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My Frame Lock Folder Tutorial

Tom Anderson Jan 1, 2011

  1. Tom Anderson

    Tom Anderson titanium artist Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I like to pre-etch Damasteel to make sure I have all the scratches out of the surface before the blade goes to heat treat. Since this involves using ferric chloride, I mask off the washer area with some special adhesive acid resistant discs and put a dab of nail polish on the areas where the blade contacts the stop pin.

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    Into the ferric chloride it goes! After about 5 minutes, I neutralize it in a white vinegar/distilled water bath...

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    ...and then wipe it down with WD-40.

    If all goes well, it looks like this.

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    I then carefully inspect it under some bright lights to make sure there aren't any nasty scratches anywhere.

    Ok, time to start finishing the rest of the hardware. I use my lathe to polish up the screw heads.

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    Clean and queue all the parts and get ready to check the fit of everything again.

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  2. Tom Anderson

    Tom Anderson titanium artist Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I assemble everything using some light Teflon lubricant on the washers, swing the blade open and check for wobble, swing the blade closed and see if the detent still pulls the blade into the handle (like it should), and check for any gaps or irregularities.

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    If everything checks out, all that remains is removing the blade, cleaning it, heat treating it, hand rub, polish, etch, and sharpen it. Then, the whole works goes back together.

    I didn't take photos of heat treating and finishing the blade, because it's pretty much like finishing any knife blade.

    That's it, folks! :soupy:
     
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  3. bigbob68

    bigbob68 non poseur

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    Great WIP man, really GREAT. I love the finished product as well.
     
  4. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    all i can say is , niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, all around , best post of 2011 IMHO, much respect and really appreciated sir.:ssmile:
     
  5. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

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    Wonderful WIP. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Snapper

    Snapper President of the 51st state! Brigade Member

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    Very interesting and a great final product. Tom you do excellent work.:devilzeek
     
  7. David66

    David66 knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thank you so much for taking the time and documenting your process. I think one of the best posts of all time!!!
     
  8. kayakjax

    kayakjax Deep & Wide Brigade Member

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    Now THAT'S how to do a WIP post!

    Thanks, Tom!

    (And, nice work!)
     
  9. Obijuan Kenobe

    Obijuan Kenobe Our only hope! Brigade Member

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    Fantastically well done WIP.

    Thanks alot for that.

    obi
     
  10. HappyDonut

    HappyDonut Devilishly good

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    Holy crap, that's awesome. I've always wantedto get into making knives and that was a great way to see the work that you have to put in.
    Great job!
     
  11. Uz4u

    Uz4u Misanthrope

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    I always wondered how people did that stuff :devilzeek

    now i want one.
     
  12. Tinysd

    Tinysd Skull Cracker Brigade Member

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    Outstanding thread!!!

    Thanks for taking the time to post this.

    Ex-mod Tiny would sticky this one. :bwah:
     
  13. captainblowhole

    captainblowhole Captain Coconut

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    Question: Is the detent ball able to rotate, or is it firmly fixed in place?
     
  14. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    Don't get much better than that! [​IMG] Great thread, Mr. Anderson!
     
  15. captainblowhole

    captainblowhole Captain Coconut

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    Holy moley Tom, thats awesome! Great "postamentary"!
     
  16. Tom Anderson

    Tom Anderson titanium artist Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thanks, everyone! :)

    The detent ball doesn't rotate. Since there isn't much contact with the blade tang, the friction created by the detent ball is negligible once the blade is properly heat treated.
     
  17. captainblowhole

    captainblowhole Captain Coconut

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    Is this true of all detent balls? Ive always wondered about it!
     
  18. Tom Anderson

    Tom Anderson titanium artist Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I've never seen a knife with a rotating detent ball.

    Not that they don't exist - I've just never seen one! :D
     
  19. accurate

    accurate Accurate Devil JDBA Official Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post all of this. I love watching it all come together.
     
  20. b-mac

    b-mac Mac Daddy Devil

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    that was phenomenal! i have another maker to add to my list.
     

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