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2012 March of Dimes Bowie -WIP- photo heavy!

J. Neilson Dec 3, 2011

  1. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    "From John Cohea":
    March of Dimes Charity Build 2012
    I'm a little late in annoucing this, but better late than never. The last couple of years we have had fairly fancy knives made by some REALLY talented folks, so this year we're going to tone it down a notch or two, but the talent will still there!

    This year will be a frontier style collabaration.The knife will be a big ole stag crown bowie, and our solo maker this year will be ABS Mastersmith J Neilson, with yours truly providing the leatherwork and display stand.The stag was donated by Richard J, and Coop will once again bring it all together in the end for us with photos.

    J will be taking pics along the way, as will I, and we will do the WIP as we go along to keep the interest going.

    This will be the fifth year for these projects and the contributions made to the March of Dimes is slightly over 15000.00 dollars, this is of course including the matching donation from the company I work for.
    Layla and I would like to once again thank all of the good people who donate their time, materials, and skills, not to mention their moneythat have made these projects such a hugh success!

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    This piece is going to be a little different and a project I've been wanting to play with. Here's some photos so you can see it progress...

    Starting my "canoe" can-
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    Capping the ends-
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    Laying out my "Marching" Arrows-
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    Finishing the fill & prepping the lid-
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    Clamped down and ready to weld-
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    All welded shut (except for the vent, of course)-
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    Into the fire-
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    Canister venting-
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    Reduce, reduce, reduce-
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    Billet is welded and reduced, the can is just popping off-
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    Pealed off the can and here is the raw billet-
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    Starting to forge the tip/tang-
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    Nice close up, huh?-
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    Roughing out the steel-
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    Looking for my "arrows"-
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    Profiled blade-
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    Finished profile and the crown for the handle-
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    A bit more etch, just for fun-
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    The Stag will get worked down more but, here's a rough idea-
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    I've ground the blade and now she's going through her cycles and HT. More pix soon.
    J.
     
  2. Manganr

    Manganr Devils Supermoderator Super Moderator

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    Great pics J. keep them coming.:thumbsup:
     
  3. cornnutt

    cornnutt Knife Junkie Brigade Member

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    That's awesome.:thumbsup:
     
  4. Lrshot

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    Outstanding Photographs

    Really enjoy your WIP series photos. As always Tremendous work J.
     
  5. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Very nice j. Thanks 4 the pics.
     
  6. J. Neilson

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    Thanks guys I appreciate it and there's more to come.

    Hey BtB, you going to AR again this year? I just got passes in the mail.
     
  7. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Looks great so far. Can't wait to see the finished knife.
     
  8. J. Neilson

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    Here is the blade rough ground-
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    Re-annealed-
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    And ready for HT-
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  9. Sean O'Hare

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    Hey that's cool!!! Going to a great cause as well!!!

    Sean
     
  10. J. Neilson

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    Softening the tang and shoulders-
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    Here she is after HT & 36 hrs. in vinegar-
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    Here is the blade finish ground and hand-rubbed with the rustic flats and spine (if you look close, you can see the arrows in the steel pre-etch)-
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    Next will be adding my name on the blade, forging the S-guard (John gave me a cool idea on this) and etching the blade.
     
  11. J. Neilson

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    Hey, that's me!-
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    Here's a few pix after some light etching. Not going to do any heavy etching until the guard is ready but, I really wanted to see this. I'm putting up different angles to try and get you a good look. You can see the arrows well and the hamon is coming in nice as well-
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    Forging out the wrought iron S-guard-
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    Guard is slotted and rough ground-
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    Another quick look-
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    The guard is finished-
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    Adding the accents on the tips-
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    Good fit-
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    Guard is fitted up and now just need to etch the guard and finish etching the blade-
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    A little more imagination-
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    Doing the Maryland show this weekend so no more until next week. I'll etch everything up, set the guard and start the damascus throat then. I'll post more soon.
    J.
     
  12. cornnutt

    cornnutt Knife Junkie Brigade Member

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    WoW, thats just awesome!
     
  13. AndyLau

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    Nice work,J:thumbsup:
     
  14. J. Neilson

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    Etching the wrought iron guard-
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    Done!-
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    Finished blade etch (it tough to get a good photo of the blade/arrows/hamon without my photo bax so bear with me here)-
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    Setting the guard-
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    A nice tight/clean fit-
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    Next is the damascus throat and the Sambar stag... stay tuned-
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  15. 50calmike

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    That is a magnificent piece of stag J, can't wait to see it finished.
     
  16. Stabber

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    Great WIP ,J. Thanks for posting them

    The Blade and Guard sure look great. Awesome crown Stag you Chose.
     
  17. J. Neilson

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    I actually can't take the credit for that, the stag was donated by Richard J.

    No relation...LOL!

    J.
     
  18. Dwane Oliver

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    Very cool , nice WIP too

    1 question : what grit did you go up to on the guard before you etched it ?


    Dwane
     
  19. J. Neilson

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    I only go up to about 400 grit before etching wrought iron, then I etch it for several 1 hr. cycles.
    J.

     
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    Milling out the damascus throat-
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    Drilling out the Sambar stag for the tang-
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    A fair amount of tang for the handle-
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    Securing the throat to the handle... with a black spacer-
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    Roughing out the throat-
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    Cutting in the "Stag Grooves"-
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    Finished throat with things lined up from the side-
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    and the top-
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    Getting a coating of clear nail polish in prep for etching the throat-
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