of Japan!
Here are the specs-
This Big Claw actually has a slightly smaller blade coming in at 8 1/2" of forged 5160JD steel with a lightly etched hamon line on a hand-rubbed finish. The guard is nickle-silver and the pins/lanyard liner are stainless steel. The handle itself is burgundy Micarta with a throat of black Micarta,
copper and black spacers.